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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"While there are lots of new and immediate priorities for HR and business leaders in dealing with the pandemic, it is really important that we keep our eyes on the longer-term and our world thereafter. The Financial Times argued this week for a new contract between business, governments and employees being required post-Covid-19.
As well as highlighting to us all what really matters in our lives, the Crisis is clearly differentiating those employers who merely express core values and those who really do practice them. And no value is more important than equality and investing in and promoting it.
We know from our research that having inspiring female leaders and role models is vital to enabling far more women to break through the continuing glass ceilings, and so it is more important than ever to continue with entering, judging and especially celebrating the genuine leaders in gender equality.
As in post-War Britain, we need to be building a better world for the future post-pandemic rather than just repeating the divisions of the past."