Alex Butler 

Alex Butler has a broad range of board level experience in marketing and digital technology, and is a specialist in digital innovation and transformation, working across a number of industries.

Until 2010 she led the transformation of the UK Government’s approach to and use of digital technologies establishing a programme of activity to improve the UK government’s online services. Responsible for the original service proposition for Directgov, the UK Government’s citizen website, she also established and ran a new digital delivery division, the forerunner of the UK’s Government Digital Service.

Since then, as an independent consultant, Alex has worked with the BBC, Argos, the Guardian and the RIBA leading significant digital transformation and organisational change programmes.

Aman Sood

Aman Sood is an Information Security Consultant at a London-based Global Investment Manager, focusing on cyber security, compliance infrastructure and operational process management. Aman's previous experience includes; Caxton Associates a global-macro hedge fund, Barclays Capital, and The London Stock Exchange.

Amanda Colpoys

Amanda Colpoys began her career in the media, spending 9 years at the BBC before moving sideways in to technology.  Having worked on a variety of software projects for the likes of NBC, MTG and BBC Worldwide, she joined Moonpig four years ago. She worked initially to introduce agile and lean practices within product and engineering, fostering mature, cross-functional teams and leading them to continuous deployment. She is now focused on transforming the wider organisation, extending lean and agile practise to the commercial, marketing, creative and design teams.

Amanda is passionate about building autonomous self-organising teams aligned around clear missions.  She strongly believes in leveraging a lean approach around all value streams, creating systems of work that are optimised for delivering maximum value at a sustainable pace.  She champions a culture of fast feedback and continuous improvement which puts customers and employees at the heart of the business.

Andrei Klubnikin

Andrei Klubnikin is Senior Content Manager at R-Style Lab – a custom software development company (IoT, Web, Mobile) with a sales office in San Francisco, CA and dev centre in Belarus, Europe. Andrei has been a tech blogger since 2011.

Andrew Fox

Andrew Fox was Group Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management at HSBC Bank Plc

Andrew joined in August 2008 as the Head of HR UK Bank, and during his time at HSBC has developed and deployed Global change initiatives which have had a significant positive impact on the culture and values of the business.

Andrew Fox has a proven track record of delivering change growth in complex, global organisations.  He is a passionate, practical and highly commercial HR professional – combining theory and strategic implementation to enhance business performance and enable people development.

Life Philosophy “The heart of the leader is manifested through service to others.

In his spare time, Andrew is a Martial Arts enthusiast and enjoys reading, watching movies and riding his Harley. He is also actively involved in the charity Fight for Peace.

Anthony Sive

Anthony Sive is the founder and Managing Director of Canrock Advisory. He has more than 30 years’ experience in strategic planning and operational management. With a strong combination of transformational and transactional skills, Anthony has achieved considerable success in improving company value.

Anthony’s passion is to understand the forces that shape industry competition and the pragmatic execution of consequent strategies that result in a step-change in company performance. Anthony has concluded assignments in product development, M&A including with venture capital, property transaction management, international procurement and process/profit improvement. Sectors include logistics, manufacturing, construction, infrastructure and engineering.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Master of Commerce in Advanced Finance from the University of New South Wales and a doctorate in multi-phase fluid dynamics from the University of Cape Town. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Australian Institute of Energy and was the inaugural recipient of the Helmut Saurmann Medal from the Hydraulic Conveying Association of South Africa for outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge. 

Antony Cousins

Antony Cousins is a communications and change management professional with extensive experience in delivering projects enabling technology adoption within complex organisations such professional services, construction and financial services firms. Over the last 18 years, Ant has worked in multiple roles within government across the Ministry of Defence, Home Office, Cabinet Office, British Army and, more recently, within the technology space for international talent intelligence tech provider - ProFinda.

Anton Fishman

Anton Fishman, Director of Fishman & Partners, has 30 years' experience working with businesses to help clarify strategic direction, determine what leaders needs to do to deliver this, and ensure businesses have the talent and capability to make it happen. He has a particular interest in the enhancing the impact and reputation of HR functions and this has been the focus of his work in the last few years.

In September 2016, Anton chaired an international conference on the impact of Social Robotics, AI and Deep learning on the future of work and chairs three more conferences on these themes this year. He now runs regular workshops and in-company briefing sessions on this topic in the UK and internationally.

Ankita Poddar

Ankita Poddar is HR Business Partner at Amazon

Ankita is an HR professional based out of India. Identified as one of the top emerging young HR leaders in India in 2016, Ankita’s experience as an HR Business Partner gives her the opportunity to work closely with business leaders, innovate and execute on the behalf of customers especially in areas of people analytics, employee engagement, rewards and recognition and performance management.

Ankita blogs about all things HR at

You can follow her on Twitter @ankitapoddar.

Barry Flack

Barry Flack is a distinguished global expert in HR and recruitment currently working with a range of organisations and HR Tech vendors in adapting to the changing nature of work.
He brings a 25-year track record in a diverse range of organisations including a hyper-growth start-up, high-tech, telecoms, utilities, financial services and most recently in a fashion retail organisation launching in the USA. Outspoken and compelling in his writing, he blogs at and various HR publications, speaks regularly at conferences and is referenced as a thought leader on Talent Acquisition and People matters. Recently appointed faculty lecturer on a prestigious global digital recruitment programme in Madrid.

Ben Gledhill

Ben Gledhill is currently Head of Resourcing at Yodel. Since entering the Talent industry in 2006, I have always wanted to make a difference and positively impact the lives of many. Many years later, as a proven Talent Acquisition Leader, Ben has led and developed both centralised and remote teams with a focus on performance, delivery and experience. Ben believes in the creation and adoption of a “hiring culture” through coaching, influencing and educating all members of an organisation; strategic, tactical and operational. His main passions lie in HRTech, Employer Branding and Candidate Experience ensuring that the organisation can achieve its goals through the attraction and retention of market-leading talent.

Bertrand Maltaverne

Bertrand Maltaverne has extensive experience in the area of procurement, and more precisely in the impact of technology on procurement processes and organizations. He works at Ivalua as a Solutions Consultant, helping organizations achieve success in their digital transformation of their procurement practice. Before that, he worked 4 years for another technology provider as Senior Business Consultant after spending 13 years in the procurement organization of Schneider Electric, a Fortune 500, where he held various positions, focused on procurement technologies and processes in both direct and indirect procurement. In parallel to his professional career, he is active on various social media platforms, and he also blogs.

Bryan Robertson

Bryan Robertson is a transformational leader who is passionate about helping individuals, teams and businesses achieve a potential they had never thought possible. He is focused on delivering sustainable commercial benefits, whilst improving the customer experience and developing the leadership capabilities of all involved in the transformation. Bryan has a wide range of experience in designing and delivering growth and transformation strategies in a wide range of business sectors and on a global basis.

Bruce Daisley

Bruce Daisley is the EMEA Vice President of Twitter and best-selling author of The Joy of Work. He joined the company in 2012 having previously run YouTube UK at Google. He has also worked at Emap/Bauer and Capital Radio.

Bruce runs the Apple #1 Business Chart-topping podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat on work culture. Bruce's book The Joy of Work has been a smash hit, it was the Sunday Times number 1 business bestseller in spring 2019, the Financial Times made it Book of the Month.

