Authenticity is the Institute’s central value and underpins our other four of collaboration, achievement, ownership and vision. Charles Hampden-Turner is our Authenticity Ambassador and comments as follows:

 “The important thing about authentic leadership is that we are fleetingly looking in the right place for leadership ability. Authenticity points to inner-conviction being consistent with what is communicated and the impression made on others, who are then likely to reciprocate. Rather than being yet another trait or form of competence it focuses on what lies between people”



Julie Ward MEP

Julie is an active campaigner for equal rights and social justice, most recently organising local events for One Billion Rising, the global movement to raise awareness of violence against women and girls.

Prior to being elected as an MEP, Julie had been working with partners in the EU and beyond for more than a decade. For instance, she was recently involved in an international delegation to Belfast to participate in an all-party discussion about the role of the arts in peace-building processes.

Julie has extensive experience of front-line grassroots work, engaging with people from all walks of life as they try to do their best for their families and their communities often in very challenging circumstances.


Committee on Culture and Education
Committee on Regional Development (Substitute)
Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality


Shelly Rubinstein

Chief Executive at Impact - Psychology for Business

Shelly Rubinstein, Chief Executive of Impact. Psychology for Business since founding it in 1994, is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the BPS.  Shelly has been facilitating, coaching and carrying out organisation management and leadership development in the public, private and voluntary sector for over 25 years. Recognised as national expert in authentic leadership, workplace performance, talent and complex change, she has made several TV and radio appearances about stress at work, workplace bullying and other occupational psychology issues.

Kate Cooper

Head of Research

Kate shapes an innovative research programme at The Institute of Leadership & Management designed to inform, inspire and impact the practice of great leadership wherever it happens. Her role is informed by her career as a senior academic in a university business school, focusing on strategy, leadership and professional development. 

Kate is also a conference keynote speaker, internationally, and provides expert commentary on a range of topics arising from the Institute’s research agenda. She is regularly quoted in regional, national and international media, has appeared on both BBC television and radio, is a Forbes contributor and has a regular column in Dialogue Review, the business magazine for leaders.