Chris Johnston

Chris JohnstonBackground

After graduating with a degree in Engineering I found the opportunities in my specialism quite limited, so I decided to branch out and actually taught myself computer programming and started working for a small company in their software department. I stayed there for two years before getting a role with BAE Systems. During my 13 years with the company I had the opportunity to experience a wide range of roles; graduating from a software engineer to team leader, and then into project management. As a project manager I was responsible for a number of projects in the defence and transport sectors, ranging from small support contracts to software projects worth over £7M.

After reaching a natural peak in my career at BAE Systems I elected to move to Italy with my family to broaden my experience and grow my network. I was there for a year, and had the chance to become involved in a start-up as a management consultant, supporting open innovation for SMEs. However, opportunities opened up back home and I returned to the UK and joined Thales as a portfolio manager of product development and sustaining projects for their eSecurity business before moving into Thales Learning & Development.

Current role

In my role as an L&D Consultant for the Project Management capability I help shape the development of project management competencies; in essence I help clients run projects more effectively by enabling their staff to become better project managers. I am really excited to be able to help individuals and businesses reach their full potential and maximise the talent they have. A key part of my role is consulting with businesses to understand where their needs lie, and how we can deliver a programme that will meet these. In addition to consulting and designing bespoke courses for our customers, I am also involved in training delivery and professional certification.

What I like about working for TLD

“It’s not like anywhere I’ve ever worked before; everyone from the top to the bottom works as one team, it’s really refreshing”

Interests

I am heavily involved with my local community and church activities, and I often get the chance to help out with youth groups and other good causes. I’m also a big music fan, and I play guitar and sing; I love watching and playing sports when I can, and I’m a huge fan of the TV show The West Wing, so that’s my go to when I need a something a bit less active.