Nigel Cumberland

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Nigel Cumberland
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York, England
Alma mater

Nigel Cumberland is a British author, leadership coach, and a founder of The Silk Road Partnership.[1][2] He is the author of over eight books, a number of which have been translated into foreign languages, including into Korean, Chinese, Czech, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Russian, Romanian, Dutch, Arabic and Brazilian Portuguese.[3][4][5] He writes self-development and leadership skills books, some of which have been serialised.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Brought up in the UK, Cumberland is British with a mother who was originally from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).[7] Cumberland read Economics at Queens' College,[8] University of Cambridge graduating in 1989. He had come up to Cambridge from Archbishop Holgate's Grammar School in York. He later studied management accounting and since 2005 holds the Fellow ("FCMA") title with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants ("CIMA").[9][10] He is trained and certified as a Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach.[11]

Cumberland with fellow author & coach Marshall Goldsmith in Dubai on 6 September 2015


Earlier in his career Cumberland had been an expatriate Finance Director with Coats plc and also held managing director positions with groups such as Adecco SA.[12] In 2000, he founded St. George's Consulting, a recruitment and coaching company with offices in Hong Kong and China. It merged with the Asian arm of Harvey Nash plc in 2003 and renamed St. George's Harvey Nash.[13] firm was sold to UK recruitment company, Hays plc, in May 2006.[14][15][16]

In 2006, Cumberland renamed the part of St. George's that he retained as The Silk Road Partnership which merged with the business in London of Philip Beddows. Cumberland provides leadership coaching, mentoring, training and facilitation for C-suite leaders and Board members through The Silk Road Partnership from his base in both London, UK and Dubai, UAE.[17][18][19]

Cumberland is an Accredited Coach (Master Practitioner Level) with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council,[20] and at its request was part of a small working group which created an industry-wide Global Code of Ethics for coaches and mentors.[21][22] He is also a Founding Fellow of the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Institute of Coaching.[23]

Cumberland regularly writes in the media on career and leadership related topics.[24][25] He is often interviewed for articles on similar topics.[26][27][28] He is regularly invited to chair, facilitate and/or speak at various events.[29][30]

Volunteer and causes[edit]

In 2016, Cumberland was admitted to the Freedom of the City of London.[31][32]

Cumberland founded a Hong Kong-based charity called The Getting Back to Work Foundation, in 2002, which helped job-seekers to find work.[33]

Cumberland with his wife and co-founder of St. George's Consulting, receiving the 2002 China Staff Magazine HR Award for their firm at Hong Kong's Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Cumberland had been a board member and the Treasurer of the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, a not for profit parent governed school, for four years until about 2011.[34][35]

Cumberland was quoted in different publications for his slightly controversial "You end up with boring adults" comment regarding the effects of poor parenting and nurturing of young people after he was interviewed and quoted by Carl Honoré in his 2008 book Under Pressure.[36][37][38][39]


Cumberland receiving the Freedom of the City of London at a June 2016 ceremony in a court of London's Guildhall
Cumberland at the Hong Kong's Foreign Correspondents' Club in June 2006
  • Your Job-Hunt Ltd – Advice from an Award-Winning Asian Headhunter (published by Pilgrims Guides in 2003; ISBN 0-9532796-5-0)
  • Your Job-Hunt Ltd – Advice from an Award-Winning Asian Headhunter (a Hong Kong-Chinese language updated Edition published by Wan Li Book Co. Ltd. In 2004; ISBN 962-14-2809-2)[40][41]
  • Successful Recruitment in a Week – Teach Yourself series (published by Hodder Education in UK & McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. in US in 2012)[42]
  • Managing Teams in a Week – Teach Yourself series (published by Hodder Education in UK & McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. in US in 2013)[43]
  • Secrets of Success at Work – 50 techniques to excel (published by Hodder & Stoughton in UK & McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. in US in 2014; ISBN 978 1 473 60024 9)[44]
  • Management in 4 Weeks – the Complete Guide to Success Teach Yourself series (one of 4 authors) (published by Hodder & Stoughton in UK & McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. in US in 2015; ISBN 978 1 473 605 268)[45]
  • 50 Segredos do Sucesso no Trabalho (published by Self-desenvolvimento Pessoal in Portugal in 2015; ISBN 9789898781352)
  • Recrutamento em Uma Semana (published by Figurati in Brazil in 2015; ISBN 9788567871172)[46]
  • Finding and Hiring Talent in a Week – Teach Yourself series (updated edition of Successful Recruitment in a Week – Teach Yourself series) (published by John Murray Learning in UK & Quercus in US in 2016)[47]
  • Leading Teams in a Week – Teach Yourself series (updated edition of Managing Teams in a Week – Teach Yourself series) (published by John Murray Learning in UK & Quercus in US in 2016)[48]
  • 100 Things Successful People Do: Little Exercises for Successful Living (published in UK by John Murray Learning and in the US by Nicholas Brealey Publishing in 2016; ISBN 978-1473635043)[49]
  • The Ultimate Management Book – Teach Yourself series (one of 4 authors)(published in the UK by John Murray Learning in 2018; ISBN 978-1473683853)[50]
  • 100 Things Millionaires Do: Little Lessons in Creating Wealth (published in the UK in November 2019 by Nicholas Brealey Publishing, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton; ISBN 978-1529353235 ).[51]
  • 100 Things Successful Leaders Do: Little Lessons in Leadership (published in the UK in April 2020 by Nicholas Brealey Publishing, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton; ISBN 978-1529353310 ).[52]


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  44. ^ Cumberland, Nigel (27 June 2014). Secrets of Success at Work: 50 Techniques to Excel – Nigel Cumberland. ISBN 978-1-4736-0026-3. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  45. ^ Manser, Martin; Cumberland, Nigel; Barry, Norma; Kamp, Di (29 January 2015). Management in 4 Weeks: The Complete Guide to Success: Teach Yourself – Martin Manser, Nigel Cumberland, Norma Barry, Di Kamp. ISBN 978-1-4736-0527-5. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  46. ^ Cumberland, Nigel (12 August 2015). Recrutamento: em uma semana – Nigel Cumberland. ISBN 9788567871417. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  47. ^ Cumberland, Nigel (7 January 2016). Finding & Hiring Talent in a Week: Talent Search, Recruitment And Retention ... – Nigel Cumberland. ISBN 978-1-4736-2382-8. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  48. ^ Cumberland, Nigel (10 March 2016). Leading Teams in a Week: Team Leadership In Seven Simple Steps – Nigel Cumberland. ISBN 978-1-4736-2297-5. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  49. ^ Cumberland, Nigel (11 August 2016). 100 Things Successful People Do: Little Exercises for Successful Living – Nigel Cumberland. ISBN 978-1-4736-3506-7. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
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  51. ^ "100 Things Millionaires Do". 14 May 2019 – via
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