Heather Townsend

Heather TownsendHeather helps professionals and firms become the Go-To-Expert. Unusually for someone with an Engineering Degree, she accidentally became a writer and used her knowledge on social media to write the current best-selling and award-winning book on networking, The FT Guide To Business Networking. (75 five star reviews on amazon) People frequently talk about Heather as someone who really knows her stuff – which may be the reason she has, over the last decade, worked with over 100 partners, coached and trained over 1000 professionals at every level of the UK’s most ambitious professional practices.

Heather always loves a challenge which is why she have solved the problem in her next book, which has perplexed many consultants, lawyers and accountants – ‘How to make partner and still have a life’. (Published by Kogan Page in November 2012)

Recently referred to as ‘one of the UK’s most influential ‘tweeters’’, the UK’s ‘networking queen’ and “Twitter royalty”, Heather has built a very large network online, with over 9200 Twitter followers in the last 3 years. She blogs on the subject of referral generation using networking and social media for professional services, and other issues involving partners who want to grow their practice.

Heather, ACC CIPD MEng (oxon) Hons, is a graduate from Oxford University in Engineering Science. (This may explain the spelling and grammatical errors which her editor is always having to remove from her manuscripts!) Her early career was in supply chain management, working for Procter & Gamble and Tesco. Before, she took the plunge into business ownership, she spent five years working for BDO LLP, a UK top 6 accountancy practice. She is an associate credentialed coach with the ICF, a chartered manager with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

In her spare time, she is often found perfecting the perfect lemon drizzle cake, as well as scootering around Flitwick with her two young children.