Leadership Conference 2016 – Business as a Force for Good

Business As A Force For Good
Make a positive difference in the world through your people, your leaders and your organisation.
Date: 13th October 2016 Time: 09.15 – 17.00 Where: Radisson Blu Edwardian, London Who: Business Leaders
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Our Speakers

Meet the speakers for this years conference

Jonathan Polin

Jonathan Polin

Jonathan is participating as a member of our panel ‘City as a Force for Good’ at our conference  have a look here at Jonathan’s background.

Sanlam UK CEO

Jonathan joined Sanlam in 2015, as group chief executive officer responsible to the Board for the development and delivery of UK group strategy.

Before joining Sanlam, Jonathan was group chief executive at Ashcourt Rowan Plc  he transformed the business from a loss making entity with a market cap of £22 million to a business worth £129 million. Prior to this he was sales and marketing director at Ignis Asset Management. During Jonathan’s time at Ignis he was responsible for building its third party business in institutional, wholesale and retail markets in the UK, Europe, Asia and the US. He was also the architect of the highly successful joint venture strategy. Jonathan was on the Board of Ignis and each of the joint venture businesses and offshore companies.


Simon Jones

Simon Jones

Drawing from his wealth of experience Simon will share three ways to build and protect your reputation.

Simon is a specialist in strategic communications and reputation management for governments, corporations, organisations and individuals around the world. He is lead consultant across the Chime Group.

Over the course of the last 20 years he has advised chief executives and chairs of global organisations, in addition to managing complex and global communications campaigns for some of the world’s leading brands: Unilever, Barclays, BBC, Sony, Coca Cola, Facebook, Vodafone. His expertise includes international relations, communications strategy, crisis communications and reputation management.


Dawn Austwick

Dawn Austwick

A CEO’s Perspective – The Future of Doing Good.   Dawn will enlighten us on the findings of this inspiring piece of work. Leaders will find this session invaluable as vital input to an organisation’s future plans.   Future of Doing Good report  

Prior to joining the Big Lottery Fund Dawn was Chief Executive at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and previously Deputy Director of the British Museum, Project Director of Tate Modern, a Principal Consultant at KPMG and Theatre Manager of the Half Moon Theatre. Dawn has an MBA from the London Business School and an honorary doctorate from London Metropolitan University.

Dawn is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Policy Research at the University of Bath and the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investment.  She was a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces from 2007 – 2016, the Woodland Trust from 2001 – 2008 and was a Director of Big Society Capital during its start-up phase until September 2013

Trevor Birch

Trevor Birch

The business of football has much to teach us about being a force for good! – yes you heard us right – Trevor will enlighten us with his experience from a world we can only imagine.

More information on Trevor here on his Wiki page.

Premier League Football Club Saviour

Trevor is one of the rare people who has combined a professional sports career with a career in professional advisory services. And, he saved Portsmouth FC!

After finishing playing professional football aged 23, including five years at Liverpool FC, he retrained as a chartered accountant and became a partner with Ernst & Young.  After 20 years he returned to the game as Chief Executive of Chelsea FC where he brokered the deal that changed the shape of English football; the takeover by Roman Abramovich in 2003.

After Chelsea he undertook other short term restructuring roles as Chief Executive at four other clubs including Leeds United FC and Everton FC.

He has held other senior positions notably as Chief Operating Officer of Sportfive GmbH and most recently as head of the sports group at the global advisory firm BDO LLP.

Most recently he has acted as Administrator at Portsmouth FC and Hearts FC and advisor to Bolton Wanderers FC.




Inge Huijbrechts

Inge Huijbrechts

Inge will be participating as a panel member for our session – International Business as a force for Good. Our conference hotel is one of Rezidor’s 7 luxury hotels in London who embrace responsible business strategy and how it is actioned throughout it’s organisation to all levels of staff, in all countries, in all hotels.  They have a mantra ‘Yes I can’ at the heart of this programme. Empowering everyone to be responsible, take ownership and be truly engaged in delivering fantastic customer service with responsible ethics.  Read more about Inge here Hotels Mag

Vice President Responsible Business for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

In this role Inge is responsible for developing the Responsible Business program in the group’s 1300 hotels in operations & development in 90 countries around the world

In 2012 she launched Rezidor’s ambitious energy saving initiative Think Planet, targeting a 25% energy consumption reduction in 5 years. Think Planet is a success with 22% energy saved to date.

Next to ‘Think Planet’ Rezidor’s award winning Responsible Business programme focuses on: ‘Think People’ – caring about health & safety of employees and guests, and ‘Think Together’ – taking responsibility for ethical and social issues in the company and local communities.

