Pete Colby, Director
Throughout his career Pete has guided individuals, teams and organisations in not only resolving disputes, but also understanding and engaging people to develop relationships, enhance working environments and evolve organisational cultures.
Pete attributes his passion for people engagement to being educated at “the University of Life” having left school at 16 and going straight into work. He’s worked for some great people leaders and some that haven’t been quite so effective. Leading teams of people himself he also understands how difficult and frustrating it can be, but also how rewarding it is when people are truly engaged.
Having accumulated more than 30 years’ experience in industry Pete has developed his career by working his way through the ranks from packing boxes in warehouses, managing operations in factories directly leading 800 people, through to working at executive level in blue-chip organisations such as Rolls-Royce and British Steel, leading employee engagement for up to 12,000 people.
Pete is a fully qualified and accredited Civil, Commercial and Workplace Mediator, has a master's degree (MSc) in strategic HR management and holds the highest level of 'Fellow' within the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD). Having received distinctions in employment law, he is also qualified in health & safety and holds a green belt in lean six sigma.
Pete fundamentally believes that everything to do with culture in any organisation stems from how well people are understood and how effectively people are engaged. In any one day he can be working with employees on a shop floor, senior executives, trade unions or lawyers – it’s working with such a variety of people and backgrounds that gives him the buzz he gets from his work.
Pete is married to Liz and they have a 7-year-old daughter, who he says already thinks she’s a teenager. Being an animal lover Pete has had a whole variety of pets but currently only has a dog and a number of ex-battery chickens who see out their days in his back yard. In his spare time Pete does lots of DIY, having managed a large home improvement project over the last few years – which he hopes one day will actually be completed - if he gets the time.
It’s the pragmatism that Pete believes in so passionately that inspired him to launch Pragmatism (UK) Ltd, and he leads the business with an ethos of accountability, collaboration and (of course) pragmatism.
For more information see Pete's LinkedIn profile or see our mediation panel.