John Hayes

Professor of Management at Leeds University Business School, UK

John Hayes is Emeritus Professor of Change Management at Leeds University Business School and a regular contributor to executive programmes at Copenhagen Business School, Aarhus School of Business and USI Università della Svizzera italiana. 

His research interests focus on processes of change and development in organisations and cognitive style (the way managers think, learn and solve problems). He has published over sixty papers and book chapters on topics relating to change and development and cognitive style, plus ten books including The Theory and Practice of Change Management (Palgrave, 4th edition March 2014), and Interpersonal Skills at Work (Routledge, 2002). 

John is managing partner of John Hayes Associates.  He works with individuals and teams to help facilitate change in complex organisational settings. 

Over the last 30 years he has worked for a wide range of private sector companies, including GNER, Yorkshire Bank, British Gas, BT, ICI, Lucas, Delphi, BP, Occidental Petroleum, Bawden Drilling, Glaxo, Reckitt and Coleman (pharmaceuticals), DLApiper, SIX Swiss Exchange and Nestle.  He has also worked for a range of public sector organisations such as the American Army, RAF, Benefits Agency and Department of Work and Pensions, KU, NHS, and NACRO. 

John is a chartered psychologist and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.