David Whyte

David Whyte

Associate Fellow

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


David Whyte is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organisational development, where he works with many European, American and international companies.

He grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills of his father’s Yorkshire residence.

David's life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organisational leadership.

A captivating speaker with a compelling blend of poetry and insightful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. He brings a unique contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organisational change, particularly through his perspectives on Conversational Leadership.

He holds a degree in Marine Zoology from Bangor University, North Wales and an honorary doctorate from Neumann College, Pennsylvania. He is the author of seven volumes of poetry and three books of prose, including Pilgrim, published in May 2012.