JOHN INGHAM

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Topics:  HR’s Leadership Role, New Generation HR

Jon Ingham is an independent people strategy analyst who has also worked as a chemical engineer, an IT consultant and an international HR director for EY, including two years on secondment in Moscow. More recently, he has worked as Head of HR Consulting at Penna and Director in Human Capital Consulting for Buck. He currently focuses on providing HR capability development through his own digital Strategic HR Academy.

Jon is the author of ‘The Social Organization’ (2017) which argues that businesses need to focus on the connections, relationships and conversations taking place between their people, rather than just the individuals themselves, as the main basis of their competitive success. The book features a foreword from HR Professor, Dave Ulrich who notes that “one of Jon’s obvious strengths is his eclectic thinking and ability to access an inordinate number of theories, frameworks, tools, and examples.”

Jon has also co-authored an article on the future of HR together with Dave Ulrich, from which he created a new HR organisation archetype, the Melded Network HR Model, which has been featured in HR Magazine (UK) and The Conference Board’s report on Next Generation HR (2021).

He has spoken at and chaired leading conferences on HR and the future of work around the world, including SHRM (USA), HR Technology Conference (USA), HRPA (Canada), HRD Summit UK and Europe, HR Summit Dubai, HR Summit Singapore, and AHRI (Australia). He chaired HR Tech Europe (now Unleash) for its first three years. In addition, he has also spoken at workplace design, facilities management, social and digital technology, and business process management conferences.

Jon’s other roles have included undertaking research for the Economist Intelligence Unit and more recently, participating in a review of employee apps. He has also represented Glassdoor to conduct media interviews supporting their research into pay transparency, zero hour contracts and other issues (his appearances included Sky News, BBC Breakfast and Radio 4’s Today programme).

Jon has frequently been recognised as a leading authority in HR, including:

  • Human Resources Executive (USA): top 100 HR tech influencer (2019 and 2020)
  • HR Magazine (UK): #7 UK HR thinker (2013), mover and shaker (2019)
  • HRD Connect (UK): HRD thought leader (2019-21)
  • HR Weekly: 100 most influential people in HR (2021)
  • Thinkers360: Top 50 global thought leader on culture (2021) and the future of work (2021)

HR Examiner also included Jon in their list of the top 100 global HR influencers and suggest “it’s not outrageous to imagine him as the next Ulrich”.