Neil Gaught

Neil Gaught



Neil Gaught is what Malcolm Gladwell would call an outlier.


The son of a headmaster Neil was born in Hertfordshire in the UK in 1963. Following a short spell in the British Army and an even shorter one in the French Foreign Legion he completed his education at the London College of Printing where he gained a BA(Hons) in Graphic Design. A year after graduating he founded his first business, a London-based design consultancy. Having successfully run the business for ten years he sold it to a marketing company before joining WPP’s largest global brand consultancy, Enterprise IG. There he took a leading role on a variety of high profile branding projects for Merrill Lynch, DeBeers, Andersen, Scottish Power, BG Group and Standard Chartered Bank, among others.


In 2003 Neil and his young family moved to New Zealand for the adventure. Following three years with the country’s leading branding agency Neil re-established his independent consultancy status. Since then he has advised a wide variety of organizations, ranging from international NGOs and corporates to start-ups, faith based organizations and government institutions across the world.


In the past six years his consultancy has successfully delivered strategic programs for The World Bank, The Bill & Melinda Foundation, GiZ, various UN agencies, various human rights organisations, three of the USA’s largest INGOs - CARE, Global Communities and Catholic Relief Services - and various private sector businesses pursuing profit and social purpose agendas including start-up enterprises.


In July 2017 Routledge published Neil’s book CORE: How a Single Organizing Idea Can Change Business for Good. The book and the keynote presentation he has created to support it is about how businesses can adopt a Single Organizing Idea and, more importantly, why they have to. Drawing on stories, case studies and his own experiences, and with reference to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, its no-nonsense approach sets aside the ideals to confront the realities of business reform. The book has received significant praise from leading figures in the field including John Elkington, Prof David Grayson, Mike Barry, Charles Leadbetter and Charles Handy.


Neil is married with three children and lives in the countryside near London.


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