TalentDrain appoints Gordon Barker as consultancy director

TalentDrain, the employee engagement and retention specialist, has appointed Gordon Barker in the newly-created role of Director of Consulting.

The company, whose clients include English Heritage, Ernst & Young, the Financial Services Authority, Kent County Council and Unilever, provides online tools and resources that enable organisations to diagnose the causes of attrition and to enhance employee commitment.

“Gordon will spearhead our drive to supplement our diagnostic tools with associated consultancy support, so we can not only help organisations understand the levels of engagement and satisfaction in the workplace but also implement solutions that drive business performance and employee engagement,” said Ron Eldridge, Director of TalentDrain.

“Gordon brings a wealth of consulting and business experience. He will help to structure and present our consultancy offering, which currently includes post-survey action planning, communications strategy implementation, executive coaching and training in areas such as organisational change, leadership development and talent management,” he added.

Gordon Barker was formerly Worldwide Director of Organisational Development & Learning at business intelligence software vendor Business Objects, responsible for strategy and leadership development, organisational performance and change management.

His previous roles include Account Director at performance development consultancy Lane4, Senior Management Consultant at PA Consulting and Senior Consultant at psychometric assessment firm SHL Group.

A Chartered Occupational Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, Gordon holds a masters in occupational psychology from the University of Nottingham, a first class degree in social psychology from Loughborough University and a degree in modern history and politics from the University of Southampton.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: “This is a very exciting role for me as TalentDrain is a dynamic business with distinct capabilities and expertise that provide unique insights into organisational performance issues relating to employee engagement and retention. Working with a diverse and highly experienced team of associates, there is excellent potential to develop the consultancy offering and I look forward to contributing to the company’s future success.”

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