Global transformation director Gina Buckney is a two-time TEDx global speaker, former head of UK customer services for BT, author, and keynote speaker.
Qualified in a range of subjects from neuroscience to emotional intelligence to business management, Gina is the founder of YOUR PEOPLE POWER, a company built to revolutionise industries and redefine work cultures through scientifically backed education.
With over two decades worth of experience, Gina is a passionate female leader on organisational change and cultural transformation. She is also a meditation and mindfulness champion, a published author, and in-demand corporate speaker.
Current most requested speaking topics are: The Power To TAP (Transform At Pace), Power Skills For A Players, Building Winning Teams With D&I, Emotionally Intelligent Leaders, Beating Burnout.
Gina Buckney is a very learned woman, with qualifications in Business Information Systems, The Principles of Management, Neuroscience, Empathy and Emotional Intelligence at Work, and The Neuropsychology of Decision, gained from establishments including Harvard University and the University of Cambridge.
Gina Buckney has put these skills to the test in a range of jobs, working at Halifax and Barclays as their project managers, Lloyds Banking Group as an infrastructure and IT transformational project manager, and Santander as part of their Women in Business Leaders mentor program. Between 2007 and 2011, Gina worked at BT, initially as a business programme manager, but then going on to become the senior operations manager, global services and financial markets director, and head of customer services. It was whilst at BT that she became the youngest person in their history to hold the job of contract director; she managed the largest banking contract at an impressive £400 million, whilst managing teams of 450 staff across the world.
Gina Buckney is also a successful author, having created the ‘Journals for Life’ series where she offers invaluable self-help resources. She has also released a range of gratitude journals, and in 2022, she published the full-length book, The A to Z Journey to a Healthy Mind.
Building a Winning Team: Gina shares her experiences with education and employment with the idea of how to structure a winning team, whilst focussing on the importance of physical and mental wellbeing.
Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: Gina has spent most of her career in male-dominated environments, which exposed her to the gender inequalities in IT, finance, and engineering. She speaks about how she broke into these industries, and how women and ethnic minorities can replicate her success.
Workplace Wellbeing and Avoiding Burnout: Gina’s career hasn’t always been plain sailing. She was working herself to the bone, experiencing extreme fatigue, burnout and a breakdown. This was when she decided to set up her own company, aiming to make life better in the workplace for everyone.
Below: Gina talks about the importance of Emotional Intelligence at work:
The Skill of Being Agile to Change – Brain Training: Gina explores how important it is to adapt to the changing landscape around us.
Mindfulness Matters in the Workplace: The pressure of working, and deadline, can take its toll on employees, which in turn, hinders creativity and productivity. Gina uses her professional mindfulness experience combined with her personal experiences to help audiences understand how to apply mindfulness techniques to their daily routine.
Become Your Own Superpower: Gina shares anecdotes and stories of inspiration, and strategies which helped her rapidly climb the career ladder.
Leadership Worklife Balance: This talk is designed for busy leaders who struggle to balance their workload with their private life, and in turn, negatively impacting their overall happiness.
Emotionally Intelligent Leaders: Gina explores how your emotional quotient (EQ) is often more important than your intelligence quotient (IQ).
Becoming The Champion in Your Career: Gina’s motivational talk on being your own champion has featured in the press about the positive impact it has on audiences.
Gina ensures a memorable and influential environment, available for keynote speeches, and corporate, private or public talks. She has presented two TEDx talks, with one in 2021 ‘Unmasking Yourself Through a Journey of Self-Discovery’ earning over 50,000 views on YouTube.
Amazon, Microsoft, The British Army, BASF, BP, Lightsource, Monster Energy, Barclays, BT, EDF Energy
Gina’s speech – she was amazing and very inspiring.
The group enjoyed the talk given by Gina and seemed very happy with the service provided.
Jocelyn, Director, Regent Travel & Incentives Ltd on behalf of XP Investimentos
Working with Gina over the last few months has been a pleasure. Not only is she infectiously positive but she really took time to understand our business and our requirements for an engagement talk with Aegon colleagues. The session was well attended and really delivered what we needed it to, a talk on how delivering exceptional experiences in a busy environment is as much about looking after yourself as it is about looking after our customers.
I just want to add my personal thanks. Thank you so much for joining us and closing our Festival – you left us feeling inspired to make a difference and I am so grateful that you shared your story.
Jennifer, Chief Executive, Institute of Internal Communication
Gina is an incredible speaker and really lifts the aura of the room with her presence. Gina really broke down the gender bias and opened up interesting conversations within the workplace. It’s important to see and hear role models like Gina to highlight how important diversity is and how her real life examples have made her the successful ambitious women she is. I think having Gina as part of a well-being programme is key for any company that is looking to take care of their employees. Thank you Gina for an eye opening session
Steve, Director, Talent Acquisition and Development
Gina went above and beyond to deliver the messages that we discussed in our prep session alongside her own experiences.
Lee, Light Source BP
Gina’s digital session around Mental Health & Wellbeing was outstanding. She constantly engaged with the crowd, shared lots of helpful tips and inspired us. We had a great time and it was a pleasure listening to Gina.
Alina, People & Culture Manager, parcelLab
Everything went great! Participants were very engaged in the Q&A session. I’ve got feedback from the client and it was very engaging. So no doubt 100% success!
Gosia, Senior Project Manager, MEA x EWENEMENT