Brian Condon’s work helps people make decisions and take action. He brings energy, enthusiasm and independence of thought to his consulting and advisory services. He has been involved in helping organisations undergoing extreme technology and business change for over 20 years. In his work, he commits to the mission of the client, supports the executive team and he’s skilled at mediation and conflict resolution.
Brian’s early business experience was with a start-up – York Trust
a corporate finance business he helped grow to a London listing.
After that, he funded his way through a PhD in Physics at St Andrews. During his PhD he was on one of the first scientific missions to the former Soviet Union visiting formerly “secret” research establishments in Novosibirsk, St Petersburg and Moscow. In the early 90s in Ukraine he was an adviser to the Minister of Telecommunications on Joint Venture formation. He was in Kiev when all the statues of Lenin “disappeared”.
He returned to the UK to work with PA Consulting’s Global Technology Group – leading complex product and service development projects. His assignments involved developing holistic pictures of how business and technology strategies can deliver growth. He worked with the senior leadership teams of clients to help them understand the impact of rapid technology change.
A move to Close Brothers Corporate Finance led to his appointment as Managing Director responsible for Media, IT and Telecoms, advising on mergers and acquisition strategy. CBCF’s business grew; profits from the sector team Brian was responsible for grew 400% over 5 years. After Close Brothers, he set up his own consulting practice – working with public and private sector clients and universities on strategy.
More recently, he co-founded the Centre for Creative Collaboration (“C4CC”) a joint venture between four of the UK’s leading universities. C4CC supported collaboration and innovation between companies large and small, Universities, freelancers and microbusinesses. A 5 year project beginning in 2010, C4CC was instrumental helping students and recent graduates start digital and creative businesses – with 37 start-ups in the last 2 years creating over 100 jobs. In 2012, C4CC became a partner in “London Creative and Digital Fusion”, part funded by the European Regional Development. London Fusion worked with Creative and Digital Businesses helping to create more than 240 new jobs and increasing their GVA by €8.35m – significantly above the performance targets set by funders.
Brian is a member of the Frontline Club which champions independent media and journalism, the Academy of Urbanism and the Royal Television Society. He blogs at digital-citizen.co.uk, and is active on social media. His business portfolio includes roles as director of the CBN Limited (a cooperative which works on the future of the UK’s digital infrastructure) and non-executive director of Tri-Print Limited (his family printing business). He is a former non-executive director of Aquafuel Research Limited (a Kent based venture-backed green energy business where he is an investor) and the Phone Coop Limited.
He is a Bosun for TS Royalist, a square rigged sailing vessel owned by the Marine Society/Sea Cadet Corps, a charity which exists to introduce young people and others to adventure sailing on a 100ft brig. As a Bosun, he has responsibility for the leadership, training and safety of the crew (usually young people) in all above-deck activities, sailing a traditionally rigged vessel in all weathers and sea conditions.