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Duncan Brown

Duncan Brown

Duncan leads the HR Consultancy work at IES. He has more than 25 years' experience in HR consulting and research with firms including Aon Hewitt, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Towers Perrin. He also spent five years as Assistant Director General at the CIPD.

His clients have included major private sector companies such as National Grid and Lloyds Banking Group, public sector organisations such as the Cabinet Office, National Health Service and Equality and Human Rights Commission, and not-for-profit organisations such as Cancer Research UK, the National Autistic Society and the United Nations. He has worked with local authorities in the Midlands, Humberside and London on issues ranging from making organisation change happen to bonus and incentive plan design.

Duncan is a leading commentator on HR issues, who has published numerous reports, articles and books.  His last book was on reward effectiveness. He has participated on Government taskforces concerned with fair pay, pensions and human capital reporting. Duncan advises a number of remuneration committee and is a Council member of the Pensions Policy Institute. Human Resources magazine placed him in its listing of the top five most influential thinkers in UK HR.

Duncan has an MA from Cambridge University, an MBA from the London Business School and is a Fellow of the CIPD, as well a Visiting Fellow at Kingston University.

Recent Publications

Brown D (2015), Consulting to Change and Sharing in Success: Lessons from IES’s HR Directors' Retreat. IES HR Blog, 15 May; available at:

Brown D (2015), ‘Is Britain in Denial over Waste of Talented Women at Work?’ People Management, April 30th, available at:

Brown D (2014) ‘The Future of Reward Management: From Total Reward Strategies to Smart Rewards’, Compensation and Benefits Review, May/June, vol. 46 no. 3, pp 147-55


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