Wayne Clarke lecture


Date: 7th Jun 2016

Wayne Clarke, founding partner of the Global Growth Institute and former managing partner of the Best Companies Partnership LLP, said he was impressed with the quality of questions and the wide range of people attending a free public lecture at Buckinghamshire New University.

The hour-long lecture, in the Gateway Lecture Theatre at the University in High Wycombe, was entitled: ‘Winning companies - what the best organisations do to get high performance and keep it!’, and considered the work high performing organisations have done to maintain high levels of employee engagement.

Wayne Clarke Oct 2013 041Wayne discussed the practical steps some of the best organisations have taken to create a culture that delivers for its people and its customers, from the key factors that drive engagement to looking at leadership and management.

His lecture was followed by questions, with a number of attendees staying behind later to ask Wayne additional questions after the session finished.

He said afterwards: “I enjoyed the evening and the opportunity to share my thoughts and findings with an engaged and enthusiastic audience.

“The audience comprised a wide range of people, from small business owners to corporate figures, and they provided some thought-provoking and probing questions afterwards.

“I have developed a good relationship with Bucks New University and always enjoy visiting. It is progressive and forward-thinking and matches up to the types of engaged businesses I look to champion.”

Speaking about the content of his lecture, he added: “We've learnt so much about what makes great organisations so great.

“We've learnt that the way companies are led and managed has a direct and measurable impact on their levels of attrition, service delivery and profitable growth and I enjoyed the opportunity to share what these great leaders and managers actually 'do'.”

Wayne Clarke Oct 2013 039Wayne has advised leaders and CEOs from over 350 private, public and third sector organisations in over 25 countries. His approach is focused on helping organisations to win by improving the experience of the workplace for the benefit of its employees, customers, owners, and the communities within which it operates.

Before his work with the Global Growth Institute, Wayne led the Best Companies Partnership LLP, the advisory arm of the company behind the Sunday Times ‘Top 100 Companies To Work For’ lists. Over 2.5 million employees were surveyed from over 4,000 organisations in 25 countries, which provided compelling data for organisations and governments about the links between organisational performance and economic prosperity.

Previously Wayne had spent ten years managing complex change programmes for three global professional service firms, beginning his career with Deloitte. He went on to help BDO, the world’s fifth largest accounting network, to improve its people engagement through a combination of deep leadership and management engagement. In the UK, BDO moved from 91 to 19 in the Sunday Times lists and sustained its organic growth at over 20% for three years becoming the fifth largest accounting network.

Wayne’s influence extends internationally. At the New York JCI/UN Partnership Summit in 2012, he was formally recognised as a JCI Ambassador for his work in promoting the principles of JCI and the United Nations Foundation; previous recipients include UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

Wayne’s lecture was the latest in a series of free public lecturers held at Bucks New University discussing issues affecting the community locally and nationally. It was chaired by Ian Plover, Faculty Director: Design Media & Management at Bucks New University, with an opening address by Vice Chancellor, Prof Ruth Farwell.

Previous speakers in the public lecture series have included Richard Bennett, Assistant Chief Constable, Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships, Thames Valley Police; Dr Christopher Brown CBE, Director of the Ashmolean Museum; and Tim Lamb, Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

Main image: Wayne Clarke with Ian Plover, Faculty Director - Design, Media & Management; and Professor Ruth Farwell, Vice Chancellor.

Images 2 & 3: Wayne Clarke speaking at the lecture.