Gifford is a management consultant with expertise in leadership development, organizational culture and change management. Gifford is the founder of Leadership First, a rapidly growing community of leaders with active users from over 15 countries, inspired to make every organization a great. .
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leadership First January 2017 - at PresentLeadership First is a rapidly growing community of leaders with active users from over 15 countries. At Leadership First you will find the best articles and videos dedicated to purpose, motivation, organizational alignment, culture, trust, communication, vision and employees engagement from the best minds in leadership in the world. We have partnered with some amazing leaders who are inspired to help influence other leaders into making their organization great. Join our community, share your expertise and let's change the leadership status quo. Leadership First.
Thought Leader - Leadership
Insurance Thought Leadership October 2016 - at PresentThe world's leading think tank on the subject of Insurance and Leadership. Thought Leaders from all over the globe representing 335+ organizations are working with ITL — those organizations include Google, Deloitte, Accenture, EY, PwC, KPMG, Bain, IBM, Milliman, Capgemini, Guidewire, CIAB, QBE, Zurich, The Hartford, Pacific Life, Majesco, Marsh, Aon, Willis, Sedgwick and beyond. Our ideas are shaping the future of the insurance industry.
Harvard Business Review Advisory Council July 2016 - at PresentGifford is an invited member to the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, an opt-in research community of business professionals. Involved in research studies, online discussion forums and providing feedback and ideas to HBR editors and product developers on new HBR content and products.
Gifford Thomas Plumbing January 2012 - at PresentDevelop a customer - centric culture to facilitate the company growth.
•Implemented a communication strategy to ensure all employees understood the strategy, purpose and values of the company.
•Completed project on time and within budget.
•Developed and monitor the financial plans and budgets of the projects to ensure no cost overruns.
•Developed and implemented a new marketing strategy to increase the company market share. Result indicated a 50% increase in new customers in the first 6 months of the company operations.
Quality Assurance Auditor
National Training Agency July 2007 - at Present•As the lead auditor for over 10 center approval audits, I am directly responsible for leading, generating the audit reports and evaluating the performance of the team of auditors and technical experts.
•Managed over 50 external verification assessments for a number of companies and training institutions which include Atlantic’s process plant operator training programme, the Retraining Programme construction and hospitality skills areas, MIC – Work Force Assessment Centers etc.
•Led a team of Auditors with the responsibility to develop the criteria for selecting and recruiting Technical Experts. The new process allowed the company to quality assurance all new Technical Experts against the stipulated criteria
Presently Reading for Doctor of Business Administration
Edinburgh Business School - Heriot - Watt University
2016 - at Present (1 year)
Henley Business School, University of Reading
2008 - 2012
(4 years) Reading