Dr. David Yarrow Director Time for Change

David loves nothing better than helping others to learn and succeed.

Dr. David Yarrow is the Director of Time for Change.

David loves nothing better than helping others to learn and succeed.

David has been practising, teaching, training and advising about organisational change and organisational excellence for 30 years. He has worked across many sectors including:
- production engineering in manufacturing industry
- management consultancy (with Price Waterhouse)
- higher education (Northumbria University, where he ran the Centre for Business Excellence)
- healthcare (as Associate Director of The NHS Learning Alliance, delivering organisational development and training within the UK’s National Health Service).
David struggles to think of a sector he has not worked in or with, either in a direct or advisory capacity.

An engineering and management graduate of Cambridge University, David Yarrow completed his PhD in Organisational Improvement through Northumbria University. He has been teaching and researching at several UK universities since 1990. In addition to his role leading Time For Change he continues to have a part-time academic role. He has extensive experience of developing and delivering learning programmes to meet specific aims.

David also plays a leading role in:

  • the ongoing development of PROBE best practice benchmarking, supporting the pursuit of Organisational Excellence across the full spectrum of private and public sectors, across 60 countries
  • also development of the Change, Dialogue, and Action Workshop, which features the Tipping Point change management simulation.

Both of these great organisation development tools are facilitated by practitioners, advisers and consultants worldwide. David leads both facilitator training programmes.

David is endlessly enthusiastic about change and development. He loves nothing better than helping others to learn and succeed. He sees his work through Time For Change as an opportunity to be the catalyst that helps practitioners and their clients to be the very best that they can be, perhaps even exceeding their own and others' expectations.

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"I’ve commissioned and worked with David Yarrow for many years because he always delivers, is totally reliable and exceeds expectations. David is a highly skilled and knowledgeable coach, facilitator, OD practitioner and educator who easily builds rapport with clients and participants, offering many years of experience in multi sector management and leadership combined with a thirst for new knowledge and innovative developments. Beyond David's ability to be highly professional he is also one of the nicest and most genuine people I know and I’d recommend his services to anyone."

Clive Spencer
Director, North East Leadership Academy, NHS

"The many years of research and development work, and thus the outstanding results for PROBE benchmarking, must be credited to David Yarrow and his dedication to continuously improving these great development tools. Through PROBE, I and other advisers have been able to improve the practices and performance of many organisations and individuals. This is the result of the outstanding training and advice David provides.

I have been most fortunate to have met a professional in David who has opened up for me a world of value adding potential for organisations, businesses and people."

John Clegg
Business Improvement Adviser and PROBE Facilitator
Omnivest Business Consultants, Western Australia

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Dr. David Yarrow in various business contexts