sbci talks MEET THE SPEAKERS -"Leadership During the Times of Crisis"

Updated: Jul 19, 2021

Our Leadership Talk Speakers which is talking place on the 25thth of February from 1pm to 3pm (GMT) has a variety of speakers from different backgrounds and expertise. Have a look at our panellists below.

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Dr Christian Harrison ( Chair)

Christian is the programme leader of the MSc Leadership and Management. He is also a lecturer in Management, Strategy and Leadership in the School of Business and Creative Industries in the University of the West of Scotland. He is a well-known and recognised scholar in the field of Leadership and works across the globe on research projects. He is very active in teaching and is also the leader of a range of modules. He is also the author of numerous published research papers on Leadership which is his major research interest and serves as the Director of Studies/First Supervisor of several and DBA students. He has successfully supervised doctoral students to completion and his current students are working on projects on Authentic leadership, Servant leadership, Transformational leadership, Ethical leadership, Distributed leadership amongst other themes.

Furthermore, he is an active member of several learned organisations. He is the Chair of the Leadership and Leadership Development Special Interest Group of the British Academy of Management. As Chair, Christian fosters more dialogue in the domain of leadership and develops alongside this, uplift in activity and research with the aim of bringing together the academic and practitioner experiences and viewpoints. He is also an active member of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED), Higher Education Academy (HEA), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), National Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST) and serves on several review panels and committees. He is an external examiner to other UK universities such as Manchester Metropolitan University and Heriot Watt University. He is also the associate editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Business Research and Management (IJBRM).

He mentors and develop colleagues on contemporary teaching practice in Higher Education. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a Certified Management and Business Educator of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CMBE). He was also instrumental in developing the British Academy of Management (BAM) Education Practice Award which recognises inspiring and impactful management education practice. He is the founder and Chair of the African Studies Track in the British Academy of Management. The track is committed to fostering dialogue on contemporary African research which directly impacts BAM members and the wellbeing of the broader academic research community.

Christian works extensively as a consultant, speaker and trainer on leadership skills development within organisations. He is the founder of the NGO; The Leadership Mould Initiative International. The NGO supports students and moulds future leaders. He is the author of the book entitled ‘Leadership Theory and Research: A Critical Approach to New and Existing Paradigms, which is published by the globally renowned publishing company; Palgrave MacMillan. In addition, Christian has also authored several video publications on leadership. These videos cover established leadership theories providing a nuance conceptualisation of the field and are published by Palgrave Macmillan

Professor Dominic Elliott

Dominic is the Dean of the School of Business and Creative industries, at the University of West of Scotland, leading an exciting array of arts, business, law and media subjects. A restructuring saw the old school evolve into a larger unit with an emphasis on business and creative industries. Given the strength and vibrancy of cultural industries within Scotland, this is a perfect opportunity to develop a distinct identity.

Previously, he had 16 years at the University of Liverpool where he was the Paul Roy Professor of Strategic Management. He has more than twenty years’ experience in the industry, combining research, publishing and practice. He is interested in how organizational success is achieved and, on the downside, how organizations deal with minor and major interruptions that are an inevitable part of life - with extensive teaching in the areas of strategy, marketing and crisis. His approach to research is grounded in protecting knowledge, assets and the value, adding elements of organizations. He has a particular interest in how organizations learn from crisis, and why they often fail to. At Liverpool, he was Dean of the School of the Arts for 2 years.

He has published widely and has taught 'Strategic Management' and 'Crisis Management' on a variety of Executive MBA programmes, across Europe, USA, Middle East and South East Asia. Delegate feedback is consistently excellent, reflecting the quality of students he has been fortunate enough to work with and the passion with which he prepares to deliver.

Lesley Giles

Lesley Giles is currently Director of Work Advance, where she undertakes analysis and evaluation, and provides policy advice around skills, employment and workplace innovation and the world of work.

Until recently she was Director at the Work Foundation where she continues to work as an Associate, offering insights to drive their work programme seeking to champion Good Work. Prior to this, Lesley was Deputy Director and Company Secretary at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, where she provided guidance on skills and employment issues to Industry and Government, with a particular focus on supporting business-led action and innovation.

In addition, Lesley has worked in a variety of other roles across government undertaking skills and/or employment research and policy advice including: Acting Director for Strategy and Research (2006-08), and Head of Research (2002-06), at the Sector Skills Development Agency (an umbrella organisation, set up in 2002 to license and performance manage the Sector Skills Councils); and a senior researcher for the Department for Education and Employment, the Employment Service, and the Cabinet Office. Prior to joining the government, Lesley was a researcher for the Institute for Employment Studies, the University of Portsmouth's Business School, and the University of Central England.

Her research interests cover skills, employment, future of work, workplace innovation, Good Work, Human Resource Management (HRM), high performance working, organisational behaviour and employee relations. She is a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and DevelopmentChartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is also an independent governor at Derby University.

Professor Patricia Hind

Patricia is Professor of Management Education at Ashridge Executive Education Hult Business School and founder of B2B Insights. A Business Psychologist, she writes, speaks and consults in the areas of leadership, executive education, sustainability, culture, change, coaching and team working. She is the author of 'The Sustainability Pocketbook' and the editor of 'Management Development that Works' and has published widely in both academic and practitioner publications. She has contributed to thought leadership research on working practices and employee engagement for organisations such as Vodafone.

Her research interests include cross boundary collaboration, responsible leadership and best practice in executive education. Patricia is a Chartered psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, with an MSc in Organisational Psychology and a Doctorate in Managing without Authority. She has wide experience in the design, delivery and management of executive education, degree level programmes and organisational development interventions.

Recently appointed a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Stellenbosch. Current research interests include the role of responsible leadership in embedding sustainable businesses practices in organisations. Past publications and conference papers have covered a wide range of issues, such as individual motivation, organisational downsizing and change and the management of 360 appraisal systems.

An accredited and experienced coach and mentor, working at all levels of seniority and qualified to use a wide range of psychometric inventories aimed at effective individual self-awareness and development.

Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson is the Director of the Leadership Centre London. Having read PPE at Oxford, Joe started his career in the voluntary sector, becoming Assistant Director of Community Service Volunteers. He worked in television for a number of years,

heading up the ITV Telethon, working as Strategy Co-ordinator for BBC Worldwide and the Director of Programmes for World Learning Network. He is also the former National Programme Director for the New Millennium Experience.

In parallel, Joe Spent 16 years as a councillor in Islington. Joe’s passion for and commitment to public service eventually led to him setting up the Leadership Centre in 2004. Originally directing its politics and partnerships work, he was responsible for the pioneering Civic Pride initiative, encouraging confident, capable and ambitious political leadership.

As Centre Director he now leads on the Leadership Centre’s cross public sector programmes, working closely with senior managerial and political representatives of central and local government, health bodies, chief constables, police and crime commissioners and senior figures in the private, voluntary and third sectors.