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Ros Gardner

Former head of customer services at Marks & Spencer and Director of Field Services of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureau, Ros runs her own consultancy, advising clients on outstanding customer care.  She is also a popular management and leadership speaker and an ideal choice for anyone wishing to increase their customer engagement.

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Graduating from Southampton University, Ros Gardner joined Marks & Spencer PLC undertaking a variety of appointments divisionally and at Head Office. Her work on the development and delivery of a wide range of corporate training programmes covered all areas of recruitment, management and communication.

Ros later went on to become Manager of the Customer Services Department of M & S, which included responsibility for a complaints department handling a quarter of a million customers per year, at a time when the service was still legendary.

Ros then spent two years as the Director of Field Services of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, with responsibility for the overall operation of Citizens Advice Bureaux throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In this role she was instrumental in co-coordinating the disparate cultural and political anomalies of this renowned public service. Simultaneously Ros also began her work in the Cabinet Office as a member of the Citizens Charter Complaints Task Force, helping to identify and implement best practice in customer care within the public sector.

Ros now runs her own successful consultancy, specialising in Customer Care Excellence and Complaint Handling. Working with companies such as London Transport, Automobile Association, Citroën, Thames Water, Financial Services Authority (FSA), and Signet, she continues to help businesses exploit the opportunities that customer care provides.

As a professional keynote speaker on the subject of Customer Care Excellence, Ros has spoken widely at conferences in Europe. As a writer for a number of professional and business publications, Ros continues to make her message known – ‘Investment in Customer Care Excellence will positively impact the balance sheet of any business’.

Ros is President of the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals and a member of the National Speakers Association (USA). She is also a Founder Director of The Professional Speakers’ Association in the UK, and a member of the National Federation of Consumer Groups. She is also a member of the School Teachers Review Body.

“… informative and entertaining and made them open their eyes a bit.” Richard Chamberlain, Evans Halshaw Divisional Marketing Leader

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