Wilson leads key research streams of HR and Leadership as part of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness. He led the research into the employment deal in Logica, Standard Chartered Bank, Pepsico UK, the Metropolitan Police, Cambridgeshire County Council and Surrey Police developing a framework for managers to examine the quality of the psychological contract between employee and their employer. This new research will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. He also developed the futures methodology, the Delphi Technique coupled with scenarios, as a tool for senior managers to develop strategic responses to likely drivers of change. Recent clients include the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Department of Work and Pensions.
He holds a PhD in Economic Psychology (Exon) examining the psychology behind opportunity recognition. He also has a MA in Critical Theory and a MBA in Finance. He was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1990. He is a Fellow of the RSA, and holds Associate positions at the University of Exeter, the Edinburgh Institute and the Centre for Performance-led HR at Lancaster University.
He was previously at the National IT Council secretariat where he was an IT Policy Technologist, heading globalisation research. Prior to the NITC, he was AVP at Malaysian Rating, rating corporate debt. He has worked as a research consultant to development agencies and charities, including technology adoption behaviour for SMEs, developing measures for GP revalidation and client attitudinal surveys.
While at Exeter, Wilson was trustee at Exeter Community Initiatives with oversight of the Ujima project which worked with BME communities to develop the capacity to organise and engage with public agencies. He was Chair of the Devon BME Strategic Group from 2006-2008, and is currently an active member of the Parochial Church Council at St James’s Piccadilly.
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