John Amaechi OBE

John Amaechi OBE was made a patron of Humanists UK for his humanist contributions to ethical questions in public life.

Psychologist and author

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If I had to select a philosophy reflecting my belief in both the empowering incremental value of the scientific method and the agency and potential of people, it would be humanism. I'm therefore delighted to have been made a Humanists UK patron.

John Amaechi, December 2020

Psychologist, author, and patron of Humanists UK

John Amaechi OBE is a respected organisational psychologist, best-selling New York Times author, executive coach, and CEO of APS Ltd: an organisation that specialises in creating high-performance workplace cultures. He is a non-executive director of a £2.4bn healthcare organisation, in addition to being a board advisor for several FTSE100 organisations in the financial, legal, and professional services, technology, publishing, engineering, and retail sectors.

In 2019, John was recognised as one of HR’s most influential thinkers by HR Magazine and he became a LinkedIn influencer and LinkedIn Top Voice in 2020. John is the first Briton to have a career in the NBA.

John is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. He is a Research Fellow at the University of East London and his interests are effective, inclusive leadership, building high-performance teams, and organisational design that maximises productivity and human thriving in readiness for the future world of work.

As the CEO of APS Ltd, John leads a team of psychologists, behavioural scientists, and experienced business strategists that design and deliver evidence-based advisory interventions to service clients with people challenges that impact organisational performance.

In 2011, Amaechi was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours list for services to sport and the voluntary sector.