HRMI 2021: Chris Roebuck, Professor and Associate, Bayes Business School

Roebuck has been on the Thinkers list 10 times since 2009, a rare achievement. He adds value to the profession year on year via not only helping HR professionals directly but unseen also spending much of his time promoting hard data on the financial benefits of working more with HR to senior business leaders.

Although a ‘thinker,’ as a leader in military, business, and the public sector, Roebuck's focus is on action, to deliver success and return on investment. He’s done this in diverse senior roles in London Underground, KPMG, HSBC, UBS, and NHS. His work as global head of leadership in the creation of UBS from multiple M&A in just 2 years of is now part of a Harvard Case study on creating an integrated multi divisional global organisation, “One UBS”.

Roebuck helps HR professionals to present a compelling business case to their line partners to get them to engage more proactively with HR. 

To date he’s shown over 22,000 HR (and other) leaders across 26 countries, in 186 organisations, how to better deliver key objectives via his three steps to success. He regularly is asked to comment on people issues on TV and in publications such as Newsweek. 


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Chris Roebuck was ranked 32nd on the list of HR Most Influential Thinkers in 2021.