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"The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for."
Oscar Wilde

Our People

Peter McGowan M.A. B.Ed.

In 1992, after 9 years as an independent school Headmaster, Peter joined an international executive selection and development company. He started in their London office and then, in 1995, set up and ran an office in Bristol. In addition to his mainstream work with numerous large clients, he was a member of the UK management team, co-developed a new approach to Search and Selection and was a member of the international Corporate Image team.

He has worked for clients from a wide variety of sectors and across Europe. As well as carrying out numerous senior level search and selection exercises, he has worked extensively at Board level to bring about improvements in business performance through behavioural change and has considerable experience of coaching senior individuals and of developing teams in both public and private sector organisations.

He set up Cordel Gowan Ltd in June 2004. Between October 2005 and April 2007 he was the part-time Vocational Skills Champion for Wales, reporting directly to the Minister for Education, Learning and Skills. He is the Chair of Judges for the Institute of Directors (Wales) Director of the Year Awards and a member of the International Advisory Panel for Cardiff Business School.

Daniel McGowan B.A. (Hons)

Daniel has extensive experience of assessment and development centres, particularly devising, managing and participating in corporate role plays. Clients include British Telecom, National Grid, Singer & Friedlander, UCB, Gilead, Craegmoor and Sporting Bet.

He is also a professional actor who has appeared in numerous stage, screen and television productions as well as directing stage shows. More recently he has won acclaim for his play ‘To a Sunless Sea’ and for a children’s book ‘Strange Head Fred’. He has just completed a stage adaptation of Andre Gide’s novel ‘The Immoralist’ and a screen adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ novel ‘Birdsong’.

He works closely with Cordel Gowan Ltd on specific projects which include personal development evaluations and communications/business writing workshops.

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