Charles Lesser

Charles Lesser spent the last ten years of his career at Partner and Managing Director level in international investment banks, before being tempted by parallels in the antiquated world of recruitment, where its old relationship based offering is being undermined by technology. He is passionate about clients, quality and the importance of recruitment practices to culture and performance. 

Cherron Inko-Tariah

Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE is a former civil servant and has undertaken leadership roles in various policy and strategic positions across Whitehall, including working with Ministers and Permanent Secretaries.

In 2012, Cherron took a leap of faith and left the Civil Service to follow her passion; staff networks. After publishing her book: The Incredible Power of Staff Networks, Cherron founded The Power of Staff Networks consultancy where she provides a wide range of services.

An accomplished Chair of a number of staff networks (one to award-winning status), Cherron has facilitated bespoke training to educate employees on the benefits of proactive development. She is passionate about staff networks and the positive impact these can have on the individual and the organisation. That is why Cherron founded the National Day for Staff Networks - the first of its kind celebrating the added value of networks.

During her career, she has achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, and a Masters in Employment Studies and Human Resource Management. She qualified in HR with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is also a qualified career coach with the Institute of Leadership and Management.

In 2011, Cherron received an MBE for her services to HM Government and, also for her work in the faith community with young people.

Chloe Avril

Chloe Avril has 13 years of experience working for Big Four consulting firms. In this time, she has delivered a number of business transformation and innovation programmes. 

Chris Fox

Chris Fox is an Independent Strategy Consultant

Chris began his career developing software in the financial services sector in South Africa. After moving to London, Chris worked his way up to being the Head of Group Strategy and Branding at FTSE100 Old Mutual plc. In 2007, he struck on his own forming Chris C Fox Consulting to help decision makers develop and execute better strategies more effectively.

He also developed to bring collaborative business strategy development and execution into the digital age.

Chris Micklethwaite

With a career in digital leadership for major established businesses, Chris Micklethwaite believes that to survive and grow in the digital world, to deal with the threat of disruption, and to capitalise on the opportunity, traditional businesses have to fundamentally change how they operate. It is possible to learn from the new breed of businesses - the digital natives - and begin to behave like them. Having been a CIO and leader of multiple digital transformations, Chris founded 3POINTSDIGITAL to help organisations focus on and balance the three points of digital: customer value, business benefit and technology opportunity. Having worked with many diverse organisations from startups to FTSE100 companies, Chris and the 3PD team have a unique cross-industry view of digital transformation, and what it takes to be successful.

Clive Martin

Before joining ICG as a Practice Leader, Clive Martin was at EY for 17 years - 9 as a Partner operating mainly in London, New York and Zurich. He specialises in bridging between disciplines, especially strategy implementation, risk management and people behaviour.

He has run several professional services practices, had overall responsibility for large client accounts and developed new and inter-disciplinary services.

Dani Chesson

Dr. Dani Chesson’s helps companies tackle complex challenges to reach their full potential by using a unique blend of design, business, and organizations development skills. Dani is the creator of Chesson’s DESIGN THINKER PROFILE, Dani takes a Design Thinking approach to creating innovative yet pragmatic solutions to complex business challenges.

Throughout her career, Dani has taken a design perspective to help organizations create new products and services, adopt emerging technologies, and successfully implement large-scale transformational change. Prior to starting Chesson Consulting, Dani was a former Vice President at Bank of America where she led global teams in operationalizing innovation, managing change, and responding to regulatory requirements. She has also held leadership and consulting roles at Carlisle Gallagher Consulting, Sherpa, LLC, and HSBC.

She is accredited in the DISC Value Index, a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and a trained facilitator of the Immunity to Change process. Dani earned her Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Change from Antioch University where her research involved developing an assessment for measuring the capabilities of Design Thinkers and expanding the use of Design Thinking in organizations. Dani is a scholar-practitioner who brings insights from research into organizations and whose research is informed by her work with clients.

Daniel Wright

Daniel Wright founded Monochrome Consultancy, specialising in Digital Transformation, IT Transformation and Project & Programme Delivery.

With his background in IT and InfoSec Dan is a techie at heart.

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Dave Keenan

Dave Keenan is an agile expert with over 10 years leading in agile environments and over  20 years in the project management arena. He recently established a digital consultancy ( ) focusing on all phases of product development and delivery

Before his current endeavour, he worked for Accenture as a digital delivery / agile lead and as an agile coach. He has worked with a wide range of global companies, from EDF to RBS, BP to Astrazeneca to help these businesses deliver great products using Design Thinking, Lean Startup and Agile Delivery principles.

Before that, Dave was a senior manager with Amazon and further back with roles in banking and Insurance and numerous startups. Dave is passionate about both physical and mental health. He is an accomplished sportsman and has swum the English Channel and climbed around the world. He is deeply interested in mental wellness and tries to embed this focus in his working relationships and environments

David Beckham

David Beckham has spent his career working in Financial Services, initially at Norwich Union then subsequently with Aviva. He was a founder member of the Business Analysis Practice when it was formed within Aviva IT and has had two terms as the Practice Lead. He has worked on numerous large change programmes and has been heavily involved in building the capability of Business Analysis within the organisation over the last decade. He has presented at the European BA Conference on a regular basis and has had several articles published on Business Analysis topics. Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2010 at the age of 43, David continues to relish his role as a Business Analyst and is a passionate advocate of the profession and the benefits it gives to organisations everywhere. Since his diagnosis, David has been developing a series of seminars focussing on his recent experiences and regularly speaks on the positive power of change, both on a professional and personal basis.

David Deacon

David Deacon is a Talent Management and Human Resource leader and executive. He aims to contribute to the long-term health of the Companies, having served, through the practical and innovative application of professional Talent Management and HR leadership skills and by developing cultures, people and potential.

For over 30 years he has been a leader of talent management, talent development and human resources business partner teams. David has worked in global roles for many years and has lived in the UK, the US (New York) and Asia (Hong Kong). For the past 17 years, David has focused on establishing and leading talent management and learning and development functions and interventions with an emphasis on developing senior leaders and managers, and on developing human capital management processes that have an impact across complex global organisations; sector experience has included finance, technology and outsourcing. Prior to this, David had multiple roles as an HR business partner, training manager, graduate recruiter and personnel manager in the banking, accounting, and natural gas industries.

Deepak Thaper

Deepak Thaper is an AgilePM, PRINCE2 & PSM Certified project/programme manager (technical) with over 19 years of extensive national & international IT experience into delivery management & development, who is currently managing 2.5 m programme in UK Healthcare sector. Deepak has multiple years of experience of Account growth, Building client relationship, Bidding for new engagement and Presales activities. While managing sizable projects successfully Deepak had always gone at ground level to provide contribution at technical & functional area as well.

Deepak is passionate about running, regularly running marathons, trekking/mountaineering and taking part in various physical challenges.

Deepthi Rajan

Deepthi Rajan is leading the Market Research group at Royal Bank of Scotland, where she focuses on research and insights around strategies on Supply Chain Services. Her primary focus areas are digital sourcing strategies and enterprise-wide transformation.

Prior to joining RBS, Deepthi Rajan was IT Innovation Strategist at one of the largest private banks in India, evaluating myriad technologies and their applications across multiple industries. Her areas of interest are Analytics, IoT, Blockchain and Digital Strategy.

