Nicholas Bailey is a successful stage and screen actor. He is perhaps best known as Dr Anthony Trueman on BBC’s ‘Eastenders’. Having completed an MBA, Nicholas has now added the career title: Management Consultant to his repertoire; using drama and creativity to help unlock communication potential. His dual ‘roles’ give him a unique perspective on art, culture, talentship and modern business.
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Nicholas Bailey’s entrepreneurial spirit first surfaced when he successfully led a project on the Young Enterprise scheme, but he first needed to get his love of acting off the ground which he did with great success. Self-employed as an actor for 20 years including a long stint in 'Eastenders' as Dr Truman, his experience of business is very different from the majority of business people but it still gave him an understanding of entrepreneurship, employability and personal branding. Like most professional actors, Nicholas experienced ‘resting periods’ and during these times he worked as an usher, waiter, retail assistant and barman but it wasn’t until he helped develop the idea of a lifestyle management company, specialising in providing access to special events and experiences, that he began to think seriously about becoming an entrepreneur.
He became Relationship Manager for Limelight Access in 2009 and helped sign new members, develop and innovate within the business. Passionate about coffee and the coffee business, he completed a coffee business and barista course at the London School of Coffee and maintains links with the coffee industry. His to-do-list still includes the launch of his own coffee enterprise. In the meantime, he keeps abreast of industry developments and innovations.
Nicholas Bailey then worked as a self-styled Creativity Consultant, using drama as a tool for communication and applied learning, even spending time as a teacher at a Birmingham School. He has compelling views about the link behind creativity and success in business. Still juggling new opportunities in his acting career, Nicholas joined the Birmingham Business School full-time MBA programme graduating with merit in December 2012. It is here that he became fascinated with the fields of Talentship and professional development becoming particularly interested in corporate reputation and leadership. His existing knowledge, coupled with his experience of learning much about business communications left him with an idea: "What if he could use drama to help leaders develop their potential as communicators of strategy and values?"
To date, Nicholas has conducted research within FTSE 100 companies and delivered within both public and private sector firms on such topics as presentation skills, vocal, physical technique Impression Management and employability. He is also a registered growth and Leadership and Management Coach for Growth Accelerator.