Richard has been focused on developing people and organisations for over 25 years in a variety of contexts. He has worked as a senior organisational psychologist and manager, in a variety of private and public organisations, and continues to act as a consultant to many plcs and several consultancies. He is both a Chartered and Registered Occupational Psychologist and a Counselling Psychologist. He is a former Chair of the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology, BPS Council, Board of Directors and former chair of the BPS Ethics Committee. He is a chartered member of the CIPD. He helped set up and was the director of the first UK Doctorate in Organisational Psychology. 

Current activities

Richard is a Registered Practitioner Psychologist (HPC), Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology, Member of the Division of Sports Psychology, Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology, Founder member of Special Group in Coaching Psychology.

His research interests centre around the application of psychology to organisations and individuals, and includes work on culture change and resistance, on assessment centres and minorities, and on the emotional aspects of learning and change, Ethics and on applying psychology to politics. He has published and presented dozens of papers and contributed to several books. He was a specialist reviewer for the Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency and is currently a panel member and visitor for the Health Professions Council. He has been quoted in the media, is a reviewer for several journals, a former associate editor of 'The Psychologist' and on the editorial board of Management and Organization. He is a Chartered Scientist and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He currently chairs the accreditation appeals panel for the World Association of Business Coaches.

He continues to apply psychology to the world of work through his consultancy and coaching practice; he has worked with individuals and organizations from consultants to Board members from all over the world, from Steel to Defence and Health to alternative technology. In 2011 the prestigious award of Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences was conferred for a significant contribution to Social Science in the UK. He is active in his community; a school governor, and a trustee of the Cranfield Trust.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Bushnell I, Burke E, Kwiatkowski R & Kosinski M (2014) What's so big about Big Data?.
  • Kwiatkowski R (2013) The Psychologist and the organisation; some cautionary vignettes.
  • Kwiatkowski R (2013) Organizational Change and the Changing Ethical Landscape: Possible Impacts of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
  • Kwiatkowski R (2012) Ethical thinking and the brave new world.
  • Kwiatkowski R (2012) Ethical dilemmas in practice.
  • Kwiatkowski R (2012) Psychological leadership and ethics.
  • Kwiatkowski R (2011) Politics and Change: A Longitudinal Study of Politicians in Government.
  • Kwiatkowski R (2010) Psychology, Parliament, Organizational Politics and Change.
  • Kwiatkowski R, Drogin E & Williams J (2010)

    Preaching to the choir? Harmonising current BPS and HPC sources of professional guidance

  • Kwiatkowski R (2008) Invited discusaant/panel member on open session on psychological ethics.
  • Kwiatkowski R (2007) Occupational/organizational psychologists and ethics: How do employers see us?.
  • Kwiatkowski R (2005) Change in Parliament: reason or resistance?.
  • Knox S, Kwiatkowski R, Jaina J, Creagh M, Hope-Hailey V, Moir L, Myddelton D & van der Hoven C (2005) The MBA paradox: Critical examination or practical relevance?.
  • Kwiatkowski R (2005) Ethics: The Future?.
  • Cooper D, James K, Kwiatkowski R & Taffler R (2004) The shadow in the balance sheet: The spectre of Enron and how accountants use the past as a psychological defence against the future.
  • Turnbull James K, Kwiatkowski R & Bowman C (2004) Developing Individual Strategic Capability.
  • Turnbull James K, Kwiatkowski R & Bowman C (2004) Developing Strategic Capability: Managerial imaginings and psychological insights.
  • Bowman C, James K & Kwiatkowski R (2003) Developing individual strategic capability: rediscovering psychological capability and context.
  • Kwiatkowski R & Scott S (1998) Are assessment centres fair to ethnic minorities?: A study of major graduate recruiters.
  • Scott S & Kwiatkowski R (1998) Foul or Fair? Assessment Centres and Ethnic minorities: a study of major UK recruiters.
  • Kwiatkowski R (1998) Ethnic Minority Graduates and Assessment Centres.
  • Kwiatkowski R & Gilby R (1997) Safety Culture in a Dying Factory.
  • Kwiatkowski R (1996) Counselling Psychology in an Organisational Context: Education and Experience defeat Ignorance and Integrity.
  • Kwiatkowski R (1996) Counselling vs Psychotherapy: some empirical thoughts on an old debate.
  • Kwiatkowski R & Lawrence S (1996) Orchestral Metaphors and Organisational Reality: Or 'Taylor Rides Again'?.
  • Kwiatkowski R (1994) Can your Grandmother suck eggs - on the difficulty of Evaluating Training.
  • Kwiatkowski R, Azizollah H & Roach S (1991) Psychology without quality is like juggling without balls.
  • Kwiatkowski R & Horncastle P (1990) On the consuption of the golden goose.
  • Kwiatkowski R & Horncastle P (1989) Paradigms Lost?.


  • Kwiatkowski R (2011) Politicians and  Power: MPs in the UK Parliament. In: The Psychology of Politicians. Weinberg A (ed.), Cambridge University Press.
  • Turnbull James K, Bowman C & Kwiatkowski R (2008) Strategic Leadership. In: Leadership Perspectives: Knowledge into Action. Turnbull James K and Collins J (ed.), Palgrave Macmillan, p. 72-85.
  • Kwiatkowski R, Jaina J, Creagh M, Hope-Hailey V, Knox S, Moir L, Myddelton D & van der Hoven C (2008) Can the MBA Develop Leadership?: "Academic Reflection" vs "Practical Training". In: Leadership Learning: Knowledge into Action. Turnbull James K, Collins J (ed.), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 131-146.
  • Kwiatkowski R & Winter B (2006) Roots, relativity and realism: the occupational psychologist as scientist-practitioner. In: The Modern Scientist - Practitioner: A Guide to Practice in Psychology. Lane D, Corrie S (ed.), London: Routledge, p. 158-240.
  • Kwiatkowski R (2006) Inside-out and outside-in: the use of personality and 360 degree data in executive coaching. In: Executive Coaching - systems-psychodynamic perspective. Brunning H (ed.), London: Karnac Books, p. 153-181.
  • Kwiatkowski R, Harris H, Kakabadse A & Mapes J (2002) Applying organisational behaviour theories and models in learning teams. In: Innovations in Teaching Business and Management. Hockings C, Moore I (ed.), SEDA, p. 157-165.
  • Kwiatkowski R (2000) Conflict in Organisations. In: Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Feltham C, Horton I (ed.), Sage, p. 222-229.
  • Kwiatkowski R & Hogan D (1998) Group membership. In: Counselling and Communication Skills for Medical and Health Practitioners. Bayne R, Nicolson P, Horton I (ed.), Leicester: The British Psychological Society, p. 117-128.
  • Kwiatkowski R (1996) Counselling Psychology from an Occupational Perspective. In: Professional Therapeutic Titles: Myths and Realities. British Psychological Society for the Division of Counselling Psychology, Occasional Papers. James I, Palmer S (ed.), p. 18-25.