Alex Atherton is an experienced educator, executive coach and leadership team coach. He worked in education for 25 years, over half of which was spent as a secondary school headteacher in large inner-London comprehensives. On appointment he was the youngest secondary school head in the country. He has also led a pupil referral unit, and has worked with both primary schools and further education.
Alex Atherton runs a leadership development consultancy which supports individual clients and executive teams from a range of industries. He is highly passionate about the value of professional development and in empowering others to overcome their leadership challenges. He specialises in working with senior leaders, supporting them to think big, shatter glass ceilings, achieve beyond their wildest expectations and work together with impact they did not think possible. Clients include CEOs and leaders from the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Alex Atherton’s focus on Generation Z came from two sources. The first is from clients who presented a range of frustrations in being able to recruit, retain and motivate the youngest generation in the workplace and wanted to call upon his expertise. The second was the negative stereotypes in the media about the generation he had worked with in schools. In short, he heard one ‘snowflake’ comment too many and decided his own generation needed to do some listening. He also supports organisations in thinking differently about Generation Z and managing their development as multi-generational institutions.
- Understanding Gen Z
- Managing Intergenerationally
- From Frantic to Fulfilled (public sector senior leadership talk
Alex is well-versed in the challenges and opportunities for Generation Z. A great source of knowledge that businesses need to appreciate and action in order to secure their workforce of the future in the ongoing battle for talent. A focused, articulate speaker with a fantastic appreciation of his material delivering a practical session full of value and information to act upon.
— Paul Andrews – Family Business Limited
Very well presented and thought provoking. We could see our audience was engaged and took away the need to make changes whilst working with Gen Z. The feedback has been great! We liked that you stayed to talk to our audience, it also highlighted that people enjoyed the session as they approached you to discuss ideas.
— Gemma Felberg – Jewish Volunteer Conference
It was so great to have Alex deliver a session, all about Gen Z. It’s been a long time since I listened to a talk when I found myself making so many notes. The session was extremely informative and thought-provoking and Alex presents with such passion on a subject area that he is clearly well-informed about. I was that impressed I have asked him to key-note speak at our annual conference.
— Graham Ravenscroft – Gateway HR