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ANDY BIRD – Discovering Leadership Inspiration


Date: 22 February, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

So much attention is paid to the importance of leaders inspiring other people. But how do we discover and maintain the inspiration we need first – for ourselves? And what are the implications for the leaders of brands?

The Brand Exchange is delighted to host a working session run by Andy Bird who will help us explore our own answers to these questions. Previously the head of Unilever’s Marketing Academy and a Co-Founder of Brand Learning, Andy has just published a fascinating new book called The Inspired Leader.

The book is based on extensive new research, conducted in association with Henley Business School, into the real life experiences of leaders from many different walks of life. Drawing on the latest behavioural science, Andy will share how inspiration is actually experienced by people in positions of leadership. He will also draw out important opportunities for marketers to play a bigger role in inspiring people throughout the organisations they work for.



Andy Bird is an independent leadership consultant who provides support, challenge and guidance for people looking to flourish and succeed as leaders. He runs coaching and learning programmes for senior clients in companies such as HSBC, M&S, Shell and Siemens. For many years, he has also worked with The Marketing Society to deliver their renowned International Marketing Leaders Programme.

Andy began his career working for Unilever in a variety of strategic marketing roles in the UK, India and South East Asia. He set up and led their Marketing Academy, the pioneering group responsible for driving the development of marketing capabilities across Unilever’s global organisation.

In 2000, he left to become a Co-Founder of Brand Learning, a global capability consultancy which now has a team of 170 people and offices in London, New York and Singapore. As the business has grown, it has won many awards for its high levels of employee engagement, including coming first in the Sunday Times Top 100 List of Best Small Companies to Work For.

In recent years, Andy has focused on driving the development of Brand Learning’s leadership practice, up to the point of the company’s acquisition by Accenture in August 2017. He has also been conducting extensive research amongst leaders from a wide variety of fields, seeking to understand how they discover, experience and maintain their personal inspiration. The results of his work have recently been published by Bloomsbury in a book called The Inspired Leader.

Andy lives in Thames Ditton, near London, with his wife and two grown up children. He is an alumnus of Henley Business School, obtaining an MSc in Coaching & Behaviour Change between 2013 and 2016.




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