Executive Director and Co-Founder of Brand Learning
Andy Bird is an independent leadership consultant who provides support, challenge and guidance for people looking to flourish and succeed as leaders. He works with his clients in a spirit of close partnership, helping them think through the diverse challenges they face in their business activities and relationships. More fundamentally, he supports people, both individually and in teams, as they craft their own distinctive leadership approach based on their core values, passions and talents.
Andy has always loved searching for insights and sharing ideas, helping people to learn and to make the most of
their potential. He combines an open, engaging manner with over 30 years of commercial, consultancy and
leadership experience. This blend enables him to support people with both what they need to do in their roles, as
well as who they aspire to be as leaders.
Andy currently runs executive coaching and action learning programmes for companies such as HSBC, M&S, Shell
and Siemens. For many years, he has also worked with The Marketing Society to deliver the renowned International Marketing Leaders Programme. He is qualified with an MSc in Coaching & Behaviour Change from Henley Business School and is endorsed by the Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision
(APECS). His new book, The Inspired Leader, will be published by Bloomsbury in November 2017 and explores how leaders can discover, experience and maintain their personal inspiration.
Co-Founder & SVP of Banyan Tree
Claire is a co-founder of Banyan Tree Hotels and resorts, a leading developer and manager of premium resorts, urban hotels and destination spas around the world. She pioneered the group’s retail business in 1996 and has since overseen the launch of more than 60 retail outlets worldwide.
As part of Banyan Tree’s strategic focus on human capital development, Ms. Chiang assumed two new roles in 2010 - chairperson for China Business Development, where she primarily focuses on the acquisition of new management contracts, and chairperson of the Human Capital Development Task Force, where she guides key strategic issues in organisational and human capital capability.
Ms. Chiang is also the chairperson of Banyan Tree Global Foundation which was established in early 2009 by Banyan Tree Holdings. Her role involves directing and guiding the evolving process of the group’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and its mission to 'Embrace the Environment, Empower the People.'