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Our fellows

To ensure our programmes continue to develop in line with current thinking on leadership, and stay at the cutting edge of leadership development, we have a group of Academic Fellows who provide invaluable input and advice on the programme content and who speak on our programmes.

Professor John Adair

John was educated at St. Paul’s School; he won an open scholarship to Cambridge. Before university he served as a Platoon Commander in the Scots Guards in Egypt and then became the only national serviceman to serve in the Arab Legion, where he became Captain and Adjutant of a Bedouin regiment and was briefly in command of the garrison of Jerusalem in the front line.

After national service he went immediately to Hull where he qualified as a deckhand and worked on arctic trawlers in Icelandic waters. He also worked as an orderly in a NHS hospital theatre.

After Cambridge he became a Senior Lecturer in Military History at the Royal Military Academy and, subsequently, Adviser in Leadership Training. He was the first Director of Studies at St. George’s House, Windsor Castle in 1968, and then introduced leadership training into industry, commerce and the public services, as associate Director of The Industrial Society. Over a million managers worldwide took part in the Action-Centred Leadership programmes he pioneered.

In 1979 John was appointed the world’s first Professor of Leadership Studies – a phrase he coined - at the University of Surrey. In 1991 he initiated the world’s first post graduate course in Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter, acting as Visiting Professor there for nine years. There he played a key part in the establishment of Europe’s first Centre for Leadership Studies.

Between 1981 and 1986, John worked with Sir John Harvey-Jones at ICI, introducing a leadership development strategy which helped to change the loss-making, bureaucratic giant into the first British company to make a billion pounds profit. He has spoken to and advised many leading companies and organisations in twenty-five different countries, such as Exxon Chemicals in America, Mitsubishi in Europe and BAE Systems in the UK. He is widely regarded as the world’s leading authority on leadership and leadership development. He has been a Fellow of The Windsor Leadership Trust since 2001.

John’s forty books, translated into eighteen languages, include most recently: Effective Strategic Leadership (2002); Inspiring Leadership (revised edition of Great Leaders); and The Inspirational Leader (2003). For further information visit Professor Adair's website.

John has been a Fellow of the Windsor Leadership Trust since 1996. He became a Honorary Fellow in February 2006.

Lynne Chambers

Over her career, Lynne has held a number of senior level roles within the Financial and Professional Services sectors.

Since July 2014, Lynne has been Group Head of Talent at London Stock Exchange Group having worked previously as Head of Executive Development for Rolls Royce and the Head of HR for Europe for Fidelity International Ltd, the investment management company. Prior to Fidelity, she was Head of People and Talent Development at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. She joined there from ING Group, where she was Global Head of Organisational and Leadership Development, based in Amsterdam. 

Lynne joined ING in 2006 from Citigroup, where she was Global Head of Leadership and HR Professional Development.

She has extensive experience in leadership development, talent management, diversity and inclusion, and culture change programmes. 

She has a Joint Honours degree from Durham University and an MBA from Cass Business School.  She is an external member of the Ministry of Defence Diversity Panel. Lynne is an experienced executive coach and facilitator and she combines these skills, together with deep content expertise into a number of different corporate settings. She is a regular public speaker at conferences and writes articles for various management journals.

Professor Peter Hawkins

Peter is the founder and Chairman of Bath Consultancy Group, as well as a leading consultant, writer and researcher in leadership managing complex change and organisational culture.

Over the last 30 years he has worked with many leading companies co-designing and facilitating major change and organisational transformation projects and developing the senior leadership. He has been a keynote speaker at a number of international conferences on leadership and culture change and teaches at a number of business schools.

Peter is the author of several influential papers and widely-used books, including 'Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consultancy: Supervision and Development', McGraw Hill 2006, and 'The Wise Fool’s Guide to Leadership', o Books 2005. He is currently finishing a book on 'Leadership Team Coaching' for Kogan Page and 'Coaching Strategy' for McGraw Hill. He is visiting professor in Leadership and Change at the University of Bath, School of Management, and in Executive Coaching at Oxford Brookes University School of Management. He is on the board and Chairman of a number of small companies and charitable trusts.

Professor Andrew Kakabadse

Andrew is Professor of International Management Development, Cranfield University, School of Management.

Andrew is currently Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster; Visiting Scholar in Residence at Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA; Visiting Professor at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia; and Visiting Professor at the University of Pantheon Assas, Paris. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Management, Fellow of the British Psychology Society and Fellow of the British Academy of Management.

Andrew has consulted and lectured in the UK, Europe, the USA, SE Asia, China, Japan, Russia, Georgia, the Gulf States and Australia. He was also Vice Chancellor of the International Academy of Management and has been Chairman of the Division of Occupational Psychology, British Psychological Society, 2001.

