David Pendleton

David Pendleton

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School 
University of Oxford 
Executive Education Centre 
Egrove Park 
OX1 5NY 


David Pendleton is Chairman of the Edgecumbe Consulting Group. He is a Chartered Psychologist with a doctorate in Psychology from the University of Oxford.

David specialises in leadership, assessing and coaching senior executives and developing their abilities to lead change and create high performance cultures.

David co-founded the Oxford High Performance Leadership Programme with Tim Morris. He has made a major contribution to the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme, including a session on leadership and personality and how – through psychometrics – to assess the potential helping and hindering personality characteristics for leadership. He contributes to the CIO Academy and to leadership development programmes for a broad range of companies operating internationally.

After teaching psychology in several academic and professional institutions, David became a consulting psychologist in 1985. In 1995, he returned from a two-year consulting assignment in Hong Kong to found the Edgecumbe Consulting Group and was its Executive Chairman until June 2015. He now works as a Director of Pendleton King Ltd, an Affiliate of the Edgecumbe Group.

As a consultant he has worked with a wide range of clients from the power, airline, hospitality, retail, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and professional and financial services sectors in Europe, Asia and America. From 2001–2003 he completed a two-year secondment as Director of People and Organisation Development at Innogy (a FTSE100 power company, now npower), while continuing to be Chairman of Edgecumbe.

His most recent book is written with Professor Adrian Furnham of UCL and is entitled Leadership: all you need to know.  Published in the autumn of 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan it highlights the key role played by teams in complementing leaders’ capabilities. The second edition is now in press and will be published in 2016.

David is conducting research into the structural integrity of various tools for assessing leadership and the personality correlates of leadership as assessed by colleague feedback. During the early years of David's career he published a number of books on the effective provision of medical care and on professional-client communication. His award winning book on the subject is The Consultation, written with Theo Schofield, Peter Tate and Peter Havelock. Initially published in 1984, this was completely revised as a second edition in 2003.  He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1997 and has now been appointed to its Trustee Board from January 2016.

David is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBP), an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School and Templeton College Oxford.