Joe Bell

Be Human, Be You

In this main session Joe will explore the following dimensions to becoming an effective leader;

  • Creating the environment through leadership behaviours
  • Managing and working with personality…emotional and interpersonal dimension that drive behaviour
  • Creating meaning through leadership – in ourselves and others through emotional intelligence, awareness, engagement and connection
  • Leading with humility; removing the ego to allow others to flourish; creating a talent-pool that keeps getting deeper


Joe Bell is a renowned figure in the field of leadership development – with the likes of Manchester United, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Vodafone, NHS, Unilever and Nufarm requesting his staff training expertise since 2000.

Working with The Manufacturing Institute as an Associate Practitioner, Joe also supports our manufacturing partners in various aspects of coaching, mentoring and staff engagement. He is the curator and facilitator of our team leader programme and an executive coach for our MSc students – helping them build crucial skills, knowledge and behaviours in manufacturing leadership.

A bit about Joe…

Joe has always held a fascination with human interaction, behaviours and thought patterns. Upon graduating from the University of Manchester in 1995 in Philosophy, he immediately found his calling as group leader in the retail sector – successfully mentoring and developing managers to run their teams more effectively.

Joe also spent time in learning and development roles for the City of York Council, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Vertex – where he trained management staff for a number of major blue-chip companies. Joe eventually took his expertise to an international level with MyTravel Airways before joining, Swedish paper manufacturer, SCA as Head of Learning & Development for UK & Ireland – where he was tasked with supporting more than 1,500 staff.

In 2012, Joe set up his own consultancy firm called Evoke; specialising in people development and executive coaching. He continues to run this business today.

“I’ve worked in training for many years across almost every type of sector. Creating an engaged workforce is key – and with my tailored style of working, I help businesses build very effective teams.”

Joe firmly believes that confident, aware, focussed and emotionally-satisfied members of staff are instrumental to the overall success of any organisation – big or small.

Throughout his career, Joe has seen the best results in people who are given purpose, direction, freedom and trust. When teams have these assets, they tend to thrive.

During his training sessions, Joe actively moves away from the command and control style of coaching – working with the individual to deliver the specific type of guidance they require (be it emotional intelligence or strength in confidence).

“I take a situational approach to learning. I firmly believe that people have what it takes to figure things out for themselves when they have the right support around them. Everyone is different – there’s no one-size-fits-all.”