Devyani Vaishampayan 


Devyani Vaishampayan is an experienced Group HR Director and the founder of The HR TECH Partnership, an Angel Investment Fund where the investors are all FTSE 100 senior HRD’s and the investment is in HR technology start-ups. She has been named in the 2017 FT/Empower Ethnic Minority Leaders List and in the 2016 FTSE 100 'Women to Watch' list.

Having led Human Resources in over 70 countries for large multinationals such as Rolls Royce, BG Group, AT&T, Citibank and Price Waterhouse and lived in Singapore, HongKong, India and the UK, she is an international and multi-sector HR specialist. Her experience of managing the HR TECH Partnership puts her at the forefront of HR technology innovation in the start-up space.

Devyani has also been a Non-Executive Director of The HR Fund, The Singapore Association of the Deaf and Board Agenda.

Florine van Wulfften Palthe

Florine van Wulfften Palthe helps organizations build a culture where innovation and people thrive. Building on years of experience in coaching Lean Startup, Design Thinking, and Agile at large organizations, she now focusses on company culture as a enabler for positive and fulfilling employee and customer experiences.

Based in Boston (USA) and Amsterdam (the Netherlands), she works in different countries and industries. Being a passionate kitesurfer, surfer, hiker, and skier, Florine loves to draw from the power of nature in her work.

Gareth Baxendale

Gareth Baxendale FBCS CITP is Head of Technology for the National Institute for Health Research - Clinical Research Network. Gareth is a chartered fellow of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT and vice chair of the BCS Health and Care Executive who promote good-practice in Health IT. Gareth is also a published author and regularly writes on topics spanning Health IT on leadership and adoption as well as technical good-practice. In addition, Gareth is also a Chartered and FED-IP assessor and SFIAplus reviewer.

Gary Burke

Gary Burke is the founder of Rabbits from Hats and works as an independent Transformation Consultant, passionate about increasing the understanding of transformational change and its impact on business and operating models. Although having an actuarial background, Gary’s interest in transformational change drew him to that space where he has now worked for over 25 years in a mix of project, programme and head of change roles across multiple sectors.

However, he focuses on the insurance industry, his USP being the combination of his: 30 years of experience in that sector; holistic and pragmatic approach to change; application of common sense; ability to join the dots, ask the stupid questions and challenge the status quo.

  His mantra is simple, "KiSS" - Keep it Simple, Stupid! Complexity arises quite naturally all too easily, so there's no point in unnecessarily creating complications.

  Gary is an accredited GCologist with a Play Maker / Strategist profile, with certifications in MSP, AgilePgMgt, TOGAF9 and PRINCE2.


Gavin Cullum

Gavin Cullum is a proven technical executive with a passion for thought leadership and merging the lines between people, process, and technology. Gavin has worked across a wide spectrum of industries that gives him his unique perspective and ability to lead and advise businesses looking to transform into the digital revolution. Gavin started out in the UK and quickly established himself as a leading technical resource which allowed him to travel the world building standards for global enterprises. During his travels, he based himself in multiple leading cities such as Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Houston, Madrid and more recently working in New York. Here is where he works for the leading digital labour company, IPsoft. At IPsoft, Gavin has led the global transition team, introduced professional services, and helps to lead the automation development which brings automation, RPA, and AI to many of the top fortune 500 companies.

George Kemish


George Kemish is a consultant specialising in HR Strategy, Workforce Planning and Business Scenario Planning. Having started out as an apprentice in the engineering industry he moved into business administration where he held management posts in both HR and Financial Management from 1978 to 1993.

For the next 14 years George held a senior management position in the Education Sector with responsibility for Management & Financial Accounting; HR Management; Secretarial Services; Facilities Management; Events Management, Catering Management; Marketing; Public Relations; Management of Freedom of Information & Data Protection. As Secretary to the Board of Governors he was also responsible for: Advising on the interpretation of all legislation, regulations & best practice relating to corporate governance; committee administration; drafting of the annual corporate report (including year-end accounts); drafting of the business plan to support short, medium and long-term strategic planning.

In 2007 George moved to the Ministry of Defence where he was responsible for HR Strategy and Manpower Planning in respect of worldwide operations until 2016 when he founded his company; specialising in Business Planning from a HR perspective.

Graham Cook

Graham Cook is a digital executive who has worked in permanent and interim assignments across a number of sectors. Most recently he was a member of the management team at the financial services division of Thomas Cook responsible for digital, marketing, brand and partnerships. Prior to that he led the Group’s digital function reporting to the Group CEO and has also run the eCommerce channels in the Dutch and Belgian businesses of Thomas Cook. Prior to being invited back to Thomas Cook Graham has had interim assignments with clients including Managing Director of Airport Angel, eCommerce consultant at Avis/Budget and VP Product Strategy at Travelport. Earlier in his career before starting his own interim business in 2010 Graham’s career focus was in product management and he held roles at Expedia as VP Product &  Strategy, Orange and Thomas Cook. As such he has experience across multiple channels with a bias to the travel sector. He has an MBA and Economics degree, is married with a daughter and lives in north London.

Guy Butler

Guy Butler is a Global Business Transformation Consultant at Sage. He is an interim Transformation Consultant, with over 23 years’ experience driving transformation and change management programmes in a variety of industries with particular focus on global tech businesses.

Guy’s favourite quote is “Transforming isn’t about improving, it’s about re-thinking” (Malcolm Gladwell); here at the BTN we couldn’t agree more!

Harvey Neve

Harvey Neve is a specialist in leadership and change management having successfully led business and technology transformation programmes in both the private and public sectors. Harvey is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Fellow of the RSA and a regular blogger/speaker. He is currently Technology Transformation Director at HC-One and lives with his wife and family in County Durham, England.

Hedda Bird

Hedda Bird is a specialist in Performance Management and Managing Director of 3C Performance Management, who try to help organisations transform how they manage performance into a future-focused practice that turns strategy into action, underpinned by shared purpose. 

Working with clients over many years, Hedda has created the ground-breaking Performance Management Canvas – a radically different model for designing and managing performance. The Canvas starts with shared purpose, people and performance. It brings to the fore the human, social and emotional interactions that are the daily reality of working life. It’s a world away from tinkering with rating scales or backward-looking conversations. Old style approaches to managing performance are bureaucratic, and in most cases failed to deliver value.

In the twenty-first century we need to focus on the future, how can we enable people to take ownership of their work, to collaborate with others to deliver results, how will strategy get turned into action while we cope with dramatic changes happening in the working world, and how does our shared purpose help us manage people and performance to make the most of all our talents. This is what drives me.

Ian Buttery

Ian Buttery is Director of Clear Consultancy, with a passion and primary focus to help organisations build the capabilities of their people to transform their data into business value. With the increasingly rapid pace of transformation, where organisations are required to respond quicker with shorter decision periods and earlier payback of their ROI around digital transformation initiatives, Clear Consultancy Services constantly challenge the equilibrium to deliver change success, enabling early adoption and greater utilisation of a new way of working, by putting people first.

Ian has an MA in Applied Management for Organisational Change from Henley Business School, where his research on the Impact of Organisational Design & Behaviour on Individual Learning Capabilities gained him a distinction.

