Co-Founder Wavelength & Former CEO, Fifteen
Liam is passionate about culture, talent and the ‘digital revolution’ and how to lead better in these changing times. He is an authority on leadership and lessons learnt from being a CEO!
Leadership in Uncertainty
Innovation & Disruption
Liam Black biography
Liam co-founded Wavelength in 2008 and for ten years was the company’s Chief Encouragement Officer. He is one of our most popular speakers and MC’s. In the last year or so, Liam has spoken to audiences at Waitrose, Pret, the BBC, Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, TD Bank, Pret and the Said Business School as well as global gatherings of entrepreneurs and start ups. Before co-founding Wavelength, Liam had a 15 year CEO career, latterly with the Jamie Oliver Group.
Liam created and advises two innovation investment funds and is a Global Advisor to Centrica Innovations, the energy giant’s £100 million fund to drive the search for new technologies and business models. Liam mentors corporate leaders and entrepreneurs and is the author of two books, the most recent of which is The Entrepreneur’s A to Z: on anxiety, leadership and getting enough sleep. He is currently writing a book on leadership and middle aged men provisionally entitled Lean Out!
“Liam’s hour long presentation on dealing with change to the 300 people in my marketing division was fabulous. We loved his fresh and unexpected approach, the power of his storytelling - and the jokes. He made complex and sometimes confusing trends coherent and relevant to us in banking. His call to arms about the purpose of business beyond profit was inspiring.”Theresa McLaughlin, CMO, TD Bank
"Thanks for a really great session yesterday. Everyone’s buzzing about what you said – and I came away feeling very inspired to move things on here to the next level. We’re passionate about all of things you were talking about – clarity of purpose, culture, innovation – so all music to our ears. You have a great talent for making leadership fun and interesting with some great stories!"David Done, CEO RHP Housing Association
"You led the conference so brilliantly. You made everything so relaxed and open while whizzing through lots of extremely complicated issues. I have rarely attended an event so well led. People really felt their voices were heard but, most importantly, we achieved so much. And you were very funny!"Dorothy Byrne, Head of Channel 4 News and Current Affairs
"Liam was intelligent, spirited and humorous and conveyed his message brilliantly. Thoroughly impressed with the content and the delivery. A quality speaker who really engaged with the audience."James Timpson, CEO, Timpson
“Liam delivers a stream of insights, stories and wisdom that leaves the audience in no doubt that the world of business is changing radically and fast. His style and impact creates a sense of urgency that compels people to take action”Peter Hallard, Learning & Organisational Development Director, Biffa