Nigel Paine

Nigel Paine

Author, Teacher and Change-Focused Leader

With over 25 years of experience in corporate learning, Nigel Paine is a change-focused leader with a worldwide reputation and a unique grasp of media, learning and development in the public, private and academic sectors. With a spotlight on maximising human potential, innovation and performance in the workplacehe is a regular speaker, writer and broadcaster on the topics of development, technology and leadership.



Nigel focuses on the use of learning technologies, organisational development, leadership and creativity with a spotlight on maximising human potential, innovation and performance in the workplace. Nigel is a strategic thinker, able to motivate, lead and drive organisations forward to deliver business and training objectives.

He was appointed in April 2002 to head up the BBC’s Learning and Development operation. Under his leadership, the team developed a brand-new on-boarding experience, a comprehensive leadership development programme for over 6,000 staff, an award-winning intranet, and state of the art informal learning and knowledge sharing networks.

He left the BBC in September 2006 to start his own company that is focused on building great workplaces by promoting creativity, innovation, values based-leadership and learning and the link between them.

He speaks regularly at conferences around the world, and teaches on a doctoral programme at the University of Pennsylvania and for Chicago Booth Business School. His first book for Kogan Page is called, The Learning Challenge: Dealing with Technology, Innovation and Change in Learning and Development. It was published in September 2014. His new book, for the same publisher, on Building Leadership Development Programmes That Work was published in November 2016. He is currently working on a new book re-examining learning organisations and learning culture. He recently co-authored an eBook introduction to Neuroscience for Learning.

He has a Professorship from Napier University in Edinburgh, and is a Fellow of the CIPD, LPI, the RSA and a Masie Learning Fellow in the USA. He presents a monthly TV programme (Learning Now TV), shares a weekly podcast (with Martin Couzins) called From Scratch, and regularly writes articles for magazines and journals about development, technology and leadership.


You may want to go deeper into a topic for your audience. The keynote topics can be tailored and developed to suit your audience needs, be it a 90-minute Masterclass, a half-day or full-day workshop or a full online or face-to-face programme. Please contact one of our expert team to discuss.

  • Importance of a Learning Culture
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Engagement and Productivity in Organizations
  • Personal Success and Personal Leadership





“Working with Nigel and Michelle has caused a seismic shift in our appreciation of the purpose and value of L&D. Because of their work, we have elevated Learning to a key strategic capability when it comes to outpacing change. They have introduced us, quite probably, to the most important learning insights and methodologies of our time; those that have the power to transform the way we do things.” IPSEN Pty Ltd

“Deep understanding of both the technology that supports modern media communications and the role that it plays in
supporting new ways of learning.”  BBC Colleague

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