Indy Dhami

Indy Dhami possesses over 14 years’ experience, having worked in both operational and consulting positions at FTSE100 and Fortune 500 organisations including IBM, AXA, Deutsche Bank, PwC, Accenture, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar Land Rover and many other world-leading organisations. 

His experience includes leadership positions in information/ cybersecurity transformation, risk assurance, crisis management (pre and post incident), assurance, audit, governance, risk and compliance programmes.

Jaclyn Potts

Jaclyn Potts is National Psychological Health & Well-Being Manager at Rehab Management. She has seven years’ experience in the delivery of psychological assessments, structured complex case management, crisis interventions and a range of longer-term psychosocial interventions such as DBT, CBT, ACT, mindfulness therapy, motivational interviewing, grief and loss counselling and relapse prevention.

Jackson David

Jackson David is currently the Global Head of Talent Acquisition, Sourcing, and Employer Brand for Etsy Inc. In this role, I lead talent strategies in our global markets, as we continue to drive growth in our business. We have offices in North America (New York, San Francisco, Toronto), Dublin, London, Berlin, Paris, and New Dehli India. He is also the founder of JD Talent Search + Strategies, a consulting consortium that works with start-ups and enterprise clients on executive search strategies, talent mapping, employer branding, and long-term talent strategies.

With now 20 years of both business and talent leadership experience, Jackson focusses a lot of his spare time on giving back to the community and supporting networking and product ideas to the Start-Up community. He is excited by creating pathways and mechanisms for people to reach success and is equally passionate about travel, family, and new technologies.

Jacqui Alexander

Jacqui Alexander is Managing Director of Changepace Consulting Ltd shaping client programmes that help align, deliver & improve performance.acqui is an expert in business transformation and change.  She applies an innovative and proven approach that combines the practices of organisation development, continuous improvement and project management to improve ways of working.  Her passion is to help her clients create contagious commitment to change, and to deliver it at pace. 

From 2009-16 Jacqui served as global Vice President of Change and Accelerated Delivery & Performance (ADP) at GSK. Prior to taking on this role, Jacqui held several leadership roles in GSK’s Research & Development (R&D) business.  This included leadership of the integration programme following the merger of GlaxoWellcome and SmithKline Beecham, providing change management expertise for large scale integration projects.

James Coughlan

James Coughlan is an entrepreneurial leader with a wealth of experience in digital leadership, e-commerce, end-to-end customer experience, media and content, mobile, commercial marketing and of both owning and consulting PE & VC backed startup's in the consumer technology, retail and entertainment space.

He has an exceptional track record in delivering business growth strategies through innovative digital transformation, sales, customer-centric product/brand positioning and demand generation across international markets. He has worked with organisations including HMV Retail and Soniqplay on digital transformation projects.

Jardena London

Jardena London is an Agile Transformation Advisor and Strategist.

I believe that work should be fun! My life's mission is to make work not suck, or in proper terms ‘help organizations become healthy, productive and fun.’ My sweet spot is at the intersection of business, technology and creativity.

I work as a consultant, leading Agile transformations and publishes the WorkBytes Blogtoon. I've has been leading Lean-Agile Transformations since 2010 and founder and CEO of Rosetta Technology Group for over 20 years. I am the founder and co-organizer of the community group AgileNJ.

Jean-Christophe Gaillard

Jean-Christophe Gaillard is Founder and Managing Director of Corix Partners

He is a senior executive and a team builder with over 25 years of experience developed in several global financial institutions in the UK and continental Europe, and a track-record at driving fundamental change in the Security field across global organisations, looking beyond the technical horizon into strategy, governance, culture, and the real dynamics of transformation.

A French national permanently established in the UK since 1993, he holds an Engineering Degree from Telecom Paris Tech and has been co-president of the Cyber Security group of the Telecom Paris Tech alumni association since May 2016.

He runs the Corix Partners blog and contributes regularly on the CIO Water Cooler, and has previously published articles on, InfoSecurity Magazine,  Computing, the, Info Sec Buzz and the IoD Director websites. He was listed in the top 10 of UK 30 most influential thought leaders on Risk, RegTech and Compliance by Thomson Reuters in April 2017.

Jeff Wellstead

Jeff Wellstead is a digital & talent transformation expert

A senior leader with a proven record of enabling and delivering successful workforce and talent transformation, innovation and change in corporate and SME growth environments.

Jeff has 25 years global, cross-industry experience: Consulting, financial services, high availability SaaS tech and cloud-based software. He has held positions from Group HR Director at Metapack to COO at Kantar IT Partnership.

Joanne Pagett

Joanne Pagett is a proven SC Cleared Business Transformation Consultant/Programme Director, with demonstrable experience gained over 20 plus years across multiple sectors of business and technologies.  Her attitude and approach ensures you achieve your outcomes whilst working alongside you focusing on your Strategic Vision and Business Goals.

Business Transformation and Change is a complex subject matter and is often underestimated, Joanne's passion is to remove the “noise” created when the balance is disrupted. To ensure Transformational change is given the attention it warrants, Transformation should always be approached from Top Down, Bottom Up, this enables the Business to drive Tech Changes, not the other way around. 

Joanne is often asked What is Transformation? To answer this, Tech enables people to do Business, People change the Business, Process keeps the wheel turning. 

Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller is Founder of Strategic Change Partners

Jonathan has more than 30 years business experience with over 15 years at Director level. Originally trained as an Engineer (First Class Honours degree in Engineering at Bristol University), Jonathan quickly became interested in the people and strategy aspects of business and subsequently moved into a series of change-orientated roles. 

Jonathan Parnaby

Jonathan Parnaby is a Digital & Business Transformation professional who specialises in Change Management, Programme Management and Business Analysis.

Jonathan has 10 years of business transformation experience across multiple sectors having performed a variety of project roles in Dunelm Ltd, Alliance Boots plc and Viridor Ltd.

Jonathan currently resides in the South West of the UK and is the founder and owner of The Transformation Office Ltd, a boutique consultancy which tailors its services around their clients’ requirements, goals and future capabilities.

Jonny McCormick

Jonny McCormick is the Director of Rosseau where he specialises in Organisation Development, Change Management, Leadership Development & Executive Coaching. Jonny has worked with organisations in the Retail, Financial Services, Defence and Higher Education industries as well as on some iconic Public Sector transformations to solve some of their most challenging "people" issues. Jonny is the host of Spoke podcast - a series that focusses on interviews with people you might not have heard of who are doing some really interesting things! 

Jose Sevilla

Jose Sevilla runs a boutique consulting firm helping clients achieve their strategic goals through solid performance efficiency strategies and strong credit risk management frameworks, supported by powerful, state-of-the-art data analytics.

Having worked extensively in the financial services and retail industries in Canada & abroad, Jose brings a diverse and pragmatic knowledge as a subject matter expert in Process Improvement & Credit Risk Management Operations. His experience includes implementing Lean Management tools in front and back-office operations, managing customer services, billing & collections call centre operations, credit origination and adjudication operations, credit limits administration, project management, collections strategies as well as collections agencies management. His engineering and Financial background as well as his Risk Management training allow him to identify opportunities to maximize the risk/return rate as well as clearly identify and properly plan for emerging risks. His hands-on leadership allows for teams to thrive in a continuous improvement environment where they achieve a state of self-sufficiency and high motivation.

Jose is an Industrial Engineer and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He is currently working towards a Risk Management certification with the University of Toronto and the Global Risk Management Institute.

