Lesley Brook and Jacey Graham are the co-founders and Directors of Brook Graham. Stuart Affleck was appointed a Director in October 2017.

Our Directors

Lesley Brook

Before co-founding Brook Graham, Lesley worked for Shell International and held a range of senior HR generalist and D&I roles, based in both the UK and South Africa. She has extensive experience of managing organisational and cultural change in multinational settings.

In her last Shell role Lesley led the development and global implementation of the D&I change process for Shell Chemicals, which had a workforce located in over forty countries. During this period she was also Global HR manager for Shell Chemicals’ commercial and marketing organisations, leading a team based in North America, Europe and Asia. For the three years prior to that, she was General Manager HR and Business Services for Shell’s Southern Africa region, and a member of Shell South Africa’s Executive Committee, based in Cape Town.

Earlier in her career Lesley developed specialist skills in HR strategy, policy development employee relations and change management, and was a member of leadership teams in many different businesses, functions and regions. She also co-founded Shell’s UK Women’s and LGBT Employee Networks.


Other experience/qualifications

Lesley is a graduate of the University of York, a Fellow of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Commonwealth Study Conference alumna.

She is a Trustee Director and London Deputy Chair of the Albert Kennedy Trust, a national charity working with LGBT young people with housing needs and other challenges. She served two terms of office as a member of the governing College Council of King’s College, University of London and was a member of its HR Policy, Remuneration and Appointments committees. She has also been a judge for the Opportunity Now awards. She sings in various London-based choirs, one of which she co-founded.

Jacey Graham

Prior to co-founding Brook Graham in 2004, Jacey was head of Diversity Strategy and Planning at Shell International. Before that, she spent 20 years in the financial services sector where she held various corporate roles in talent and career management, diversity, leadership development and executive resourcing. Prior to joining Shell, Jacey was head of Executive Succession for the Lloyds TSB Group.

Whilst her experience encompasses broad aspects of diversity in countries around the world, she has particular expertise in women’s advancement, leading a strategy in the mid-nineties for Lloyds TSB which resulted in doubling the percentage of women in the executive talent pool and receiving internationally recognised awards for Shell in the USA, UK and The Netherlands. Jacey co-founded the UK FTSE 100 Cross Company Mentoring Programme which supports the progression of executive women to main board directorships; this successful model has now been adopted in many other countries. She is co-author of the books “A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom” and “A Woman’s Place is in the Boardroom: The Roadmap”, and is a judge on the Women in the City awards.

Other experience/qualifications

Jacey has a BA from Exeter University, is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management’s International Centre for Women Leaders, an associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, a member of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Coopers and a Freeman of the City of London. She is Chair of Governors at the Coopers’ Company & Coborn School.

Jacey Graham

Prior to joining Brook Graham, Stuart worked for LV= insurance for nine years and held a number of senior HR and D&I specialist roles, based in the UK. He has a wealth of experience in managing organisational and cultural change and developed many award winning HR/People solutions across the Talent Acquisition and Development arena.

In his last role at LV= he led the initiation, design and development of the D&I programme as well as co-chaired LV’s LGBT Employee Network and helped found the Women’s, Multicultural and Disability Employee Networks. During this period he was the Talent, Performance and Learning Director, leading the UK team. Previously Stuart has held the position of Global Head of Resourcing for both the Bank of Ireland and SAP forming part of the Senior Global HR team based in Germany, leading a team located in North America, Europe and Asia.

Earlier in his career Stuart lived and worked in Malaysia and Australia. In the latter he led teams of recruitment consultants working with many multinational clients and he developed specialist skills in HR strategy, policy development, talent management, talent acquisition, performance management, leadership and change management across varying businesses, functions and regions.

Other experience/qualifications

Stuart is a qualified assessor of EQi 2.0 and EQi 360. In his spare time he is a friend of Stonewall and also supports Youth Space, which focuses on providing support to LGBT youth.

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