↑ Return to About Us

Our People

These are early days, so kindly bear with us as we seek to grow and improve

Over time, we plan to build a network of independent professionals – friends who will become members of the PK Club – each will have successful experience in productivity improvement so we can offer a wider, more-in-depth range of practical advice, comment and information to users of this website – all for free

Please note that the PK club is NOT to be an alternative management consultancy firm charging hefty fees for running major change projects – indeed, we will not want to be involved in any time-consuming improvement projects but we might be able to recommend a specialist consultancy if such resources were needed

Re fees and costs, PK Club members have already been financially successful and so, at most, will seek only token amounts to demonstrate users’ appreciation and cover modest expenses if and when site visits are involved

The basic criteria in use for selecting people to join the PK Club are:

  • A successful track record in any area of productivity improvement, often including time with a major management consultancy

  • Or a successful management track record in the private or public sector

  • Personal chemistry fits with the existing team given we have no offices and so meet only at each other’s homes, clubs or on their boats

  •  See the profile of our founder, below, for the type of CV being sought:

Dick Smythe was educated at Bolton School, graduated in pure mathematics and statistics at St Andrews University and then took a masters in Operations Research at Birmingham University under the famous Professor Steven Vajda

He became a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, Operational Research Society, Institute of Management Services and the Institute of Physical Distribution Management

• His career started with a scholarship from Dorman Long Steel on Teesside which also involved working shifts on blast furnaces and steel mills before graduating and, afterwards, in their OR department – he subsequently moved to London to join the world-famous BISRA OR department, then part of British Steel, and was involved in their corporate planning and cost reduction programmes

• During these earlier years, he became an officer in the Royal Naval Reserve, serving on their coastal minesweepers, and a wing forward for Rosslyn Park RFC (n’th XV), playing mostly for their famed après-rugby

• He was then recruited by Europe’s leading consultancy of the day, PA Consulting Group, and went on to set up and grow their Productivity Services Division into a significant part of the business, becoming a PA director and sitting on their UK management consultancy board – whilst there, he led a joint study with the CBI into UK productivity, and presented the results on TV, radio and to the national press with Director General Sir John BanhamThe Times leader commented: “It is refreshing to come across something that has its feet firmly planted on the ground”

• Since then, he has mixed productivity consultancy work with playing the property and stock markets, skippering his own boat in the Fastnet and many other ocean yacht races and keeping his golf handicap down to single figures

• He is happily married, has two sons and two grandchildren to date, and lives either by the Solent or at Marble Arch in London


If you believe you might fit our selection criteria and would like to join us then we’d be very happy to hear from you