Karen Walker

Karen Walker has helped countless individuals, teams and organisations, craftwork lives characterised by sustainable, positive change and growth, and healthy cultures, regardless of their role, expertise, and industry.  Today Karen directly impacts the work lives of directors, executives, leaders, managers, teams and organisations, with her culture smart coaching, facilitation, consulting, writing, and hosting of live events.

Karolina Silva

Karolina Silva is a Psychologist with a MSc in Occupational and Business Psychology. Experience in Counseling and HR, mainly in recruitment, career coaching, performance and organisational environment. Well-being and Mental Health promoter at work.

Kashmir Birk

Kashmir Birk is a consultant for personal and organisational transformation through agile leadership, structures, systems and cultures.

Katie Maycock

Katie Maycock works with Type A corporate professionals such as CEO’s, Directors, Sales Professionals and Entrepreneurs helping them regain control of their health. Type A professionals typically don’t see stress and anxiety as a negative. They use the adrenaline to fuel their desire for success. It provides them with the ability to work harder, longer and faster. This has short-term benefits with devastating long-term effects on their health. Leaving them frustrated, unfocused and desperate for solutions. They no longer can work harder, longer or faster. Instead, they can’t function at the same level. That's where Katie comes in: She helps people 'Get Their Act Together' with a direct coaching style. She is straight talking to help people who want to gain control of their health and become more productive.

Kelly Swingler

Kelly Swingler is the Rule Breaker and Founder of Chrysalis Consulting, The People and Change Experts and was appointed as the UK’s Youngest HR Director.  Kelly is passionate about helping people find bespoke people solutions to suit the needs of their business and is driving our mission of inspiring and empowering 10,000 HR professionals in 2018. She is the author of Fostering a Mindset for Career SuccessAGILE HR and what’s your excuse for not Overcoming Stress and speaks at many events on the Future of Work.

Khairul Anwar

Khairul Anwar puts a premium on innovation and execution simply because it’s the only measure of success. Currently, he is an active advocate of design thinking and leadership development. DT LEADERSHIP SDN. BHD. interest is in people development, leadership behavioural change and innovation skills development.

Kirsty Brooks

Kirsty has an enormous amount of passion for business, people and life that transfers into her company, People Perform. Realising at an early stage that a focus on the entire employee lifecycle can bring huge growth potential to an organisation, Kirsty set out to acquire the skills and experience needed to support businesses grow through their people focus. Kirsty now aspires to share that experience, the tools and the know how with businesses of all sizes supporting them to attract, engage and retain their valuable assets.

Luke Garner

Luke Garner is a highly accomplished business professional with a proven track record of delivering change in some of the largest UK organisations in their industry.

His expertise covers the identification and management of stakeholders, driving engagement through effective communication and ensuring individuals are set up for success to embed and sustain the change. His drive to succeed and improve is in part a result of a highly successful career as a GB athlete. 

Maarten Ectors

Maarten Ectors is a strategic innovator who exchanged working with the who is who of high tech to apply disruptive technology and business innovation from the inside in the top UK insurance and investment management company. In less than a year they won the best claim technology solution of the year award and that is just the start...

Mark Aikman

Mark Aikman is a Senior Technology Executive with extensive experience running mission-critical operations and delivering strategically important complex change and digital programmes for Global FTSE listed companies.

Mark was listed in the 2017 UK CIO top 100 and is regularly invited to be a Keynote speaker, conference chair/panel moderator and writes a regular column at and Mark’s background spans many verticals such as FMCG, Finance & Insurance, Oil & Gas and Telecommunications, leading major operations and transformations at North Group, BP, T-Mobile, Cadbury Schweppes organisations and is now separating the new Upfield spreads business from Unilever.

Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar is a senior management consulting professional and a thought-leader in the workforce analytics space. His contribution to HR by application of Analytics earned him the recognition of one of the top 40 HR Leaders Under 40 in India and, also recognized as one of the Workforce Analytics influencer worldwide by the industry peers. 

He has led global engagements in the area of people strategy, operational excellence, HR transformation & digitization, Business Intelligence, and built high-performing analytics teams for Fortune 500 companies like HSBC, Fidelity Investments & GE. 

He is currently heading HR Analytics for Global Businesses and Global HR Analytics Centre of Excellence at HSBC. 

Mark Weber

Mark Weber founded Atticmedia in 1996, building it up to become one of the UK’s top 100 digital agencies. Under Mark’s leadership, Atticmedia rapidly specialised in digital learning and became well known for innovative and cutting edge digital learning solutions, with clients as varied as PwC, BBC and DfE. 

Mark was heavily involved in BBC Janala, a mobile language learning service that reached over 25m learners in Bangladesh. Atticmedia has now been running for 21 years, and a few years ago Mark stepped aside to pursue additional interests. After a couple of years as interim digital director at Save the Children, Mark raised seed funding for Grazer Learning, a radical new social learning platform. 

Mary Schaefer

Mary Schaefer is a coach, trainer, consultant, and speaker whose work is focused on making the most of what human resources can contribute to an organization through their energy and creativity, while at the same time meeting their own specific needs for meaningful work. Mary’s mission is to create work cultures where organizations and human beings can both thrive.

Click here to see Mary’s talk at TEDx Wilmington (DE, USA) titled, “Putting the Human Back Into Human Resources.” Mary is a former HR manager, holds a Master’s degree in HR and is a certified HR professional.

Max Blumberg

Max Blumberg worked as a management consultant at Accenture in the US and South Africa before successfully founding and exiting a technology start-up followed by a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London. Today, Max is a Visiting Professor at Leeds University Business School and founder of the Blumberg Partnership.

The Blumberg Partnership operates in the following areas: Sales Force Effectiveness, People Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Services, and Startup Advice.

Mei Yan Tan

Mei Yan Tan is a result-oriented and versatile professional offering 6.5 years of international experience in technology solutions and customer focus with demonstrated excellent tracked records in customers relationship management, presentation skills and stakeholder management skills across different countries. A self-motivated MBA candidate who is highly passionate about digital transformation and solving complex business issues through analytical skills and technology.

Michael Fekete

Michael Fekete is the Director of Bespoke Change, a change management consultancy focused on enhancing business benefits and sustainable transformation through the introduction of specialist change, portfolio and programme management techniques.

Prior to this, Michael has 17+ years experience in transformational change, leadership and portfolio/programme roles working across the public and private sectors, on both the client-side and within internal consultancy roles. He spent 10 years in HM Treasury and Infrastructure UK, leading reforms and change in the commercial property, postal and infrastructure sectors, including 3 years as Chief Operating Officer of Infrastructure UK.

More recently Michael spent 5 years in the rail sector, implementing a number of transformation programmes, as well as introducing portfolio and change management capability to drive a more balanced and deliverable transformation agenda.  He has an Executive MBA from Henley Business School, and specialised in Change Management. For more information about Bespoke Change please visit  

Michael Nates

Michael Nates is Managing Director of Nates Associates and is a seasoned management consultant and professional with more than 20 years experience. His career has focused on team and management development, leadership, organisational change and transformation within the contexts of the built environment, sustainability, asset management, corporate responsibility and HSE. His technical and managerial roles, as both client and consultant, have required him to develop teams from start-up through to self-sufficiency and onto performance excellence and profitability. 

