About John S Pearce

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Background, career and CV...

In 1970 I started teaching English, became a senior leader, later advisor, Ofsted Inspector, then Head of Education Services, for Nottinghamshire Local Authority. I became Deputy Chief Inspector for Nottinghamshire in 1993 and left to become Freelance in 1998. Roles included: Executive Headships, NCTL Lead Facilitator & Regional Curriculum Adviser for the DfE. Business experience in Restoration, Sculpture, Publishing and more recently Software has informed my training and mentoring of over 1,500 start-up consultancies & businesses around the UK.  downloadDownload Full CV

The Kenyan Educational Trust KES is important to me.  As Chairman of the charity, it's great to provide scholarships to gifted but disadvantaged Kenyan youngsters who would otherwise have no education.  

A finer life-balance involves a growing family, writing, blacksmithing, Rotary International and climbing high mountains, preferably covered in snow.

Skye 2010


How I'll work with you:

I work alongside individuals, teams within an organisation exploring how each sees their circumstances. It's always about simplifying complexity and identifying the best way forward.  It will certainly involve self-evaluation, checked against solid criteria and inevitably rigorous planning and action (this is why the Abacus is so important). We'll set about finding what works, as opposed to what's done. There's no magic in these processes, they were forged in the heat of honest, hard work. It's all about you defining and achieving success.

You will be offered free use of The iAbacus, in the work we do together. You'll have an opportunity to collaborate with The iAbacus Team who will be happy to design bespoke criteria and approaches to suit your circumstances.


How we'll work with you:

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Close working with the iAbacus Team is a natural progression from the iAbacus Improvement Model when, in 2010, Dan O'Brien and I created the software The iAbacus.

We launched in 2012, providing users with greater flexibility and scope for innovation, collaboration and analysis.  A huge bonus was and is the built in "anywhere-anytime-any device" working.  As a result of our unique approach, "the iAabcus combines the emotional intelligence of coaching with the rigour of audit and inspection" we were BETT finalists in 2014.

Now, with well over 1000 licences in the UK and globally, we love it when new users say, "Why haven't I seen this before?  It's so easy and powerful."  But, don't take our word for it, read iAbacus user testimonials.  We now know it makes an immediate impact and users love both the process and software.

So, we are moving into Business - Sport & Leisure - Health & Well-Being.  Come and join us!

Have a look at our website here and/or look at these videos:

  •  A 60 second video of the process here
  • John talking about the iAbacus here
  • A Business (Sales Performance) application here


What next for you?

If you like the idea of working with me please click CONTACT on the top bar.  I thrive on meeting enthusiasts and often charge what my clients pay themselves and will even work pro-Bono for novel projects.  My guarantee is simple - I'll refuse payment if you are not satisfied  - this hasn't happened yet.

If you want to explore working with The iAbacus team, have a look at our website here and/or, look at a range of our videos:

  •  A 60 second video of the process here
  • John talking about the iAbacus here
  • A Business (Sales Performance) application here

Remember, the very best way to get a "feel" of The iAbacus is to use it - so sign up for a FREE TRIAL

We look forward to hearing from you!


Put simply, he is an inspiration. Always an innovator, John's work is the product of deep thinking and is anchored in what he knows motivates people. I have so often seen the long lasting impact when he works with groups and individuals alike. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him without reservation

Philip Holmes, Director, BCEM Ltd

He is wise and he wants you to be wise too. It sounds dramatic but he changed my life by helping me regain the courage and self-belief which had been temporarily been taken from me.

Secondary Head Teacher (wishes to remain anonymous)

Your role is vital - you are the trusted face and the professional glue. Don't underestimate the effect of how you model professional conduct and integrity. You do walk the talk and ask the tough questions of everyone, including yourself.

Mike West Inspector of Special Measures School

I was at your session – you were incredibly inspiring – so much that it somewhat ‘changed my life’. So I guess it’s a big thank you to you for being one of those realistic, down to earth and interesting guys that education seems to lack these days!

Stuart Spendlow Teacher

I heard John speak – he was witty, articulate knowledgeable and inclusive. He was a big hit - thought provoking while remaining respectful of the experience of his audience. John will stretch you and make you think about things more deeply than you may have before. Not only that, he's a thorough good man!

Mark Grant Business & Leadership Coach.

He has a special way of bringing clarity and common sense to any task or challenge, which, combined with his wicked sense of humour endear him to colleagues at any level. He is demanding and authoritative but genuinely perceptive, supportive and caring.

Maggie Morland - Artist at Maggie Morland Arts

John is extraordinarily energetic and creative, with a capacity to pull together disparate ideas in a way that is readily accessible. He has been a pleasure to work with bringing warmth and profound sense of values and purpose into everything he has done with us

Kevin Ford Chief Executive FPM

I worked with John and he was fantastic, he really helped me realise my potential and believe in my new business venture. After working with him I feel clear about what I need to do next and how to do it. Really hope to work together again in the future.

Diane Stubbs Business Woman and winner of local “Dragon’s Den”

I've been privileged to work with John and have been impressed with his total engagement and commitment to his clients. John possesses that rare quality of truly respecting and valuing people. 'People Matter' to John Pearce and he ensures that their needs comes first.

Alan Wayment, Director, VISION

Of all the days I have delivered for the National College, the ones I have facilitated with John shine out like beacons in my memory. They are the ones from which I have learned and they are the ones from which the participants have continued to contact me, as a serving head to follow up issues which began as discussion on the day.

Jill Boyle Head teacher and National College Facilitator

The Consultants’ Oath - my ethics and values

The moral purpose & ethics driving my work.

Find out more...

The iAbacus – self-evaluation and improvement

The iAbacus created with Dan O'Brien -  Video