Let's talk Values: Leeds

"One problem with values is that we are for ever trying to prioritize them into some league table of relative human worth and getting them to compete with each other, so we will learn which is best. It does not seem to occur to us that this mania for hierarchical ordering reduces variety, diversity, alternative possibilities, uniqueness and the rich subtlety of distinctions."  
Charles Hampden-Turner CInstLM (2019)
This conference explores what leaders and managers mean when they talk about values. How personal, team and organisational values may be aligned and how knowing and understanding what is ‘valued’ improves the daily practice of leadership and opens up these ‘alternative possibilities’




Jackie Lefevre

Director of Magma Effect

Jackie Le Fèvre is founder and director of Magma Effect where she harnesses insights from one of the world’s leading values profiling technologies, drawing upon the Minessence Values Framework, to help organisations strengthen meaning and motivation.

Jackie is also a founder member and chair of the Minessence International Cooperative and represents the organisation within the UK Values Alliance and Global Values Alliance.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and contributes to the CMI Subject Matter Experts Group concentrating on values and culture and is co-author of ‘Braver Than You Think - Female Perspectives on Courage’.  

Jeff Watkins

Chief Engineer, AND Digital

Jeff Watkins is chief engineer and electronic musician at AND digital. AND works to build impactful products and high performing teams by blending technical craft and product expertise with talent growth and development.


Jeff is an experienced technology leader and architect, tech blogger and public speaker. His knowledge and expertise include digital transformation, modern API design, ecosystem and practices, cyber-security, data design and migration.


Jeff has worked on both public and private sector enterprise-scale systems at the national level, with particular experience in the healthcare and financial sectors.

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.

Maqsood Ahmad OBE

CEO, BMHC; Senior Manager & Director

CEO, BMHC; Senior Manager & Director, NHS England; Head of Police Equality Policy, Home Office; Asst Inspector, HMIC.

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.