Deborah Rowland


Deborah brings a unique combination of experience, insight and research to the leadership of change. She has personally led change in major global organizations including Shell, Gucci Group, BBC Worldwide and PepsiCo holding both Group HR and VP of Organizational & Management Development roles. She also founded and grew a consulting firm that pioneered research in the field. She has a double first in archaeology and anthropology from Cambridge University – which continues to inform her work – and is the co-author of Sustaining Change: Leadership That Works (Wiley, 2008) and author of Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change (Wiley Blackwell 2017), based on groundbreaking research into the realities of leading change. She is a member of the Archbishop’s Review Group into leadership development in the Church of England.

As a speaker Deborah brings her whole self. The combination of her sharp mind, her deep interest in your context, and her cornucopia of stories about how to lead changewell is hugely appealing to a wide range of audiences where leading change is a crucial issue. She creates collective audience engagement with the subject, recognizing that big change only happens in groups, not through a collection of individuals.

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