Nigel Spencer, Associate

Nigel Spencer is a multi award-winning expert in talent development and Executive Education.  He worked in professional services firms for 20 years, initially in a client-facing role at PricewaterhouseCoopers, before moving into the legal sector. For 13 years, Nigel then led global talent development functions at two international law firms (Simmons & Simmons and Reed Smith).

In these law firms Nigel was responsible for helping the firms to build long-term capability to differentiate their service delivery, creating their leadership development programmes, redefining the skills-sets and the career paths needed for the future. A qualified Executive Coach, one major focus for Nigel was partner development, together with Board-level change management programmes.

Nigel also led organisational development initiatives as law firms responded to the disruption in their industry. These included creating the first ‘Innovation Hub’ in the London office of a global law firm as a client-facing collaboration space, helping the firm to evolve its service delivery and future skills needs.

In 2017, Nigel moved to Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, as a Senior Client Director in the Executive Education team (where he is still an Associate Fellow).  At Oxford, Nigel specialised in leadership development programmes for the professional services sector.  He also created the School’s award-winning practitioner research series on how the strategic use of Talent Development can create competitive advantage in professional services.

Nigel’s current interests include exploring how technology can contribute to leadership and career development in the legal sector.  He developed an award-winning mobile “nudge” app for skills development, and is currently working on further edtech projects and platforms.

More broadly, Nigel has co-chaired the UK’s national body of Legal Education professionals and now sits on its Advisory Panel. Nigel has also held Board roles at international bodies, and is a member of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School Coaching Community.

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