Lubna Haq

Lubna Haq


I’m a Director within NSCG’s talent consulting practice where I develop the consultancy and leadership development proposition, working closely with clients to help optimise their leadership team, culture and organisational design.

What experience and expertise do you bring to your role?

“What Learning & Development can we provide to enhance top teams? What coaching will future leaders need? How can we help organisations manage change? What organisational design will drive innovation for the future?”

These are the kind of questions that I love to tackle to provide impactful results for clients. I have vast experience working with leaders and boards across the private and public sectors, driving business growth and change. In a career that has included being founder of  a successful consultancy and a Director of Global Services, I have developed a skillset covering coaching, talent management, assessment and award-winning leadership programme design. It’s a background that’s left me highly attuned to the needs of both organisations and individuals, with particular insight into the NHS and public sector.

Throughout my career, I have been motivated by a passion for diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI). From my first job, studying health issues in Asian children, to my more recent roles as Director at Green Park and Head of DEI for a major health regulator, I have worked for equality and fairness, integrating good DEI practice into leadership.

Some people see DEI as a difficult topic or a tick box exercise or they get hung up on language. It’s important to see the bigger picture and understand that DEI involves deep cultural change – it’s not an add-on or a set of vocabulary. To succeed, leaders need to create an organisational structure that supports that change and brings people on board. Many top teams are too operational and lack strategic people management skills. As they say, leadership is a contact sport.

How are you helping people to achieve their full potential?

I believe that everyone has strengths so design from this perspective as opposed to ‘what people do wrong or don’t know’. Combining this with neuroscience, EI and integrating EDI from the outset, I apply this approach to the design of all interventions from leadership development to individual coaching

What are your thoughts on the future of your sector?

Now is particularly difficult time for leaders. We are at the start of a recession and emerging from the pandemic with a plethora of new considerations. The public sector is struggling to adapt and adjust to a volatile environment, where a strain on resources remains a threat. Expert advice can be incredibly helpful.

Change is keeping top teams awake as they struggle to transition from crisis management into a different but still-challenging environment. There’s a real need to plan for the future and get leadership pipelines in place. Robust assessment is necessary to establish where gaps in skills and leadership lie. At NSCG we will work to prepare top teams for tomorrow. Offering executive search, interim management, DEI and leadership consulting services, we will provide our clients with a joined up approach to creating positive, sustainable change.

For me, the changing business climate offers a chance to do what I loves best: providing support, learning and development and seeing projects through to impact. With organisations facing unknown territory, this kind of strategic partnership can be game-changing. I like to work closely with clients and make the most of my expertise. At NSCG, I know I can make a difference to our clients and put my knowledge to good use.

What’s your top three podcasts?
  • Radio 4 Women’s hour
  • About Race with Reni Eddo Lodge
  • Unlocking us with Brene Brown
What’s your go-to productivity trick?

Have meetings standing up.

How do you prefer to start your day?

With mindfulness followed by a big cup of team.

What was your first job?

Researcher into disability issues for Asian children.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

Be the best version of yourself you can be every day