Jon Stokes

Jon is a Business Psychologist and a Chartered Clinical Psychologist of the British Psychological Society. He was formerly a Senior Fellow in Management Practice at Said Business School, and continues to teach and research there,  and is an SCR member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Jon trained and worked at the Tavistock Clinic and Institute in London where he became Director of the Adult Psychotherapy Department. He was the founding Director of the organisation consulting service Tavistock Consulting in 1993 for 5 years. Since 2000 he has been a Director of Stokes & Jolly Ltd, a firm specialising in leadership consulting.

Jon consults primarily in the fields of leadership development, selection and assessment. In addition to leadership coaching assignments, his consulting work includes advising chief executives and senior management boards on inter-personal, group and organisational dynamics, particularly the management of change; as well as providing in-depth assessment and selection of executives for senior roles, and assisting with their on-boarding and development. He has over 25 years’ experience advising and coaching in a wide range of companies including energy, I.T. and finance, as well as with professional service firms such as the law, accountancy, private equity, investment banking, advertising and management consulting. Clients have included KPMG, Universal Music, Unilever, Shell, BP, Goldman Sachs and Warburg Pincus. He also has extensive public sector experience. Jon has contributed to executive education programmes at the business schools of Oxford, Cambridge and Cranfield Universities. He has worked abroad in many countries including Europe, Japan, USA, and the Middle East.


Changing Gear: Creating the Life You Want After a Full On Career

Jan Hall & Jon Stokes

‘Changes occur all the time. They can be identifiable and dramatic, or they can emerge imperceptibly, creeping up on you until one day you realise your foundations are less solid than you imagined. At this point in your life you need to find a new path.’

Coping with transition can be hard at every stage of life, but it presents unique challenges as we come to the time of our lives when we are facing the end of full-on, full-time work.

Changing Gear looks at why work is such an important part of a person’s identity, and how challenging it can be when it’s time to change gear, whether that’s to explore a new path or take a step back from our careers entirely.

Offering insight, advice and practical exercises to help you make the right decisions, this valuable guide gives you the tools to navigate complicated situations, identify what’s most important, and develop the skills you need to cope with change.