Liam Black Co-Founder, Wavelength Companies Ltd & former CEO, Fifteen

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Liam is a co-founder of Wavelength and its Chief Encouragement Officer and one of our most popular speakers and MC’s. In 2016, he has spoken to a very diverse range of audiences in organisations such as Waitrose, the BBC, Allianz, Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, SSE and the Said Business School as well as global gatherings of entrepreneurs and start ups. Before co-founding Wavelength, Liam had a 15 year CEO career, latterly with the Jamie Oliver Group.

Liam created and advises two innovation investment funds and is a Global Advisor to Centrica Innovations, the energy giant’s £100 million fund to drive the search for new technologies and business models. Liam mentors a number of corporate leaders and entrepreneurs and is the author of two books, the most recent of which is The Entrepreneur’s A to Z: on anxiety, leadership and getting enough sleep.




Building values based companies - Aligning people around shared beliefs and behaviours

Neither Superman nor Stalin -Creating a culture of leadership not a leadership cult

Managing a triple bottom line - Running businesses good for profit, for people, for the planet

Building brands people love to be part of - How to attract young talent who want more than good pay and share options

“Liam’s hour long presentation on dealing with change to the 300 people in my marketing division was fabulous. We loved his fresh and unexpected approach, the power of his storytelling - and the jokes. He made complex and sometimes confusing trends coherent and relevant to us in banking. His call to arms about the purpose of business beyond profit was inspiring.”

Theresa McLaughlin, CMO, TD Bank

"Liam was intelligent, spirited and humorous and conveyed his message brilliantly. Thoroughly impressed with the content and the delivery. A quality speaker who really engaged with the audience."

James Timpson, CEO Timpson Ltd

"You led the conference so brilliantly. You made everything so relaxed and open while whizzing through lots of extremely complicated issues. I have rarely attended an event so well led. People really felt their voices were heard but, most importantly, we achieved so much. And you were very funny!"

Dorothy Byrne, Head of Channel 4 News and Current Affairs

"Thanks for a really great session yesterday. Everyone’s buzzing about what you said – and I came away feeling very inspired to move things on here to the next level. We’re passionate about all of things you were talking about – clarity of purpose, culture, innovation – so all music to our ears. You have a great talent for making leadership fun and interesting with some great stories!

David Done, CEO RHP Housing Association