Jon Stokes

Jon Stokes

Associate Scholar

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Jon is a clinical psychologist with expertise in leadership psychology and executive coach training and supervision.

A former Senior Fellow in Management Practice at the School, Jon was previously Visiting Professor at Strathclyde Graduate Business School, and Associate Fellow of the Institute for Government.

Jon has an MA in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University. He worked in the NHS for 20 years and was head of the Adult Psychotherapy Department of the Tavistock Clinic and the Founding Director of Tavistock Consulting. He is currently a Director of Stokes & Jolly, a leadership advisory and organisational consulting firm.


Jon’s research focusses on the psychology of leadership and executive coaching. Together with Professor Sue Dopson he recently published a School research paper ‘What do leaders need to get better at?’ on leadership capabilities for the 4th Industrial revolution.

Recent publications include ‘Defences against Anxiety in the Law’ in Social Defences against Anxiety (Karnac, 2015), 'The Psychodynamics of Teams' and 'Organisational Stress' in ‘The Unconscious at Work’ (Routledge, 2019), and ‘The New Landscape of Leadership: Living in Radical Uncertainty’ in ‘The Tavistock Century: 2020 Vision’ (Phoenix, 2020).

A list of Jon’s research publications is available on Google Scholar.


Jon has for many years taught and tutored on the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme as well as contributing to the Oxford Executive Leadership Programme and the Oxford Women's Leadership Development Programme as well as to the Executive MBA and other programmes at Oxford Saïd.

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