About Me

Winston Sutherland

Winston Sutherland is highly respected for his work in the design and facilitation of workshops for top teams, leadership development events and supporting change and organization transformation programs for a diverse spectrum of organizations. Before launching SutherlandWorks in 2014 he worked as an internal Organisational Development consultant in the Department for International Development (DfID) a UK Government Department which has responsibility for the delivery of aid. In that capacity he undertook assignments across the 28 countries in which DfID operates. In this capacity he demonstrated an inter-disciplinary approach and a keen focus on creating high-quality learning experiences designed to serve the diverse needs of individual learners and their part of the client organization.


Winston brings over 30 years of experience as a manager and OD consultant working in a variety of contexts.   His background includes serving as an army officer, senior police manager and Chief Executive. He also served as a Programme Director and Team Leader in the UK National School of Government (Centre for Strategic Leadership). In the last 14 years Winston has designed and delivered in-depth, large-scale (multi-country) leadership development programmes involving senior leaders of public and not for profit sectors across Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

Winston is accredited and experienced in working with a range of psychometric tools and 360 feedback instruments and follow-up development options at senior and executive management levels. He is also trained and very experienced as a facilitator of large and small groups and accredited to use the Leadership Development and Benchmarking tool, for the assessment of leadership development across the UK civil service.  He is an experienced Coach/ Mentor.

Winston has contributed several large scale research pieces on how government works, including ‘Leading Outcome Focused PSA’s’ (Public Service Agreements) which focused on the challenges faced by leaders of the UK civil service in cross government collaboration and which is used extensively  in workshops focusing on the capability of senior leaders to deliver quality services to the public. He is author of the book ‘Ungrateful Bastards’ which he wrote to help new and emerging leaders understand and navigate the leadership landscape.

Winston is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MinstLM) and the Sandhurst Foundation. He has sat on the boards of several not for profit organisations and sporting bodies in the UK and the Caribbean.  He has also served as Deputy Chair of Governors on his local school Board.

Winston holds Post graduate degrees in Government and a Masters in leading Public Service Delivery and Organisational Development.  He is also a bilingual interpreter and Translator and an accomplished international boxing referee/ Judge and an IOC accredited sports administrator.

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