About the Speakers
Nicoll has been supporting people to be the best they can be for many years - always with a focus on maximising potential, participation, effectiveness and performance, initially as an occupational therapist working in a variety of settings. Today it's about enabling people to navigate the messiness and challenges of business life. With a reputation as an innovative change leader, relationship builder and people developer - and a talent for helping people to see things differently - Nicoll is your friendly ‘tour guide’ to 'outside the box' for those unused to thinking in that zone.
Laurence inspires teams to deliver more value, more often using agile and lean in the UK and India. He discovered lean as a Jaguar Cars apprentice in 1988, supervising V12 XJS assembly and studying manufacturing engineering at The University of Birmingham. Ford’s takeover prompted his decision to move fully into IT with RAD (Rapid Application Development) agile pioneers Marks and Spencer in London.
Freelance development lead roles followed in South Africa, Austria and the UK including at Coca Cola and South African Airways. He later became a development manager and then a divisional head of IT in the demanding City of London investment banking arena. Now Yorkshire-based, he likes to inspire agile leaders to deliver more value more often.