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A culture of innovation: Maybe they’re just born with it?

Thank you to those that joined us at One Marylebone for the event 

A Culture of Innovation – PA’s 2015 Event [xYntMS54z3k]

On Wednesday 25th November, we held our event "A Culture of Innovation" at One Marylebone. Watch the video to see some of the best moments from the night. 

Is a culture of innovation something you can create or are organisations simply born with it? This controversial question is one many executives are grappling with as they face losing market share to more agile and innovative competitors.

The event brought together a selection of influential and inspiring speakers to give their thoughts on innovation and answer the question, are some of us just born to innovate? 

You can also check our event hashtag #PAInnovate15 for key insights from the night. 

Speaker profiles

The audience heard from a series of influential speakers on the evening and were inspired by their original and inventive approaches to innovation in their industry.

Sir Ben Ainslie

Sir Ben Ainslie, Land Rover BAR’s team principal and skipper and four times Olympic sailing gold medallist

Laurence Bret-Stren

Laurence Bret-Stern, Senior Marketing Director, EMEA & LATAM, LinkedIn  

Marc Koska OBE, Founder of Safepoint

Marc Koska OBE, Inventor and founder of Safepoint

Yvonne, COO, Barclays Global Financial Crime division

Yvonne Rodgers, COO, Barclays Global Financial Crime division

Jonathan Hogg

Jonathon Hogg, PA expert in people and talent

Sir Ben Ainslie, Land Rover BAR’s team principal and skipper and four times Olympic sailing gold medallist
Sir Ben Ainslie has set out to achieve something that has never been done before; to bring the America’s Cup home to Britain. To do so, he has brought together and inspired a world class sailing, technology and business team, with innovation at its heart.

Jonathon Hogg, PA expert in people and talent
Jonathon leads our people and talent team, who help our clients build high-performing leadership teams and attract and develop the right people to grow their business. His current passion lies in helping organisations become more open to creativity and innovation – something he believes is essential for future economic prosperity.

Marc Koska OBE, Inventor and founder of Safepoint
Marc Koska OBE is the inventor of the K1 and following Auto-Disable syringes, the founder of Safepoint Trust (a UK-registered charity) and a highly regarded advocate around the world for needle safety in both immunisation and therapeutic sectors. His mission in life is the mandatory use of auto-disable syringes globally, to reduce cross-infection through dirty needles and needle-stick injuries, the world’s ninth biggest killer annually.

Yvonne Rodgers, COO, Barclays Global Financial Crime division
Yvonne is widely experienced executive with strong strategic execution focus. Yvonne has in-depth experience of global markets, having spent several years living and working in US, Thailand, Singapore, China. She has led and implemented several multi-country Merger/Acquisition transactions involving both revenue development and restructuring. Yvonne is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Barclays Global Financial Crime division.

Laurence Bret-Stern, Senior Marketing Director, EMEA & LATAM, LinkedIn
As Senior Marketing Director for the EMEA and LATAM Regions, Laurence Bret is responsible for supporting LinkedIn largest line of business – Talent Solutions, through lead generation, lifecycle nurturing, sales enablement and thought leadership programs. Prior to LinkedIn, Laurence worked in the US, the Netherlands and France where she held senior marketing positions at Orange and AOL and participated to the launch of Silentale, an enterprise data management company. She is now based in London and heads up an international team located in 10 different countries. Laurence holds a Post-graduate degree from Dauphine University.

PA's latest research: Innovation as unusual

Is innovation in your organisation broken? Our latest research, which surveys 750 senior business and government executives across 15 countries, reveals many organisations are wasting their best ideas. We found that 47% of senior executives describe their innovation activity as a ‘costly failure’ and 50% have seen a brilliant idea fail for avoidable reasons. Our research raises a number of vital questions for leaders responsible for delivering innovation.

Download the report

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We define success as achieving exceptional results that have a lasting impact on businesses, communities and individuals worldwide.  This principle has remained the cornerstone of our ethos since 1943 - and it continues to underpin everything we do. 

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Find out how we make the difference and see some examples of innovation in practice by reading some recent client stories.

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Contact us

To find out more about our recent Innovation event, contact our speakers below: 

Alan Young

Alan Young
PA IT transformation

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Jonathon Hogg

Jonathon Hogg
PA people and
change expert

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Please note this event is suitable for senior professionals with the following job titles: Head of, Director, CxO or equivalent.

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