Inmaculada Adarves – Yorno is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership at the University of Exeter Business School. She has more than 20 years of Psychology background and is particularly interested in the interface between the inner and the outer world of leadership where paradoxes lie. She has experience as a CEO Advisor of an engineering company and has worked as an Organisational Psychologist. Her current research revolves around change agency, social identity, authentic leadership and mindfulness. In the last 5 years she has developed authentic leaders and change agents in a range of contexts (including in Kenyan Prisons). Some of her latest work was presented in her TEDx talk at the Imperial College London “Mindful Acceleration”.


Scott Allison has authored numerous books, including ‘Heroes’ and ‘Heroic Leadership’. He is Professor of Psychology at the University of Richmond where he has published extensively on heroism and leadership. His other books include Reel Heroes, Conceptions of Leadership, Frontiers in Spiritual Leadership, and the Handbook of Heroism. His work has appeared in USA Today, National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate Magazine, MSNBC, CBS, Psychology Today, and the Christian Science Monitor. He has received Richmond’s Distinguished Educator Award and the Virginia Council of Higher Education’s Outstanding Faculty Award.


Jennifer Board is a widely experienced international Human Resources professional with over thirty years insight in to a variety of industries. Beginning her career as an army officer, she then worked in retail, broadcasting and manufacturing before moving into financial services.   She held boar d positions and led large global and regional teams for many years and developed considerable experience in leading the Human Capital aspects of acquisitions, divestitures, restructuring and major change initiatives, working directly with top business leaders.   She has lived and worked in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and London, and has a comprehensive understanding of strategic challenges facing large international businesses. During this time, she was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the School Teachers Review Body, an independent review body advising Government on the pay, terms and conditions of c.520,000 school teachers in England and Wales. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Leadership Studies at Exeter University and a Trustee and Chair of the HR/Remuneration Committee for St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice.


Richard Bolden, Professor of Leadership and Management and Director of Bristol Leadership Centre, University of the West of England

Richard Bolden is Professor of Leadership and Management and Director of Bristol Leadership Centre at the University of theWest of England. His research interests include distributed leadership, systems leadership, leadership in higher education, public-sector leadership, worldly leadership and leadership development evaluation. He is Associate Editor of the journal Leadership, Fellow of the Lancaster Leadership Centre and Research Advisor to the Institute of Leadership and Organisation Development, Singapore Civil Service College. Publications include Exploring Leadership: individual, organizational and society (with Hawkins, Gosling and Taylor, Oxford University Press, 2011).


Jen-CecilioneJennifer Cecilione graduated summa cum laude from the University of Richmond in 2015 and holds a B.A. in psychology with departmental honors. During her time there she worked in Dr. Scott Allison’s Hero Lab designing and implementing research studies. She also analyzed and presented research findings at the first and second annual Hero Roundtable conferences with Dr. Scott Allison. Jennifer now lives in Richmond, VA and works as a teaching assistant in a school for children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. She plans to attend graduate school in the near future to study psychology further.


Jeff GoldJeff Gold is Professor of Organisation Learning at Leeds Beckett University, Visiting Professor at Portsmouth University and York St John University. He is a strong advocate of the need for actionable knowledge that is rigorously developed but relevant for practice. He has designed and delivered a wide range of seminars, programmes and workshops on talent management and development, change, strategic learning, futures and foresight, management and leadership development with a particular emphasis on participation and distribution. He is the co-author of CIPD’s Leadership and Management Development (with Richard Thorpe and Alan Mumford), The Gower Handbook of Leadership and Management Development (with Richard Thorpe and Alan Mumford), Human Resource Development (with Julie Beardwell, Paul Iles, Rick Holden and Jim Stewart) and Human Resource Management (with John Bratton), both published by Palgrave.


John_LawlerJohn Lawler was Senior Lecturer in Public Service Management at the Centre for International Development at the University of Bradford. He has published works on leadership and management development both generally and specifically in the context of public service organisations.




nigel linacreNigel Linacre is the author of The Successful Executive and an Introduction to 3-Dimensional Leadership. As co-founder of Extraordinary Leadership, he works with senior executives in many countries enabling them to develop themselves as leaders, and as co-founder of LeadNow he runs leadership workshops in many universities. His other titles include Why You Are Here – Briefly and The Other Side of You. An Affiliate of the Centre for Leadership Studies is also co-founder and Chair of WellBoring, a charity which provides sustainable water solutions for school-based communities, mainly in East Africa.


Morgen WitxelMorgen Witzel is a Fellow of the Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter Business School in the UK. A writer, lecturer and consultant on leadership and management, especially the history of management, he is the author or co-author of twenty-two books including Doing Business in China, Management: The Basics and A History of Management Thought, all published by Routledge, as well as the best-selling Tata: The Evolution of a Corporate Brand, a profile of India’s Tata Group. Morgen lectures at a number of institutions including the University of Exeter, where he teaches on the One-Planet MBA Programme. He has published articles in a variety of academic and popular periodicals and newspapers including the Financial Times, the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Los Angeles Times, The Smart Manager, Financial World and many others.



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