His current areas of interest focus on improving the performance of top executives and top executive teams, excellence in consultancy practice, corporate governance, and conflict resolution and international relations. Andrew has embarked on a major world study of boardroom effectiveness and governance practice. A number of governments are participating in this new study, including British Ministers of State. He has been awarded a £2 million research grant to examine Governance and Leadership in the private sector and within governments.

He has published 35 books, 209 articles and 18 monographs, including the best-selling books ‘Essence of Leadership’, ‘Politics of Management’, ‘Working in Organisations’ and ‘The Wealth Creators’. His latest books are entitled; ‘Rice Wine with the Minister’; 'Leadership Teams’; 'Leading for Success’; 'Leading the Board’; 'Global Boards’; ‘Geopolitics of Governance’; ‘Smart Sourcing: International Best Practice’; ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Reconciling Aspiration with Application’; and ‘Governance, Strategy and Policy: Seven Critical Essays’.

Andrew is co-editor of the Journal of Management Development and Corporate Governance: the International Journal of Business in Society. He also sits on the editorial board of the International Journal of Management Practice, Journal of Change Management, the Leadership and Organisation Development Journal, Thunderbird International Business Review.

Andrew is also a Trustee of Windsor Leadership.

Russell King

Russell King is the founder of Sorrett Advisors, a NED of Aggreko plc and Spectris plc, Chair of their Remuneration Committees, and Chair of GeoProMining.

Prior to his portfolio career, Russell was Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Committee member at Anglo American plc. Prior to his CSO role, Russell was also Group Head of HR and Business Development. Russell also had a varied career at ICI plc, including time as MD of Orica Consumer Products in Australia.

Russell studied Politics at University of Durham and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.     

Keith Leslie

Keith is a partner at Deloitte LLP, Chairman of BuildAfrica, Treasurer of the Mental Health Foundation and Director of The Tablet.

He graduated Bachelor of Laws with first class honours from the University of Edinburgh in 1980, where he was President of the Students Association and the first student member of the University Court and Senate. He then gained an MBA with distinction in 1982 from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Thouron Scholar.

Keith began his career with the Royal Dutch Shell Group, holding a series of marketing and general management roles.  He was appointed Chief Executive of the Shell Companies in Cyprus 1990-92, leading the company through the first Gulf War, supplying coalition partners, taking in refugees and breaking into the domestic market. He returned to Shell International in London in 1992.

Keith joined McKinsey as a consultant in the London Office in 1993, becoming a partner in 1998. He joined Deloitte in 2006 in order to focus on major organisational and leadership transformation opportunities in the firm’s public sector practice and to enhance the firm’s eminence in public sector reform and leadership. He acts as counsellor on major change programmes to Chief Executives and Permanent Secretaries on issues covering organisation design, top team and board performance, and front line performance improvement.

Keith features regularly in major conferences and journals and provides significant thought leadership in public sector reform and in organisational leadership.

Professor Amin Rajan

Amin Rajan’s expertise covers, amongst others, leadership. In 1988 he was awarded the Aspen Institute’s Prize in leadership. His work has proved so influential that he now provides leadership coaching to CEOs and executive committees in a wide variety of global companies.

As well as appearing on radio and television regularly, Amin contributes feature articles to The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and has published numerous books and articles on leadership, business cultures, socio-economic forecasting, globalisation, new technologies and new business models.

Amin has presented the results of his research studies at over 100 major events in the USA, UK and continental Europe in the last 5 years. He is one of the most sought after speakers on the future of work, organisation and society, and its leadership implications.

CREATE is a pan-European network of prominent researchers undertaking high level advisory assignments for the UK Government, City institutions, multinational companies and international bodies.

Professor Gillian Stamp

From 1981 until 2005, Professor Gillian Stamp was the Director of the Brunel Institute of Organisation and Social Studies (Bioss): a self-financing research institute founded at Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK.
Gillian now works in the private, public, religious, military and social enterprise sectors on governance, leadership, strategy, decision-making in uncertainty, and the development of people.

She is the author of Career Path Appreciation© - a procedure to evaluate the way people make decisions in the face of uncertainty; of The Tripod of Work© - a model of the conditions in which people at work can be confident and competent; of The Four Journeys© - a way of thinking about the balance between work, private life and personal development; of Knowledge Appreciation© – a human approach to knowledge management, and co author (with Lorraine Dodd) of Staged Appreciation© – a framework for supporting people and institutions as they open eyes, ears and minds.

She was a member of the Council of St George’s House for seven years and has been a Fellow of Windsor Leadership since 2001. She was a member of the Board of the UK National School of Government for three years and is a member of the Sunningdale Institute.

Her advisory roles have included the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, the Scottish Government, the National Defence University in Washington DC, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, HMRC, the Social Care Institute for Excellence, the Employers’ Forum for Disability, the Community Action Network, the Bank of England.

Her work with commercial concerns covers a wide spectrum that includes ICI, BP, BAA, Rio Tinto, the Prudential, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Lazard, Unilever, Permira, Laing O’Rourke, Borsodchem, Bayer and Anglo American.