Biography

Until the end of 2009, and for 10 years, Ken Pye was Senior Programme Director with the international, leadership development organisation, Common Purpose. In this position Ken had national responsibilities, but principally constructed and delivered highly-specialised leadership programmes; becoming a recognised and respected leader in his own right.

In parallel with his role as Managing Director of P&BDS, Ken is also runs The Knowledge Programme (formerly the 3~Thinking Programme), which delivers very practical, business and personal development, based very much on 'What You Know' and 'Who You Know'. He is also an Honorary Fellow at Liverpool Hope University.

Underscoring all of this, Ken founded, and continues to facilitate, The Intelligence Network (soon to eveolve into The Knowledge Network). Now in its 15th year, this is an independent, non-aligned, informal network of over 4,500 senior professionals, from all walks of life. Associates of this entirely free business network share the same ethical business standards, and seek to make their own organisations and companies more successful, but to the benefit of society and not at its expense.

Ken is in great demand as a business-development mentor; programme and conference facilitator; and as a respected speaker at events and training courses - delivering on business leadership and development. Indeed, he featured in Dan Kenyon’s respected collection of photographic portraits of Liverpool leaders and luminaries; ‘Sung and Unsung’, published in 2010.

In an extensive career Ken has experience in all professional sectors. This includes working as a Residential Child Care Officer – with profoundly disabled youngsters; as a Youth and Community Leader; as the Community Development Worker for Toxteth; the Northwest Regional Officer for Barnardos; as National Partnership Director for the Business Environment Association; and for some years, before accepting his position with Common Purpose, he also ran his own, highly-successful, organisational empowerment and facilitation company, Ken Pye Associates.

Under his personal branding of Discover Liverpool, Ken is a frequent contributor to journals, magazines, and newspapers, and is a respected local historian. As well as being an entertaining, expert, and frequent after-dinner and group speaker, Ken is also a broadcaster for both radio and television. He is the official historian for Radio City, and has a weekly local history slot on BBC Radio Merseyside, every Thursday morning at 10.30am.

Ken is also the professionals’ first choice when insightful and authoritative briefings are required on the past, present, and future of Liverpool, and of the developing City Region. However, he is best known across the North West as the author of the acclaimed books, ‘Discover Liverpool’ (now in its 2nd Edition), and the writer and presenter of the series of DVD documentaries, of the same name; and ‘A Brighter Hope’ - about the founding and history of Liverpool Hope University, published by Liverpool Hope University Press. He was also a principal contributor to the book of Liverpool biographies, ‘Scousers’, and has just completed two books for The Earl of Derby, which will be published in Spring 2013. Ken's latest book, 'The Bloody History of Liverpool', for The History Press, is proving to be very popular indeed!

Amongst his many voluntary community activities, Ken has established a local Scouting network and founded his neighbourhood community association, ‘The Avenues Neighbourhood Network’ - which he went on to chair for six years. He is also the Chair of the Governors of a Primary School; the Patron of a national charity; a board member and trustee of a number of voluntary and community agencies; a life-member of a number of local history societies and organisations; a Proprietor of the Liverpool Athenaeum; and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

On a personal basis and if pressed (better still, if taken out for dinner) Ken will regale you with tales about his experiences during the Toxteth Riots; as a Bingo Caller; as the Lead Singer of a Pop Group; and as a Mortuary Attendant. He might also tell you of his early encounters with John Lennon and Billy Fury, and with Sir Alec Guinness – amongst others: He might also tell of his early relationship with Cilla Black.

Ken is married to Jackie, and they live in Sefton Park in Liverpool, with their three children; Ben aged 26, Samantha aged 24, and Danny aged 16.

Find out more by reviewing Ken Pye's profile on Linked-In   http://www.linkedin.com/in/kenpye