Rezidor has been listed as one of the World’s Most Ethical companies since 2010, is a signatory to the UN Global Compact since 2009 and joined the UN CEO Water Mandate in 2014.

Birgit Vallmüür

Birgit Vallmüür

Birgit is a member of our ‘International Force for Good’ panel for our conference this year. We are delighted to welcome her as we have known Birgit for many years.

Fundamental to Birgit’s ethics, Birgit is a sustainable development enthusiast and animal lover, experienced in Management Science and Strategic Intelligence.

As a Senior Manager in Global Tax and Governance for PwC, Birgit advises governments around the world drawing on her considerable experience as senior adviser to the Estonian Ministry of Finance. In this role she advised on the national budget strategy, developed strategic planning and foresight systems for the country.

Prior to this Birgit was a Management lecturer at Tallinn University –  her knowledge founded in practical consultancy acquired whilst working previously with KPMG Baltics OÜ.


Ashley Michelle Humphrey

Ashley Michelle Humphrey

Ashley is participating as a member of our panel ‘City as a Force for Good’ at our conference. How AON makes a difference both within AON itself  and in their products for example PAX and risk management solutions for SMEs

Ashley is a Finance Partner, Aon and started her journey with the Global Corporate Real Estate team in Chicago before being requested to assist the APAC Regional Controller in Hong Kong in creating an identifiable accounting structure which was compatible to the first ever global reporting pillar.  Once in Asia, Ashley lead the consolidations of technical accounting and financial systems standardisation for over 20 countries.

In October 2014, Ashley was asked to move to the UK in order to take up a new role for our UK CFO focusing on our personal and professional lines and SME space. Oddly enough, this has been the most challenging yet rewarding cultural experience! and, while in this role, Ashley has implemented key performance measures around profitability and margin expansion as well as lead analysis on key market opportunities.

Keith Holdt

Keith Holdt

Keith is delighted to be a member of our panel – ‘City as a Force for Good’. His route to his current role was unusual and this gives him a unique insight into investment and how this can be for the greater good.

Investment Director, Lloyd’s Development Capital.

Keith’s passion and expertise is in developing, executing and speaking on strategies and business models that  drive real business growth and value. He is an internationally-experienced business consultant, investment executive, non-executive director, board adviser and business speaker.

Keith has provided innovative consultancy, strategies and practical solutions to SMEs, corporate and multi-national businesses across a diverse range of industries and sectors

Martin Clements

Martin Clements

ISIL, Cyber and Global Meltdown- Reasons To Be Cheerful

Can this really be? Our expert shares informed insights to a better world.

Martin is a recently retired senior leader from the heart of the government sector dealing with these threats and he will explain why we should sleep safely in our beds at night.  Martin has spent over thirty years up close and personal with these and many other problems we’d rather not think about and has come away with a smile on his face and a confident message for industry leaders.

Martin retired in summer 2016 from the British Government where he focussed his thirty-year career on the security sector, reaching the highest levels of the Foreign Office.  He served overseas in Europe and Asia, participating in several of the post-9/11 conflicts, entering Afghanistan with the British military in late 2001.

In his final few positions he had top level responsibility for cyber and information risk in the toughest of threat environments.  He’s a genuine authority on the dark and light sides of digital innovation, which he has led at the centre of the government security sector for more than a decade.

‘I have a few things I do want to get over to the business leaders present. I spent my career dealing with messy, intractable problems around the world, often in tricky places and working with tricky people. I was surprised when I got home at how pessimistic we all are. I wanted to grab people and say, “hey, this is as good as it gets; this is a great place”. ‘And in trying to help other countries get to where we are in the UK you quickly understand the fundamental importance of the organisation – in government, civil society or business – to making things better.’ Read full Leader board article here

Jingru Liu

Jingru Liu

Jingru is joining our panel International Force for Good for our conference. China is a fascinating country and Jingru will be sharing how it is making its mark as a Force For Good.

Head of European China Desk, BDO.

Jingru has over 12 years of a wide range of experience in corporate work, foreign direct investments, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and cross-border transactions.

Working with BDO International offices in Europe, Asia and Africa, Jingru has been helping Chinese companies with their outbound investments and business as well as western companies start and grow in mainland China.

Previously a Director in a Chinese Foreign Investment Department with authority for six years to approve substantial foreign direct investments, she is now involved in all aspects of BDO’s China services.

Andy Cope

Andy Cope

Andy promises to get us off to a cracking start with ‘How to be Happy at Work and have Happy Staff’– although he confesses it’s going to be tricky squeezing 11 years of happiness research into 30 minutes!

So he’s promised us just the very best bits. It boils down to this: you’re living life fast but are you living it well? Andy will share some of the ‘secrets’ of positive psychology that will resonate at work and home. He will pick up the conference theme, arguing that if business is a force for good then, no pressure, but it starts with us.  See here for more about Andy.

