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Roger Philby
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Roger Philby

MY ROLE
Managing Partner

I’m one of the managing partners at New Street Consulting Group. In my role, I lead the team in our consulting practice.

What experience and expertise do you bring to your role?

I have been working for the last thirty years to innovate the way organisations evaluate and manage the talent they need and have. A career that has spanned recruitment, running a Global talent function for, at the time, the second largest telecommunications company in the world and finally, starting and running my own talent consultancy, Chemistry, for 21 years.

How are you helping people to achieve their full potential?

As the original architect of NSCG’s Intellectual Property, which predicts human performance in global powerhouses like Experian, JPMC, WPP, Roche, and AWS, I have the honour of leading an organisation at the vanguard of redefining how organisations approach leadership capability development. We have a team of scientists, technologists and consultants who have won 61 Global Awards for Innovation in Talent.

What are your thoughts on the future of your sector? 

I am an optimist at heart, I believe our sector’s expertise is at the heart of a new playbook for CEOs and the C-suite in terms of how they should deliver organisational performance.

What do you enjoy outside of work? Any hobbies? 

Family, I would also add golf but it says “enjoy” and the way I play it is hard to enjoy golf.

What’s your top three podcasts/books? 

1. What no-one tells you about talent (it’s our Podcast, so some bias there)
2. Pivot
3. Steve Jobs, Biography by Walter Isaacson (read it every year)”

What’s your go-to productivity trick? 

A Day Book (basically to-do’s) – write one everyday. A trick I learnt as a junior recruiter at Michael Page – 32 years later I still write one every day. Gives you direction and a sense of fulfillment.

How do you prefer to start your day? 

Precisely, 2 small Cappucino’s before 6 am.

What was your first job? 

Produce Supervisor at the local Safeway supermarket, a brand and store that no longer exists. You do not understand pressure until you have been 16 and in charge of Friday’s banana order, knowing the shop does not open on a Sunday!

What’s the best advice you were ever given? 

Steve Ingham at Michael Page was my second mentor and perhaps the biggest influence on my career as a Consultant – he said to me when I was 22 – “When you meet someone better than you, right their name down and call them every three months to say “hi””, and believe me that is a long list for me! 30 years later, I have some incredible friendships and an enviable client network that I can confidently say supported an entire organisation at Chemistry for 21 years.