Michael has national and international experience in a range of sectors including power and utilities, construction, green building and real estate, transport, manufacturing and professional services.

Mignon Mapplebeck

Mignon Mapplebeck (MBA, MIC) is a Programme Director with over 16 years experience.

She has led large global portfolios and programmes delivering positive and effective transformation and value to organisations. She has worked across the Media, Financial Services, FMCG, Retail and Mobile industries.

Mike Orlov

Mike Orlov is passionate about interactions between people, facilitating the release of an individual’s potential and propositions between teams, divisions and companies; the key focus is creating alignment among individuals and developing value-driving operations

Having completed an MBA in 2004, achieving a Distinction and invited to study for an executive PhD, I underpin my extensive commercial experience in Europe and the GCC with a robust business academic foundation and am committed to building partnerships and continuous learning. Mike is also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM)

Balancing intellectual rigour with an experienced and practical approach, Mike has been a publisher of magazines, ran a national newspaper advertisement sales team in the UK, held a board directorship at the London Evening Standard and been a director of one of Northern & Shell's businesses

Before becoming a partner at SSG, Mike launched media brands in Dubai, was Chief Performance Officer for News Group International and was the Chief Executive at Primedia International, with offices across the GCC. He is a leadership and management transformation and change agent, facilitator, mentor, business coach, trainer, public speaker, presenter, story-teller and a published business author with a weekly column in a daily newspaper and a regular business magazine slot.

Miriam Gilbert

Miriam Gilbert has been helping organisations for over 20 years to design and implement agile ways of thinking and working that bring real-world benefits.

As a Chartered Accountant with international consulting experience gained with PricewaterhouseCoopers, she has spent 20+years advising organisations in Financial Services, Transport, Construction, Charities, the Travel industry and the Public Sector, delivering quantifiable bottom-line results.

As a near-term futurist, she helps CEO’s and business leaders plot their course through complex, uncertain and changing environments and devise practical strategies for business success in the digital world

Quote: “The benefits I see with our clients are higher performance, greater productivity, happier workplaces, more innovation and a can-do attitude among their people.”

Mostafa Azzam

Mostafa Azzam has been cited as one of the "Top HR Analytics Influencers to Watch in 2018" and one of the “100 Most Talented Global L&D Leaders”. Mostafa is widely recognised as a thought leader and globally respected authority on HR Analytics, Digital HR, Talent Mgmt and Strategic HR. He helps HR practitioners and organisations realize their full potential by leveraging Data-driven HR & Analytics to drive and sustain improved business performance and outcomes.

Mostafa is an internationally acclaimed Master Facilitator, Keynote Speaker & Conference Chair. As an SHRM Facilitator, he delivers the “SHRM Certificate in Human Resource Metrics and Workforce Analytics,” and the “SHRM Master’s Certificate in HR Management” programs. He is a seasoned Leadership Coach & Psychometric Profiler who is as effective developing capability in the Boardroom as he is on the front lines. As a Management Consultant, Writer & Researcher, he maintains an active commitment to HR Best Practice Communities & Professional Societies around the world. Mostafa is also Founder & Managing Director of "the HR talent" {}.

Nadia Nagamootoo

Nadia Nagamootoo is Founder of Avenir Consulting. She is a Chartered and HCPC Registered Occupational Psychologist with over 15 years experience across design and delivery of assessment, leadership development, talent management programmes and organisational development. Nadia works to create gender-balanced organisations, embedding an inclusive culture where men and women work in a way that best meets business needs and their individual lives.

Nadia uses her psychological expertise, knowledge of the business world (across sectors) and her experience in gender inclusion to partner with top teams and HR practitioners. She has conducted large studies in the area of male caring including the 2018 Equal Lives Research on behalf of Business in the Community.

Nadine Thomson

Nadine Thomson is a digital business leader with international, cross-sector experience and a track record of delivering technology transformation. My passion and strengths are bringing business and technology strategy together to drive business growth and creating high performing, motivated teams to shape digital technology solutions.

Neil Crofts

Neil Crofts is a business consultant who has inspired and motivated hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals to their highest potential. Neil has written four published books and numerous e-books. Neil is a facilitator, coach and consultant who inspires and motivates organisations to create and curate the kind of leadership and culture that lead to sustained success. Through global consultancy Holos, Neil helps some of the largest corporations in the world to optimise leadership and culture.

In previous lives Neil has raced cars, been self-employed, run a company and sold it, been employed by large companies, experienced growth and contraction at the heart of the dotcom boom, tried changing companies from the inside and from the outside as European Head of Strategy at internet consultancy/rock band Razorfish.

Specialities: Cultural Innovation and Authentic Leadership, especially familiar with finance, IT, transport, health and energy sectors

Niall McKeown

Niall McKeown is CEO/Founder of Ionology.

Ionology supports Leaders taking their organisation through Digital Transformation. We run digital transformation courses, provide advisory services and supply supporting technology.

Nick Kemp

Creating the conditions for change is both Nick Kemp’s passion and career choice.  He combines leadership development, programme management and change management to create a unique blend of change capabilities that deliver truly transformational and sustainable improvements to the way that organisations work and add value for their customers.  Nick founded OD Change Consulting to provide a forum for creating a whole system approaches to achieving business ambitions.  His clients extend across both public and private sectors. Recent assignments include the creation of innovative and agile working that delivers the potential of digital services and preparing local authorities for the transition to shared service models.  Nick lives in York and regularly publishes articles and contributes to forums across a range of people change and organisational development themes.

Nimalan Nadesalingham

Nimalan Nadesalingham, Author of the acclaimed ‘Transformative Change’ book, is an Associate Director and Senior Consultant for Change Management at the global headquarters for one of the world’s largest multi-nationals, and a board member for the Change and Transformation Collaborative.

He is a respected and acclaimed professional keynote speaker and writer having delivered key-note speeches and training for thousands of delegates from numerous types of industries in the USA, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. He has had articles published in multiple languages in a variety of business magazines and his book, ‘Transformative Change’, was released internationally by a major publisher in 2014 and charted in the Amazon Top 50 Business Books bestsellers list. The book was based around his 7Cs of Change methodology which has been licensed to over 20 organisations internationally and is also a key curriculum of numerous University Change Management courses, and Nimalan himself is a visiting lecturer and course architect for numerous Universities worldwide.

Nimalan is from Great Britain where he earned his BA Honours and subsequent MBA. He is now living in Germany and working across the globe as a consultant on major programmes whilst also training, coaching and mentoring various levels of management from numerous countries in Business Transformation and Change Management.

Paul Matthews

Paul Matthews, Learning and Performance Expert, makes ideas come alive with stories, practical tools and tips everyone can understand. This has led to two bestselling books and speaking appearances worldwide. He is an expert in informal learning, enabling capability, performance, learning transfer, workflow learning and onboarding. Paul is a regular speaker at HR and Learning & Development events and exhibitions covering topics such as harnessing the power of informal learning, capability at work, workplace performance, learning transfer and how L&D can be effective in these changing times.

Paul Rose

Paul Rose is an experienced HCM consultant with an array of experience across a variety of sectors including food, electronic, retail and healthcare sectors. His background covers primarily HR systems with particular expertise concentrated on SuccessFactors, SAP HCM, PeopleSoft and Lawson. Paul has worked successfully on a complex global roll out of SAP HCM in several countries with a focus on data conversion and interface management.He has worked on over a dozen Employee Central implementations. Paul is a regulator contributor to magazine. He spoke at HR2016 at SAP Insiders on the global potential of SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central.

