The Board of Directors is tasked with aligning the short, medium and long-term objectives with stakeholder expectations. The Board or Executive Committee of an organisation or group has the fiduciary duty to adhere to local laws and regulations and to ensure the safety of employees.

It’s been said that the only thing certain in life is change. In many cases, changes are very positive. That is true only if the change management is managed and well planned all the way from the Boardroom to execution.

Change management has become part of the business strategy for organisations, regardless of size and more Boards are considering the impact of change initiatives that fail. Our team will advise the Board and Senior Executive time and assist your operational teams to transition to any type of change more rapidly and more effectively. Design, planning and implementation are vital elements to ensureyour organisation benefits from an organised change management process where the changes are introduced, worked through and understood completely by every party involved in the change. When large and sweeping changes are in the works for your business, your team could benefit from a change manager to provide training, coaching and to act as an independent sounding board. We can provide your company with the change management training in Dubai that you need to accomplish a seamless transition for any changes throughout your organisation. With approximately 60% – 70% of change programs failing it is vital to get the assistance of trained change management and project managers to guide and form part of your transformation leadership team.

Our team provide advisory services to Boards and Executive Management teams in Dubai, UAE and wider Middle East region. We pride ourselves on providing insights, thoughtful leadership and expert guidance when your business is considering the implementation of a change and the governance impacts. Robert Ford, the Managing Partner has assisted numerous businesses with strategic planning and worked with their Senior Executives for planning, implementation and management of major changes. Whether you are contemplating an organisational change, cultural change, a change in your processes or systems or a full IT software or IT infrastructure change; we can help you with the strategic planning, communication design and assistance through each implementation stage.

Key areas are considered when looking at any change initiative:

  • Change design;
  • Timeline;
  • Communication planning and roadshows or townhall meetings for buy-in;
  • Identification and engagement of key change agents;
  • Optimal organisational design;
  • Cultural awareness and culture change planning;
  • Changes to IT systems and software;
  • Changes to procedures, policies and handbooks;
  • The need for workshops and briefing sessions;
  • Changes to key personnel or delegation of authority;
  • Training requirements; and
  • Strategy design for implementation.

Tania Anis - I've had the pleasure to see Robert in action on several events. His sessions are nothing short of being engaging and informative .It is always humbling to see a man with such expertise, willingly divulge his knowledge so thoroughly. Always a pleasure attending your sessions Robert. Thank you for your contributions to our successful events.

Jareen Kaur, Conference Producer-Large Scale Events, Functional at Marcus Evans Group

Robert enhanced the quality of my 5th Annual Directors’ Duties: Corporate & Family Boards conference in Dubai this year with his passion and dedication as a Speaker. He played a key role in my conference success with his excellent facilitation of the panel discussion on ‘Safeguarding Your Directorship Accountability Vs Personal Liabilities’.   Read More..

Irfan Butt, Tax Director – PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Great service on projects with full understanding of the complex subject matters without losing sight of the bigger picture and what the clients intended to achieve. No hesitation in recommending and appointing him again on projects with excellent and timely delivery of projects within the agreed timetable. Read More

Anke Plock-Girmann, Director at PwC ‘Jordan’, ACE

Robert was instrumental in forming the regional translators into a centralised virtual translation team and the use of software to capture know-how to improve efficiency and quality by creating a company brand of Arabic translation. During our work Robert advised on operational matters in the new department and served in a governance role.

Amanda Line, Partner at PwC

Robert has a deep knowledge of governance and compliance issues and is an expert in all company secretarial matters. He has great communications skills and made a significant contribution to our Corporate Governance and Board Readiness training initiatives.

Steven Barlow (Chief Officer Risk, Internal Audit, Governance)

Robert is a consummate corporate governance professional who provides highly effective company secretarial and advisory services to the Board. He drives discipline and rigor into processes which significantly strengthen the maturity of the Board’s activities and decision making.He successfully works with the Board members and the Group’s senior management to ensure strategic alignment and the implementation of best practice.

Sangeetha Kaur Nair (Senior Conference Producer at Marcus Evans)

I have worked closely with Robert on several events and it has always been a great pleasure. He was a remarkable chairperson at the recent 9th Annual Board Secretary Conference in Dubai, as he took charge and was excellent with engaging the delegates throughout the session. Robert’s knowledge on corporate governance is just excellent and he has a very positive attitude toward always willing to share and learn for future improvement… Thank you Robert for being a great leader and someone so easy to work with.

Farhana Majid, Director, Financial Services Transformation

Robert and I worked very closely on two high profile reviews for a sovereign wealth fund and a diversified investment company in the Middle East region.

He quickly built rapport with the client as the Legal subject matter expert on both the projects and engaged in thought provoking discussions around best in class corporate governance, compliance frameworks, legal department’s strategic remit as enablers for the business to move forward and policies and procedures review. Read More

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