Professor Chris Roebuck

Professor Chris Roebuck

Professor 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 a few steps. His innovative and inspiring manner shows everyone that they already know what delivers success but just don’t recognise it. Once they do, they can quickly transform their performance by using a few simple actions. This adds investor value, serves customers better, builds the brands, boosts the bottom line by 10% at no additional cost and supports effective risk management and cost-efficiency.

Chris’ 35 years of unique experience, supported by over 250 real-life studies, has helped him develop his successful approach, focussing predominately on:

– Corporate Leadership: How to develop leadership in major global corporations and SMEs to enable both personal and organisational success.

– Governmental Leader: Talks around his own experience working with the UK Government and public sectors on major change and leadership projects.

– Thought Leader: Chris is regularly on the list of the Most Influential HR Thinkers and is the visiting professor of transformational leadership at London’s Cass Business School.

– Military Leader: Chris uses his experience as a military officer to inspire people in challenging environments.

– Executive Coach and Mentor: How to help senior executives be more successful across a range of sectors.

Chris has held senior human resource and transformational roles at companies such as the NHS, London Underground, HSBC and UBS. He was nominated by HR Magazine as one of the top 20 Most Influential HR Thinkers in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and was in the top 30 in 2019 and the top 40 in 2021.

Chris advises highly-esteemed groups of people including at the Chartered Management Institute and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, business groups such as the Corporate Leadership Council, and high-hitters in the media such as the BBC.

Contact Great British Speakers today to book inspiring HR mentor Professor Chris Roebuck for your next event.

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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.

Thanks for a very inspiring talk. What I really like about it is that it’s about day-to-day things that we can do now, everyone is involved not just leaders. If we all keep these ideas in mind then our leadership is on a good path.


It’s been fun, inspiring and I would recommend Chris to any organisation in this world of constant change and evolution. The people in the room have got more out of this than I ever thought they would. A massive thank you to Chris.

– HRD Global Furniture Fittings

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

The webinar was incredibly well received by everyone. Many senior managers contacted me immediately pledging to action their learning. Chris was clear, crisp with a superb flow throughout the session. I am grateful for such a wonderful session and so is the rest of Tata Communications.

– Sandhan Chowdhury, VP Executive Development, TATA Communications, India

Chris, I enjoyed your incredibly inspiring seminar at the UK Defence Academy which I continue to use as inspiration for leading my own high performing teams at sea. Tomorrow I am using it as inspiration for a workshop with officers and senior NCOs. We are on operations on the other side of the world for 10 months far from home and on strategic tasking – leading and inspiring people could not be more important.

– Commander Mark Evans, Chief Weapons Officer, HMS Albion, Royal Navy Flagship

Chris brings simplicity to complex challenges to that give clarity and confidence to senior leaders ultimately enabling them to create a forward thinking organisations. His vast experience is important as this audience has done their MBAs, been to numerous conferences and seen all the models so Chris’ innovative and engaging approach is perfect.

– Course Director, Strategic Leaders Programme, Irish Management Institute

Really enjoyed Chris’ keynote, very good ideas, particularly liked the fact that he backed up what he said with proven data, great presentation, thank you Chris.

– Director, Dublin Institute of Technology

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