Hello, and welcome to my website, which tells you something of who I am and what I do ~
I am a born-and-bred Liverpudlian:
I am deeply proud of this fact, and of my wonderful home and its very diverse people. I have a very happy home, shared with my family and friends, and life is always full and fun.
Professionally too, my life is rewarding and joyful:
This is because Liverpool has an outstanding history, and is a dynamic, creative, world-class City that is currently undergoing a major renaissance. I am fortunate in that I am in a position to continually contribute to this wonderful evolution.
Professionally, I deliver a regular curriculum of pre-designed, personal and business development programmes that people can attend, and I also design and undertake bespoke programmes.
I regularly win new clients, and maintain thriving relationships with them, because I have been able to establish a solid reputation for ethical and highly-professional business standards.
Some of the work I undertake includes ~
- Designing and leading some of the most innovative, powerful, and enjoyable learning programmes in Europe:
- Delivering international workshops in leadership and professional development, for people of all ages and backgrounds:
- Working on behalf of communities, companies, and governments to design positive, new, strategies:
- Inspiring fellow professionals, from all sectors, by acting as the keynote speaker at some of the most influential events and conferences:
- Educating people in how to use their existing talents and skills to the fullest extent, and in how to develop new ones:
- Empowering professionals, from all sectors and every at level, to re-shape their careers and personal lives in much more fulfilling and rewarding directions:
- Enabling businesses to become much more profitable and sustainable:
- Throughout my career, I have also helped thousands of children and young people to recognise their own potential and find a place for themselves in the world:
Simply put, I show people how to identify meaningful goals; how to achieve these; and how to have fun along the way and once they get there!
A Fellow of Liverpool Hope University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, I am also a regularly-published author, a broadcaster. Over the years, I have become a respected business leader, not only in my home town and its City Region, but across the UK, Europe, and beyond. I am also a popular local-historian, and I lecture on the history and heritage of Liverpool and Merseyside, throughout the Northwest.
In my business life I am the Managing Director of The Knowledge Group; through which I deliver my specialised, personal and business-development programmes and courses.
Also, I am the Managing Director of Discover-Liverpool; which is dedicated to promoting a wider appreciation of the history and heritage of Liverpool City Region. We also seek to encourage its continuing entrepreneurial growth, cultural development, and economic strength: Currently, Liverpool has the fastest-growing economy in the UK!
I actually began my own entrepreneurial development very young: At the age of 10, I opened up my first business ~ 'Ken Pye Gardens'.
For a fixed fee of 4/- (shillings) an hour (which was a high but fair rate in 1961), I would take bookings from my large portfolio of clients, to regularly maintain their gardens, flower-beds, and hedges!
By the age of 14, I had established 'Pye's Puppet Show'.
For a fee of 1 Guinea (my Mum told me that this sounded more business-like than £1!), I would perform glove-puppet shows, lasting an hour, backed by a full programme of recorded music and special-effects (!). Allowing the natural performer in my personality to come to the fore, I had many dozens of bookings every year, and gave shows to audiences of children and adults. These were delivered in schools, churches, youth clubs, and to Rotary Clubs, Townswomen's' Guilds, and Women's' Institutes etc.!
My shows featured the traditional Punch and Judy story, plus other. original plays and sketches that I wrote myself, employing a large cast of puppet characters. These wore costumes designed and made by my older sister-in-law, and they played in a large, portable theatre, that my dad helped me to build.
By the age of 19, I had also become a fully qualified Drama Instructor and Youth Leader; as well as, at that time, one of Britain's youngest Queen's Scouts and warranted Scout Officers.
As I reached adult life, and as my experience and influence across the region grew and strengthened, I was increasingly able to make a significant contribution to many individuals, communities, and organisations, as well as to companies and businesses ranging from small SMEs to major multi-nationals.
One of my particular skills is being able to identify, locate, and make available to others, the vast range of opportunities that are 'out there'; crucially though, I can also transfer as well as transmit enthusiasm.
Life should be rewarding and fun for us all: We should have as many chances as possible to learn from life, and from other people, and to contribute to life and our community too.
My principal ambition in life is to reveal this to as many people and businesses as possible, and to help them get to where they really want and need to be.
To find out more, click on the links to the right, or you can e-mail me at [email protected]