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Karen is a CRF Associate. She has worked extensively across all sectors on the issue of organisation effectiveness, particularly developing sustainable strategic capability. She has also published books on the global aspects of effectiveness – ‘Leading International Teams’ & ‘Globalisation: The internal dynamic’.
Karen has extensive experience working with high potential leaders globally and in the last nine years has conducted targeted research into the challenges of attracting and retaining the talent needed to lead organisations healthily in times of complexity and ambiguity. Recent clients include Tesco, G4S, UK & UAE Civil Service, AB Foods, a global humanitarian agency, Lloyds, John Lewis, Zentiva and Marketform.
Karen is an accredited Power & Systems facilitator and finds this approach to be transformational particularly for leaders in mature organisations, freeing their energy for change and creating healthy and human workplaces. She is an effective keynote speaker as she brings practical depth and breadth to her contributions.
As Head of Global Talent Management, Eleanor leads the talent and diversity agenda at Rolls-Royce.
She combines deep understanding and knowledge of engineering organisations with significant talent and organisation effectiveness experience, and has worked with senior leaders to develop capabilities and initiatives critical to the organisation’s talent agenda.
While she has a broad HR background, Eleanor’s passion remains in development and in enabling people to realise their potential to strengthen business performance. She has attended executive education and development at both Cranfield and Harvard Business Schools and is an active member of the employer-focused Royal Academy of Engineering’s Diversity Leadership Group.
Nigel is Group Human Resources Director for TalkTalk, a position he has held since 2010.
While in the role, Nigel has led the transformation of TalkTalk’s HR function which includes all aspects of the function such as payroll, systems, operations, recruitment, talent, OD, communications and engagement.
Prior to joining TalkTalk, Nigel started his career in HR at Rover Group where he spent the majority of his time at Land Rover. He subsequently held senior HR positions at Nortel Networks, Marconi and the logistics group Wincanton plc.
Claire is responsible for Talent & Development for the Downstream business in Shell, an organisation of ~35,000 employees. Her primary focus is on the resourcing of the senior leadership cadre, in addition to responsibility for the broader talent, leadership development and D&I agenda for the business.
Prior to her current role Claire has held a variety of HR generalist and consultancy roles within different areas of Shell, including Manufacturing, Retail, Chemicals, Projects & Technology and Upstream.
Claire’s first degree was in Industrial Relations and she also has a Masters in Organisation Consulting.
In his role as Director of Learning, Nick has responsibility for building on CRF's unique position as one of the largest business-focused HR networks and 20+ years of practical research to provide unrivalled development for HR teams and senior professionals.
He has extensive experience not only in researching key trends in HR and working with major global businesses, but also has a background in senior HR roles as a partner at Arthur Andersen and Director of Global People Development at Vodafone.
Prior to joining CRF, Nick spent 10 years at Henley Business School where he was a visiting professor and Director of the Centre for HR Excellence.