Emma Ogden



Emma Ogden is a specialist in workforce development, talent management, change management, succession planning, organisation design and development.

Emma brings expertise in Human Resource management and Target Operating Model design, to her role at SUMS. She has worked in senior HR positions at several UK universities and has delivered a complex change project at the British Red Cross. Emma brings experience in managing transformational change, organisation design and development initiatives to her work. She works with all academic and professional services functions to create integrated, co-designed cultures and practices.

Emma is a passionate people practitioner and specialises in workforce development, talent management and succession planning which considers all aspects of equality, diversity, and inclusivity. She works with members and clients to implement sector-leading solutions that respond to the global landscape and are innovative, pragmatic and informed by appropriate insight, legislative and regulatory risk.

Emma’s recent projects at SUMS include the design of fit-for-the-future target operating models; an academic development framework; maturity assessment reviews; and audits of HR functions and associated people activity. These have led to improved engagement and a stronger alignment to strategic priorities and values with institutions. She also led a roundtable discussion with Senior Executives and Vice Chancellors in celebration of International Women’s Day 2022.

An alumnus of the University of Birmingham and Coventry University, Emma holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management, holds chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), is a panellist for the Race Equality Charter and serves as a Trustee for a Multi Academy Trust in Nottingham.