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Professor Peter Saville

BA, MPhil, PhD, HonFBPsS, CPsychol ,CSsci, Academic FCIPD, FIoD, FRSA
Visiting Professor

Kingston Business School
Kingston University
Kingston Hill campus
Kingston upon Thames


Professor Peter Saville founded Saville Consulting in 2004 and is the company Chairman. He is acknowledged as a worldwide authority in the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and is referred to as an 'assessment guru'.

Previously, Peter was founder of SHL Group Plc, started in 1977 on £100 with Roger Holdsworth. He was Chairman when SHL floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1997. In 2002, after a disagreement over strategy, he left SHL to form Saville Consulting.

Peter is heavily involved in new product development, training, consultancy and in establishing operations worldwide. He developed the Saville Consulting Wave® questionnaires with his team and his current research focuses on leadership.

A keynote speaker at numerous senior management and HR conferences worldwide, Peter frequently appears on TV and radio stations. He has published over 200 academic papers and books.

Peter's consultancy experience includes many assignments for companies in managerial, engineering, graduate, technical and sales, such as acting as specialist consultant to the United Nations in staff selection.

In 2012, Peter joined a select group of eminent psychologists including Professor Sigmund Freud and Professor Carl Jung, in being awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Honorary Fellowship has been awarded to only some thirty Psychologists worldwide for their pioneering and influential services to the discipline of psychology.

He is a Chartered Psychologist, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, an Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Peter graduated with honours in Psychology at the University of Leicester, and completed both a Master’s and a Ph.D. in personality structure, examined by Hans Eysenck. At the age of 27, he was Chief Psychologist at the National Foundation for Educational Research Test Division and standardized many psychometric tests including the Wechsler Scales and Cattell’s 16 PF. With Roger Holdsworth, he developed SHL’s first courses, ability tests and the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ).

Peter was Visiting Professor of Occupational Psychology at Queen’s University from 1991 to 1998, and is currently Visiting Professor at Kingston Business School.

In 1998, Peter was voted one of the UK’s top entrepreneurs by Enterprise Magazine and in 2004, he was recognized as one of the UK’s top ten psychologists — the only Industrial Psychologist cited. His picture hung in the National Portrait Gallery when he was awarded the BPS Centenary Award for Distinguished Contribution to Professional Psychology.

Peter’s academic interests cover business psychology, marketing, intelligence, the structure and assessment of personality; recruitment and selection; human resource and business management; sports psychology, multivariate statistics and diversity. His main area, however, has been psychometrics: standardizing, researching and developing tests of general intelligence (IQ) verbal, numerical, mechanical, and spatial abilities, as well as those of personality.

A QPR supporter, Peter played soccer into his fifties and still plays both tennis and golf. Peter is married and has five children, including young twins by Jemaine, his second wife.

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