Prof Chris Roebuck

Prof Chris Roebuck leadership speaker at Great British Speakers

Chris Roebuck has a unique experience and approach that helps leaders, teams and organisations understand how they can reach their full potential and be successful in just two steps. His innovative and inspiring approach shows everyone that they already know what delivers success but just don’t recognise it. Once they do by using simple actions they can quickly transform performance. This adds investor value, serves customers better, builds the brand and boosts the bottom line by 10% + at no cost and even supports effective risk management and cost efficiency.

To develop this new approach to success Chris unique experience has been built up over 35 years during which he has been successful :

• Corporate leader: Developing leaders and leadership in major global organisations and SMEs to enable both personal and organisational success. Eg His work in UBS as Global Head of Talent & Leadership is part of a Harvard Case Study.

• Governmental leader: Working in Government and public sectors on major change and leadership projects from UK National Health Service and local Government to London Underground PFI.

• Thought leader: being regularly on the list of HR Most Influential Thinkers and Visiting Professor of Transformational Leadership at Cass Business School in London researching what delivers success.

• Military leader: Serving as a military officer leading and inspiring people in challenging environments via a “serve to lead” ethos.

• Executive coach and mentor: helping senior executives be more successful across a range of different sectors.

This unique experience has enabled Chris to develop an innovative, entrepreneurial and highly effective new approach for leaders and organisations to achieve success: I CARE Leadership. Chris shows how simple, practical day to day actions can be taken to quickly deliver real improvements at all levels; individual, team and organisation. Those attending can then immediately make a real difference implementing simple actions based on their own experience. For example, one organisation who implemented I CARE Leadership increased the number of staff happy to recommend it as “a great place to work” to friends or family in 2 years from 40% to 82%, and increased revenue by 40%. His first book on leadership published in 2000 took this approach and was translated into 11 languages as a result. When Global Head of Leadership at UBS, 70,000 staff & 100 countries, his team helped the bank transform organisational performance to increase profitability by 235%, market capitalisation by 50% and win awards. Now a Harvard Case Study.

Chris is an economist so fully understands the financial success that can be delivered via inspiring leaders. He has great breadth of experience across function, sector, culture and geography, from having held senior roles in UBS, HSBC, KPMG & London Underground to advising legal firms and construction, from the UK National Health Service of 1.4m staff and UK Government to the Red Cross in Myanmar, from Investment banks in London to Middle East Telecoms, from the Chinese Space Programme to retail in USA. From Project Managers to HR Directors, from Risk & Legal Officers to Finance Directors, from Beijing, New York, Dubai, Rome, Singapore, Athens, Stockholm, Zurich, Kuala Lumpur, Calcutta, Oman to Hong Kong.

Chris has been quoted as a leadership expert globally in the Harvard Business Review China, FT, Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, New York Times, Business Week, Time Magazine, Washington Post, Times of India, Straits & Gulf Times and many other titles. He has done over 350 TV interviews on leadership and business issues on BBC channels, Sky, Bloomberg,  ITV, CNBC & CNN. Chris has been recognised as one of the Most Influential HR Thinkers regularly since 2010 by the HR profession.

Keynote Topics:

General leadership groups.

Audience: All leaders at every level – can be tailored as a board level presentation.

“Unleash your potential for success”

“Beating the competition in just 2 steps”

“Inspirational leadership – key to success”


Audience: All leaders / groups wanting to be more innovative

“Creating success through innovative thinking”

“Enabling breakthrough innovation via breakthrough leadership”

“How effective leadership drives significantly better innovation in organisations”


Audience: anyone engaged in change

“Successful change – 2 steps to making it work then stick – I CARE”

80% of change or initiatives never reach potential this helps leaders dramatically improve this


Audience: finance directors/ financial professionals

“Boosting bottom line by 10% for no cost - in just 2 steps”.

“Finance Director as a strategic leader.” – finance directors

“Leadership success as a driver of investment performance” – investment/ asset mangers

Customer Focus.

Audience: leaders of customer facing staff

“Maximising customer service - in just 2 steps”

“inspiring your people to deliver best customer service”

It is a fact that customer service is more effective when employees have effective leaders

Brand and Marketing.

Audience: branding and marketing professionals

“Every employee as a Brand ambassador – your route to success”.

“Marketings greatest secret asset – your employees – unleash the power”

Creating an environment where every employee is a proactive brand ambassador.

M&A and Integration.

Audience: those working on mergers, acquisitions or integration

“Successful mergers and integration through inspirational leadership – being the best of both”.

The majority of M&A don’t reach full potential due to leadership failure

Human Resources.

