Chris Gale

Chris Gale

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


From a background in managing transport services and training and development functions, Chris has been an independent consultant for 25 years. He works directly with clients and for Saïd Business School and other top UK business schools.


Chris's clients include M&S, Fiat/New Holland (Italy), British Airways, Essar, Emirates Airways, Pirelli, BAE Systems, Royal and Sun Alliance, TSB, Capital One, British Steel and the Halifax Bank.

Chris is involved in wide-ranging client work, from experiential-based residentials and challenging group process work to teaching on MBA/masters' programmes and senior team development processes. He also works one-to-one with clients in a coaching capacity or in learning groups/sets, and he is experienced at using 360 and other leadership development personal feedback processes. 

Chris has a particular interest in leadership development and practice in complex and changing environments and leading in organisations where safety is of critical importance. His current work involves the design and delivery of organisational, leadership and management development interventions. He is accredited to use the Emotional and Social Competency Instrument (Goleman), Professor John Hunt’s Work Interest Schedules, the NHS 360 system, and Myers Briggs (MBTI).

Chris has a BSc Honours in Environmental Sciences, a Master's Degree in Management Learning from Lancaster University Management School, and a DPhil – Researching Social Communication Processes in Organisations.



Chris has academic interests in:

  • constructionist/sensemaking perspectives
  • the application of complexity theory
  • the use of metaphor, story/narrative, discourse and experiential approaches in management learning environments
  • tutor management of stance, difference, power, learning and modelling.

Chris co-authored the management textbook Interpreting Management Exploring Challenge and Complexity, which is aimed at MBA students.


Chris teaches custom Executive Education programmes tailored to the companies concerned, including:

  • Vopak (LEAD programme)
  • D S Smith (Global Leadership Programme)
  • Borg Warner (Wicked Problems)