Andrew Spence – Workforce Futurist

Glass Bead Consulting

Andrew Spence

Andrew is a Workforce Futurist who specialises in building people-centric organisations by
working with progressive leaders.

As a transformation expert with over 25 years experience leading Global complex change  programmes. He has worked with leading outsourcing and consulting companies Accenture, Deloitte and AON Hewitt.  Andrew established Glass Bead Consulting in 2006 with the aim of providing an alternative approach to HR Transformation.

Andrew’s passion is building better workplaces and spends his time researching, consulting, writing, speaking, training and coaching.

He has worked on over 30 major transformation programmes with organisations including; BP, John Lewis Partnership, Novartis, United Health Group, ESAB and the UK Public Sector including NHS (National Health Service) Trusts, Department for Transport and HM Prison Service.

On HR and Workforce Transformation –

“many of our people management practices belong to the last century and need to be redesigned for the digital economy.

I work with organisations to think through how work will be delivered in the future.

Andrew has a MSc in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence from Birmingham University and a BSc Psychology.

He is a Professional Member of the Center for Evidence-Based Management (CEBMa) and uses an evidence-based approach to research, decision-making and organisational programmes.

His most recent research, “Blockchain and the CHRO” was published for the Blockchain Research Institute, founded by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott.

Andrew is a Fellow at the RSA. The mission of the Royal Society for encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce is to enrich society through ideas and action.

He is a Board Advisor to various organisations and also on the Advisory Board for AI, Disruption & Innovation with

His contributions to sharing knowledge, techniques and resources in the HR ecosystem include :-

Speaking at HR and technology conferences  - as a recognised independent industry influencer and professional speaker, Andrew puts a refreshingly different lens on workforce management. In the last 3 years he has spoken to over 12,000 people in 12 countries. Audiences around the world value his clarity on organisational change and the future of work.

– Since 2016 a Judge at the annual Personnel Today Awards, “Award for Excellence through Technology”

– Member of Judging Panel to find the best HR Startups at UNLEASH 2017, 2018 and 2019

Published articles for CIPD, RSA, Global Drucker Forum, Hacker Noon, HRO Today Global, HR Zone, The HR Director, Strategic HR Review and Evaluation Centre and guest blogger for UNLEASH since 2014.  Also media commentary in Bloomberg, Diginomica, HR Magazine, Hays Quarterly and Personnel Today.

– Has written articles for “HR Transformer” blog since 2009

– Developed modular training courses, including, “7 Steps to Transform HR” © methodology and training programme which was delivered in Moscow, London, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.  Delivered recent eLearning course with AIHR “Blockchain and HR”

– Active on twitter @AndySpence with over 12k followers

– Curates popular “HR Transformation Magazine” on ScoopIt, and “Future of Work and Organisations” on Flipboard, and “Blockchain and the Distributed Workforce” on Medium

– Member of “Working Late” group assessing the impact of an Ageing Workforce, led by Loughborough University

Andrew has received recognition for contributions to his community, including :-

?2020 Top 100 HR Tech Influencers and 2019 Top 100 HR Tech Influencers – recognised by Human Resource Executive and HR Technology Conference

?Included on The Most Inclusive HR Influencer List

60+ Top Global Influencers in HR Tech of 2019 

? Top 30 HR Influencers – Perkbox

? The 30 Best HR Analytics Articles of 2016 and 2017 – David Green
? 15 HR and People Analytics Experts to Follow – Jibe
? 20 Experts in People Analytics – Sage People

Top 89+ HR Analytics Influencers to Watch in 2018

? Top HR Influencers of 2018 – Fit Small Business

? The Future of Recruitment – Top 100 Influencers Ranked #28 by Onalytica

? In 2015, Glass Bead Consulting was recognised by industry analysts, Kennedy Research, in its report “HR Transformation Consulting 2015”

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