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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Non-members will be charged a year’s membership fee to attend this event. Fees are charged depending on your membership grade. You will receive full membership benefits for a year. Find out more

  • 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 Tony Faulkner, Sporting Director, VSI Executive Education

Recent advances in our understanding of brain science are influencing the way coaches, managers and leaders work with colleagues to drive human performance. Tony Faulker explores how these new insights are leading to powerful new strategies for improving personal and team performance.

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 OBE: Harnessing inclusivity in 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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Patti Stevens

Patti Stevens is managing director of the Coaching Supervision Consultancy Limited (CSC) and co-founder of the membership body, the Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS).

She is interested in the accreditation of people who work within coaching and people development - as well as managers and leaders - to become supervisors.

Her supervision experience in both the public and private sector has enabled her to help design both the MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice at Oxford Brookes University - on which she is a senior, visiting supervisor - as well as the University’s first Professional Doctorate in Coaching and Mentoring.

Patti is also The Institute of Leadership & Management Collaboration Ambassador.

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 Training.com 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.   

Phil James

Chief Executive

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.

Kate Cooper

Head of Research

Joining The Institute of Leadership & Management from the university sector, Kate has appeared on BBC Television, BBC Radio 4, various other radio stations, has a regular column in Dialogue magazine, is a key note speaker at conferences and provides expert commentary on a range of topics arising from the Institute’s research agenda. 

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.

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.

Tony Faulkner

Leading Expert on Neuroscience

Tony Faulkner is one of the country’s leading experts on neuroscience and how it relates to sports performance. 

Tony played professional football for four years for Bristol City but was forced to retire early due to serious injury.  He then trained as a chartered physiotherapist and went on to become head of performance management at Blackburn and Manchester City football clubs.

Tony’s interest in the area of performance psychology took him into the field of neuroscience – and to study how the human brain responds in a high performance environment. He has since worked across football, rugby and corporate business with coaches, managers and senior management teams to improve performance.

Tony co-founded the Masters in Sporting Directorship course that brings the subjects of sport and neuroscience into the business arena. He is also a member of the Neuro Practitioners Guild, a group of neuroscience practitioners working in global business.