Gavin Barnett

When Gavin Barnett was four years of age, his missionary father was taken by a
crocodile in the Zambezi river at Chavuma in the Dr. Gavin BarnettN.W.Province of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia).


As the oldest of four children he was suddenly face to face with the concept of
responsibility but with the advantage of a role model in his remarkable widowed
mother Dorothy who, facing her formidable challenges, set a salutary example
of fortitude and resourcefulness. Her biography, Like a River Glorious, now in
its third edition was authored and published by Gavin and is currently selling
in seven countries.


Schooled at the Sakeji Missionary School in Zambia and Ermelo High School in
South Africa where he matriculated as Dux Scholar, Gavin Barnett embarked on
a business career, graduating and later becoming a Fellow and Honorary Life
Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Rising to executive director of a listed retail group in South Africa, Gavin held portfolios of Retail Operations, Human Resources and Manufacturing, over a period of 21 years.

While running a consulting business which he founded at the age of 56, Gavin used his client base to research the predictability of viability in new ventures. The result was an academically recognised dissertation entitled Predictive Criteria for Entrepreneurial Performance.


Gavinís natural bent for statistical analysis served him well in diagnosing and solving business problems and this experience has inspired The Visible Hand a compendium of proven managerial tools of particular relevance to business consultants and managers. He believes these control tools can play an important role in tackling the wave of corruption and lack of accountability so evident in business and government today.


His leadership in professional business administration was recognised in his election to international President of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in 1993. He was granted the Freedom of the City of London in April 2004.