International Speaker, Author and Trainer – The Art of Brilliance.

Andy describes himself as a qualified teacher, author, happiness expert and learning junkie. He has spent the last 10 years studying positive psychology, happiness & flourishing, culminating in a Loughborough University PhD thesis.  Andy is also a best-selling author. He has written ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’, ‘Be Brilliant Everyday’ and ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager’ (Capstone).

Andy has developed and delivers a ground breaking course ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ which has been delivered to rave reviews all over the world.

David Taylor

David Taylor

A warm welcome from our founder at the start of a packed day. This year we’ll be seeing more of David as he leads discussion between talks and runs our afternoon workshop. As chair for the conference David will ensure we get the most from our speakers, stick to our times and take plenty of questions from the floor. Everything is under control with David and all with a fun relaxed style to carry us through.

David Taylor – Founder, Naked Leader

David is the author of the fastest selling business book in the world; The Naked Leader, and three global follow-ups, he has also featured in three TV Series. As speaker David has keynoted in 40 countries with over 300,000 people having attended a David Taylor event. David is Professor of Leadership at Warwick University Business School, the Business Ambassador for The Princes Trust, a former Chairman of Woking Football Club and the Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership at Ulster Business School. Companies that have attributed success to David include Tullow Oil, Veolia, SAP, Ford Retail, HSBC, and The Beans Group to name a handful from his impressive list.

Last year’s delegates said…

The Naked Leader offers a no nonsense, powerful, inspiring intelligence every time. This year’s conference broadened my horizon, gave me confidence and opened conversations and doors with people I couldn’t have met at any just any business event. The Naked Leaders team makes doing the right thing feel easy – what more can you want out of a leadership event…

Conference Delegate 1

A fantastically informative and inspiring day, never a dull moment with so many quality speakers from such a broad range of backgrounds. An excellent forum for networking with like-minded positive leaders. Am taking away an education on current key trends and multiple ideas of how to use these in my own field.

Conference Delegate 4

Inspirational day for myself and the leadership team – we now need to go back to the office and ‘Do it’

Conference Delegate 2

The Naked Leader Conference is a great opportunity to bring together a mix of leaders from across your business to take time out to learn, reflect and plan together.

Conference Delegate 3

Rosalinds picWelcome to our Leadership Conference 2016 – Business as a Force for Good

Make a positive difference in the world through your people your leaders and your organisation.

We are passionate at Naked Leader about the theme for this year’s conference, and all the organisations we meet and work with are too. 

Being a Force for Good is no longer a choice, it is now a necessity. For our people, who want to find meaning in what they do, for our customers, who are more discerning than ever in where they buy and for many others whose pension funds and investments depend on business being a success – organisations must now do so much more than supplying needed services, products and employment.

Being a Force for Good is no longer a choice, it is now a necessity. For our people, who want to find meaning in what they do, for our customers, who are more discerning than ever in where they buy and for many others whose pension funds and investments depend on business being a success – organisations must now do so much more than supplying needed services, products and employment.

We must be a Force for Good both internally and externally—this is the only way to be truly inclusive, diverse and authentic. Investing in charitable causes, striving to be green and encouraging staff to give time and raise funds for charities are obvious examples—our conference will spark ideas and innovative ways to achieve this ideal.

So, how can top leaders juggle all these many factors to be both a Force for Good and be recognised as one? At our conference this year we invite you to engage with top business leaders, speakers, and practitioners to strip away the hype, jargon and mystery and discover the most powerful how tos that will make a positive impact on the world, on your organisation and on your bottom line.

And… let’s not forget to celebrate what we’re already doing right!

Rosalind Howard,

CEO Naked Leader

Start the buzz now #force4good

Contact Info

  • +44 (0)1483 766502
  • clairebeckinsale@nakedleader.com
  • http://www.nakedleader.com
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel Bloomsbury, 9-13 Bloomsbury St, London WC1B 3QD

  • 9:15 am - 5.00 pm
    13th October 2016

When, Where & Who 

WHO is the conference for?  

  • 'C' Level 
  • Directors
  • Senior Managers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Business Leaders

Preview Here David Taylor - Naked Leader Conference 2016


  • Free Wi-Fi Tea, coffee and pastries on arrival
  • Morning and afternoon refreshment breaks
  • 3 course buffet seated lunch
    (Please let us know of any dietary requirements).

Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel
9-13 Bloomsbury St, London WC1B 3QD

BOOK your place

1 place £199 + vat
2 places £350 + vat
Table for 8 £1300 + vat

9:15 am - 5:00 pm
13th October 2016

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