Connected Leaders with Standard Life and Cirrus

by | Sep 9, 2015 | News

CEO and HR director insights into connecting with customers over dinner in Edinburgh
Cirrus hosted a very special ‘Connected Leaders’ dinner with Standard Life in Edinburgh on Wednesday 9 September.

Our guest speakers were Paul Matthews, CEO, UK and Europe at Standard Life, and Nicky Riding, Standard Life’s People and Premises Director, UK, Europe and Group Corporate Centre.

We were delighted to welcome guests from a wide range of organisations including the CIPD, DWF, FirstGroup, Freshfields, Glasgow Airport, Lloyds, Mitie, National Australia Group, RBS, SSE, Tesco Bank and the University of Glasgow.

The venue was the stunning penthouse at the Hilton DoubleTree Conference Centre in central Edinburgh, overlooking the castle.

This was a great opportunity to learn, network and engage in discussion over a delicious dinner. Standard Life shared fascinating insights into creating a connected, customer-focused company and Cirrus shared highlights of our research into Connected Leadership.

Together we explored:

  • How to develop a more connected, customer-centred organisation
  • What Standard Life is doing differently to develop customer-focused culture and behaviours
  • The importance of putting colleagues in customers’ shoes
  • The power of disruption to ‘break’ processes in order to respond swiftly to customer needs
  • Having the courage to actually act on difficult feedback, not just listen to it.

To see some of these insights on film, please click here.

This was a highly interactive event. Guests took the opportunity to engage in Q&A with our speakers as well as discussion with fellow guests over dinner. Cirrus colleagues helped to facilitate this and draw out learning nuggets which we all shared.

About our speakers

Nicky Riding, People and Premises Director UK, Europe and Group Corporate Centre, Standard Life

Appointed in 2011, Nicky’s extensive range of accountabilities include the full range of HR specialisms and HR operations, property and premises. She is also executive sponsor of the Standard Life Women’s Development Network. Nicky previously held HR leadership roles at Discovery Communications, Cable & Wireless, RBS and Barclaycard. The values that define her leadership are integrity, passion, curiosity and a sense of adventure.

Paul Matthews, CEO, UK and Europe, Standard Life

Paul joined Standard Life in 1989, working in a variety of roles before becoming UK Chief Executive in June 2011. He was appointed to his current role in June 2012. His senior management roles at Standard Life have included UK Take to Market Director, Managing Director of UK Distribution, and Head of IFA Sales.

This dinner was part of our Cirrus Connections series of exclusive, complimentary events for senior leaders. If you are interested in coming along to future events, please let us know.

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