Coaching Consultancy Talking Talent Appoints Gary Browning As Its First Non-Executive Director

March 28, 2017 | comments

Coaching Consultancy Talking Talent Appoints Gary Browning As Its First Non-Executive Director

In a move to accelerate future growth, innovative coaching consultancy Talking Talent has today announced the creation of a non-executive board, and the appointment of its first Non-Executive Director. 

Gary Browning, who joined the company earlier this month will have responsibility for guiding Talking Talent’s board of executives, advising on the strategic direction for the company, as well as coaching and mentoring the company’s most senior directors.

Gary is an experienced CEO and front-line leader who is passionate about people and their performance at work. After a career leading, building, and acquiring companies, Gary who is experienced in both corporate transformation work and M&A, now has a career advising both public and private companies on that journey.

Gary commented on his appointment: “I passionately believe that organisational success and workforce engagement are intrinsically linked, and am committed to creating company growth by building value for shareholders and employees together.”

“For this reason I have long admired Talking Talent’s hard work in improving career progression for women and working parents whilst delivering commercial benefit for businesses. I very much look forward to working closely with the board to develop the company’s strategic growth plans for the future.” He added.

Gary has extensive experience working at board level within PLCs. After joining Penna in 2002 he was appointed to the board as Chief Executive in 2005. Throughout 2009-2015 Gary initiated and led a series of acquisitions increasing the value 4 fold to £80m and in 2016 sold the group to Adecco for £105m.  Gary’s earlier career included 12 years with the WPP Group where, from 1997 to 2002, he was Group Managing Director of BDG McColl Ltd, a brand communications consultancy employing 200 people.

Gary has run HR consultancy and recruitment businesses and personally consults on a wide range of talent management issues, with particular interest areas in engagement strategies, leadership development, HR due diligence and organisational turnarounds.

He coaches and mentors senior executives with a particular emphasis on improving performance and leadership competence, and has spoken frequently on a range of talent related areas including inspirational leadership, engagement strategies, building brand value through employees and internal communications.

Gary is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, has sat on the Investors in People UK Human Capital Management standards group board, and qualified with KPMG having studied for his degree at Warwick University.

Gary also serves as Non-Executive Director at CloudCall Plc, Lee Hecht Harrison Penna as well as Board Advisor to MyKindaFuture.

Chris Parke, CEO and Co-founder of Talking Talent said: “We are delighted that Gary has joined Talking Talent as a Non-Executive Director. His wealth of experience in leadership roles within our sector will be invaluable as we realise our vision of extending the practice globally.”





About Talking Talent

Talking Talent is the leading provider of consultancy and coaching for women and working parents in the UK and is at the forefront of developing the female talent pipeline across the globe. 

Through listening to its coachees’ personal challenges, hopes, fears and ambitions, Talking Talent has developed bespoke, innovative and impactful coaching programmes. Talking Talent’s own flexible approach to working has attracted the very best in coaching talent and the company now employs over 50 of the most experienced coaches in the world, all with significant commercial backgrounds.

Talking Talent’s Top Ten achievements over the last decade:


1.            15,000+ women coached

2.            Supported 4,000+ managers

3.            More than 70 coaches worldwide

4.            100+ clients globally

5.            10 industry research studies and insight guides published

6.            80% of Lloyds Banking Group coachees promoted or given enhanced roles

7.            2,500 coaching sessions held over the last year alone

8.            £17 million of savings in 18 months (EY)

9.            13% increase in retention across maternity period for Citi employees

10.         18 of The Times top 50 Employers for Women are TT clients


For more information, photography or to organise an interview with Gary Browning, please contact:


Laura Lally

T: 01491 821850


Chris Parke, CEO of Talking Talent