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Duncan and Sawers join board of Black Isle Group

Leaders: Atholl Duncan, Doug Sawers and Jeremy Campbell

Two Scottish business leaders have joined the board of leadership development and performance business Black Isle Group (BIG) which has also hired a chief executive.

Atholl Duncan, a former senior executive at the BBC and chairman of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation, will become chairman of the London-based company. He is also the chairman of UK Coaching and former chairman of British Horseracing.

Doug Sawers joins as a non-executive director and brings 28 years’ board experience in technology, leadership and change as the former managing director at Ceridian, SD Worx, and Budget Rent-A-Car.

Jeremy Campbell, the former chief people officer at Ceridian and SD Worx, is appointed chief executive and joins the board.

BIG has helped more than a thousand clients who include Barclays, Standard Chartered, Toyota, Experian and Microsoft. It employs about 35 consultants and support staff, working around the world.

Mr Duncan said: “The aim is to grow BIG and create a market leading business focused on solving the people challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As technology disrupts the world of leaders, it also creates the opportunity for us to transform leadership development itself.”

Mr Sawers added: “In such a rapidly changing business world, we believe a fundamental change in the way leaders learn is required.  We intend to blend face to face learning and new technology to help embed changed behaviour. The BIG Approach is focused on delivering long-lasting change, improved performance and demonstrating clear and measurable results.”

Tim and Beth Richardson, who founded Black Isle Group 20 years ago, will step back from the day to day running of the business to focus on developing the Black Isle Group Foundation. It supports community and educational projects in developing countries and is fast becoming a unique leadership development opportunity for BIG’s clients.  

Mr Richardson, who will remain a key adviser on the board, said: “These appointments mark a very exciting moment in the evolution of Black Isle Group.

“From humble beginnings more than 20 years ago, we have managed to build an exceptional team of talent and serve a great list of international clients. Now our vision for the future is, quite simply, to build one of the best leadership development and performance consultancies in the world.”

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