Dr Linda Holbeche

OD & HR Specialist

Linda Holbeche is an international consultant, developer, researcher and author in the fields of HR, leadership, strategy and change. Through her consultancy, research and writing Linda seeks to contribute to leading-edge thinking and practice. Linda enjoys helping leaders and other change agents to make their organisations more agile and their environments conducive to ‘good work’.

Linda has held senior roles at the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD) where she was Research and Policy Director, at the Work Foundation, where she was Director of Leadership and Consultancy, and Roffey Park where she was Director of Research and Strategy, responsible for, among other things, initiating the highly successful Strategic Leadership programme. Earlier in her career Linda worked in publishing and as a secondary school teacher before joining American Express as Management Development Manager in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Linda is now Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bedfordshire, Derby and London City (Cass Business School) as well as Adjunct Professor at Imperial College, London. She is a member of several advisory boards in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and is also a member of CIPD’s Applied Research Committee.

As a consultant, Linda regularly works with a range of UK and international businesses, public sector and multi-lateral organisations. Recent projects include organisation redesign and development, facilitating high level strategy dialogues, top team coaching and leadership development, and HR/OD practitioner development. Linda regularly delivers inputs and masterclasses at international conferences as well as workshops for clients on a wide range of topics.

As a researcher and author Linda has produced over 60 research papers, including Changing Times in UK Universities (UHR, 2012). Linda has written 10 book chapters and fifteen books and edits Croner’s Strategic Briefings series. Her latest book is Organisational Effectiveness: a critical take on the HR contribution (Routledge, 2017). She is currently writing a second edition of The Agile Organization: how to build an innovative, sustainable and resilient business (2015, Kogan Page).