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We hear about the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the need to lead differently – but what does that mean in practice? How is the practice of leadership changing and what are the drivers for that change?

Our conference begins to answers those questions, offers an opportunity for you to hear how some of the old paradigms are being challenged and to contribute to discussions on the new.


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  • Affiliate/Associate/Member (Unemployed) £47 (per year)
  • Affiliate/Associate/Member (Standard) £102 (per year)
  • Fellow (Standard) £138 (per year)

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Leading Differently 28th June 2018

13:30-13:35 - OPENING REMARKS - Phil James, CEO, The Institute of Leadership & Management

13:35-14:10 - Leading with the brain with Carole Gaskell, CEO, Full Potential Group

Recent advances in our understanding of brain science are influencing the way coaches, managers and leaders work with colleagues to drive human performance. Carole Gaskell will explain how the brain stores and processes information and how neural plasticity impacts learning and observable behaviour. She will also discuss why leading with the brain is important right now.

14:10-14:40 - In conversation with Simone Roche, Founder Northern Power Women

Kate Cooper, Head of Research, Policy & Standards, The Institute of Leadership & Management asks Simone Roche, entrepreneur and formidable force for change to share her insights and commentary on the new leadership paradigms she is helping to create.


15:05-15:35 - Patti Stevens: Supervising leaders

Leaders are more accountable than they ever been, their actions more open to scrutiny and the environments in which they operate more complex. Patti Stevens outlines a different take on how leaders need to respond to the increasing complexity of their roles and that of the world in which they operate.

15:35-16:10 - Joel Blake OBEHarnessing Inclusivity Through Entrepreneurial Leadership

Joel Blake defines twelve steps entrepreneurial leaders can take to harness the latent potential found within everyone, enabling people to achieve great success regardless of any difference they may have.

16:10-16:45 - Professor John Neal: Building mental toughness The new leadership landscape requires an acceptance of change and an ability to keep on learning. John Neal highlights the important capabilities needed for this new terrain.

16:45-17:00 - CLOSING REMARKS

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Joel Blake OBE

Joel Blake OBE is a business growth strategist and founder and managing director of Cultiv8 Solutions, an award-winning corporate entrepreneurship consultancy for the professional services and education sectors.
Joel helps organisations harness the power of diversity, entrepreneurship and technology to improve competitive advantage, increase commercial value and make a social impact.
He also holds the roles of Fellow for the National Centre for Entrepreneurs, Governor for Birmingham Metropolitan College, Chair of Diversity in Tech with Silicon Canal, West Midlands Combined Authority Digital Board Member and Founder of the Annual Birmingham CSR Summit.
Joel is Achievement Ambassador for The Institute of Leadership & Management.
Discover more about Joel and what you will learn from him in our Q&A

Simone Roche

Simone Roche is CEO and founder of Northern Power Women, a campaign to
connect and engage with people and organisations on the subject of gender equality by harnessing business and political support to promote positive change for women in the workplace.

She is also a champion for the Government Equalities Office working on policy relating to women, a role she was asked to take on when director of a campaign to support women in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industries.

Simone is also MD of events management company Events 1st.

Discover more about Simone and what you will learn from at her Leading Differently in our Q&A


Phil James


Phil’s our CEO and works closely with our Board and all members of our team to keep us on track with our mission.

He’s qualified to Master’s degree level and has ambitions to complete a Doctorate in the area of leadership, management and personal development. Previously, Phil has worked as CEO at various professional and awarding bodies in sectors as diverse as construction and social work.

Professor John Neal

John Neal is Professor of Practice, Sports Business Performance at Ashridge Business School. He teaches leadership, team dynamics, coaching, change and personal performance.

John is also Head of Coach Development at the England Cricket Board, having experience of working with elite international sports teams as a consultant psychologist responsible for organisational dynamics and the individual performance of players and coaches.

As owner of Neal he works globally as an exercise physiologist and performance psychologist, providing consultancy in the areas of coaching, teamwork and leadership to organisations as diverse as UK Sport, the British Olympic Association, the NHS and Orange.

John also owns a chain of health clubs.   

Discover more about John and what you will learn from him at Leading Differently in our Q&A


Kate Cooper

Head of Research, Policy and Standards

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.

Carole Gaskell

CEO of Full Potential Group

CEO of Full Potential Group, Carole is a highly-acclaimed coach, inspirational speaker and best-selling author in the field of leadership and people development. She has made numerous TV and radio appearances and is a regular contributor to national business and consumer publications. A key-note speaker, leadership facilitator and coach to senior business leaders and their teams, Carole is passionate about the potential of people, motivation and the neuroscience of learning and works with companies to create business growth by unleashing the talent with their organisation.

Discover more about Carole and what you will learn from her at Leading Differently in our Q&A.