David Fairhurst
OrgShakers Ltd.

David is the Founder of OrgShakers, a global HR consultancy which helps organizations unleash the power of their people. Prior to this, he was Global Chief People Officer at McDonald’s – one of the world’s largest HR and Training leadership roles with oversight of 2-million employees in 120+ countries.

Prior to joining McDonald’s, David was Group Manager for Organisation Development at H J Heinz; European Director of Recruitment and Leadership Planning at SmithKline Beecham (where he was part of the team which supported the merger to form GlaxoSmithKline); and Corporate HR Director at Tesco’s UK and International businesses where he also led the Global Talent function.

In 2011, David was appointed by the UK government to act as a Commissioner for the Commission for Employment and Skills – a role he held until the change of government in May 2015. Previously he had served as a Fellow of the Sunningdale Institute; a virtual academy of leading academics and thought leaders created to advise and advance public service. He has also advised officials and politicians at both the European Commission and the European Parliament.

David is a Chartered Companion of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development where he served for four years as its Vice President of Learning, Training and Development. He is also a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) whose mission to “create the conditions for the enlightened thinking and collaborative action needed to address today’s most pressing social challenges”. In the USA he graduated as a Fellow of the CEO perspectives program.