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Gareth Jones – Keynote Speaker

Former Director of Human Resources and Internal Communications at the BBC

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Specialist Subjects

  • Organisational Design
  • Leadership
  • Culture
  • Change
  • Knowledge Economy
  • Business turnaround

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Gareth Jones is a renowned thought leader and business adviser. He focuses on organisations where creativity is a source of competitive strength. Visiting Professor at IE Business School, Madrid and also a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School.

Visiting Professor at the IE Business School, Madrid, and a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School. Gareth’s career has spanned both the academic and business worlds. He began as a University academic in Economic and Social Studies at the University of East Anglia before moving to the London Business School, where he joined the Organisational Behaviour Group.

Gareth Jones later joined Polygram and was appointed Senior Vice President for Polygram’s global human resources. In 1996 he reverted to academia when he became the BT Professor of Organisational Development at Henley where he also served on the Board of Governors. His most recent job was as Director of Human Resources and Internal Communications at the BBC. Gareth’s research interests are in organisational design, culture, leadership and change. In addition to his “real” doctorate, he is also the proud owner of an honorary doctorate from the University of South Wales. Gareth is also an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Employment Studies He also serves on both the Advisory Board and the International Research Board, Leeds University Business School. Recently, he joined the board of the Managing Partners Forum.

• McKinsey Award Prize Winner for the best article in Harvard Business Review 2000 – “Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?”
• Runner-up for McKinsey Award “Leading Clever People”
• IE Business School Madrid, Top Award for Teaching Excellence (2009-2017)

Gareth Jones has published many books and articles. Amongst these are several books co-authored with Rob Goffee including “The Character of a Corporation, how your culture can make or break your business”, “Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?” and “Clever, leading your smartest, most creative people”. Their most recent book, “Why Should Anyone Work Here?” was published by Harvard Business Publishing in November 2015. Articles have appeared in the European Management Journal, Human Relations, Management Today and in Harvard Business Review, two of which won the prestigious McKinsey prize.

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