About Jamie

I work with leaders and their teams on what and how they communicate.

With a background in marketing (Shell, GSK, Ford, Reuters), I have specialised for 15 years  in organisations. I have know-how in three related areas: 

1. Leadership communications – helping senior people nail the most compelling arguments and find their own voice – via blogs, op-eds, speeches, and debates at conferences like the World Economic Forum’s event at Davos. Clients have included executives at Kingfisher, Heidrick & Struggles, Shire Pharmaceuticals, London University.

2. Leadership capability – A range of contributions eg training, coaching to help people tolerate uncertainty and build better organisations. Formative experiences include Shell and a London/Beijing marketing agency where my part was to build a strong culture. Sounds like tosh, but many still say it was the best time of their career. Projects since going independent have included Saudi Aramco and the International Red Cross.

3. Research – Main interest is paradoxes in organizations (like growth vs sustainability, collaboration vs dissent, short vs long term) and how their leaders deal with them. I carry out linguistic research to show organisations how they ‘talk to themselves’. I also present papers at conferences, and recently helped to write the CEO Report, launched at Davos – an in-depth study on how 150 global CEOs see their role in a less predictable, messier world.

4. Teaching – includes master’s programmes at Birkbeck, University of London and the Royal College of Physicians.

I speak English and French and have two passports, British and Canadian.