Admiral Sir Trevor Soar
Admiral Sir Trevor Soar spent 37 years in the Royal Navy starting as a very junior midshipman and eventually attaining the highest rank in the service as an Admiral. In these years he held many diverse leadership positions including five independent commands from diesel submarine captain as a 29-year-old to aircraft carrier captain in which his final command was the whole of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines (36,000 people) as Commander in Chief. He was also the NATO Maritime Commander with operational command of all ships and submarines from across 27 NATO countries.
Trevor achieved the fastest promotion of any Admiral in recent history and his career path gave him not only leadership experience at sea but also across the highest levels of defence, change management and procurement and acquisition, chairing or being a member of the most senior defence boards. He gained considerable commercial insight from both the MOD and from being responsible for all ship building, procurement and logistics as the first Chief of Material (Fleet) in the Defence Equipment & Support organisation (28,000 people).
Since leaving the Royal Navy in March 2012, Sir Trevor has advised many sectors through his own consultancy company – on business development, strategic planning, board governance and leadership development. His clients include Babcock International, Newton Europe, NAREC Capital, Manthorpe Group and he is currently chairman of two maritime sector companies. He has maintained his strong passion for leadership development as Chairman of The Leaders Club.
Sir Trevor’s unique insight and international leadership experience adds immeasurable value to the TRUE Leader programme. His willingness to spend time with younger leaders gives them an opportunity to hear firsthand how they can learn and develop their own leadership potential.
Nigel spent nine years in the Royal Navy, of which six were in the submarine service in both diesel and nuclear submarines and left as a lieutenant in 1987. Nigel then joined Mars Confectionery as a salesman and worked in trade marketing and key accounts management before becoming country manager for Northern Ireland.
Since then, he has spent 24 years in the field of executive development – in commercial skills, leadership and facilitation skills building for over 30 companies including Cadbury, Pepsico, Unilever, Nuqul, The Civil Aviation Authority, Glaxo Smithkline, Diageo, Asics, Philips, Coors, Telenor and many others.
He has worked in diverse markets and business cultures (35 countries around the world) and has spent over 23,000 hours in front of groups of future leaders, helping them to fulfil their potential. He has also worked from board level to first line management. Nigel is a Master Facilitator.
Responses to his workshops and development are summarised in our Reviews section, however suffice to say that his passion is to develop people and his energy is totally focussed on this incredibly rewarding activity.