John O Connor BA (Hons) MA
John is widely recognized as one of the UK’s leading authorities on business innovation new product development, and has over 25 years-experience in helping businesses and individuals innovate successfully. Initially, this experience was gained as Director of Innovation Services at the Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre, one of Europe’s largest & most successful Business and Innovation Centres and the parent company of Excalibur.
In more recent years, John has been the Managing Director of Excalibur (UK) Ltd, one of the United Kingdom’s premier innovation process consultancies. He has also worked in cooperation with many large and small businesses.
He is also the prime mover behind the Shield programme and has assisted many hundreds of people into self- employment via the Shield Programme
He is co-author of the book Competing Through Innovation. The book details the success of the Sword Programme for SME’s and explains how this programme improves the ability of participating companies to develop new products and services.
John has also written several articles on the subject of innovation and new business starts. This included an article entitled Let There Be Light for the New Start Magazine (Volume 8, no 350) which outlines the Shield approach to a national readership.
John is a graduate of the University of Sheffield and has an MA from the University of Leeds. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Market Research Society and also has a Diploma in Business Coaching from the University of Newcastle.