Duncan Brown

MA, MBA, Chartered FCIPD, PhD

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Head of HR Consultancy


+44 (0)20 7104 2071

Duncan Brown leads the HR consultancy work at IES. He has more than 25 years' experience in HR consulting and research, with firms including Aon Hewitt, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Towers Perrin. He also spent 5 years as Assistant Director General at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Duncan’s clients include companies such as National Grid, Lloyds Banking Group and Guardian Media Group, public sector bodies including the Cabinet Office, House of Commons and NHS Employers, and not-for-profit organisations such as City University and the United Nations. He has also participated on Government taskforces on pensions, human capital reporting and fair pay, and has carried out studies for a number of the Pay Review Bodies.

Duncan is a prolific writer and speaker, with regular articles and blogs in the HR press. His last book was on reward effectiveness. Human Resources magazine placed him in its listing of the top five most influential thinkers in UK HR in the past three years.

Duncan has an MA from Cambridge, an MBA from the London Business School and recently completed his PhD in reward strategy at Kingston University.

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Advisory roles and affiliations

  • Member of the HR Advisory Group at London School of Economics and Political Science (2017 - present)
  • Visting Professor at Greenwich University (2017 - present)
  • Visiting Fellow at Kingston University (2015 - present)