I’ve spent the last ten years advising companies around defining moments, from mergers & acquisitions to issue-led corporate campaigns. Almost every time the stakeholder group that made the biggest impact on perceived success or failure was employees. Culture defines a business.
Before Headland, I spent 5 years as an M&A lawyer at Linklaters LLP and then ten years advising clients at Brunswick Group. In 2015, I moved into a Chief of Staff role at Brunswick, working with Executive Chairman, Sir Alan Parker and then CEO Susan Gilchrist across management priorities. That experience gave me a solid foundation through which to approach people management. It taught me that people strategy is inextricably linked to business strategy. Get it right and you create a set of behaviours, mindsets, and ways of doing things for true business success.