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Practical Philosopher.

 Robert Rowland Smith 

Family Business Advisory

Robert's speciality is family businesses. He combines the practical experience of having advised corporates over many years, with an ability to handle family dynamics sensitively. He offers tailored support.


Robert offers executive and personal coaching, online and face to face. Off-the-shelf coaching packages as well as bespoke programmes are available.

Leadership Development

Robert designs and delivers leadership development programmes. These are always aimed at benefitting both the individual and the business.


Constellations is integral to everything Robert does. Be the focus on personal or organisational issues, he works systemically to remove hidden blockages. Robert

 runs regular workshops for clients.

Client services

Book Robert as a speaker

Robert is a regular speaker at public and private events, addressing a wide range of topics that include philosophypsychologypolitics, and business strategy

"I have had the pleasure of hearing Robert speak at many corporate events on a wide range of topics. He offers fresh perspectives on important issues, and always does so with great clarity and good humour. He is a first call for new insights on complex issues. I would recommend him without reservation."

 -David Blanc, Trade Adviser for the French Republic, Co founder of Vestra

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An award-winning author and Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Robert Rowland Smith went on to become a partner in a London consulting firm. Robert’s consultancy work has led him to advise the executive teams and boards of numerous organisations from global blue chips to start ups.

Robert has subsequently built a reputation as a leading practitioner of systemic constellations.


Robert is the author of seven books, including bestsellers ‘Breakfast with Socrates’ and ‘The Reality Test’. He has been a columnist for the Sunday Times Magazine and Evening Standard. He is a regular speaker at public and private events, on radio and television.

With Mark Vernon, he is one half of the duo known for Philosophy Slam!

Robert convenes an extraordinary depth and richness of worlds in the delivery of his Constellations: philosophy, psychology, business, government and even spirituality have their place; I see this reflected in the fascinating variety of clients drawn to his work, from business leaders and consultants to artists and therapists - each of them magnetised by Robert's synthesis and integration of the rational and the emotional, the everyday and the miraculous. 

- Laurence S

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