Karen Izod

Karen Izod


I am a consultant, coaching practitioner, and academic working in the field of organisational change.

My work involves me in enabling individuals and working groups to surface and manage their complex business and organisational concerns, finding and establishing conditions needed to risk doing things differently. Within that framework, I specialise in how professionals develop the skills and presence needed to work with authority and bring about change in their organisations.

I work across wide-ranging sectors: financial services and banking, government, higher education, entrepreneurial business, knowledge and IT industries, and sustainable urban design. I am concerned with market, social and psychological conditions which enable individuals and enterprises to work to best effect and maintain brand and reputation.

A Professional Partner of the Tavistock Institute since 1998, I have designed and delivered educational events and programmes within its professional development activities. These have included:


My approach draws on a mind-ful alertness to the moment, the pragmatic and the possible. I use experiential methodologies as a means of exploring and reconfiguring key issues for individuals and organisations and help to generate new perspectives through creative and performing media.

Academic positions

I hold a number of academic positions: Visiting Research Fellow, Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, University of West of England, and Visiting Tutor, MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change, Henley Business School. I have advanced training in clinical social work from the Tavistock Clinic, and an MA in Advanced Organisational Consultation, from the Tavistock Institute/ City University. My DPhil (doctorate by publication) concerned bringing relational psychoanalytic theories and practices to the task of understanding and consulting to groups and organisations.

Current research interests include

• The nature of representation: of communities, of organisations
• Identity, belonging and place


Additionally, I am a published poet and write on landscape and relatedness to the environment. www.karenizod.com

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