On Tuesday 2 July, M&C Saatchi Transform is hosting a panel discussion in partnership with the Centre for Management Consulting Excellence.

Date: Tuesday 2 July 2019, 18:00 – 20:30.

Address: Carnaby Room, M&C Saatchi, 15 Golden Square, Soho, London, W1F 9JG. See Google Maps.

Transport: Nearest underground is Piccadilly Circus or Oxford Circus.

In many organisations, change is seen as something that is done to people, rather than driven by people. With this approach, it is unsurprising that 81% of change and transformation programmes fail (Smith, 2002). In the context of increasingly rapid business, environment and political change, it is clear that traditional approaches need re-thinking.

The evening will be a panel discussion with drinks and canapes moderated by Calvert Markham, Director of the Centre for Management Consulting Excellence. Our panellists include:

See below for our panellist’s biographies.

Together we will explore how behavioural science and a people not process approach can deliver behaviour change that is more likely to meet the organisation’s strategic objectives.

Please contact Flick Hardingham, Senior Adviser at M&C Saatchi Transform on flick.hardingham@mcsaatchi.com, if you would like to attend.

Panellist biographies

Christian van Stolk, Vice President, RAND Europe; Research Group Director, Home Affairs and Social Policy

Christian van Stolk is vice president at RAND Europe and director of the Home Affairs and Social Policy research group. He has worked extensively on social and employment policies and recently finished a review for the UK Government on improving employment outcomes of those with mental health conditions.

Christian has led studies on active age management in the workplace for the European Foundation; employment priorities until the year 2020 for the European Commission (DG EMPL); and a major project on health and well-being at work for the Department of Health in the United Kingdom. He was also lead author on the INSPIRE project for DG EMPL, looking at the future of social policy and protection in Europe. He currently manages RAND’s work on the Britain’s Healthiest Workplace competition with Vitality Health.

He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Megan de Klerk, Group Leadership Talent Lead, Pennon Group

Megan de Klerk is a business psychologist, studying an MSc in Occupational and Business Psychology, holds a post-graduate qualification in Business Leadership, is registered with Business Psychological Society for ability psychometric administration and will be qualified in personality psychometrics.

With a 16-year career analysing and transforming organisations globally, Megan possesses experience in the private sector (FMCG through to Financial), the public sector specialising in transport through to local government and the higher education sector, in both global and local markets.

Megan has achieved recognition for her excellence in change management through the Association of Business Psychologists in the UK (Award Finalist – excellence in Change Management), with the programme having strengthened internal executive movement by 50% in just over a year at Westminster City Council (including CEO), and increased the gender diversity in the Council.

As an artist Megan looks to the greats for inspiration, not just for her next painting, but to learn from their courage in challenging the way things are, look and can be. Megan takes inspiration on how they drive through results that are either loved or hated but still these results create emotion, followers and ultimately movements. Megan knows it is essential to establish a culture of collective commitment and a climate of positivity, by creating positive energy networks through building a climate that exudes compassion, has space for forgiveness and embodies gratitude.

She has recently returned from a year in South Africa delivering a transformational programme for the South African Typographical Union (SATU) and government agencies, to decrease poverty and increase opportunities for women, through completing an industry review of the typographical sector of South Africa and SATU’s culture. Megan is now working with Pennon Group, in Exeter, as their Group Leadership Talent Lead, around a culture change, that will bring two disparate cultures, under one group.

Megan understands the complexity of human behaviour, within culture change programs, that impact the adoption of new ways of working. Taking the time to understand the business readiness, not just from a process/structure/hand-off point of view, but the behavioural readiness of the individuals impacted, is imperative to understanding the interventions needed to support effective culture change. Taking people on the trajectory as it starts, by employing high levels of engagement, opening two-way dialogue and being honest, even if the messages are hard, will mean your employees will be with you at the end.

Mark Babington, Acting Director, UK Auditing Standards and Competition, Financial Reporting Council

Mark Babington is the Acting Director of UK Auditing Standards and Competition at the Financial Reporting Council. He is responsible for the FRC’s UK Audit Policy programme, measures to support greater competition in the UK audit market and work to support the reform of international standard setting for auditors, by global regulatory authorities.

Prior to joining the FRC, Mark had a twenty‐year career in audit and was a Director at the UK National Audit Office, where his responsibilities included the audit of HM Revenue and Customs, Energy and Nuclear and Defence. Prior to that he was a technical advisor to a number of EU capacity‐building programmes. He was also involved in the audit of the United Nations.

For five years, Mark was a member of the UK government’s counter‐fraud taskforce, He led the NAO’s work on Financial Management, Counter Fraud and Money Laundering. He is a former Chairman of the International Colleges of Auditors of a number of European defence‐related organisations. Mark is an Independent Governor, Board Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, which is the UK public body dedicated to supporting democracy around the world.

Baroness Glenys Thornton, former CEO, The Young Foundation

Baroness Glenys Thornton is a member of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament. She is Opposition Health spokesperson, and a former Health, and Women and Equalities Minister. In recent years she has been the CEO of The Young Foundation in London’s East End, called after the great social innovator and sociologist Lord Michael Young. Glenys worked as a project director for Michael Young at what was then called the Institute of Community Studies in 1978 and is a proponent of the value of ethnographic research and its use in developing deep understanding of communities and the challenges they face. She is a dedicated and enthusiastic social innovator and supporter of Social Enterprise. In 2001 Glenys founded and chaired Social Enterprise UK, and the All Party Parliamentary Social Enterprise Group, which helped to lead the policy, legislative and development social enterprise sector in the UK with cross party support.

She is a Patron of SEUK, A Senior Fellow of The Young Foundation, an Emeritus Governor of the LSE, Hon Doc of the University of Bradford and a Lay member of Camden CCG.

Calvert Markham, Director, Centre for Management Consulting Excellence

Most of Calvert Markham’s career has been as a management consultant, specialising mainly in the performance development of consultants and practices. The business he founded specialising in this area has trained thousands of consultants from hundreds of organisations around the world. Calvert has been President of the UK Institute of Management Consultants and Vice Chairman of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes.

He is a Visiting Fellow in the practice of management consultancy at Cass Business School in London and has had teaching engagements at many other business schools. He is also the author of several books on management consultancy.

He is currently Director of the Centre for Management Consulting Excellence, and a past Master of its parent, the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.