About the Guest
Susie Braam spent 19 years in the public sector working a broad spectrum of roles and experiences. Predominantly in the National Security arena, she dealt with many fast-paced, changing and complex situations.
Between 2016 and 2021, Susie led innovation and digital transformation efforts within the UK Government as Head of Innovation first at the Ministry of Defence and then at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. In 2017, she set up and ran an Incubator comprising multi-agency and multi-disciplinary teams to iteratively design and develop solutions to some of the most challenging and complex problems in the national security space using a disciplined approach to innovation.
Moving on in 2018 to look at the organisation-level innovation ecosystem, she designed and developed innovation strategy and governance; provided education, awareness and skills in innovation; tackled the friction and bureaucracy that slows progress; and developed organisational mindset and culture to explore alternatives to the way things have always been done.
Since 2021, she has been advising a cross-organisational executive team on digital transformation. Her specific focus is on supporting leadership team dynamics and alignment, encouraging user-centred approaches to transformation, promoting equity, diversity and inclusion and coordinating future-focussed strategy.
Entrepreneur and Founder
In 2020, Susie co-founded Yellow Cat, an Innovation Training and Coaching company focussed on supporting those corporate heroes who are trying to transform their organisations from within. Yellow Cat also supports student innovation teams, start-ups and small businesses in business model design and development.
In late 2020, the end of a challenging and tumultuous year, Susie went on to establish Mulberry Retreats, with the aim of providing sanctuary and optimism to individuals in challenging leadership positions. Based on her first-hand experience, Susie believes strongly that leaders can make or break both people and organisations. The mission at Mulberry Retreats is to empower leaders with the mindset, skills and confidence to create a positive future for themselves, their organisations and the people within.
Guest Speaker and Writer
Susie routinely writes and speaks about leadership, strategy and innovation, providing insights from her experience and thought leadership. She has a natural and engaging style and her refreshingly candid approach makes her a popular speaker.
Susie lives in south-east London with her family.