'Discover Liverpool' is an invitation to revel in the magic of one of England's greatest cities - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former European Capital of Culture. Now revised and updated with new information and images, 'Discover Liverpool' guides readers around the heart of the city and its surrounding areas, to reveal the characters, buildings, myths, ghost stories and legends that make Liverpool unique. This is not an academic tome, but rather a labour of love by author and well-respected local history expert, Ken Pye. Combining historical facts with up-to-date information of the featured areas, 'Discover Liverpool' features 8 superb driving and walking tours with easy-to-read maps. An essential read for both Merseysiders and visitors to the city, to understand the heritage and magic of one of Europe's top tourist attractions.
Ken Pye is the Managing Director of Professional and Business Development Services; the Joint Director of The 3~Thinking Programme; the Managing Director of Discover Liverpool; the Facilitator and Co-Ordinator of The Intelligence Network; and Honorary Enterprise Fellow at Liverpool Hope University.
Under his own branding, 'Discover-Liverpool', Ken is a frequent contributor to journals, magazines, and newspapers, and is a popular local historian; as well as being an entertaining, expert, and frequent after-dinner speaker, and regular broadcaster for both radio and television.
Ken is the professionals' first choice when insightful and authoritative briefings are required on the past, present, and future of Liverpool, and of the developing City Region. However, Ken is best known across Merseyside as the author of the acclaimed book, 'Discover Liverpool' (now in its 2nd Edition), and the writer and presenter of the series of DVD documentaries, of the same name. He was also a principal contributor to the recent book, 'Scousers'.
Ken also wrote, 'A Brighter Hope' - about the founding and history of Liverpool Hope University, published by Liverpool Hope University Press; and his new book, 'The Bloody History of Liverpool'has just been published.
Currently, Ken is writing two books for The Earl of Derby.
Until the end of 2009, and for 10 years, Ken Pye was Senior Programme Director with the international, leadership development organisation, Common Purpose. In this position Ken had national responsibilities, but principally constructed and delivered highly-specialised leadership programmes; becoming a recognised and respected leader in his own right.
Ken then accepted a position as the University Director of Professional Education at Liverpool Hope University, in parallel with his role at the 3-Thinking Programme.
Underscoring all of this, Ken also facilitates an independent, non-aligned, informal business network of over 2,500 senior professionals, from all walks of life. This is known as The Intelligence Network, and its associates share the same ethical business standards, and seek to make their own organisations and companies more successful, but to the benefit of society and not at its expense.
Ken is in great demand as a business-development mentor; programme and conference facilitator; and as a respected speaker at events and training courses - delivering on business leadership and development. Indeed, he features in Dan Kenyon's collection of photographic portraits of Liverpool leaders and luminaries; 'Sung and Unsung'.
In an extensive career Ken has experience in all professional sectors. This includes working as a Residential Child Care Officer - with profoundly disabled youngsters; as a Youth and Community Leader; as the Community Development Worker for Toxteth; the Northwest Regional Officer for Barnardos; as National Partnership Director for the Business Environment Association; and for some years, before accepting his position with Common Purpose, he also ran his own, highly-successful, organisational empowerment and facilitation company.
Amongst his many voluntary community activities, Ken has established a local Scouting network and founded his neighbourhood community association, 'The Avenues Neighbourhood Network' - which he went on to chair for six years. He is also the Chair of the Governors of a Primary School; the Patron of a national charity; a board member and trustee of a number of voluntary and community agencies; a life-member of a number of local history societies and organisations; a Proprietor of the Liverpool Athenaeum; and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
On a personal basis and if pressed (better still, if taken out for dinner) Ken will regale you with tales about his experiences during the Toxteth Riots; as a Bingo Caller; as the Lead Singer of a Pop Group; and as a Mortuary Attendant. He might also tell you of his early encounters with John Lennon and Billy Fury, and with Sir Alec Guinness - amongst others. He might also tell of his early relationship with Cilla Black.
Ken is married to Jackie, and they live in Sefton Park in Liverpool, with their three children; Ben aged 25, Samantha aged 21, and Danny aged 15.
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