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Conducting a retrospective: collaborative valedictory with Paul Corney

This podcast is part of the Because You Need to Know series from Pioneer Knowledge Services.

Paul Corney is a senior business manager / director with broad global experience across a range of industries from energy to finance to software to government to information and knowledge management.

He is a business developer, coach, mentor, project director and practitioner able to deal at all levels of organizations. He is proficient in turning around under-performing businesses and helping people to realize their potential.

Paul writes:

Fresh from a cameo role in last week’s BBC’s The Kitchen Cabinet radio show courtesy of Lerato Umah-Shaylor I was delighted that a podcast I recorded in Lisbon last September has now been published by Pioneer Knowledge Services of the US.

In it Edwin K. Morris and I discuss the idea behind the corporate valedictory I co-created last year on the occasion of my 50th anniversary of work!

Grateful thanks to those who were part of my journey and contributed massively to the collaborative valedictory including:

Patrick Lambe, Chris Collison, Nick Poole, Bruce Boyes, James Macfarlane, Lee Bryant, Ana Neves, Ana Paula Aleixo Serra Mendes, Maria Ana Botelho Neves, Richard Thomas OBE, Olivier Serrat, Ahmed Ben Halim, Paul Heller, Richard Maddocks, Luis Suarez, Stephen Phillips, Victoria Ward, Dr Christopher Heimann, Ian Rodwell, Jeff Martin, Julie Reynolds, Bonnie Cheuk, Mohsen Hamedi, Dr Melissa Felician, John Girard, Denise Carter, Rebecca Dorsett, Zabeda Abdul Hamid, Jonny Jiang, Martin White, Eric Hunter, Kristin Hunter, Manuel Flury, Tink Taylor, Azlinayati Manaf, Reynold (Ren) Leming, Monica Danese-Perrin.

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Paul Corney
Paul Corney


I enjoy helping organizations to improve the way they work and to equip people to make better decisions.

My background is financial yet eclectic: I spent 25 years in the City as Senior Manager at Saudi International Bank and as a Vice President at Zurich Reinsurance. I was an early pioneer of intranets in the mid 90’s, one of the first ‘knowledge managers’​ in the city of London

In 1998 I embarked on a portfolio career that encompassed, consultancy, coaching and pro bono charitable work.

During that time, I have been Strategy & Business Advisor to the CEO of a dotcom software organization (Sopheon PLC) for 3 years, Information & Knowledge Advisor to the CEO of a leading reinsurance broker (BMS Group) for 7 years and Managing Partner of a successful consulting organization, Sparknow LLP from 2008-2012. In 2014 I was a founding Trustee of PlanZheroes a UK Charity.

In 2017 I was invited to become Knowledge & Information Management Ambassador for The Chartered Institute of Libraries & Information Professionals (CILIP) a Charitable organization to help further the global cause of the KM profession through the development of a Chartership Accreditation Programme. From January 2020 I was appointed President Elect.

I’ve worked for clients in the energy, industrial, government, development and transport sectors leading assignments in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe and Middle East.

Diplomacy intrigues me. I am a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and of the Institute of Directors.

I am an author, I run Masterclasses and speak at international events on information and knowledge management. A member of the British Standards Institute KM Standards Committee (KMS/1), I was also a visiting lecturer on Brighton University’s MBA on Knowledge & Innovation.

I’ve been the Chairman of a golf club and the Manager of a football club both of which taught me the need for effective stakeholder engagement at a young age.

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Edwin K. Morris

Edwin K. Morris is the president and founder of Pioneer Knowledge Services which produces the educational program, Because You Need To Know. It is part of the mission to educate and bring awareness around knowledge management and nonprofit concerns.

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