Dr. Ian Dodds
Other UK team members include:
Paul Brady, Anjana Doshi, Eden Charles, Fredrik Lexmon, Terry Morgan, Pauline Sagoe, Kingsley Weber
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Glanville Koffi Williams
Dr. Ian Dodds
Dr Ian Dodds, the founder and CEO of Ian Dodds Consulting (IDC), has over 25 years' experience of helping leading private and public sector organisations in Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America change their cultures to bring about step changes in performance and inclusion. Through its strategic business partners, led by long standing colleagues in Den Hague, New York, Frankfurt and Kuala Lumpur, IDC has developed a truly, global capability. Its clients include multinationals and civil service departments and other public bodies. Ian is also a qualified coach and mentor and a qualified counsellor.
Ian was previously a cofounder and European Managing Director of the FutureWork Institute, a global diversity consultancy. In that role he successfully developed the Institute's work in Europe and Asia, and secured accounts with well-known clients in a wide range of sectors including banking, retailing, law, technology, manufacturing and government. He also directed the European Institute's research, and partnered with Business in the Community in 2003 to carry out a high-profile UK study into what talented and diverse private and public sector employees look for from an Employer of Choice.
Before his work with the FutureWork Institute, Ian was head of the European Diversity Practice for Towers Perrin, where he worked with global private sector clients and civil service departments and agencies. In Towers Perrin, he pioneered a unique approach to the development of high-performance, inclusive leadership behaviour by managers at all levels. This approach helped a UK financial services' organisation transform its largest office, previously one of its worst performers, into one of its best.
Prior to this, Ian worked in people development, behavioural change and organisation development (OD) in ICI (at that time the largest chemicals company in the world). As a member of the executive team at ICI's largest chemicals production and distribution complex, he helped to transform the unit from a low productivity operation with poor employee relations to an exemplary model within ICI worldwide. This fact, which helped to spark Ian's interest in culture change, was recognised publicly by ICI's chairman at the time, Sir John Harvey-Jones.
Ian discovered the business benefits of diversity over 25 years ago when, as a board member of ICI's Fine Chemicals Manufacturing Organisation, he enabled senior managers across ICI's European sites to deliver strategic and operational synergies internationally. He was then asked to head up the ICI Group's Management of Change team, where he worked with Fons Trompenaars to improve managers' leadership of multinational teams, and increase the representation of women and ethnic minorities in management. Subsequently, ICI's Group Chairman, Sir Denys Henderson, gave him responsibility for the leadership and business development of the firm's top 1,500 managers worldwide, including executive coaching. As a result, Ian was invited to lead a major project, funded by the UK Government, to research the development of leadership among senior managers.
Ian has been a member of the advisory bodies on management development in London, Manchester and Michigan business schools, and a non-executive director of the Foundation for Management Education. He has lectured on change management at Cranfield School of Management, and on co-counselling at the University of Surrey. Ian is a regular speaker on platforms in Europe and elsewhere speaking on the Power of Inclusion, and has published articles on inclusion and diversity, change management and leadership development.He is featured in Who's Who 'Business Leaders of the Millenium' and is a Who's Who Mentor. He is also an elected member of the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioural Science, one of the leading bodies in the world regarding leadership and organisational development (OD) and behavioural change.
Ian Dodds MA (Oxon), PhD, Cert Ed, FRMet, FRSA
Phoebe is a leadership development and diversity and inclusion specialist and Principal Consultant at IDC.
Phoebe works with public and private sector clients to create inclusive, high performance cultures in which diverse talent can thrive. Most often this involves leadership development behavioural change programmes, or working with HR Directors to optimise inclusive talent management practices. Unusually Phoebe works at all stages of the talent life-cycle – from graduate entry level to the boardroom.
A sociologist by training, Phoebe started out in academia, writing for several international journals on topics such as social exclusion and progressive education. She then became a general manager of one of London’s largest book stores after a brief spell as a social sciences buyer.
In 2009 she was headhunted to join one of the UK’s most successful search firms, where she founded and ran the diversity practice there for four years. It was the first dedicated practice of its kind in the UK, completing consulting and executive search assignments for a range of clients which focused on building fair recruitment practices and sustaining inclusive leadership behaviour. The practice was also heavily involved in Lord Davies’ Women on Boards review, and the subsequent authoring of the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Search Firms with regard to board appointments and gender.
Phoebe is still heavily involved in the ‘women on boards’ agenda at a policy level, advising government on both gender and inter-generational relations at work.
Phoebe has an MA in Education and English from the University of Cambridge and is a fellow of the RSA (FRSA).