Partner - Head of Heidrick Consulting at Heidrick & Struggles
As Head of Heidrick Consulting London, Ian consults with major clients to accelerate the performance of leaders, teams and organisations, to design global people strategies & operating models, organisational and governance structures, merger integrations, major transformation programmes, work methods, culture & workforce change, efficiency/productivity. Ian possesses a unique blend of consulting and line management experience. He has spent the past 20 years in either line or advisory roles working at the highest levels of organizations and government. His breadth of experience covers many sectors, including financial services, oil and gas, mining, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, defence, technology, sport and private equity. Ian has functional knowledge and leadership capabilities encompassing most, if not all, aspects of an organization, which allows him a platform to influence and provide direction at the board level. He combines strategic thought processes with strong implementation skills. He is a trusted advisor to many organizations and high-profile individuals. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Ian was a senior partner at PwC, where he led the workforce transformation solution and the firm’s people and organisation public sector consulting activity. He most recently designed and led the UK’s largest defence sector transformation which realised multi £bn savings. Before joining PwC, Ian held executive committee responsibility for people, marketing, and communications at the Dutch insurer AEGON. Ian’s early career was in financial services culminating in various executive roles covering strategy, retail and corporate banking, operations, and human resources. Shortly after the RBS acquisition of NatWest, Ian joined KPMG, where as a partner he led the design and launch of KPMG’s financial services human resource consulting practice. Ian studied the history of art at Wolfson College, Cambridge and has an MBA from City University, London.
With the new model of work providing greater opportunities than ever for home working, what will the impact of this be on women's employment. Will home working become the new 'women's work' with all the negatives that can come with that as was the case with part-time work? Given the choice will more women choose jobs that allow them to work at home with men opting to be present in the office (and thus more visible for opportunities)? Or will men's recent experiences around their children mean that they do start to take more responsibility for childrearing and/or decide that they don't want to be full-time in the office?