Advisory board

Our advisory board, made up of leaders from across sectors including technology, manufacturing and advisory services, play a vital role in steering our strategic direction. They also provide a direct link to the SME community we’re engaging with through their customers, supply chain and wider network. They’ve each shared why they are so passionate about improving UK productivity.

Doug Gurr

Doug Gurr

UK country manager, Amazon

“At Amazon we’re fully committed to helping UK businesses grow their productivity – particularly through the adoption of digital technology, and we love the work Be the Businesses is doing to help make this a reality.”

Nigel Whitehead

Nigel Whitehead

CTO, BAE Systems

“This is the decisive initiative for this generation of UK business leaders and we recognise that outstanding business performance across all sectors and regions is within our reach.”

Dame Fiona Kendrick

Dame Fiona Kendrick

Chairman and CEO, Nestle

“Nestle is part of an overall food and drink industry value chain worth £112bn to the UK economy per year, employing four million people. We know if the productivity of our supply chain improves, the productivity and competitiveness of our own business improves too.”

Sir Roger Carr

Sir Roger Carr

Chairman, BAE Systems

“At BAE Systems, we have the benefit of scale, capital and the ability to attract and retain first class people. We want to share our knowledge and skills with other companies in our supply chain to help improve their productivity.”

Ian Davis

Ian Davis

Chairman, Rolls Royce

“Improving productivity and competitiveness is one of the most important imperatives for the UK, if not the most important. This cannot and should not be viewed as solely the responsibility of government or economists. Business and organisational leaders have to take the lead.”

Tera Allas

Tera Allas

Senior fellow, McKinsey Center for Government

“Productivity is a win-win for businesses and the people who work there, and not just financially. Well-run firms also have happier and motivated employees. It is very exciting to support Be the Business in ensuring these benefits are shared widely across as many UK firms as possible.”

Sir Richard Lambert

Sir Richard Lambert

Chairman, British Museum

“Just about the only way to improve the UK’s standard of living and thereby create the kind of society to which we all aspire is by raising the level of output per worker. That’s why we must strain every sinew to increase British productivity.”

James Stewart

James Stewart

Vice chair, KPMG UK

“Productivity is the engine room of UK economic growth and improving it will play a vital part in regionalising the UK economy – something that I and KPMG are committed to helping achieve.”

Hosein Khajeh-Hosseiny

Hosein Khajeh-Hosseiny

Chairman, Trinity Sky

“Working as one movement, in this new winner takes all digital age, we have the opportunity to cement our legacy of global best – being a beacon of prosperity, not only in moral leadership but also economic strength, for the next generations to live, build and celebrate upon.”

Steve Varley

Steve Varley

Chairman and managing partner, EY UK&I

“Improving productivity of the UK economy is a long-term challenge and it is important that it continues to be a key focus for government as it not only creates jobs and opportunities for our people, it also provides an attractive environment in which to do business in the UK.”

Juergen Maier

Juergen Maier

CEO, Siemens UK

“Solving the productivity puzzle is vital for the future success of the UK economy. Without it, we will struggle to compete globally and we won’t be able to raise everyone’s living standards.”

Carolyn Fairbairn

Carolyn Fairbairn

Director general, CBI

“Improving the UK’s productivity performance is the most important domestic policy issue facing of our generation. It offers the best route to sustainable improvements in jobs, wages and public services. With a technological revolution on our doorstep, it is vital that all stakeholders work together.”

Sir Charlie Mayfield

Sir Charlie Mayfield

Chairman, John Lewis and Be the Business

“If we are to learn from successes in other countries, the movement itself needs sustained business leadership. We have the advocacy of some of the UK’s most senior business leaders and we are confident we can make a difference.”

Phil Smith

Phil Smith

Former chairman, Cisco UK&I

“In a fiercely competitive and fast changing world, it is vital that the UK leads where it can. Our productivity is at the heart of that competitiveness and it is vital that we do everything we can to improve it.”

Dame Carolyn McCall

Dame Carolyn McCall

CEO, ITV

“At ITV, we are always improving how we do things and look forward to sharing that with other businesses and learning from them too. With communication and creativity at our core, we also want to make productivity relevant and accessible to all sizes of company. ”

Olly Bezecry

Olly Bezecry

Chairman and senior MD, Accenture UK&I

“Improving productivity is a huge part of our commitment to transforming the way the UK works and lives. The digital technologies we develop all have huge potential to bring about increased productivity, as well as economic growth and an expanding job market.”

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