DEBORAH Rowland
Author, Executive, Consultant, Speaker
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Bio

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Who I am

I bring a unique combination of experience, insight and research to the leadership of change. I have personally led change in major global organisations including Shell, Gucci Group, BBC Worldwide and PepsiCo holding both Group HR and VP of Organizational & Management Development roles.

I also founded and grew a consulting firm that pioneered research in the field, and act as change coach to the executive boards of major corporations such as the German energy giant RWE. Other clients have included De Beers, Dell Computers, Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline, Kraft Foods, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prudential, Rolls-Royce Holdings, Royal Dutch Shell and Unilever.

My research into the leadership of change has been widely published in academic journals and was accepted as a paper at the 2016 Academy of Management conference. I enjoy speaking at conferences on the subject of change and its leadership.

I have a double first in archaeology and anthropology from Cambridge University – which continues to inform my work – and am the co-author of Sustaining Change: Leadership That Works (Wiley, 2008). I am also a member of the Archbishop’s Review Group into leadership development in the Church of England.

My latest book, Still Moving: How To Lead Mindful Change is based on my 2015 groundbreaking research into the realities of leading change.

My career and life’s journey has led me to live in several places around the world – including the UK but also New York, Switzerland, and France. I currently have the good fortune to live in two beautiful places – a stone’s throw from the vibrant diversity of Notting Hill’s Portobello Road in London, and a crab claw’s throw from the tranquil harbour of Cornish coastal fishing village, Portloe.

When I am not engaged with the task of helping leaders lead change, I enjoy walking in the great outdoors, contemplating striking art in all its forms, sinking into my yoga asanas, and, most important of all, simply being me with my dear friends and family.