In 2021 we said a very sad goodbye to Paul Morris, an inspirational man that helped found our company and shape the organisation we know and love today.
Paul Morris founded the company with Prof. Peter Hines in 1993 and remained a partner for over 10 years. He had an enormous impact, both on the individuals he brought into the business and how the company operates and functions.
Paul could only ever be described as a wonderful force of nature – he had a brilliant sense of humour and was totally focused on developing a great team. There are so many stories that we could share, but these are some from the team that worked with Paul and knew him well…
“I literally could spend all day telling Paul Morris stories – his standards were so high and he really wanted us to develop into competent, rounded consultants , he was a real people person with no ego as such , he just wanted his team and the business to succeed
He brought about 12 of us into the business (including Simon, Rob and myself) none of us had a bloody clue about being a consultant at the start . It was like one of those films where new recruits join the army and the initial training was done by a Sargent who is tough, highly demanding, who no one initially likes, and who is a bloody nightmare – however, when they all pass the training after a few months they realise that all the Sargent ever wanted was for them to succeed by developing their competence and confidence – that’s what Paul was all about.”
“I guess many of the newer people at S A Partners would not know Paul as he left the business around 15 years ago. Paul worked closely with Peter Hines to set the business up in 1993 and was the driving force that helped establish the business. He was an amazing character – someone who inspired me as a client and was the reason I joined the company.
He was mad, funny, emotional, intelligent, confusing, grounded, life scarred, excited but most of all I think he loved people and wanted people to succeed.
There are 1000 Paul Morris stories which one day we should all tell, for me none of us would be here today without his drive and knowledge. I know he would have been proud of the company we have become and would have enjoyed seeing us succeed and do the things he spoke about in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.
For now I thought I would share my memories of my first day at S A Partners… I arrived on Day 1 for my induction to be told this is Jeff, this is Terry, this is Lisa – that’s the kettle – always wash your cup before you go home – I am off up the sandwich shop because we have run out of milk and I’m starving – that’s the phone tell people you work for us and get some work. He came back two special baguettes which we ate in the car going to Pontypool where we finished off a big picture map he had started the day before with a client. I thought I was doing really well writing everything down, asking clever questions and guiding people to the answers, while the master commanded the audience. But I was so wrong- I used the wrong colour pens – how can opportunities be purple?- they have to be green! How can you have more than one waste! Stop giving them the answers you are supposed to be a consultant! You have a lot to learn if you want to work for SA Partners. I then made my biggest mistake and decided to fight back – you cant beat day one arguing with the boss- we fought all the way home which resulted in me resigning as I got out of the car. So day 2 I’m sitting in the house thinking oh bugger, Paul phones me up, he wants me back, he apologises and asks Jeff to mentor me and teach me the ropes as he thinks I have a great future with SA Partners. When I get to the office Paul is out on a sales call so I meet Jeff- my mentor – I have never had a mentoring session so I’m quite excited – jeff sits me down and gives me the 7 word mentoring session that has stuck with me all my career- IGNORE HIM AND JUST GO WITH THE FLOW.
Paul is my inspiration for working, the guys passion, knowledge and drive inspire me to make S A Partners what it is today, I regret not bringing him back and showing what he created – he would have been so proud of what his business has become and the fantastic people who work in it today.”
Our company is where it is because of all of the people that have worked here over the last 28 years, Paul will always be remembered with both a smile for the humour and fondness for his ability to see the best in people – even when they didn’t themselves.
Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends who we know will feel his loss as we do here.
You are welcome to leave a tribute to Paul below and we will pass this on to his relatives.