About Us

We No Longer Live In A Linear World

So why do we insist on linear pages?

Besides, nobody reads long copy on a page like this – so enjoy yourself, jump around and take away what you need to take away!


But apologies, because this right now is very much a work in progress.

Who is John Philpin? What is People First? The questions keep coming, so, we thought we’d share a little bit about both of us.



What's Being Said ...


  • Fairness
  • Equality
  • Passion
  • Purpose


‘Unlocking Human Potential’


Yup … we have one.


We’ve got a few of them aswell!

John has worked in both mature, established companies and fast growth ‘start up’ environments.

John has lead multi-disciplinary teams, built – and taken to market – software solutions that have lead to contracts that have added $100s of millions of dollars to revenue.


John has worked in companies such as; GEC, Raytheon, Oracle and CitiCorp and with customers like; BT, Rolls Royce, Nestle, Chiron, HP, Johnson and Johnson, American General and large Government clients.

John’s secret to success?


Always put people first.


Everything else will follow.



… is a Board Level Executive with extensive international experience in the global software and technology industry.

John specializes in the parts of business that engages with customers and has a passion for taking companies and product solutions to the global market.

John Philpin

Topics of Conversation

  • ‘The Future of Work’
  • ‘Identity is not just ID’
  • ‘Technology Adoption’
  • ‘Value’
  • ‘Corporate Language’\

People First ...

… is a state of mind, but what does that mean? I was asked recently to summarize what I do and what People First is. After I answered the question he said … “oh you ‘Unlock Human Potential’.

I hadn’t quite thought of it that way, but at the highest level of what we seek to do, those three words encapsulate the essence of People First. In real terms we help organizations that struggle to deliver on their mission.

We find over and over again that when you unpack the challenge laid out, solve for the problem that has been described … the pain is rarely where you think it is.

  • Job 1 : Find the cause of pain.
  • Job 2 : Stop the pain.

There is no prescription, because that would suggest that we’ve been here before and are ready to retro fit your challenges into a pre-built template. That’s not how we work.

We work with you through processes and frameworks using, 1-1s, surveys, workshops, facilitation, keynote presentations .. whatever is needed to solve your problem and provide your answers.

We offer these services to organizations, if you want to have a conversation, we would love to hear from you.
We are exploring how we might offer related services smaller companies and even individuals. If you are interested in learning more about that when the service becomes available – register your interest here (no obligation).

People First DOT .....

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