Our Founders

David MacLeod

David joined the Dulux marketing team from university, having gained a BSc in Business Studies. Under his leadership the Dulux team significantly strengthened the brand through innovation, including the award winning Dulux natural whites range. David became Head of Marketing at Dulux, and then moved to become MD of a European business which improved its performance from a loss to 20% plus RONA

David then became a Divisional CEO in ICI which was formed by bringing together five separate businesses to form a global organisation of 3,500 people with sales of €1billion. Profits were significantly enhanced through the merger process. He has managed businesses in each of the five largest countries in Europe and served on the boards of companies in Europe, North America (where he lived), Korea and Russia. David has worked as a senior advisor on change and performance at the Cabinet Office and also at Towers Perrin.

David is a visiting professor at the Cass business school and a fellow of the Ashridge business school. He is an associate of the Institute for Government, and a fellow of the Institute of Marketing.

In 2007 David co-authored ‘The Extra Mile: How to engage your people to win’. In 2008, David was invited with Nita Clarke to report on Engagement in the UK, resulting in the publication of Engaging For Success (also known as the MacLeod Report) in 2009 and the setting up of the Engage for Success Movement. David is co-chair of the government sponsored, employer led Employee Engagement Task Force launched by the Prime Minister at Number 10 in March 2011.

Nita Clarke

Nita Clarke is the director of the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA). She is author of the report ‘The Way Ahead: trade unions and the third sector’, commissioned by the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (2008), ‘Rethinking Voice for Sustainable Business Success’ (2011), and ‘Releasing Voice for Sustainable Business Success’ (2013).

Nita was appointed Vice-President (Employment Relations) by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) in January 2012. Nita is a visiting Fellow at Kingston University Business School. She is also a member of the Mutuals Task Force established by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude in 2011.

Nita was the vice chair of the MacLeod Review on employee engagement and co-author of the report Engaging for Success (also known as the MacLeod Report), and continues to work with David MacLeod and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on implementing the report’s findings. She is co-chair of the Employee Engagement Task Force which was launched by the Prime Minister in March 2011.

Nita has a BA in History and Politics and an MA in Labour History from Warwick university. She was press and campaigns officer for the health service union COHSE from 1976 to 1981, and press officer for the leaders of the GLC and ILEA from 1983 to 1990. She was Ken Livingstone’s press officer during the Save the GLC campaign years, and is the author of London for Beginners, (published by Writers and Readers 1984, republished 2001).

Nita worked for the Government of Jamaica, representing their interests in the UK and Europe, 1990-92, She then became the Political Officer for UNISON, with responsibility for liaison with the Labour Party and its policy making machinery. From January 2001 to June 2007 she advised the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on trade unions, working as assistant political secretary in the Political Office at 10 Downing Street. Her role included liaison with individual unions and the TUC, developing national policy in areas such as the two-tier workforce and work-life balance, supporting ministers by trouble-shooting in industrial disputes, and helping to manage relations with MPs and the Labour Party. She was one of the key architects of the 2004 Warwick Agreement.

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