Alice Breeden


Office Location: London

Phone: +44 (0)20 7075 4342

Alice Breeden is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office and a member of the Heidrick Consulting Practice, leading board effectiveness work globally. She has more than twenty years of experience working at the senior executive and board level in some of the world’s largest and most complex organizations. Alice has led board effectiveness reviews globally for organizations within the Fortune 10, the FTSE 100, across APAC, Middle East and Africa, and for pro-bono clients. She also focuses on accelerating clients’ performance by driving organization, team, and leadership effectiveness. This includes working with executive teams and leaders to drive inclusive behaviours and cultures.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Alice was director of people operations for Google EMEA and led much of Google’s talent management centre of excellence worldwide. In this role, Alice led substantial work improving gender diversity for Google EMEA. Prior to that, she worked for twelve years in McKinsey’s London office and was one of the leaders of the organisation practice worldwide. Her experience there included leading multiple change programmes for clients including working with top teams and developing change leadership capabilities of HR and senior managers in an airline, travel and logistics, banking, and technology. She also led the development of much of the thinking around the transformational change service line, including developing the Change Leaders’ Forum, and much of the knowledge and thinking that underpinned the approach to change management.

Alice began her career in marketing and communications, working for several organizations including American Express.

Alice is published on the topic of board effectiveness, including contributing to the World Economic Forum debate on How Boards can adapt and thrive in a post-covid world. She has also led the following research and thought pieces: Five challenges facing today’s Board Chair: Insights from FTSE Chairs, A Board review that accelerates competitiveness, Future proofing your board, and Boards' role in sustaining digital transformation.


Alice earned an MBA from London Business School and a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from the University of Durham.

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