Good people make a great business.

Sofa Session
Theresa McDermott

Session info

Great businesses require leaders that support people to do their best work. Great businesses create an environment where people and the organization can achieve its potential. Great business constantly look at how every individual and team can improve their performance.

Theresa will give you practical insights on how to transform your organization into a great People business.


Theresa is responsible for the Investors in People delivery across the UK and Internationally and is now leading on the redesign and refresh of the Investors in People Management Standard.

Investors in People is a leading people management standard. Over the last 20 years, IIP has helped more than 20,000 businesses around the world improve, using their accreditation framework to boost working culture, increase employee engagement and encourage game-changing leadership.

Before working for Investors in People Theresa lead the skills investment activities of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills working closely with lead employers, Sector Skills Councils and other employer led bodies. Throughout her career Theresa has been involved in change management leading and shaping the restructuring of Sector Skills Councils across the UK, Director of Business Services for one of the largest Chamber of Commerce in England and Executive Director of Business Link Derbyshire . She holds a Master’s Degree in Business from Sheffield Hallam University.