DR Duncan Brown

Head of HR Consultancy, IES
Duncan leads the HR and reward work at IES, a leading independent research-based charity which supports improvement in HR and employment practice.

He has more than 25 years' experience in reward consulting, research and policy work with Aon Hewitt, PwC and Towers Perrin. He spent 5 years as Assistant Director General at CIPD.

His clients have included companies such as Shell and Lloyds Banking Group, public sector bodies such as the Cabinet Office, NHS and European Commission; and third sector employers such as the UN and Fairtrade.

Duncan is a leading commentator on HR, publishing many articles and books. In 2019 he published A Handbook of Reward Management Practice co-authored with Michael Armstrong. He has participated on Government taskforces concerned with fair pay, engagement, pensions, equal pay and human capital reporting. He advises remuneration/HR committees including Christian Aid & the Pensions Policy Institute.
Human Resources magazine placed him in its listing of the top 5 most influential thinkers in UK HR.

Duncan has an MA from Cambridge University, an MBA from the London Business School and is a Fellow of the CIPD. He has a PhD in reward strategy and is a visiting professor at the University of Greenwich.

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