Vernon Sankey

Vernon Sankey is an author, coach, leader, independent director and chairman


Vernon Sankey is an author, coach, leader, independent director and chairman and the current Chairman of the Audit Committee, Atos SE. Vernon Sankey has over 30 years of Board Of Directors experience in US, UK and EU, in FMCG (former CEO Reckitt, Chairman Firmenich) IT, Insurance (Board Director, chair remuneration com, Zurich Insurance), publishing (Board Director, chair audit Pearson plc) family and privately owned businesses (Cofra SA) and other smaller private and public businesses and start-ups.

Vernon Sankey is co-founder of Improve My World, which aims to provide relevant, well-researched, interesting and truthful information, knowledge and guidance to anyone and everyone wanting to understand better how to live a happier, healthier, more fulfilled and more enlightened life.

Mr. Sankey was founding director/member of UK’s Food Standards Agency for 5 years, Governor Harrow School and Trustee of John Lyon’s Charity for 15 years. Advisory board member of various businesses.

Speaker on Leadership, Change, Personal Development and creating environments for growth in corporations, universities, schools and conferences.


British born, Vernon Sankey graduated from Oriel College, Oxford University and received his Masters of Arts from the University of Oxford in 1971. He started his professional career in Reckitt and Colman plc in 1971, and became Chief Executive Officer in Denmark, France, the USA and in Great Britain in 1992. A role he performed until 1999.

After his experience at Reckitt and Colman plc, he has also held several non-executive positions as Chairman or Board member. He held positions as Chairman of Thomson Travel Group plc in 2000, Gala Group plc (2000 – 2003), deputy Chairman of Beltpacker plc (2000 – 2005), Non-Executive Director of Pearson plc (1993 – 2006), Chairman of Photo-Me International plc (2000 – 2007) , non-executive Director of Zurich Insurance AG (1998 – 2012) and Chairman of its Remuneration Committee) He was a founder board member of the UK’s Food Standards Agency (2000 – 2005) and a Non- Executive Director of Cofra Holding AG (2001 – 2007)

In 2000 Sankey set up an executive coaching company called REDCO Ltd of which he was Chairman. He has extensive experience in advising and coaching companies and executives on personal and corporate change and lectures on Leadership and Transformation Management.

In 2001, Sankey became the Governor of Harrow School and a Trustee (Royal Charter) of the John Lyon Charity, a role he performed until 2016.

Vernon Sankey is currently the Chairman of the Audit Committee, Atos SE, a role he has performed since 2005 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Besides his role as business executive, Vernon has lectured extensively on leadership, personal change and development and corporate and individual transformation in the UK and the US, at international conferences around the world and in schools and universities.

Mr Sankey is married with 4 children and 7 grandchildren. A former black belt in Tae Kwon Do, leisure interests include rowing, weight training and yoga.


In 2018 he published a book called The Stairway to Happiness, which combines philosophy, cognitive psychology and spirituality and represents many years of coaching and mentoring people in all walks of life. A second book, co-authored with Ms. Katey Lockwood, and called The Way: Finding Peace in Turbulent Times, was published in November 2019.

In September, 2021, Vernon And Katey published a third book: The Way Workbook: Living an Enlightened, Stress-free Life, based on The Way: Finding Peace in Turbulent Times. The Way Workbook is packed with helpful and practical guidance, exercises, quizzes, wise quotations and ‘reflections’, this book will change your life and help manage your stress and find peace and serenity.

The Stairway to Happiness

The Stairway to Happiness examines what happiness really is. It explores the different levels that can be attained and the techniques that can be applied to achieve happiness for oneself, one’s loved ones and other people.

The book combines philosophy, psychology and spirituality to explain the 5 key steps of the journey. With over 20 years of experience working in this field, Vernon Sankey points out potential pitfalls and hazards along the way and provides practical solutions based on sound cognitive psychology principles and common sense.

Examples, anecdotes and quotations from eminent and wise personalities are used to help the reader understand the principles more deeply. The last section, the Happiness of Harmony, moves the reader to the highest step and addresses spiritual concerns about life, our world and the future.

The material is relevant to parents, young adults, business executives and enlightened readers who want to grow personally and help others live a successful, harmonious, happy life.

The Way: Finding Peace in Turbulent Times

A collaborative project between Vernon Sankey and Katey Lockwood, The Way shows readers what is happening and why, and helps them rediscover the essential truth that the answers are already within us. When we look at things through different eyes, we learn to live in a new, more peaceful, more purposeful and happier way.

The Way Workbook: Living an Enlightened, Stress-free Life

Based on The Way: Finding Peace in Turbulent Times by the same authors, The Way Workbook is packed with helpful and practical guidance, exercises, quizzes, wise quotations and ‘reflections’, this book will change your life and help manage your stress and find peace and serenity.

The book introduces the ‘Creating Our Reality Everyday (CORE)’ course. This is a course created by Extraordinary-Results, a division of ImproveMyWorld.com. This course teaches the art and science of looking at the world in a new way, enabling you to manage your stress, and maintain calm and inner peace even in turbulent times, and live a happier, healthier, more productive Life.