Soulful Leadership – Open Conference – Postponed until spring 2021. Date TBC

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Soulful Leadership – Open Conference – for senior leaders from the business, government and not for profit worlds.

Postponed – we hope to run the event in the spring of 2021. Date TBC.

In real life – At the Royal Foundation of St Katharine’s in London

A journey towards authentic leadership.

This day is a gathering for senior leaders from around the world to come together to share stories, reflect on experience and encourage each other as we have wrestled with significant change for our organisations and for ourselves.

Hosting this gathering are four leaders with different areas of practice and experience that have all been on a journey towards what we have been calling soulful leadership.

As well as personal experience and leadership ideas, we will be trying to model and share some of the practices we have found helpful around the themes of silence, reflective reading of inspirational texts, gratitude, empathy, accountability and self-awareness. We hope delegates will be willing to share what has helped them especially through recent times.

The day will introduce stories of organisations that have learned to be agile in responding to the rapid change and also reflect on the calibre of leadership needed to cope with the ongoing long term economic, social and technical consequences of the Covid-19 crisis.


£395 (inc VAT)

£520 including dinner on the 5th and accommodation (Inc VAT)

NB. Bursaries available if cost is not affordable – please get in touch.

Includes refreshments throughout the day including lunch.

Workshop Leaders/Themes

John Casson, CMG was British Ambassador in Egypt from 2014 to 2018, where he led one of the biggest ever evacuations of British nationals and pioneered people-centred diplomacy with a huge social media following. From 2010 to 2014, John served in 10 Downing Street as foreign policy adviser to the Prime Minister, at David Cameron’s side through all his world leader meetings, EU summits, and the wars in Libya, Syria and Afghanistan. John has also worked in Kenya, Washington, Brussels HM Treasury and the Home Office. He is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, a trustee of the Rose Castle Foundation for international reconciliation, and a commentator on foreign policy, leadership and the inner life.

Where does our power, purpose and presence come from?

Looking at world leaders and people we have seen up close, we will identify different types of power we can wield, the drivers that shape us as leaders, and how these are exposed in times of crisis. A chance to reflect on your own point on the journey from leadership shaped by status, skills and control, to leading with deeper freedom, meaning and presence. We will explore how inner life practices and awareness can support our growth towards more authentic, life-giving and transformational leadership.

Julia Ogilvy is an experienced and award-winning business leader and social entrepreneur with a passion for social justice. She has been on the board of more than 20 organisations including Lloyds TSB Scotland, the University of St Andrews, Tearfund and Project Scotland and was an advisor to Gordon Brown on social action projects.

She was ordained as an elder in the Church of Scotland and has written two books, Turning Points and Women in Waiting. Julia graduated from Harvard Divinity School (HDS) in 2018 with a Masters in Theological Studies and trained in hospital chaplaincy in Boston. She co-founded an Executive Education programme called Making Change at Harvard University (HDS) and has been a facilitator at a number of retreats and conferences.

Finding the inner resources

As we find ourselves in a moment of extraordinary transition and vulnerability in the world, we will need to think about the way that we lead. This is a time for us to reflect on the inner resources that we can develop; to learn from each other’s experiences and consider what tools can support us on this journey. Spiritual traditions and rituals have much to offer us as we cultivate empathy and learn to listen deeply, allowing space for grieving, finding room for gratitude and ultimately developing stronger communities around us.

The Venerable Roger Preece

Roger is an experienced coach to business leaders helping with both personal and organisational development. He was previously a founding partner of Capco, the global financial markets solutions company. Prior to this, he was Chief Operating Officer at Sumitomo’s global investment bank with operations in New York, Hong Kong, London and Tokyo. He started his consulting career at Accenture.

He is currently Master of the Royal Foundation of St Katharine, which is an ancient charity that currently works with national and international charities, providing space for them to do creative work. He has been chair of a hospice, and on the board of a Multi Academy Trust. As an Archdeacon in the Church of England he has supported over 50 churches in their work across the North West of England.

Post Viral Recovery and Navigating the new future

The current crisis has accelerated rapid change. There are interesting models of human and organisational behaviour that can help us make sense of it all. Simon Walker’s model of Front and Back Stage in organisations is particularly helpful, as well as his reflections on Undefended Leadership. Drawing on a variety of sources, this workshop will consider some of the different scenarios that are in play and help us to navigate our organisations through the turbulent waters.

Andrew Rodgers is the founder of re-envisage, a consultancy specialising in helping leadership teams connect, reflect and thrive. Prior to re-envisage Andrew had a 21 year career with HSBC where he held a number of roles ranging from country and regional management within the insurance business, global account management, through to sustainability and wellbeing directorship where he developed and facilitated leadership programmes. He has worked across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas with global and country management teams, as well as specialist teams of actuaries, lawyers and accountants to re-envisage healthy effective leadership culture. Andrew is an AoEC qualified Executive Coach and lives in London with his wife Angela and their four children.

Leadership Tools for effective change in a time of crisis

Having identified an area to focus on improving, often one of the greatest challenges can be successfully realising the change you want to see. Combining neuroscience with psychology and scripture, I will share a tool for achieving effective and lasting change, which can be applied in your personal, family or business circumstances.