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Thursday, October 29 • 1:00pm - 1:40pm
Scaling a Culture of Innovation at OVO Energy, a fast growth UK Unicorn company

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OVO Energy was founded in 2009 with a mission to power human progress through clean, affordable energy for everyone. The green tech company recently celebrated it’s 10th birthday in style; receiving investment in January confirming it’s UK Unicorn status and recently announcing the acquisition of the retail arm of SSE, making the company the second largest energy provider in the UK. In it’s 10 year history OVO has transformed from energy retailer to EnTech leader, specialising in cutting edge renewable technology. 
Much of OVO’s success has been due to its relentless focus on customer outcomes and willingness to empower teams to innovate rapidly. As CHRO Kim Atherton drove the culture change required to embed the principles and mindset of agile. To embed the changes, Kim built a software platform, Just3Things, now a separate business working with clients including Fidelity, Deloitte, Go Compare and the NHS. 
During her session, Kim will give a candid account of the challenges associated with rapidly scaling a business from 50-2000 employees whilst maintaining alignment to the strategic priorities and a culture of innovation. 

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Kim Atherton

CEO & Co-Founder, just3things
Kim joined OVO Energy in 2012 when the team were 50 strong. As Chief People Officer she led the organisational design project to move from a traditional hierarchy to a network of teams, and when she could not find a piece of software to help to embed this way of working, hired a small... Read More →

Thursday October 29, 2020 1:00pm - 1:40pm UTC
Room 3