David MacLeod, OBE, is an employee engagement guru. He is co-chair of the government sponsored, employer led Employee Engagement Task Force, also know was Engage for Success, that was launched by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, at Number 10 in March 2011.

In 2007 David co-authored ‘The Extra Mile: How to engage your people to win’ and was invited to report on the state of employee engagement in the UK, resulting in the publication of Engaging For Success (also known as the MacLeod Report) in 2009.

We caught up with him after he had delivered the keynote address at Symposium Event’s Employee Engagement Summit earlier in the year and asked him why Britain had a patchy history when it came to employee engagement. We also considered what big companies can learn from smaller firms who are, in many cases, much better at engagement than their larger cousins.