Audience: HR professionals

“Human Resources as a catalyst for success”

Risk Management/Legal.

Audience: risk professionals and possibly in house legal.

The ultimate operational risk and legal solution

Effective risk management via culture not process

Delivery Options:

All of the above can be delivered in any of the following formats :

1. One hour keynote – fast, punchy and covering key points to inspire action

2. 2 – 3 hour workshop – more interactive with individual action points at end

3. One Day Masterclass – in depth analysis of key areas, different interactive exercises, and detailed action plan at end. For in house groups this will focus in detail on specific organisational objectives and can potentially be used to develop possible ideas/ strategies that can be presented to more senior leaders.

4. Two day Masterclass – significant in depth analysis of both individual leaders and organisations current position, desired objectives and gap analysis to produce detailed plan to enable achievement.


Abbot (International Healthcare), Adecco, Allegis, Arabian Society of Human Resource Management, Arts Councils of England, Scotland & Wales, Avant Homes, Bank of England, Bank of New York, Barclays Bank, British Nuclear Fuels, UK Government Prime Ministers Office, Cancer Counselling Service, Capsticks LLP, Cass Business School – London, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Chartered Management Institute, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, CHEP, China Aviation Industry Corporation, China Aeronautic & Scientific Corporation, China Life, City of Westminster, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Credit Suisse, CT Partners, Danish Age Association, Delphi Automotive, Deutsche Bank, DG Bank, Dubai World Trade Centre, Duncan Lawrie Limited, Ernst & Young, Eurostar, Food Standards Agency, GE Healthcare, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Hudson Talent Management, Kingswood Mallensons, Lloyds Banking Group, London Underground, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Man Group, Masons LLP, Mouchel, UK National Health Service, Derby County PCT, UK Department of Health, Cambs & Peterborough Workforce Group, East Midlands SHA, Maybank – Malaysia, New York Institute of Management, NHS North West Leadership Academy, NHS Employers, NHS London, National School of Government, N. M. Rothschild, NorthgateArinso Human Resources, Omantel, Oman Society of Human Resource Management, Prince Mohammad University Saudi Arabia, Project Management Institute, Prudential, Punch Hospitality, Rabobank, RBS Global Banking & Markets, Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Shurooq – Sharjah Investment & Development Authority, Saudi American Bank, Skandia Insurance, Thales, UAE Prime Ministers Office, UBS, & UK DEfence Academy.

What the clients say:

I’ve just seen the evaluation for the LGcomms conference. It was a hugely successful event, but I was particularly struck by the fact that your session scored 92% (useful, very useful), which is very impressive and testament to your speaking style and substantial content.

Alex Aiken, Secretary LGcomms.

I write to thank you for taking time out for our annual HR Summit. Your valuable insights and interaction with the delegates has raised the bar several notches of this year’s edition and my team would strive hard to keep the flag flying.
The topic on “Entrepreneurial Leadership – new way of working to drive success” was one of great importance in current environment. The keynote was very interactive and audience didn’t want it to end. This speaks very highly of the session composition and the insights that came out.

Som Mittal, PRESIDENT NASSCOM HR Conference, Chennai, India

With an audience of nearly 75 highly experienced Human Resources Directors and leaders it was vital to have a Chairman for the day with both the experience and gravitas to be credible. Chris not only met but exceeded this challenge. He delivered an excellent opening keynote that pushed the audience thinking on key issues for the future of the profession and then kept the day running to time concluding with a call to action that sent the audience away energised. We couldn’t have asked for a more professional and inspiring Chairman.

Dan Brimble, Conference Director. HR Leadership Conference, London

Chris came highly recommended to us as a speaker who would be able to address the topic of leadership which we had identified as a critical issue for retailers in this period of unprecedented change. He more than delivered on this by fully engaging with our delegates and led an important panel discussion on the main stage. His keynote address however was outstanding in pulling together all the strands from the Congress and setting out clearly some takeaway points that were extremely relevant, thought-provoking and helpful to all of the retail leaders in the audience.

Ian McGarrigle, Chairman, World Retail Congress

You were an inspirational highlight at The World Retail Congress this year. It was so wonderful to hear you speak.

Maxine Martens, CEO Martens & Heads, Global Search.

Your keynote was awesome.

Hitesh Bhatt, Director Retail Assn of India

I would like to say how much I enjoyed your presentation at the World Retail Congress in Rome. Your delivery was so engaging that I lost all track of time.

Professor Valentina Chkoniya.

Your presentation... best by far... crammed with content. More importantly, nuggets that I can apply immediately; a game changer, I’m sure. Thank you.

Suzy Cross – Integration Lead – Change, Engagement, Communications and Marketing at Kier Group.

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