Liz has over 15 years experience in behavioural change, leadership development, learning, organisation development and HR. With a background in Organisational Psychology, Liz applies deep knowledge and experience to design and implement creative people solutions to successfully drive major change programmes. She has substantial experience in helping organisations to plan and deploy change by putting people at the heart of business strategy and thereby maximising delivery of business benefits.
Liz has worked extensively with a range of international public and private sector organisations in various aspects of the people value chain. Currently she is Global Director for Leadership Development & Learning at the LEGO Group where her focus is to build the right culture, leadership and learning environment so that LEGO can reach more children around the world and ‘inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow’.
Liz Villani is the Founder of Courageous Success, a British business working internationally to transform the way the world develops people. A non-conformist, Liz is a global leader in spirit, performance and realness.
For over a decade she has worked with people to transform businesses and lives for the better. Her development of individuals, teams and businesses spans many sectors including FMCG, Retail, Banking, Financial Services, Heavy Industry, Recruitment, Law, and Insurance. Liz’s style is energetic, inspirational, challenging, kind and rebellious.
“This is the woman that will change the workplace”. Liz’s philosophy is based upon the simple premise that the best person you can be is yourself. Her approach challenges you to understand who you truly are at heart and bring that person to work. Her businesses’ clients span the globe with teams in the UK, Australia and the US.
Dr. Margaret Heffernan produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. She then moved to the US where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard & Poor’s. She was Chief Executive of Information Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and then iCast Corporation and was named
The author of five books, Margaret’s third book, ‘Willful Blindness : Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril’ was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for ‘A Bigger Prize: Why Competition isn’t Everything and How We Do Better’, described as “meticulously researched…engagingly written…universally relevant and hard to fault.”
Her TED talks have been seen by over seven million people and in 2015 TED published ‘Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes’. She is Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and continues to write for the Financial Times, the New York Observer and the Huffington Post.
Mark’s consultancy practice Leading Change specialises in strategy execution, change leadership and leadership team development. He has 35 years of experience combining Army operational leadership and strategic planning roles with a second career in consulting. As a consultant, he has designed and delivered high impact programmes bridging the gap between strategy and results in leading companies such as Pfizer, Diageo, LVMH, AstraZeneca, Autotrader, Compass Group and a leading Formula 1 motor-racing team. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and the Institute of Leadership and Management. In his spare time he is a keen skier, marathon canoeist and trustee of a local canoe club.
Meg spent 15 years with Accenture and PA Consulting, working in HR Transformation and Business Process Re-engineering, with global clients such as BP and UBS. She has also taught at the Accenture University in Chicago. She then joined The Gap Partnership as HR Director and spent 8 years building and growing a highly specialised work force on a global basis. Passionate about the ability of businesses to make profit and do good, Atticus was formed in 2018, to create strategic and practical consultancy, to create shared value between corporates and the charity world.
Nelson Sivalingam is a serial entrepreneur and award-winning filmmaker. In 2016, Nelson co-founded HowNow, the innovative learning platform disrupting the way knowledge is captured, curated, discovered and measured in the workplace. Backed by Fuel Ventures, Founders of HR Tech success Thomsons Online Benefits and Tennis Superstar Andy Murray, HowNow is used by companies, big and small, across the 5 continents.
Nelson has been a speaker at Google Campus, an Ambassador for Startup Britain and a Guest Lecturer on Entrepreneurship. He has been recognised by Virgin Media Business as one of the top 30 young innovative founders in the country as well as one of the top Asian Stars in Tech by KPMG. He is a thought-leader on Startups and Tech contributing to publications such as The Guardian, The Telegraph and Startups.co.uk, and recently he was featured in Bloomberg’s documentary on Entrepreneurial Mindset.
Oliver directs strategy and keeps the Test Partnership team focused on innovation. Oliver has a proven track-record of starting and operating successful technology-based companies.
Pam Brown BA (Hons) MA currently Head of Diversity &Inclusion for West Midlands Ambulance University Trust and the initiator for Project D (Diversity) across all ambulance trusts in the UK. Pam has worked on the D&I agenda in many sectors and has authored a training manual on Racism in the Workplace and a range of articles on D&I. She is also a MFHA England mental health first aider instructor.
As Group HR Director Paul is a full member of the Executive Team. Paul has full responsibility for the people strategy and delivery across the OUTDOOR & CYCLE CONCEPTS Ltd Group where he has been in the role since May 2017.
Comprising of the well-known high street brands Snow+Rock, Cotswold Outdoor, Cycle Surgery, and Runners Need, Paul’s personal deep-rooted passion for the outdoors & his commitment to improving business performance through a values based-culture is a core principle that he drives through his organisation.
Prior to this Paul was HR Director at Greene King. He also spent six years at LV= General Insurance as HR Director – taking the business from a 650 employee company to 6,000. Before this, Paul spend 8 years as UK HR Director at Sanofi Pharmaceutical. Sanofi is the 2nd largest Pharma company in the world. Prior to this Paul was Group HR Manager at Laing-O’Rourke where he put in place a company-wide HR function for the UK’s largest privately owned construction company.
Pedro is Head of Leadership Development in AIB (Allied Irish Bank), Programme Director in the IMI (Irish Management Institute) Diploma in Strategic HRM and President of the Irish EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council).
He has previously worked in senior management roles in Penna HR Consulting, Deloitte, IBM Business Consulting Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He has led the design and implementation of large-scale change and human resources interventions with both national and international clients, in the public and private sectors.
Author of “Managing People” – A book used by the Institute of Bankers in Ireland in its Bachelor of Financial Services Degree. Other published work includes:
Motivational speaker and regular presenter at HR, change and business conferences / events
As Boom Chicago For Business’s Director of Content, Pep does it all: high level event host & facilitator, writer, stand-up comedian, public speaker, coach, and creator of innovative corporate programs. A co-founder of Boom Chicago, Pep’s passion is using comedy to make hard-to-communicate messages land and stick, as featured In his 2012 TED talk, ‘Fight, Flight or Make Your Opponent Laugh.’ Pep hosts events like TEDx Amsterdam, The Next Web Conference and The Nordic Business Forum to rave reviews, even making President Obama laugh at the NBF. He was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on America’s long-running television show, Saturday Night Live.
Having recently been voted as a top 5 speaker in Spice Magazine’s hot 100, Song Division’s UK/Europe General Manager, Sam McNeill is one of the world’s most in demand MC’s and Facilitators. At just 31, Sam has hosted over 300 Team Building Workshops, Gala Awards Evenings and Product Launches in The UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and The US.
The last 2 years have seen Sam recognised both locally and international, winning Future Leader awards with both Meetings & Events Australia and the Professional Convention Management Association (an award he was flown to Boston to receive).
Sam’s professionalism and energy has made him a favourite among clients, having already worked with many of the biggest brands on the planet, including Virgin, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, McDonald’s, Spotify, HP and Fujitsu to name just a small few.
Stephen has been CEO at the Big Issue Foundation since July 2007. His previous role was Director of Commercial Operations at Shelter, where he had responsibility for a chain of 100 charity Stores, a mail-order business and a Training business primarily focusing on Housing professionals. Stephen was a member of the Senior Management Team with cross organisational responsibility for the strategic management of the Charity. Stephen was at Shelter for 13 years.
Stephen helped found and ultimately chaired the professional body that represents the majority of Charity Retailers in the UK, ‘The Association of Charity Shops’. Stephen is a Vice Chair of the Trustees of the homeless health care charity, London Pathway, a Trustee of TRAID, a charity committed to protecting the environment and reducing world poverty by recycling and campaigning at home and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Shoreditch Town Hall Trust.
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