Damian Reily

CEO of Army Recruiting Group

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Damian Riley is Chief Executive Officer of the Army Recruiting Group, a partnership between Capita plc and the British Army.

“Trauma, Regeneration and Transformation: Personal reflections on resilient leadership”

Following a critical accident, in which I suffered profound trauma and life-changing injuries, this talk focuses on my lived experience of rehabilitation and personal transformation. I have combined this with my professional experience in executive and change leadership, to offer reflections on what I have learnt about resilience and leadership. I outline seven practices, which I believe can help leaders be truly effective in leading organisational transformation.

Damian was previously Client Partner and Managing Director of Capita Education Services. Prior to joining Capita in 2016, Damian has a career background in management consultancy, and was a Director at PwC, with over 15 years’ experience working with public sector leaders on business transformation. Damian began his career in the UK Civil Service at the Audit Commission, as Private Secretary to Sir Andrew Foster.

A former rock climber and competitive triathlete, Damian was critically injured in a cycling accident in 2019. He is a spinal cord injury survivor, registered disabled, and is an advocate for disabled people in the workplace.

Damian is married with two children and lives in North London. He holds a first-class degree in Government & a master’s degree in Ideology and Discourse Analysis, from Essex University.