Paul currently works as a Service Director for UK &Ireland for Rizing HCM, who specialise in SAP SuccessFactors.

Peter Wakefield

Peter Wakefield has over twenty years’ expertise in the measurement, education and linkage between employee engagement and business performance and the leadership and management behaviour that drives it.

He was instrumental to the introduction and rise of employee engagement in the UK. Project managing the programme that was nationally recognised as being the first large-scale employee engagement programme in Europe in 1998, and the award-winning programme that proved the link between employee engagement and business performance for the first time in Europe in 2002, repeating this many times since. 

Peter provides expert advice in employee engagement helping you to take the 'employee' out and put the 'person' back in through Loving Monday. As the owner of Loving Monday, they now use this unrivalled insight and experience to support individuals and organisations develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to take the ’employee’ out and put the ‘person’ back in. Helping them to understand that to truly engage others our focus should be on ‘being’ engaging and not simply ‘doing’ engagement. 

Philip Alexander

Philip Alexander is CEO of People Platform. He has consulted for some of the world’s leading brands on Employee Experience and Human Capital Strategy and is the editor for StartUp Digest on this topic. Previously, Philip worked as Head of Strategy, Talent and Operations for a VC-backed start-up. He is also a Governor of two schools in Lambeth, and a mentor with a leading UK charity.

People Platform connects a companies’ most valuable resources. We connect people, knowledge and work within a business.  Using these data we provide insights to the business on their people.

Prasoon Mukherjee

Prasoon Mukherjee has more 20 years of combined experience in IT Consulting and Capital Market operations having worked as a thought leader and domain specialist in multiple streams of IT functions that includes Portfolio Accounting, Mutual Fund Analytics, Securities Lending & Borrowing, Custodial Operations, Corporate Actions Processing and others areas of Capital Markets.

Currently, he is employed with a French Bank, leading the Fund Services and Custody Operations Unit in delivery and IT strategy. By virtue of having been in the industry for close to 19 years, during a time when the financial sector is continuously witnessing disruptive changes in the electronic segment, with the introduction of complex trading instruments, shortening of settlement cycles, host of regulatory changes and how they hook up with multi-channel online applications, he has led many of these engagements successfully into production. He has gained extensive International exposure having executed, delivered and managed strategic projects in various capacities across large banks and financial institutions in North America, Europe & APAC.

Besides, Prasoon loves nurturing his interests in writing and sharing acquired wisdom on disruptions in the field of finance, technology, economics, politics and how they impact the banking and financial services world in general. 

Rae Steinbech

Rae Steinbech is a graduate of Tufts University with a combined International Relations and Chinese degree. After spending time living and working abroad in China, she returned to NYC to pursue her career and continue curating quality content. Rae is passionate about travel, food, and writing, of course. You can follow Rae on Twitter: @araesininthesun

Richard Cronin

Richard Cronin founded Balcroft, an operational consulting firm, four years ago by bringing together a group of highly-regarded, former C-level executives from FTSE/Fortune 500 type firms to combine their experience and transform organisations. To ensure delivery, any benefits Balcroft signs up to deliver are guaranteed, it is passionate about transferring skills to achieve sustainability and employees don’t operate out of an office, to keep its carbon footprint low and so it doesn’t pass unnecessary overheads on to its clients. 

Balcroft has supported the Sunday Times in recognising the most improved Best 100 Companies to work for and Women in the City, a highly respected, award-winning organisation that promotes, recognises and rewards female talent.

Richard Morecroft

Richard Morecroft leads the Strategy and Leadership practice where we help clients achieve laser focused direction and establish momentum in digital and change.He is a dynamic, action orientated board level executive with over 25 years experience leading growth and change in financial services and fintech, e-commerce, telecoms, and media.

His breadth and depth of skills mean Richard has helped a range of businesses to achieve rapid, complex and effective business transformation. He excels in developing both the ‘big picture,’ providing a clear strategic vision but with an eye on the detail. Providing excellent leadership and stakeholder management skills, enabling change and transformation across the business.

Rio Saunders

Rio Saunders is a seasoned 3PM professional. Her most recent career placements have included global organisations such as HSBC, RBS, GSK & Balfour Beaty where she has spent the past 5 years in various project & programme management roles. 

Her professional mission has been focused around helping complex global organisations perform whilst they simultaneously transform. Rio is a tenacious problem solver who finds the challenges of a programme like a big corporate jigsaw puzzle that can be conquered with relentless focus. 

Rio's exposure to the intricate complexities of traditional organisations that are struggling to transform, has allowed her to build a strong point of view around how to "make the elephant dance".

Roderic Yapp

Roderic Yapp is a specialist leadership consultant and accredited coach. He supports major business transformations by improving the capability of leaders so that they can execute the transformation strategy.

Roderic is an International Coaching Federation professionally accredited coach who has specialist experience in developing people in sectors where ‘leadership failure’ usually results in death or critical injury.

He has significant experience in leadership development, major business transformations and operational excellence with companies such as Deloitte, Fidelity, HSBC, the John Lewis Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Urenco and the NHS.

Ron Leeman

Ron Leeman started work for the UK’s MoD and after completing intensive training at the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham (now the UK’s Defence Academy) working for them as a Work Study Practitioner, and Organisation and Methods Officer which involved observing people working, making changes to ways of working and then measuring them to determine efficiencies. Ron calls this the forerunner of Change Management. Following the MoD Ron had a stint with Abbey National BS/Abbey as a Business Analyst, Productivity Consultant and Senior Business Consultant. After Abbey, Ron started as an Independent Change Management Consultant and worked in many industry sectors but all involving change in some way, shape, or form. Ron now lives in Thailand where Ron continue my change work such as researching matters of interest concerning change, coaching & mentoring for change management and authoring consulting frameworks and business templates. Ron still does the odd project in the Region just to keep “my hand in”. In 2012 Ron was recognised as a Change Leader by the World HRD Congress.

Rose Padfield

Rose Padfield is an international leadership coach. Since 2000, she has helped senior executives to develop themselves, their teams and their organisations. This typically involves 1-1 coaching, team development and facilitation, and organisation development in times of change.  

She holds a Masters degree in Strategic HR, and is certified to use a wide range of psychometric and leadership development tools. Rose is a Fellow of the CIPD, a graduate of Corporate Coach University (an ICF-accredited qualification), and trained as a coaching supervisor. She writes a monthly personal development blog, which has a large following.  She is also a 2017 ABP Award Winner for Excellence in Change Management, having designed a six-stage methodology with a unique framework focusing on enabling change through people. Rose owns The Padfield Partnership, where she is a Management Consultant.

Sandeep Raut

Sandeep Raut is Founder and CEO at Going Digital, where he helps set up vision, digital transformation strategy, digital maturity audit, customer journey mapping, and multi-year digital transformation roadmap. He is ranked in top 10 global influencers and thought leaders in Digital Transformation.


