Martyn Phillips secures equity stake in Leading Edge

Ex-CEO of B&Q joins the Leading Edge team

As the former CEO, Retail Director and HR Director of B&Q, Martyn led the £4bn, 360 store, 33,000 employee home improvement business alongside his role as part of the Group Operating Board of Kingfisher plc.

Under his Leadership, B&Q was the first British business to win the Gallup Global Employee Engagement Award in 2006, an award which B&Q was awarded five times during his tenure, including when he was CEO.

Martyn comments on his new position; “Investing and becoming one of the team at Leading Edge was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. The quality of the team, their industry know how and their track record of success with high quality brands, made this an easy decision. Helping businesses thrive through bespoke, performance led people interventions is what I do and I’m looking forward to working with the team, existing and new clients.”

Patrick Marr, founder and Owner Director of Leading Edge comments on the appointment; “I am delighted Martyn has agreed to join our team and excited about all that he will bring to our existing and future clients. We share a passion to develop innovative leadership solutions for clients that translate into improvements in business performance and customer experience. Martyn’s expertise will also enable us to expand our existing offer both in the Boardroom and broader HR Consultancy. The whole team is looking forward to this new chapter with Martyn onboard.”

Phillips’ career history within the Human Resources profession and his transition to CEO means that he is uniquely placed to help businesses leverage their talent to deliver high performance. Last year he was placed in the top 15 most influential HR practitioners and the top 100 Retail Power Players.