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Centre for Management Creativity (CMC) is an independent facilitation and coaching practice. It is the creator of High Trenhouse Management Centre and LogoVisual Thinking methodology with its associated tools and software. It has developed from its origins as an experiential learning centre established in 1976.

CMC works with major client organisations across all sectors on aspects of strategy innovation, performance improvement, authentic leadership and high performance teamwork and executive coaching. This includes accelerated development of partnerships, customer client relationships, mergers and acquisitions.

John Varney, founder and chief executive of CMC, works with senior managers to develop strategic dynamism and manage cultural changes. A mountaineer and psychological group leader with a first career in architecture, John has a capacity for awakening people’s innate creative capabilities and awareness of leadership responsibility. His original and sometimes unusual methods evoke a positive response, resonating with people’s deeper consciousness and tapping latent potential. His extensive experience of developing systems thinking, creative processes and human aspects of enterprise produces exceptional results.

Associates in Organisational Work

Jeff Jackson is a team specialist and personal coach dedicated to helping teams and individuals improve their performance. He has been working in this field most of his working life and is passionate about life long learning and personal development.

Malcolm Follos is an accomplished management consultant with a successful track record in assisting a wide variety of organisations with managing the process of change.

Paul Hollingworth is a highly motivated systems thinker and practical organiser with over 30 years’ experience in the field of performance improvement. Paul specialises in strategic organisational development.

Bernadette Schutte has many years experience supporting group learning processes and providing Real-Time Knowledge Capture, enabling management teams to build on the knowledge they create.

We are geographically dispersed and operate wherever we are needed. We recommend our own exceptional residential venue at High Trenhouse Management Centre in the uplands of North Yorkshire. This welcoming retreat from the pressures of the modern world provides warm hospitality with exclusive use of authentic creative space.