Ria is the founding director of BPC and has spent 15 years working in private and public sector organisations helping them to get the best from their people. She has executive and non-executive director experience and specialises in improving business performance through effective leadership and people strategies.
She has created leadership programmes targeted at building inclusive workplaces and enjoys working with leaders on their personal impact and how they engage with their people to inspire great performance. Ria is skilled in strategy formulation and communication. She has established and grown new business ventures and led major organisational change and programmes.
“Ria is always striving for the best way forward for both the company & its employees, she is full of energy & works to deliver 100%. Ria is great at delivering change & helping us understand what it will mean to both the company & its employees.”
“Now more than ever we need leaders in organisations that can communicate our messages effectively to both internal & external stakeholders. Ria is this sort of leader – she does it so well.”
“Ria is inspirational in her passionate & dedicated commitment to continuous improvement. She is a leader who actively challenges the status quo to achieve greater levels of performance. Her drive to increase performance throughout the organisation is inspiring.”
“Ria is highly effective in translating strategic goals into objectives & a clear narrative for others. Her aspirational expectations & energetic enthusiasm help to raise the game of others.”
Julie has extensive experience across a range of industries, including retail, utilities, construction and public sector. She specialises in making HR matters simple and stress-free for clients. Julie's expertise lies in utilising her practical experience in solving complex, difficult and confidential challenges. She provides ethical and reliable business focused solutions spanning the whole HR spectrum. Julie's ability to read people helps her connect with all levels within an organisation and deal with a range of situations, from sensitive individual matters, to complex trade union negotiations. She enjoys getting to grips with clients' challenges and priorities in order to help develop solutions, new operating models and deliver large scale change.
"Julie proved most helpful in guiding us though a major upheaval that could have resulted in a severe disturbance to our services. Her knowledge of employment law and management of the process was crucial to our success."
"She remained calm and composed in the most pressured situations that we were dealing with. This helped us to respond to multiple problems in a rapidly changing and tense environment."
Marc is our programmes and innovation director. He has both operational and strategic experience in health, education, local government and housing sectors. He is passionate about increasing equity within society and has worked on programmes that tackle a wide range of issues such as under-representation, poverty, attainment, and wellbeing. Marc uses his study of psychology to bring insights into how leaders can improve connection, motivation and performance within their workforce, building depth and resilience within organisational development, learning and culture. Marc is known for establishing pioneering models and collaboration between organisations and sectors. He was awarded ‘inspirational leader of the year’ for his work on social mobility and sits on a number of advisory boards.
"Working with Marc really helped accelerate our drive towards becoming a truly inclusive organisation. The conversations are often challenging and his expertise has meant we have been able to approach them positively and strategically. We are seeing the impact of our work together at all levels of our business already."
"Marc is excellent at challenging viewpoints and perceptions, especially when dealing with difficult organisational implementations."
Peter joins us from Marriott International having spent 20 years in senior finance positions within the hospitality industry. He was previously the Commercial Director for a well-known footwear manufacturer with strong connections in Far East markets. Among the strengths he brings to BPC is an ability to analyse and break down complex scenarios into workable, real world solutions.
Like everybody at BPC he is passionate about the need for continuous business development while maintaining improvement. He enjoys doing this through mentoring and coaching emerging leaders, particularly in the finance and executive arenas.
“Peter’s straightforward talking is reassuring & helps get to the core of the matter quickly which we appreciated.”
“His ability to bring simplicity to the table was just what we needed when we had got stuck in complex problems. It was so refreshing to have a clear view of the way ahead.”
Melanie is a strategy, governance and transformation leader with experience across financial services, community housing, construction, property development, utilities, education, transport, FMCG, biomedical engineering and technology. She has held senior and executive roles in transformation, business integration, strategic partnerships and change management. Her sector experience includes private, public, not-for-profit and social enterprise.
Melanie is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has an MBA, Bachelor of Arts (honours), Diploma in Education, and qualifications in project management, change management, and training and assessment.
BPC and Three Chairs Consulting have teamed up in an exciting international partnership to bring their clients unique insights from across the globe. The UK and Australian based consulting firms have joined forces to produce a tool aimed at supporting organisations to successfully achieve growth targets. The design of tool draws upon Melanie Bois’, Ria Bailes’ and their leading teams experience of housing, change management, strategy, governance and strategic partnerships. It is based on extensive work undertaken in the UK and Australian housing sectors looking at key questions and considerations to implement a growth strategy. Their recommendations reflect the wider experiences and learnings of housing providers in Canada, the US, UK and Australia.
In 2022 we have been delivering an exciting series of webinars with the CIH aimed at addressing the lack of long term strategic skills planning in organisations. Our webinars have provided insights from a wide range of speakers to increase the awareness of skills shortages, labour market pressures and strategies to ensure you have the skills you need to deliver your objectives.
Head to our News & Blogs section to find out more and access the summaries from each session.
Ongoing measurement of the impact of our work is important to us and so we model it into our proposals and recommendations.
We provide clear focus on the long term goals, building resilience and a legacy. In our experience, organisations who can maintain a long term vision are more successful.
We work with organisations who are committed to inclusivity and take action against intolerance and discrimination.
Our programmes of work must add value to both our clients and to our organisation. We will not commit to work where we do not believe genuine growth of learning can be achieved.
We support making businesses a force for good. We do this by working with our clients to achieve high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.
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