An exciting future for the EEA

I am delighted to share some exciting news about how we are strengthening the Alliance team.

Firstly, I am very pleased to announce that in 2017, the Alliance will be led by Ruth Dance.

Ruth Dance is one of our Founding 40 and has been committed to the Alliance from day one. Ruth has been at the forefront of employee engagement for over a decade. She has worked nationally and internationally for Christie’s, MITIE and, more recently, News UK as their Head of Customer & People Development. Her roles have focused on developing strong internal cultures. Her years working within Employee Development have allowed her the opportunity to design and deliver a diverse range of training programmes as well as becoming a qualified business coach and Myers Briggs practitioner. She is also a judge for the Employee Engagement Awards.

Ruth will join us towards the end of January. She has asked me to pass on this message to our members and supporters:

“The Alliance is fantastic in bringing like-minded people together to focus on the positive impact that employee engagement has on business success. Having been involved with the EEA since launch, I am now incredibly excited to be leading the organisation into the future. You can be sure that all my energy will be focused on two things – ensuring that all our members are getting full benefit from their membership and working with our members to prove the value that employee engagement delivers to organisations and to individuals.”

Although Ruth doesn’t start work until the end of January, please feel free to contact her @

Secondly, Dan Coulthard has joined the Board. Dan will be responsible for overseeing our digital and online presence as we seek to make our services even more accessible to members  in 2017.

We are also strengthening our team in a number of other areas and we have a range of exciting plans to improve our events and other services. You can be reassured that the Alliance will be true to its founding goals and that 2017 will see increased momentum in our drive to be the standard bearer for professional development in employee engagement.

To make sure our plans reflect your needs, we have created a short feedback survey. It should take no longer than three minutes to complete. We will send the survey to you in a separate email.

May I take this opportunity to wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous 2017.

Kind regards

Crispin Manners

For more information on the Employee Engagement Alliance, visit our website at


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