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Extensive Global Experience


Ian Muir

Ian is the founder of Keeldeep Associates. Formerly a FTSE150 Executive Committee member, Ian now works with investors, boards, executive committees and other leadership teams helping them evaluate and improve performance. Clients are PLCs, private equity owned companies and the not-for-profit sector. He also helps private equity and venture capital companies with human capital due diligence. As a non-executive director, he is a member of the remuneration and appointments committee of a UK professional services regulator.  Ian has held Global HR Director and ExCo member roles in telecommunications and engineering multinational PLCs.  He is a graduate of Bath University, an alumnus of INSEAD, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.  He has presented to senior audiences at Ashridge Business School, Bath University's Executive MBA Programme, University of Kent Business School and Brunel University. Ian is a published author on business ethics and is an acknowledged conference speaker.  Click on the Thought Leadership page to watch Ian discussing a range of topics.

Ian has:

  • Enabled private equity and venture capital companies to improve their acquisition due diligence
  • Designed and run board evaluation programmes and published acclaimed research on board evaluation with Ashridge Business School
  • Evaluated executives in multiple countries for "C" suite appointments, restructuring and promotion
  • Created and implemented top team effectiveness and leadership development programmes globally
  • Designed reward programmes including a working capital reduction incentive plan that delivered £80m of cash in 6 months
  • Coached and mentored executives up to board level globally
  • His book: "The Tone From The Top - how behaviour trumps strategy" has received wide acclaim
Keeldeep is fortunate to have Steve Kelsey and Mark Withers as associates.

Steve Kelsey

Many organisations talk about thought leadership, strategic focus and transformational change. Steve Kelsey helps them achieve all three. Through his company Kestrel Innovations Ltd, he brings an alternative and fresh approach to many of the human centred issues facing modern businesses.  Steve has been responsible for talent, leadership and development in FTSE250 companies.  He is highly experienced as a trainer, facilitator, coach, mentor and talent assessor.  Steve has developed and executed multiple whole-company talent management strategies. His approach, insight and perspective have made him a trusted adviser at group CEO level. Steve is a graduate of the University of Kent and King's College London. He has a PhD in Psychology. A fluent Japanese speaker, Steve lived for 10 years in Japan, bridging intercultural issues of east and west. His article "More Than Engagement" can be downloaded from our Thought Leadership section.



Mark Withers

Mark is a highly experienced business consultant and facilitator.  He works with senior leadership and functional teams to help them shape and deliver business improvements. He is also a highly regarded facilitator who enables groups and teams to raise their performance and work productively and creatively together. Through his company Mightywaters Consulting Limited,  Mark works mainly with FTSE250 businesses and other large organisations. He works across sectors and recent clients include PWC, Standard Life, Wolseley, ESAB, BT, National Grid, Discovery Communications, East Coast Mainline, CAA and Central Government.  He is a graduate of the London School of Economics, has an MSc from Birkbeck College London University and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.  Mark is a published author on organisational development, business change and unconscious bias.  Before founding Mightywaters Consulting Ltd in 1998, Mark worked for Price Waterhouse Management Consultants in the UK, Poland, Hungary and Switzerland. His early career was spent working with Shell and a Whitbread/Allied Domeq joint venture.