Gill’s early career included the Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, Newcastle, California at Berkeley and Oxford. She did pioneering work in IT on systems and data architecture, at CAP, Inmos and Modcomp. She has been active in seven start-ups and was responsible for building a £3bn new business over four years for computer firm ICL. She wrote the book “Scenario Planning” based on her strategy role at ICL. She was CEO, Director and a Fellow of SAMI Consulting (Strategy with a view of the future) from 2002 to 2017, with clients in the public, private and NGO sector from Mexico to Malaysia, including the European Commission. She became an Emeritus Fellow in 2017. From September 2017 to February 2021, Gill was a Director of Ethical Reading, established to create a community of organisations in the Reading area who do the right thing by each other, the wider community and the environment, and thrive in the process. She has B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees, is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, an ICL Fellow Emeritus and a Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science. She is a graduate of Stanford University's Senior Executive Program; and a Liveryman of the City of London. She was co-opted to the UK Science Research Council’s Computing Science Committee, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, and to three European Commission High Level Expert Groups on Foresight. She has over 100 publications: her books on Scenario Planning and strategy are used at Business Schools including Harvard. Her next book, the 9th, in preparation, with Patricia Lustig is Green Shoots – from here to there.
Rutger Bregman’s book Humankind argues that it is realistic to assume that most people are good. Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock argued that society was changing too fast for people to be able to cope. Our new book, Green Shoots: from here to there, shows how people can flourish in this changing world. In this keynote, we are pleased to share our thinking with you – why, at a time of great uncertainty, we believe that there is opportunity to move Beyond Uncertainty. The disruptors in our society are many – from Covid-19 to global warming and technology. We see green shoots in the capabilities of people and organisations to work together across boundaries to achieve massive innovation at speed, during the development of the Covid-19 vaccines. We see green shoots in the way that Generation Z and Millennials adopt and use technology to build initiatives to change the narrative. We see green shoots in the sea change in attitudes of governments and companies to tackling global warming, over the last year. In this keynote we share some of our insights gained through our research and extensive global consultancy. We hope we can infect you with the optimism we feel for the opportunities of today.