Alastair Grant – Principal
Alastair Grant set up Alastair Grant & Co in 2005 after
founding GPB Consulting 13 years previously. Alastair has
coached and advised top management, typically Chairmen,
Chief Executives, Managing Directors and Finance Directors.
His senior corporate clients have included Arup, Airbus
Industrie, Balfour Beatty, Calyon, Hewlett Packard, Gerling,
The Metropolitan Police, NASDAQ and The Royal Mail
He has also designed a new and highly successful approach
to running group workshops for upper and mid-level
management. For twelve years he has run Capita’s senior
level Advanced Presentation Skills course. (Formerly The
Industrial Society) This course has introduced new ideas
into the public domain and resulted in a request to write
the book ‘Presentation Perfect’. This is now in its second
edition. He enabled a joint venture with VOX of Geneva which
uses software to measure the ‘persuasiveness’ of the human
voice. This ground breaking development has significantly
raised levels of performance.
He advises on specific projects including major
conferences such as the Suppliers Launch Conference for the
Airbus 380 and a trade sale of an ICI subsidiary
His approach is robust but not prescriptive, based on a
belief that success in presenting well is not about learning
a set of strict guidelines but on meeting three criteria:
- Delivering in a positive engaging style:
Personalities are important.
- Ensuring that key points are remembered and recalled
later by audiences.
- Individuals are adept at building trust, are skilled
at asking questions and listen well. They learn to be
versatile in dealing with others.
Much of his work is in Europe; Increasingly English is
the business language there. Executives whose mother tongue
is not English find it a challenge to be inspirational. They
also need to use words that are understood by non-English
Alastair served in the Royal Marines, leaving at the age
of 44 in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He worked in the
Yemen, Singapore and the USA for a number of years, which
gave him an interest and insight into different cultures.
Quite a large part of his service career was spent
developing other people's skills; in particular he spent two
years directing the studies of senior civil servants, police
and other government officers in higher management skills. A
key part of this was in communicating effectively both on
paper and verbally.
Born in 1944, married, with two teenage children. He
lives in West London and is chairman of the local Scouts and
Cubs. He has enjoyed a wide variety of outdoor activities
including one Trans-Atlantic crossing by sail in a 26 foot
boat – a long time ago!