Cass Visiting Professor named as one of 2016’s Most Influential Thinkers

Chris Roebuck receives prestigious award.

Chris Roebuck, Visiting Professor of Transformational Leadership, Cass Business School, has been named one of HR’s 2016 Most Influential Thinkers.

The annual list recognises the HR practitioners, academics and thinkers leading the way in human resources.

Siân Harrington, publishing director, HR, said the list identifies those who demonstrate practical relevance, commercial impact and originality.

“Our judging panel of HR directors look for people who command respect among HR practitioners and whose thinking resonates in business today.  Chris Roebuck blends real world experience from his days as an HR practitioner with up-to-date research. He is not afraid to be provocative and to challenge the profession in his bid to help HR directors deliver results.”

Chris Roebuck has been a Visiting Professor at Cass since 2009.

He has worked as a consultant with organisations as varied as the Red Cross, the Chinese Space Programme, the UAE Prime Minister’s Office and the Chartered Investment and Securities Institute to help them understand how they can interpret and apply human capital and leadership research in the real world.  

Chris is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and was previously global head of leadership at UBS.  He has been a senior leader in London Underground, KPMG, HSBC, the NHS, and local government.  He has also served as a professional Army Officer and has taught at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  

Chris said he was delighted to be named as one of HR’s Most Influential Thinkers.

“It is a special moment when your professional peers and leading experts say they value your ideas and that your thinking makes a difference in the real world.  This is an acknowledgement that even in our fast moving complex and technical world it is the relationships between people which tend to determine success or failure,

“People need to be inspired by their leaders to give their best and focus this onto what delivers success.  I call this CARE Leadership – it deals with all the key challenges teams and organisations face – performance, cost efficiency, customer focus, retention, profitability, innovation, change and risk management,” he said.