Paul Abbott


A proven track record in business support, management and environmental consultancy and strategy. Over twenty five years experience in delivering high quality projects and services to large companies, SMEs, government departments, professional institutes, awarding and validating bodies and institutes of further and higher education. An effective adviser/consultant and project manager with ability to influence and innovate.

University of Leeds - Lecturer in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (2011 - present)

Business Ethics, CSR and Sustainability Consultant - Sustainable Processes - 2007 - present) The aim of this small enterprise is to: investigate the business society relationship advise on corporate responsibility, business ethics and sustainable development and to support social enterprise.

Managing Director of Development Process Consultants Ltd (1989-2007) An SME consultancy firm focusing on business development and training

General Manager - Calderdale Chamber of Commerce (1987-1989)

Training Manager - Leeds City Council (1983-1987)

Selective achievements

Regional Development Agency

In 1998 worked with the Regional Development Agency (Yorkshire Forward) to develop a programme of learning and assessment to build the capacity of publicly funded business support on environmental and resource efficiency issues.

Department of Trade and Industry Small Business Service

Between 2001 and 2007 provided on-going advice and consultancy services to the DTIs Small Business Services on matters related to supporting business support professionals working under the Business Links brand. Acted as the adviser on all matters relating to adviser development, standards and assessment to the Business Link University BLU

Learning and Skills Council

Between 2003 and 2005 acted as consultant to the Learning and Skills Council in North Yorkshire on introducing business support standards to providers of business support services within the further education and private training provider sectors

Chartered Management Institute

Between 1998 and 2001 developed the tender and succeeded in the bid for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) to create a standard and accreditation system known as Technology Means Business (TMB), an accreditation for business support professionals providing ICT advice to small and medium enterprises. Project managed a 2m budget to implement the standard in the private ICT sector.

University of Oxford

Between 1993 and 1998 acted as the principal consultant to enable the University of Oxford to become established as the first University body to be approved as an Awarding Body to accredit management vocational qualifications based on management occupational standards. Held the positions of Chief Verifier and Overseas Verifier for the University

MSc Sustainability and Consultancy - University of Leeds - 2008

BSc Microbiology - King's College London - 1983

Fellowship of trhe Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

Member of the Institute of Consultants (MIC)

Associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (AIEMA)

Ethical decision making - particulary in small and micro firm contexts

Using mutli-media in teaching and assessment

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Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute