Ben Young

Organisation and Talent Development Director

Nationality                  Dual – British/US

Address                         6 Colworth Road, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire MK44 1ET

Contact                          h 01234 782 781 m 07718 394991






A richly experienced, results-orientated, creative thinker with more than twenty-five years experience in international business, talent management and development, Ben demonstrates:


  • Strong commercial acumen and the ability to deliver HR services in a sensitive and appropriate way to a wide range of client groups;


  • Experience in managing major business change and restructures;


  • Deep knowledge of talent development, succession planning, communication and engagement;


  • Gravitas and the ability to act as trusted adviser to senior management teams and at Board level;


  • Skills to analyse, understand and advise on complex HR issues with cultural sensitivity; and


  • Detailed understanding of legislative and best-practice requirements; comprehensive experience in managing teams and budgets.





He is also highly adaptable and pragmatic with proven success in coaching and mentoring staff at all levels. He has strong international, multi-cultural HR experience and is a regular contributor and speaker at international conferences, workshops and networking events.







April 2014 – May 2014


Managing Partner, Ogilvy & Mather UK                                                              

Brought in to deliver and drive a performance-led culture in Ogilvy and Mather Advertising in the UK, Ben headed the Talent Management team for London Agency with around 300 staff. As well as providing a full range of HR services, there was a significant focus on talent development, wellbeing, international mobility and resourcing.

July 2013 – April 2014:


Consultant, Zinnia Consulting

Co-authouring a virtual coach programme aimed at busy managers in need immediate and instant help, Ben also provided thought leadership on Organisational Design and strategy as well as running workshop presentations and facilitation.

October 2012 – November 2013:                                                                          


Director, Human Resources EMEA & LatAm, Interbrand (maternity)

Supported the regional CEO and COO in shaping strategy and growth across Interbrand’s 13 offices in Europe, India, Africa and Latin America, while overseeing the local HR functions servicing 300 staff. Responsible for senior recruitment and development, coaching, talent management, succession planning as well as managing the online performance review process, annual pay review and incentive and bonus schemes.


November 2011 – September 2012:


Interim Director, Corporate Human Resources UK & Eire, Warner Bros.

Recruited to reshape an HR team of 7 and design a robust HR strategy to better support a staff of 500 in Warner Bros. in the UK; responsible for the provision of a full range of HR services and daily liaison with the senior leadership team and the UK Board as well as general staff on a full range of issues – including performance, disciplinaries, grievance and redundancy.



January 2003 – October 2011:                                                                                              


December 2009 – October 2011: HR Director, IPC Media

Promoted to provide a commercially-focused and innovative approach to HR in response to the rapidly changing business landscape; responsible for the provision of a proactive and full range of HR services to all parts of IPC Media (2,000 staff), managing a team of 15 staff and deputizing for the MD (HR, Comms and Property) to enable the delivery of the company’s human resources strategy and business objectives.

October 2007 – Dec 2009: Chair of Staff Council, IPC Media

Leading a group of 21 staff acting as liaison between IPC Media’s 2000 staff and management; working with HR to review and set policies; accompanying and advising employees on disciplinary and grievance procedures, redundancies and other consultations etc; input on pay reviews, restructures, divestments etc.


January 2003 – Dec 2009: Creative Director, IPC Media

Leading a team of 24 designers, project managers, writers and subs working on award-winning cross-platform content for more than 20 titles; responsible for the creative direction of more than 600 commercial projects a year for clients including Unilever, P&G, L’Oreal, Ford, Fiat, McDonalds, M&S and John Lewis; in charge of generating and driving strong creative concepts and editorial content and responsible for working with sales teams to create bespoke pitch ideas; driving revenue by tight management of production P&L (circa £3m); staff development; editorial, publishing, sales, client, printers and agencies liaison.



October 2001 – December 2002: Creative Consultant, Freelance

July 1997 – September 2001: Head of Commercial Creative, Express Newspapers

December 1994 – June 1997: Acting Deputy Art Editor (Features), Daily Mirror

March 1994 – December 1994: Layout Artist, Daily Mirror

June 1993 – March 1994: Sub editor, Daily Mirror

May 1990 – May 1993: Letters Editor/Features sub editor, Daily Record

Jan 1991 – Dec 1992: National Executive Member, National Union of Journalists

May 1989 – April 1990: Reporter, Aberdeen Evening Express

December 1987 – May 1989: Reporter, The Shetland Times


1985 – 1987: Anglia Ruskin University (formerly Cambridge College of Art and Technology):

BA Honors degree: English and European Thought and Literature.

Courses                        Transforming Civil Conflict; Positive Influencing Skills; Negotiation Skills for Managers; Finance for non-Finance Staff; Introduction to HTML; IPC Media Digital Training Academy; Performance Driven HR; Time4Tomorrow, Ashridge;

Interests                      Graphic design, photography, travel, employee engagement, books, antiques, film


References                  On request

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