Barry Curnow

Director of Professional Business Engagement

Key details

Barry Curnow

Barry J. Curnow

Director of Professional Business Engagement

Barry Curnow has been Director of Professional Business Engagement for the Faculty of Business since November 2014.  From 2009-2014 he was Head of the Department of Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour where he continues to research, consult and teach. He is a Group Analyst and Certified Management Consultant with international experience of leading, coaching, counselling and mentoring professional service firms and their clients in the arts and crafts of client relationship management and deep change. He was also a visiting professor of management consulting at Cass Business School, City University, London (2001-2010) and at Durham University Business School (2003-7).

His specialties include general business management ; leadership ; organisation consulting ; executive coaching ; group analysis and reward management.

Barry is former Chairman and Chief Executive of MSL Group International Executive Selection and Assessment Consultancy, former Managing Director of Hay Management Consultants, former Worldwide Partner and Director of The Hay Group.


Special Award for leadership and dedication to the Management Consultancy Profession (2006/7)


Past Chair, International Council of Management Consulting Institutes

Past President, Institute of Management Consultants

Past President, Institute of Personnel Management (now Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Research / Scholarly interests

Leadership in of and by Professional Service Firms and their Clients


Key funded projects

PI Pathways to Professionalisation: a case study in coaching. With Professor David Gray and Professor Mark Saunders.

Recent publications

 2003 Curnow, B. Reuvid, J.  International Guide to Management Consultancy eds Kogan Page

1997 Curnow, B. McLean Fox, J.  The Chance to Live More than Once, Management Books 2000

1994 Curnow, B. McLean Fox, J. Third Age Careers, The Corporate Challenge Gower, Aldershot