“Professor Saville’s services to the field of psychology in terms of applying the science to the workplace and creating the global gold standard for psychometric tests are exemplary“
The British Psychological Society
Professor Peter Saville
BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD, HonDrSc, HonFBPsS, C.Psychol, FBPsS, CSci, AcademicFCIPD, FInstSM, FRSA, FIoD
Peter Saville is arguably the best known, most successful and highly acclaimed Psychologist within the Business Psychology Profession. The British Psychological Society (BPS) have stated, “Peter Saville established Britain as a centre for Psychometric testing and is responsible for cementing the notion of fair and objective assessment in Human Resources across the world. As a skilled psychometrician and visionary leader, Peter Saville has made a significant impact on professional psychology in the UK and beyond. The widespread use of his tests by major companies and public bodies is testament to the influence of Peter Saville’s remarkable ideas.”
With a usage of some 50 million of his measures of ability, personality, motivation and talent annually, Peter has been described as “One of the most influential Psychologists of our time”. He founded SHL in 1977 where he developed the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ) and the first commercial Big 5 Personality measure. He floated SHL group on the main London stock exchange in 1997. In 1998 Peter was listed in the ‘Top 100’ Entrepreneurs by Enterprise Magazine and in 1999 was cited as one of Britain’s Top Ten Psychologists, the only Occupational Psychologist included. In 2001 Peter’s portrait hung in the National Portrait Gallery after being presented with the British Psychology Society Centenary Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology. Peter then went on to found Saville Consulting (now Saville Assessment), where he developed the Saville Wave questionnaire. The company was acquired by Willis Towers Watson in 2015. Already a Fellow, in 2012 Peter received the highest BPS award, Honorary Fellowship, in recognition of his work in “Flying the flag for Britain for objective assessment” and “Creating the global gold standard for psychometric tests”. Peter has written over 200 publications and spoken in over 60 countries worldwide. Peter was Professor of Psychology at Queen’s University, Belfast and is currently Professor of Leadership Studies at Kingston University, London.
Peter’s interests include soccer, rugby, squash, cricket, tennis, golf and watching his eight-year-old twins, Jack and Faye, playing sport. He enjoys military history and music ranging from Puccini to Pink Floyd, Blues and Soul, particularly Ray Charles.