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Michael Jary

Senior Partner

OC&C Strategy Consultants

London, UK

Michael Jary
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Michael Jary holds more than three decades of consultancy experience and is Senior Partner and Co-Founder of OC&C Strategy Consultants. Michael’s primary focus is on providing guidance to clients at board level. He previously held the role of Worldwide Managing Partner at OC&C who have 14 offices around the globe.

In addition to his role at OC&C, Michael holds board-level positions in a number of other businesses and social enterprises.

Michael is a Non-Executive Director at Barclays Bank UK plc. He is the Non-Executive Chair of Itad, a leading consultancy in international development. He is Chairman of Duchy Originals, Chairman of AG Carrick (Highgrove Enterprises) and Chairman of the Commercial Committee of The Prince of Wales's Charitable Fund, and trustee of Opera Holland Park.

In 2019 he was appointed Lead Non-Executive Director at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Michael is a regular speaker and writer on a variety of subjects including retail and branding, technology, corporate governance and social purpose. He is a guest lecturer in marketing at INSEAD.

Michael Jary’s Newsfeed

Retail Week
‘New normal? Retail needs to get used to the new weird’

Michael Jary wrote an opinion piece in Retail Week. 

Retail Week
Opinion: Resilience, bravery and kindness will define retailers during this crisis

Michael Jary of OC&C Strategy Consultants and his colleagues have produced some particularly compelling insights, which highlight the three key attributes leaders need to have at this time. Kindness, especially, will define and differentiate the future purpose of retail organisations and those that lead them. “It is the retail leaders who ensure that these essential values sit comfortably with kindness that will be remembered”

Michael Jary’s Background

OC&C Strategy Consultants
Senior Partner
Jan 1987 - Present
Global management consultancy that achieves lasting improvements in strategic performance and to maximise long-term growth.
Itad Ltd
Non-Executive Chair
2016 - Present
Hove, UK
Itad is a leading consultancy in international development.
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Other Business Interests

Opera Holland Park
Jun 2018 - Present
London, UK
Opera Holland Park is an opera company with a unique voice. Based in Kensington, they present an annual festival of fully staged productions in a setting that combines the best aspects of urban & country house opera under one roof.

Current Board Positions

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Lead Non-Executive Director
Feb 2019 - Present
London, UK
Michael sits on the Departmental Board providing strategic leadership for the department’s business as well as advice, support & challenge on performance & delivery. He supports the Secretary of State in his role as Chair of the Board & works closely with other Non-Executives and the Executive Team to support delivery of the department’s priorities.
Board Member, Barclays Bank UK plc
Nov 2017 - Present
London, UK
Plc board member of Barclays’ newly-launched stand-alone ring-fenced retail bank.
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Previous Board Positions

The Fairtrade Foundation
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Aug 2013 - Aug 2018
London, UK
Fairtrade is a global movement with a strong and active presence in the UK, represented by the Fairtrade Foundation. It is a movement for change that works directly with businesses, consumers and campaigners to make trade deliver for farmers and workers.
Nationwide Building Society
Non-Executive Director
Jan 2009 - Jul 2015
London, UK
Nationwide Building Society is the world’s largest building society, one of the UK’s largest savings providers and a top-three provider of mortgages in the UK. It is also a major provider of current accounts, credit cards, ISAs & personal loans.

Michael Jary’s Education

SOAS, University of London
Post Graduate Diploma with Distinction, History of Asian Art
2008 - 2008
MBA with Distinction
1989 - 1989
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