Cris Beswick is a serial entrepreneur turned strategic advisor, bestselling author & keynote speaker.


Wicked problems require wicked solutions and that means, in a world of unprecedented challenges and constant change, we need to lead in wicked ways. The need for purpose-led, creative leadership and building a culture of innovation has never been higher on the strategic agenda. Cris’ passion is helping organisations navigate that VUCA world. Recognised globally as a thought leader on innovation strategy, leadership and culture, Cris has helped some of the world’s most ambitious CEOs, leaders, companies and governments solve their most complex innovation challenges.


Cris provides in-person and virtual keynotes for audiences from industry conferences to leadership teams of global top 100 companies, as well as fireside chats and ask-me-anything sessions on how to lead for an innovation-focused world and how to build organisational cultures of innovation. As a thought provoking, passionate yet down to earth speaker, Cris mixes inspiration and practicality, facilitating discussion around industry challenges, and business realities helping you become a smarter organisation. His live and virtual keynotes, talks and masterclasses provide global audiences with game-changing insights and actionable takeaways covering topics like:

  • Why Strategy, Leadership and Culture Should Eat Breakfast Together
  • Building a Culture of Innovation
  • Leading FOR Innovation
  • Why Generation Z require Organization Z
  • Building a Next Generation Organisation
  • From Entrepreneurship to Intrapreneurship
Cris Beswick

about cris

Having spent over a decade as a successful entrepreneur in the design industry, Cris is now recognised globally as a thought leader on innovation strategy, leadership and culture and a pioneer in the field of measuring innovation maturity. As a strategic advisor, he’s helped some of the world’s most ambitious CEOs, leaders, companies and governments solve their most complex innovation challenges.

Based in London but working internationally Cris is a Visiting Professor of Innovation at several of the world’s leading Business Schools and a regular keynote speaker at global innovation conferences. He is also co-founder of the boutique innovation advisory firm 'Outcome', and co-author of the bestselling book ‘Building a Culture of Innovation’, voted one of the CMI’s top books on innovation in 2017. He’s also sits on the advisory board of several organisations including The Innovators CoLab and The Global Innovation Institute.

Having written several books over the past decade and contributed small snippets of thought leadership or entire

Innovation has become one of the cornerstones of success because leaders know that failing to adapt and

Transformational initiatives have become a ubiquitous pursuit across the corporate landscape, with a third of significant organisations


As a leading thinker on the strategy, leadership & culture required for innovation and shaping the future of organisations, Cris works as a trusted advisor, helping senior leaders become pioneers, 10x thinkers and future shapers.

All Cris’ engagements are designed to help clients create the vital roadmap, dialogue, action and behaviour around business innovation, aligning it to the core corporate strategy, creating the leaders needed to drive it and developing the right culture to allow it to thrive. Cris also works with CEOs and senior teams in a non-exec style capacity to help inform and steer the strategic development and implementation of innovation capability and culture programmes. Acting as an expert/critical friend in order to provide the expert lens and help challenge the norm through high-level strategic advice, board-level facilitation and expert external perspective.

building a culture of innovation

Cris’ bestselling book ‘Building a Culture of Innovation’ presents a practical framework that you can follow to design and embed a culture of innovation in your business. It includes case studies from international organisations which have shifted their focus to an innovation culture, including Prudential, Qinetiq, Octopus Investments, Cisco, Siemens, BrightMove Media, Waitrose and Feefo.

Building a Culture of Innovation is an essential read for business leaders and change
implementation teams who want to place innovation at the heart of their business strategy.

Building a Culture of Innovation