Speakers

Adam Billing

Adam Billing

Adam Billing is the Founder of Treehouse Innovation, a leading innovation consulting and training company based in London, as well as a Partner at the Møller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge. He is an experienced innovation practitioner and frequent lecturer on top executive programmes focusing on innovation, design thinking and change.

Adam has worked closely with the Boards and senior leadership teams of global organisations to define innovation strategy and create cultures of innovation. His recent clients include Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, Sky, eBay, American Express, AstraZeneca, Sony Playstation and many others. He is a leading figure in the field of remote collaboration, and the lead designer of Sprintbase™, a digital innovation platform that is being utilised by a growing number of global organizations to scale their internal capability and engage teams across functions and geographies.

Prior to founding Treehouse Innovation, Adam worked at Ernst & Young Consulting, and later Capgemini Consulting where he focused on collaborative innovation in the firm’s Accelerated Solutions Environment (ASE). He has also facilitated many large-scale collaborative events including innovation sprints, “unconferences”, and strategy sessions for groups as large as 1200.

Over the last 15 years, he has designed and delivered custom leadership development programmes with top business schools including Cambridge University, Imperial College London, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech University and Rice University.

Adam is the author of numerous published works (International Bar Association, Managing Partner, CIPD, Ark Group and others) focused on organisational culture, strategy, and innovation. He holds an MBA along with a Masters in Public & International Affairs with a special interest in India & China. Adam has lived and worked in the UK, US, Japan and Europe, serving clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Chris Nel

Chris  Nel

Referred to affectionately by  his last boss, Tom Peters, as ‘our company’s very own positive deviant’, Chris is an agent provocateur.  This, coupled to a natural ability to build relationships, retain a strategic perspective and a strong bias for action mean that Chris is seen, by his clients, as a key external influence on the success of their change programmes.

Chris was born in the UK but grew up in South Africa.  Surfing, beach life, rugby and cycling dominated the school years.   At University in England, Chris twice represented Great Britain at the world triathlon championships.

In 1986 he graduated from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Commando training at CTC Lympstone was followed by fourteen years service as a Commando Officer in the British Army in a wide variety of roles and conflicts around the globe, reaching the rank of Major.  This exposure to extreme social, political and cultural hostilities kindled in Chris a determination to facilitate learning and progress. To make things better.

On leaving the Army, Chris held a senior operational management position at Norwich Union , after which his ‘positive deviancy’ led him, quite quickly, in to consulting; initially with Tom Peters Company in Boston (USA) and then London. Here Chris was mentored in the art of leadership development  and facilitating change by his colleagues Jim Kouzes and Tom Peters. In 2007 Chris left to co-found his own business focussed on expediting organisational change, Quest Leadership Ltd.

Chris’s approach to facilitating change is to both partner with and provoke the incumbent leadership team(s). For seventeen years Chris has been using this approach to stimulate better leadership at senior management and executive level in the following organisations - Aim Altitude, Analog Devices, Bramshill Police Staff College, Chartwell, Cybex, David Brown Engineering,  Electronic Arts (EA), Dialog Semiconductor, Ecosurety, EnOcean, Leica Geosystems, Hexagon, Hitachi Capital, Leica, Lufthansa, Norwich Union, Rolls-Royce Aerospace, Rompetrol, Situs Asset Management, Texas Instruments, The Active Change Foundation, The Kurdish Regional Government, The UK Home Office, The UK Defence Academy Shrivenham, John Wiley & Son, Virgin One Account, Western Union and Zurich Insurance.

Chris is a regular contributor to the Leadership Challenge Community a Kouzes & Posner Certified Master, LPI Coach and certified Cognitive Process Profile (CPP) Practitioner.

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