Decoding the link between emotional intelligence and leadership

About Annette - Acaria Founder

Who is Annette Andrews

Annette is the founder of Acaria Consulting and a thought leader on Conscious Leadership.

As a former Chief People Officer for Lloyd’s, HR Director at Lloyds Banking  Group and Ford Motor Company, and as an Executive and Non-Executive member of Boards, Annette now spends her time speaking and writing about leadership, with a focus on enhancing employee attraction, retention, and engagement – and coaching and consulting with executives and their teams.

She is passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Culture & Change, Wellbeing and creating those critical ‘Moments that Matter’ for employees at all levels. Due to her experience, she is able to speak on a wide variety of people related topics.

Her own experience as a female leader, mother and carer means she understands the pressure, isolation, and uncertainty her clients may feel while navigating their own challenges; personally, professionally, and as a leader.


Described by Inventum Group as “an incredible, thought-provoking speaker,” Annette has addressed people at conferences and events around the world.

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With her signature mix of inspiration, storytelling, and no-nonsense practicality, Annette’s approach to is sure to resonate.

Annette’s speaker messages are always customised for maximum relevance to your audience, so your group leaves energized and with practical advice for immediate implementation.

  • Conscious leadership
  • Moments that Matter
  • Emotional intelligence in leadership
  • The value of wellbeing
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Leading through change
  • Integrating culture into business strategy
  • Creating an engaging People Strategy
  • Her own inspirational story

Read Annette’s Blog

Beating End of Year Exhaustion

Beating End of Year Exhaustion

In the lead up to Christmas, an increasing number of people are experiencing high levels of exhaustion. Recognising when to take a break, and to look after you, is crucial. But how?

The cost of workplace conflict

The cost of workplace conflict

Author: Antonia Rogers, Acaria Associate   Today’s cost of living crisis is not only affecting individuals but has a profound effect on companies who are tasked with balancing the budget whilst meet employees increasing demands for higher wages. Trade Unions have...

The Conscious Leader and Inclusion

The Conscious Leader and Inclusion

The Conscious Leader and Creating Inclusion   When you have Conscious Leaders in your organisation and your teams, you will have Leaders who use their emotional intelligence (EQ) to ensure that people feel included and safe in their working environment. “Before...

Wellbeing & The Conscious Leader

Wellbeing & The Conscious Leader

The good news is that we are all talking and thinking about wellbeing more. However, the challenge for leaders is feeling comfortable and confident enough to ask their team how they are, and then being able to truly listen. Leader wellbeing worries The good news is...

Emotional Intelligence + Inclusion = The Conscious Leader

Emotional Intelligence + Inclusion = The Conscious Leader

We continue to live in challenging times and the last few years have brought much change.  This is set to continue; we have all been affected, but this has been particularly true for the leaders at all levels in our organisations. Gone are the days when you got to a...

Moments that Matter

Moments that Matter

Every organisation, whether they realise it or not, has key ‘Moments that Matter’ for their people. Knowing what these are is critical to attracting, retaining, and engaging your people; these can be built on and measured as part of your approach to Employee...

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