Keith Elford

Programme Leader for Leadership Learning

Email: kelford@sarum.ac.uk     Twitter: @keithaelford


I am an Anglican priest and have worked with leaders of many kinds of organisations.  I have a special passion for those who are explicit about making a positive social impact, and for Church-related organisations in particular.  I began consulting when, as the Bishop’s Chaplain, I co-led a major change project in Guildford Diocese. I then became a partner in Telos Partners, an international management consultancy, and there worked on a number of organisational and business change projects between 2001 and July 2013.

I enjoy crossing the boundaries that get created throughout modern western societies (between business, community, art, religion, for example) and realising the essential ‘connectedness’ of life.  I believe organisational effectiveness is one aspect of a wider body of wisdom about how people and groups work and achieve their potential. My book, Creating the Future for the Church, applies principles of organisational success to the Church of England, was published in September 2013.  I am currently a part-time PhD student at Roehampton University, researching organisation and theology in the Church of England, and an associate for the Susanna Wesley Foundation.