JC Townend is Chief Executive Officer for the UK and Ireland of LHH, the UK’s leading integrated talent development and career outplacement provider. She oversees consulting and projects with more than 1000 of the world’s largest companies annually, helping them transform their workforces to be future-ready.
JC is a highly experienced CEO and Board member with more than 25 years of experience leading £100 million+ international consulting businesses in a wide range of sectors, including social/economic policy, energy, infrastructure, environment, health, and education.
She is also a member of the CBI's Economic Growth Board, a Senior Leadership Fellow at St. George’s House, Windsor Castle, and has been a board member in international subsidiaries (US, UK, India, and Belgium) of NASDAQ- and LSE/AIM-listed companies. She has significant experience in successful M&A, and large-scale commercial and government business development.
JC is passionate about transforming the world of work by helping every individual reach his/her full potential, both individually and by transforming the companies in which they work in a way that creates a win-win by making employees more fulfilled and businesses more profitable. Throughout her career, she has focused on both generating high performing leaders and supporting highly challenged groups, including over-50’s, women, apprentices, veterans, exiting prisoners, and people with disabilities. She spent 9 years on the board of FedCap, a US-headquartered charity that helps people with barriers to employment find jobs and gain financial independence.
JC holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Brown University in the US, and her education includes studies on the European Economic Community (now European Union) at the Institute for European Studies at the University of Freiburg in Germany and studies on Mergers & Acquisitions at the Kellogg School of Business in the US.
JC is available for comment on the following topics:
• Workforce transformation (e.g. managing redundancy, large scale change, workforce training and development)
• Workforce trends (globally and in the UK), including productivity and the future skills gap
• Women in leadership
• Corporate issues management
• Corporate and employer brand