Workplace behaviour and culture experts, byrne∙dean, have engaged leading employment and discrimination lawyer, Samantha Mangwana, to lead on their Strategy offering. Operating initially out of London and Sydney, she joins the team to use her deep, coal face experience of employment problems to provide strategic support to clients seeking cultural change.
Mangwana joins from Shine Lawyers, where she was National Head of Employment in Australia. She has advised individuals (employees, executives and partners) and organisations on contentious workplace disputes, high-value severance negotiations and managing exits smoothly. Her experience includes working on very high-profile discrimination and whistleblowing cases, in particular within the legal and financial services sectors.
In the UK, Mangwana is widely recognised as one of the leading employment lawyers and an expert on discrimination outside the workplace context, notably representing the Fawcett Society – a national charity campaigning for gender equality – in a ground-breaking judicial review challenge to the UK government’s national budget. She is recommended by the Legal 500 UK directory as “practical, to the point and personable”; rated as a Rising Star in Legal Services by Financial News; shortlisted for Solicitor of the Year by the Lawyer magazine and named by Management Today and Sunday Times as a top young women in business.
Samantha is regularly called upon by the press to commentate on employment and discrimination law issues. She has been featured on ITN, Channel 4 News and BBC in the UK, and major national broadcasters in Australia, as well as in the FT, Guardian, and Wall Street Journal amongst many more.
At byrne·dean, Sam will join a team that’s celebrating 20 years of successfully helping organisations around the world navigate challenging cultural issues and create kinder, fairer workplaces.
byrne·dean Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Matt Dean, commented: “We are very excited to have Sam join our team. She’s passionate about the work we do and wants to put her deep experience from litigation, policy and communications to work helping to create the kinder, fairer workplaces we want. Sam’s insights and creative solutions can expand what we offer clients on the Strategy side; not only UK-based clients, but Australian and global organisations - and on all areas of workplace dynamics; things like creating a genuine speak-up culture, improving how we approach conflict in teams, and rebalancing senior teams.”
Samantha Mangwana, Strategy Lead, byrne·dean, commented: “I'm delighted to be joining byrne∙dean. My motivation in this career has been to achieve change, helping workplaces to be kinder and fairer places where people can realise their potential. The problem with litigation is that it can't do that because it is after the fact. Even where successful, the problem has already happened, with bright, talented individuals losing their careers. Instead, work at byrne∙dean is about solving those issues before they start in the first place. I'm energised about diving deep into specific challenges, one workplace at a time, to achieve meaningful, tangible change.”
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byrne·dean, a trusted workplace behaviour and culture specialist, today announced the forthcoming departure of Victoria Lewis, its CEO, after an impactful 7 year tenure; Victoria joined the employed team in 2009, having already spent some years as an associate.
Victoria has played a pivotal role in the company's recent growth and has led byrne·dean through remarkable times. Under her guidance, the organisation has transformed workplace cultures worldwide, empowering individuals and organisations to foster kinder, fairer, and more productive work environments.
The Board has appointed Co-Founder Matt Dean as interim Chief Exec and started the search for a permanent replacement. Many of Victoria’s key responsibilities have passed to Anna Arbuthnot, who joined us at the end of the summer in a new Chief Operating Officer role. Anna brings over 16 years’ experience in the world of workplace dynamics to the role, and will lead on the daily operations of the business and execution of its business strategy, including overseeing the continued digitisation of byrne·dean’s Training offering and the growth of its Resolution and Strategy businesses.
Victoria Lewis expressed her gratitude for the opportunities she has had at byrne·dean, stating, "I am enormously proud of what we’ve achieved at byrne·dean, the team we have built, and the incredible impact we have made on workplace cultures around the globe. I have been privileged to lead a team of exceptional people, and I know that it is this team which will now take byrne·dean forward to even further success. For me, it is time to take some time out and then to move on to new opportunities."
On behalf of the Board, Matt Dean expressed deep gratitude for Victoria's stewardship during his personal health challenges and the company's transformative phases. He said, We are very grateful to Victoria for her stewardship of byrne·dean over the last 7 years. She has taken us through some really challenging times (not least the pandemic), been at the centre of developing meaningful partnerships, and leaves us with a great future as a genuine thought leader. Victoria has enormous talent, and we wish her every success in her future career, whatever that may be."
As byrne·dean embarks on this new chapter, the organisation remains passionate about helping create workplaces that foster kindness, fairness, and realise the potential of all their people.
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