Speakers

Jenni Emery

Jenni Emery

Jennifer Emery was born in Edinburgh and lives in London with her husband and four children. After earning a law degree from Oxford University and an MBA from Henley Business School, Jenni spent the first twenty years of her career in a variety of legal, strategic and coaching roles across the world's largest law firms and other professional services firms, always focused on how to unleash the potential in individuals and in organisations. In 2017, she was part of core team that delivered the largest law firm merger in UK legal history. Jennifer is now Global People Leader at Arup, the leading engineering and design consultancy, and a non-exec advisor to a number of start-ups and not-for-profits. Jenni writes shopping lists, poetry and now a new kind of business book which aims to be a good read, unapologetically female, inspiring and thought provoking. 

Chris Nichols

Chris Nichols

Chris is a vastly experienced OD and L&D practitioner with 30 years consulting and teaching experience in over 50 countries. He was Professor of Practice in Systems Leadership at Ashridge/Hult, and Director of Quality and Innovation at Ashridge Consulting where he jointly led the Strategy Engagement group. He has directed top level open and tailored strategic leadership programmes, and is a specialist in creative leadership in complexity and ambiguity. He also directed the Ashridge MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility.

His business background includes extensive Boardroom advisory experience and top team development. Chris has worked with FTSE and family owned businesses from many sectors. He places people development, learning and ethics / responsibility at the heart of his work alongside his sharp commercial and strategic focus.

Chris has a strong commercial background. He was a core member of the PW / PwC energy group and has worked internationally. He led the PW energy group in Australia in 1995-97 and was a New York investment banker from 1997-1999. He has a long experience as an Entrepreneur, innovator and business leader: Chris has held senior positions in blue chip and smaller organisations. He is co-founder of GameShift.

Chris is the author of many articles and book chapters on management and leadership topics, including strategy, technology, innovation sustainability and social responsibility.

Philippa Hardman

Philippa Hardman

Philippa Hardman specialises in working with organisations to help them have better quality discussions about strategy and change. While she frequently consults to Boards and senior leadership teams, Philippa’s also works alongside clients on large participative strategy processes to harness as widely as possible the strategic intelligence of the organisation.  Philippa’s clients describe her as someone who is very committed to helping them make a difference through pragmatic interventions and support. 

She has extensive experience of working strategically with a wide range of private and public sector organisations in many countries including many FTSE top 100 corporates, universities, government departments and large charities. 

Philippa’s career started as a translator with Volkswagen before joining PwC to train as a Chartered Accountant.  She then moved into strategy consulting and held various positions at PwC and PA Consulting before moving to Ashridge Business School.  Philippa held senior leadership roles within Ashridge, jointly leading the consulting Strategy Engagement Practice and subsequently as Director of Resourcing and Performance.

She is co-Founding Partner of GameShift, a collaborative hub which helps individuals, teams and organisations deliver better results through a creative process of reframing issues to allow new thinking to flourish.

Alongside Chris Nichols, Philippa has written many articles and book chapters, and their forthcoming book, Shift the Game, is in the process of being finalised for publishing later in the year.

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