Andrew McMillan is an employee engagement, customer experience and leadership specialist. Now a conference speaker and motivational speaker, Andrew’s aim is to make individuals and organisations happier and more fulfilled through a sense of collective purpose, so they engender trust, loyalty and advocacy from their customers.
About Andrew McMillan
Andrew McMillan spent 28 years working for the John Lewis Partnership, starting out as a management trainee before becoming responsible for customer experience across the entire department store division. He aims, through his speeches, to inspire people, and therefore the organisations they work for, to become more productive. As a consequence, they also become more profitable.
Andrew McMillan has identified that, often, different parts of an organisation believe they have different purposes. However, Andrew enables them to cut through their differences in perception and experience. By uncovering inherent values and a shared enthusiasm he brings about employee engagement and growth. He helps organisations join up their own internal dots to create their unique link between employee engagement and consistently great customer experience. Whether it’s public sector, not for profit or a large multinational, Andrew places an emphasis on understanding what makes (or can make) them different and special for their customers.
He also looks at the roles of leadership, communication, trust and enjoying work in creating success. In presentations, he explains that great customer experience cannot be taught but reflects a great internal culture. By developing a personality and values that are realistic, honest, and shared, organisations can deliver a degree of long lasting, competitive differentiation that few achieve, but many aspire to.
Andrew has spoken at conferences worldwide. He does not have a standard ‘deck’ of slides, preferring to create presentations from a substantial slide library that reflects his experience at John Lewis and beyond. Consequently, presentation content is created collaboratively with clients and tailored to meet the precise needs of their event, with bespoke slides being written when required. Along with stories and examples from his extensive experience, presentations also include practical solutions that can be implemented quickly and with minimal cost.
Andrew started his career as a management trainee with the John Lewis Partnership at Brent Cross in North London. He quickly moved up through the management ranks and led several selling teams in different branches, culminating in heading a department in the flagship Oxford Street branch.
From there he moved to the head office to take charge of the department stores’ Intelligence Team. They acted as an internal business consultancy, reporting on competitive strategy, product differentiation and value, catchment area demographics for new branches and customer experience.
In 2000, Andrew was asked to lead on customer experience for the department store division. The role saw him develop JLP’s market-leading culture and attitude towards customer experience and sales with the 30,000 customer-facing Partners in 26 John Lewis shops across the UK. That customer-driven culture is something that has now became synonymous with the John Lewis brand. During his tenure John Lewis frequently won awards for customer experience from Which? Verdict and Retail Week and were regularly cited in the media as a leading customer-oriented organisation. He was also responsible for the management and resolution of the group’s customer complaints.
While at John Lewis, Andrew advised many other non-competing organisations on their customer experience strategy and became recognised globally as an expert in the field.
- Consistently delivering differentiated customer experience to define the brand
- Leadership and change in a behaviour driven organisation
- Authentic marketing
- Defining and shaping organisational culture through storytelling
- Fun at work to enhance commercial success and productivity
- Selling though service and relationships
- Managing complaints to enhance reputation
- The challenges and future of retail
"Very inspirational, maintained a good tone throughout, every attendee was engaged. 4 days later and it is still the main topic of conversation. Hit exactly the right note and tailored for relevance. Highly recommended for any sector!"
"Andrew's session was first class and we have had excellent feedback for his session. Andrew bought excellent external insight to the session particularly the examples on how other companies are able to leverage customer advocacy. More importantly there were lots of messages and actions that Andrew talked about that our audience can use and replicate in their franchise - this is important to us and hence why we feel that Andrew delivered real value for our event. We would definitely recommend his as a speaker in the future for similar events."
Royal Bank of Scotland
"Andrew was highly inspirational and motivational, making our Managers even more determined to build on the high level of service that we currently try to instill in our dealership teams."
"Andrew produced a presentation that was well-presented, succinct, and relevant to our audience. He was very friendly and approachable, and we enjoyed having him at Top Drawer"
"We were very pleased with Andrew’s presentation, both the content and his style of presentation. People were genuinely interested to hear his perspective on client service, his experience at John Lewis and his anecdotal examples including video clips and images"
"Andrew McMillan was superb, very good presentation and I really believed in him.' 'Andrew McMillan was excellent and very interesting"
"He was brilliant – really good. We had very positive feedback and he was an excellent presenter & facilitator! We all enjoyed his presentations."
"Many thanks again for your presentation at our event; it was extremely well received, and we had some great feedback. It was great to have an added dimension on customer experience from a speaker as credible and experienced as yourself."