Embridge CEO named ‘rising star’ in LDC UK top 50 business leaders

Emma O'Brien

Emma O’Brien, CEO and founder of Embridge Consulting has been named a Rising Star as part of the LDC top 50 most ambitious business leaders for 2022.

The LDC program, which is supported by The Times and is now in its fifth year, celebrates the leaders behind some of the UK’s most successful and fast-growing medium-sized firms. A record number of nominations were received, with this year seeing over 750 entries.

The business leaders featured in the top 50 operate across a broad range of sectors and are driving growth in every corner of the UK – from Edinburgh to Brighton, and Bath to Norfolk. They collectively employ almost 9,500 people and turn over more than £1.2bn.

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in the UK, Embridge Consulting is a boutique digital transformation consultancy, known for its expertise in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), business change, and impactful digital transformation. The firm specializes in supporting public sector, further and higher education, not-for-profit, professional services, and healthcare organizations.

Emma O’Brien, CEO and founder of Embridge Consulting, said, “It was an absolute honour just to be recognised in this prestigious group and to be invited to the fantastic event at the beautiful Landsdown Club in London last night. But then to be announced as one of the overall winners – that was a complete surprise and I feel very humbled!

“To be recognised as a Rising Star is very special because there’s definitely more to come from me and the Embridge team!” O’Brien explained, “Last night was a night I won’t forget in a long time! I thanked my team, my husband and my children when I made the Top 50, but this win is as much about all of them as it is me because I really couldn’t do it without them – so thank you all again!”

John Garner, managing partner at LDC, said, “Emma has proven what can be achieved when you don’t want to settle for second best. Work-life balance was crucial for her, and she’s maintained the balance she set out to achieve whilst still building a fantastic business. A real inspiration to others and a deserving Rising Star.

“Those featured in The Top 50 this year are a real source of inspiration; they prove that great things can be achieved even when times get tough.” Garner continued, “I’d like to congratulate all of The Top 50 for 2022, especially our award winners! They demonstrate the positive impact of ambition and show exactly what British business leaders are made of.”