Director, CRF Learning
JOHN WHELAN MBE
Research Director, CRF
Digital Operations Manager, CRF
Associate Director, PARC
Professor, Columbia University
Course Director, CRF Learning
Coach, Trainer, Facilitator and Consultant
Associate, CRF Learning
Professor of Human Capital Management, Middlesex University
Global Talent Management Strategy, Exec. and Leadership Capability Coach
People and Transformation Lead
Organisational and Leadership Development Professional
PROFESSOR PATRICK WRIGHT
Professor Patrick Wright is Thomas C. Vandiver Bicentennial Chair in the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and Founder and Director of the Centre for Executive Succession. Previously he was at Cornell, Texas A&M, and Notre Dame. A prolific writer, Pat’s main areas of interest are strategic human resource management, the changing nature of the Chief HR Officer role and the challenges and best practices in CEO succession. He is Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Management.
PROFESSOR GEORGE YIP
George Yip is Professor of Marketing and Strategy, and Associate Dean for Executive MBA at Imperial College Business School. Previous academic positions include Professor of Strategy and Co-Director of the Centre on China Innovation at China Europe International Business School, Dean of Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University, and Harvard, UCLA, Cambridge Judge and London Business School. He is also the former Lead Senior Fellow of the UK’s Advanced Institute of Management Research. George’s previous business positions include Vice President and Director of Research and Innovation at Capgemini Consulting, senior manager at Price Waterhouse (USA), manager at Unilever, and various board level positions.
Wendy Hirsh is a researcher and consultant, specialising in the future-oriented aspects of people management. Wendy regularly contributes to CRF research and events. She is a Principal Associate of the Institute for Employment Studies and Visiting Professor at both Derby and Kingston Universities. Wendy works across private, public and third sectors with recent assignments in the police, ports and international development. She has been researching how workforce planning in companies is responding to the uncertainties and possible impacts of Brexit on business and the labour market.
Catherine has worked within a range of multinational companies, including Unilever, RS Components, Mercedes-Benz and Marston’s Plc. Throughout her career, Catherine has gained a breadth of experience across factory, distribution, sales, retail, head office and corporate environments. At Marston’s Plc, a FTSE 250 listed company, Catherine was Group People Director, responsible for working with the Board and the HR team to maximise return on Marston’s people investment, for both the Company and their 14,000 employees based in a multi-site organisation of 6 manufacturing sites and 1600 pub outlets. Under her leadership Marston’s was named as the Best Macro Employer in the West Midlands under the National Apprenticeship Awards and the HR team as Best HR team in Hospitality. Catherine now leads the HR function at British Sugar.
Hugh Mitchell is the former Chief HR and Corporate Officer of Royal Dutch Shell. During a career spanning 37 years, Hugh’s portfolio included global responsibility for Human Resources, Brand and Communications, Real Estate, Health, Security and Shell Aircraft, as well as Regional Oversight for Africa. Hugh is currently Vice Chair of Edinburgh Business School. He is a visiting lecturer at London Business School and continues in a range of HR Advisory roles. Previously, he was Non Executive Director of RSA Insurance, including Chair of the Remuneration Committee (2012-2018) and has served as a Board member for over 10 years at IMD Business School in Lausanne and The Centre for Advanced Human Resources at Cornell University (USA).
Sarah Hamilton-Hanna is passionate about ensuring individuals and organisations have the opportunity to develop to unleash their full potential. She is an advocate of inclusive work environments and a big supporter of diversity, especially women in the workplace. Sarah is currently the CHRO for TT Electronics. Prior to joining TT, Sarah spent 3.5 years at Tate and Lyle and 14 years at Associated British Foods, where she had a variety of HR Leadership roles. This included M&A work and leading business Transformation in divisions including business crisis and turnaround, as well as running the ABF Leadership Development programmes.
Peter Blausten is a senior advisor and has non-executive roles in the charity and government sectors. He was Group HR Director of FTSE30 and FTSE250 international companies, a partner in a US restructuring consultancy, and worked as an independent consultant with private equity and corporate clients. His sector experience includes consumer, aviation, engineering, financial services, infrastructure, healthcare, scientific services, and real estate. He was Civil Service Commissioner for the UK Government Cabinet Office.
Jennifer joined ARM as Executive Vice President of People in 2013 and left in March 2017 following the £24bn acquisition of ARM by SoftBank. Prior to joining ARM, Jennifer was Group People & Culture Director for 6 years at UBM plc, the global events-led marketing and communications services business, and was previously Group Human Resources Director for an international media and marketing services group. Her earlier career was in management consultancy and financial services. Jennifer is now a Board advisor, mentor and Non Executive Director, with a passion for ensuring equality of opportunity, and supporting talented individuals to fulfil their potential.