Chris Roebuck

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With more than 35 years experience in senior roles developing HR professionals, leaders and their organisations to be more successful I focus on what really works in day to day for leaders at all levels to achieve success

Chris Roebuck is a stalwart of the HR Most Influential Thinkers list having appeared no fewer than 10 times since 2009, a record. He consistently adds value to the profession year on year not only helping HR professionals develop insights on how to deliver better HR and be more business focused but also by showing line mangers and CEOs how they can be better leaders and how, by working in closer partnership with HR, they can get the best from their people and add even greater value.

Uniquely in the HR world Chris is not only a financially focused economist but has been in line management as well as HR leadership roles in his career in the military, business and government. His experience as a leader in major transformations such as the London Underground PPP prior to taking up HR roles enables him to understand what line management really want from HR.

His work as global head of leadership at UBS where HR had to be a catalyst for significant transformation creating a new global bank, now a Harvard Case Study, gives Chris a proven road map on how HR can deliver real value to organisations via leadership, talent, engagement and culture. His broad experience also encompasses HSBC Investment Bank, KPMG, working with SMEs, the NHS and local government, so he has seen the best and the worst that both leaders and HR deliver.

His work regularly takes forwards the HR profession. He was co-author of first book on strategic leadership development, has published 4 books on leadership one of which was translated into 11 languages.

Chris was on the UK Government Expert panel on boosting Employee Engagement across sectors via the Engage for Success report and initiative. His insights have been quoted by over 170 other leadership and business experts in their articles and professional journal publications. He has regularly judged HR and business awards, eg HR Excellence & IIP.

Chris was awarded Companionship of the Chartered Management Institute in recognition of his work developing leadership globally and was Hon Visiting Professor of Transformational Leadership at Bayes Business School. He's also a neuroscience accredited executive coach. 

As a speaker and advisor Chris now uses this experience, via a simple 3 step system, to enable HR professionals and leaders to unleash the power of their own experience to inspire them to action that delivers what their organisation wants across multiple objectives.

Through over 260 inspirational keynotes he has helped over 21,000 leaders from over 650 organisations in 29 countries globally be more successful to meet their objectives, beat their challenges, build the future, engages employees, boost wellbeing & retention and potentially add 10% to bottom line for free.

Audiences consistently say hearing Chris is the first time leadership really resonated and gave them simple practical steps to take action and deliver what their organisation needs more effectively :

“I have read books and listened to talks on leadership over many years but without doubt yours was the most inspirational and sensible approach that gave absolute clarity.”  - Col Helen Singh – Senior UK National Health Service Leader and Commanding Officer, 254 Reserve Hospital, British Army. Veteran of service in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Chris has written over 100 articles including for Newsweek, CEO and CFO magazines, HR Magazine, Health Service Journal and others. He has been quoted as a business leadership expert globally in the Harvard Business Review China, FT, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, and many other titles and has done over 350 TV interviews on leadership and business on BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC and other channels.

His “Perspectives from the Top” podcast with insights from successful global leaders for HR professionals and leaders has listeners in over 70 countries.

From law firms in London to construction in Scotland, from the Red Cross in Myanmar to the Chinese Space programme in Beijing, from telecom leaders in Muscat and CEOs in Tehran, banks in Malaysia and retail leaders in New York, women business leaders in Dubai, Regional Governors in Oman, The Prime Ministers office in UAE, from Chartered Investment & Securities Institute in London and HRDs in Chennai and Dubai, Chris bridges the gap between HR and the rest of the organisation to help both perform better and to work together in true partnership to inspire everyone to give their best and deliver greater success.

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