Mike provides senior HR strategic mentoring and advisory services to Fortune 500 and Private Equity/VC-backed businesses.
Mike is Chair of CNIguard – a tech company providing infrastructure protection to the utility and energy sector. He has extensive experience of working at Board Level with Global FTSE 50 companies spread across different sectors and geographies. Mike has provided strategic HR solutions to M&A as well as advice on large-scale restructuring, rapid growth and business development. Unusually, Mike combined a CHRO role with a significant P&L responsibility, providing him with a unique perspective on people and organisational strategy. Amongst other senior roles, he was CHRO at National Grid for 12 years and Group Head of Commercial Property. Prior to this he spent 14 years with Diageo in significant HR roles including SVP for both North America and the International Markets (covering Asia, South America, Middle East and Central Europe). His early career was spent in HR and Commercial roles with Guinness, ICI and BOC.
His other roles include being Chair of SportsAid, a charity which helps young athletes overcome obstacles in their bid to become Britain’s next generation of Olympians and Paralympians and a trustee of Centrepoint, a homeless charity that helps more than 1500 young homeless people a year.
With extensive knowledge of leadership in complex, multinational environments, Emma offers strengths-based coaching and development in the areas of authentic, resilient and energised leadership and high performing teams at the executive level.
Her early HR career spread across the Chemical, Pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors, culminating in the role of VP of HR for Frito-Lay (Pepsi). The experience she gained whilst progressing executives to fill senior leadership roles, combined with her deep knowledge of the essential psychological principles of powerful leaders, informs her approach. Over the past 15 years, Emma’s clients have included Unilever, Avon, Coca-Cola European Partners, AstraZeneca, Anglo American and the Civil Service and Dixons Carphone.
Continually taking heed of the latest changes in the world of leadership development, Emma has strong links with Academia. Whilst living in the USA, she obtained a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her PhD focused on how leaders thrive at work and she is a Visiting Fellow at Buckinghamshire New University.
Emma also brings her expertise to the world of education as founder of All About Thriving, supporting the emotional resilience of young people, teachers and school leaders. Her work as a trustee of the charity Family Links also reflects her interest in the emotional health of young people and their carers.
We strongly believe that no one individual, philosophy or approach has all the answers, and find real benefit in working with diverse teams to harness specialist skills, talents and knowledge. An extensive network of experts and institutions allows us to bring in the right people, at the highest level of capability to meet your needs.
We have a network of experienced and talented associates with global experience and reach who can support larger projects when needed by our clients. We work as a cohesive, high performing team to deliver consistently against a strategic leadership and team development agenda.