Sally Walker

Sally Walker is an accredited Career Coach with twenty years’ experience of energising and supporting individuals who are seeking to transform their careers. She is Director of her own business, SW Career Coaching Limited, as well as a senior associate consultant for several global consultancies where she delivers pan-European career-related coaching, interactive webinars and workshops. She is a regular social media contributor on career matters, as well as guest presenter on the radio and has published an e-book on Assessment Centres.

Sally is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development as well as a registered member of the Career Development Institute. She has an international Human Resource leadership background having worked for a number of world-leading multinationals and has had assignments based in Belgium and France.

Sandie Bakowski

Sandie Bakowski is Co-Founder of The Arc Group. Sandie is a business psychologist, a certified co-active coach as well as a visionary and strategic specialist in behaviour change and employee engagement, she brings a +20-year track record of working on complex, high impact, £multi-million roll-out programmes. A creative storyteller who makes change happen.

Previous clients include Unilever, British Airways, Department for Education, Pearson, HSBC, the Cabinet Office, Capita IT, LogicaCMG, Reuters and the Foreign Commonwealth Office. Sandie takes pride in appreciating the cultures and forces at play to design insightful approaches that really fit and provide unprecedented business benefits. She brings positivity, enthusiasm and influence, and is willing to challenge the status quo to achieve the very best results.

Shea Heaver

Shea Heaver was born in England but grew up, was educated and started his career in Northern Ireland before moving to South Florida in the mid-1990s.

Drawing on his years of management experience in the global IT field, he became a passionate promoter of a people-centric culture to improve organizational performance.  Through his work in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, etc... he increasingly realized that individuals who feel valued lead to teams that are motivated, innovative and highly productive.

He founded Satisfaction At Work, with a focus on helping organizations achieve higher Employee Engagement, improve Leadership, increase Job Satisfaction and build better Workplace Relationships.


Sophie Rena

Sophie Rena is a change and engagement consultant who has worked at Accenture, EY, Lloyds Banking Group and Imperial, among others. A former newspaper journalist she sees her career as a slow evolution and awakening: taking in internal communications and employee engagement but seeing the methodology and rigour of change management as the only way to bring about real change. She now spends much of her time banging the drum about the importance of putting people front and centre of any business transformation. She likes getting on her soapbox occasionally.

Soumyasanto Sen

Soumya Sen is a Blogger, Speaker and Evangelist in HRTech who tries to think Out of the Box! Engaging with Companies, Startups & Entrepreneurs in driving Transformation.

Professionally Consultant/Manager/Advisor/Investor in HR Tech. focusing on Strategies, Analytics, Cloud, UX, Security, Integration and Entrepreneurship in Digital HR Transformation.

Stephen Sidebottom

Stephen Sidebottom is a global HR leader with international and emerging markets experience and a track record of leading significant growth, acquisition, and transformation to drive business performance. He is commercial and creative, with expertise in leadership development, talent, culture, performance, manpower & succession planning, reward, governance, learning & development, and resourcing & recruitment. Stephen currently acts as an advisor, coach and mentor to people from C-suite to start-ups, as an independent consultant, and as a NED. Until 2018, Stephen was in Singapore as StanChart’s Global Head of HR for CIB, and led Organisational Design and Change across the Group. StanChart serves clients in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and runs its business from Asia. He joined StanChart from Nomura where I was Global Head of Organisation Development and EMEA Head of HR, leading the people aspects of Nomura's acquisition and integration Lehman Brothers in Europe. This was an extraordinary professional experience, particularly in the context of the unfolding financial crisis. Before Nomura, Stephen was at Dresdner as Corporate Finance and Equities global HR business partner and also ran global learning and graduate recruitment. He cut his teeth as HR Head at Commerzbank, setting up the UK HR function to support the international securities business.


Suzie Lewis

Suzie Lewis is Founder and Managing Director of Transform for Value, and has extensive experience in driving international transformation projects, and in preparing business leaders and employees for change. Suzie is about connecting people, their potential, collective intelligence and equipping organisations to get the best out of individuals and teams. 

During 18 years working in the aeronautical industry, she has led both flagship projects and teams large and small in culture change, leadership, digital transformation, Agile, diversity and inclusion, talent management and recruitment.


Terri Simpkin

Dr Terri Simpkin is a recognised academic, researcher, consultant and expert in leadership and management in the second machine age. A successful business leader, she has worked internationally with governments, industry associations, large and small business and is an accomplished academic manager. She has managed university departments with a global remit and designed world-leading, cutting-edge Master’s programmes and corporate leadership development. She sits on global advisory panels for the Data Centre sector and is a sought-after public speaker. As a researcher, she is actively involved in global studies into the role of the impostor phenomenon as a barrier to career advancement, particularly for women.

Her research provides the Copyright Mischief Business Engineering, 2018 foundation for her consulting work through Mischief Business Engineering (Uk & Aust) and supports a full suite of programmes called Braver Stronger Smarter. Her academic work continues as the Higher and Further Education Principal with CNet Training. Terri is a Churchill Fellow, a Chartered member of the CIPD, a Trustee of the Baker Dearing Trust, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and, in her spare time, a devoted Duran Duran fan.

Thom Iddon

Thom Iddon-Escalante is a Stockholm-based digital marketer and entrepreneur. Formerly Operations Director at Universal Avenue, where he was responsible for scaling logistics and support teams, he recently became Marketing Director at Formulate. When he's not focused on growing tech start ups, he enjoys listening to podcasts, playing rugby, and spending time with his 2 year-old son. 

Tim Ackermann

Tim Ackermann is a seasoned and passionate HR and Talent Acquisition expert with 20 years in various industries and regions at companies such as Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, Swarovski and Zalando. Recently Tim joined retailer Lidl as Head of Talent Acquisition & Experience to enable their international growth strategy while maintaining high levels of employee engagement.

Outside of the corporate world, Tim taught HR Management at the International School of Management, Munich. Tim is a founding member of Queb e.V. the (German) Association for Quality Employer Branding and actively engaged in the harmonization of the European higher education with fibaa e.V.

Tim Carmichael

Tim Carmichael is an award-winning C-Suite senior leader and champion of harnessing data to improve business outcomes. He is a strong believer in the power of the data narrative and the art of story-telling to enhance Board-level insight and in the need to bring data into the heart of the business. He was the British Army’s first Chief Data Officer and Chief Analytics Officer, before founding Ensifera Limited, a consultancy specialising in data, leadership and transformation. He has since been supporting a range of clients, including most recently Southern Water as Interim Head of Data Transformation.

Vicky Holdsworth

Vicky Holdsworth is a data-driven digital marketing specialist with over 10 years of experience across a variety of industries and sectors including; IT, Charity and Non-Profit, Agency and Technology. Alongside her work at ProFinda, Vicky is a strategic advisor and mentor for a number of London based Technology start-ups and charities, and is also the founder of WOF network; a senior leaders' future of work network with a mission to influence and shape an evolving world of work, for the better. 

Vivienne Edgecombe

Vivienne Edgecombe is a consultant, facilitator and transformative coach, drawing on a career in roles across diverse industries in HR, Organisational Development, Learning & Development, and consulting on HR and Transformation projects. Vivienne has written a book called "28 Days of Resilience: All you need to know about your innate ability to bounce back": Buy here.

She is the founder of Inside-Out Change, working with a Principles-based understanding of personal and business transformation to prepare organisations and their HR and project teams to deliver successful, transformational change, and to realise sustainable employee wellbeing and resilience.


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