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Professor Nick Holley

Visiting Professor

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Nick is the Visiting Professor and Programme Director of the Advanced HR Business Partner Programme. He brings a unique background that combines experience as an army officer, ten years as a successful futures and foreign exchange broker with Merrill Lynch and sixteen years in senior organisational, leadership and people development roles in large global organisations. This background means he understands the theory but combines this with a proven ability to deliver and sustain change in highly complex organisations. At the Henley Centre for HR Excellence, Nick has worked with organisations including Agusta Westland, Amey, the Army, BAT, B&Q, Bestseller, BT, Cadbury Schweppes, Canon, Cisco, Danone, Government of Abu Dhabi, GSK, Imperial, Inchcape, Kelly, Kone, KPMG, Legal and General, Mercedes Benz, Microsoft, Ministry of Justice, Nestle, NHS, Oracle, Oxfam, Oxford Instruments, Panasonic, RBS, River Island, S3, Sainsbury’s, Shell, Siemens, Smiths, Travelport, TSystems, Unilever, Vodafone, and Willmott Dixon to advance current thinking around HR. He carried out research on employee engagement, HR and Big Data, HR careers, HR in the recession and recovery, HR leadership, HR organisational models, leadership development, talent management and what CEOs want from HR. Nick has also worked with Allianz, Arcelor Mittal, Barclays, BSkyB, Celtel, Centrica, DP/DHL, Draka, Ecobank, Egmont, Ericsson, Generali, Google, Governments of Dubai/UAE, Holcim, Honeywell, HSBC, ING, ITV, Johnson Matthey, Just Retirement, Liverpool Victoria, M&G, Merrill Lynch, Mitsubishi UFJ, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide, NetJets, Nokia, Post Office, Qatar National Bank, Rosneft, Royal Mail, RTA Dubai, Safaricom, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Telecom, Serbian Government, Serco, Sony Ericsson, StatoilHydro, Truphone, UBS, the United Nations, Virgin Nigeria, Xansa and Yahoo in the UK, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Kenya, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine and the US on a number of projects looking at change management, HR strategy and capability, leadership development, strategy implementation and people, performance and talent management, as well as providing one to one coaching for a number of senior leaders, up to CEO/Chairman level. Nick has been voted the 5th most influential thinker in HR.