Brian is the Global Head of Learning Transformation at AstraZeneca, having taken up this role in May 2019. He is based in Cambridge where he is tasked with leading a multi-year change programme to develop learning agility, a culture of life-long learning and future skills and capabilities. This work is critical to the company’s mission of pushing the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines.
Previously Brian was the Head of Learning and Development for Citi in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He led a team of learning and engagement professionals who supported learning experiences driving individual, leadership and organisational performance.
Brian also led global efforts to develop a culture of workplace learning across Citi’s 200,000 employees in over 100 countries.
In 1999 Brian started his career with Citi in Ireland before moving to the UK to hold a series of regional HR Director roles where he led the HR function for various banking divisions within Citigroup.
Brian believes passionately that the L&D profession is at a historical crossroads. It can choose a traditional approach which is increasingly irrelevant to the ‘real work’, or it can become a key enabler for business performance, innovation and culture change.
Brian holds a Bachelors degree in Business and a Masters degree in International Relations, both from Dublin City University, and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel & Development, a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, and a Fellow of the RSA.