Gillian Pillans

HR Strategy and Organisational Development Expert

Gillian is an HR strategy & organisational development expert and Research Director at Corporate Research Forum. CRF provides organisations around the world with the highest quality research and resources to help develop and prepare businesses for the future of work.

CRF’s purpose is to enhance the knowledge, capabilities and effectiveness of the HR function

Their network comprises over 200 multinational organisations, including 40% of the FTSE 100. They are a focus for research, discussion, and the practical application of ideas arising from leadership, development and learning. Their aim is to go beyond the fads, fashions and quick fixes of contemporary management thinking to produce factual, evidence-based reports.

Reports include:

  • Building a Future-Fit Workforce: Reskilling & Rethinking Work
  • Effective Succession Management
  • The Future of Learning
  • Making a Paradigm Shift in Leadership Development
  • The Realities of the New Working Environment
  • Organisation Design for Agility
  • HR’s Agenda in the Organisation of the Future
  • Team Effectiveness

Evidence-Based HR


For further information, expert comment, or an interview with Gillian please contact:
Molly Hills molly.hills@thebookpublicist.co.uk

At A Glance


  • Research Director at Corporate Research Forum, a members’ network providing businesses and leaders access to quality research and resources that energise, engage and develop successful HR teams
  • Working closely with leading academics and over 200 global organisations, CRF produces practical, evidence-based research to drive superior business performance
  • As a senior HR practitioner & OD specialist, Gillian has worked for several large organisations including Vodafone, BAA and Swiss RE. Prior to her HR career she was a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting and a qualified solicitor
  • She is an experienced and engaging commentator on HR strategy, organisation design, leadership development, talent management, coaching and diversity.

Ready To Speak To The Media


  • Gillian is an experienced and media-friendly speaker, available to comment on any HR, business transformation, leadership and team topics including:
  • Navigating change: what can leaders learn from the trends and issues over the last decade
  • Talent Management: how you can use talent management to deliver business performance and the impacts of technology on talent practices.
  • Succession management in the digital age – what will it look like in the next 10 years?
  • HR in the age of purpose: attracting and retaining top talent with meaningful work
  • The agile organisation: how to build a leaner, more responsive business for the future
  • The role of organisation design in building high performing teams

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