Damian Hughes

Damian Hughes

BA Classics 1997

Summary: Classics graduate Damian is a best-selling author and talks about his colourful career path since graduation.

Classics graduate Damian shares his success story since graduating from Leeds in 1997...

He is the author of four best-selling books, Liquid Thinking and Liquid Leadership, The Survival Guide to Change and Change Catalyst as well the founder of the LiquidThinker Company which takes the methods used by great achievers and shows, in easy steps, how you can adopt them into your own life and business in order to achieve your dreams and ambitions.

Damian, a former England schoolboy footballer and Manchester United football coach, was a Human Resource Director for Unilever, where he led a turn around in performance at the UK’s oldest manufacturing site in Port Sunlight before carrying out similar work in Africa and US.

He now runs his own change management consultancy, LiquidThinker Ltd, helping a wide range of individuals; teams and industries achieve similar employee engagement and success. He also works as a change management consultant and sports psychologist for Warrington Wolves, England and GB Rugby League team.

Damian runs a Manchester inner-city youth club, Collyhurst and Moston, which has helped reduce crime and help many kids find a purpose in their lives from stopping crime to winning Olympic medals. In 2007 he was nominated for the William Hill Sports book of the year award for Peerless, his biography of boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson. In 2009, he co-authored a critically acclaimed biography of boxing legend Thomas Hearns in Hitman: the Thomas Hearns Story.

He was appointed as a Professor of Organisational Psychology and Change for Manchester Metropolitan University in September 2010.

His innovative and exciting approach has been praised by Sir Richard Branson, Muhammad Ali, Sir Terry Leahy, Tiger Woods, Jonny Wilkinson and Sir Alex Ferguson.