Liz has been working for over 25 years in OD and change. Her clients come from the commercial sector, the NHS, government and higher education and she has worked extensively internationally, speaking both French and Dutch. She is also an Associate Professor of Leadership and Change at Ashridge, where she is Programme Director for a highly regarded Masters in Leadership, called GenerationQ.
As an OD and change consultant, Liz draws on her in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of leadership, work identity, culture, organizational change, power and politics to provide insight, challenge and new ways of seeing and thinking. This involves working in partnership with individuals, teams and organisations to understand the situation in which they find themselves and identify ways of shifting stuck patterns to create the interpersonal relationships and work environment required. Change interventions are bespoke and may take the form of workshops, Board facilitation or engagement events. Often what is required is to create the conditions for individuals, teams and boards to have honest conversations about tricky subjects maintaining psychological safety and respect.
Prior to working in OD and change, Liz had an international career in marketing and then HR, living in both Paris and Amsterdam and working extensively in Europe and Asia. She has also held a variety of senior leadership roles in Unilever and BT, and was HR Director for 5 years on the Board of Smythe Dorward Lambert, a UK based consultancy specialising in people centred change and internal communication.
Liz is also an executive coach, a researcher and author. Her latest book, ‘Hope Behind the Headlines: Stories of leaders shifting culture in the NHS’ was published last year. She has also co-authored ‘Organizational Change: Perspectives on Theory and Practice,’ published by Oxford University Press and ‘Relational Change: A guide to the art and practice of changing organisations’, was published by Bloomsbury in December, 2016.
Liz lives near Norwich with her husband who is a doctor, two children and a rather temperamental Scottie.