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Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman

Sir Laurie Magnus became Chairman of Windsor Leadership in April 2015, following on from his role as Deputy Chairman from 2006.  He is Chairman of English Heritage and, prior to this appointment, had been Deputy Chairman of the National Trust.

Sir Laurie is Deputy Chairman (Europe) of Evercore Partners. His previous employers have included HSBC Investment Bank, the Phoenix Partnership, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette Inc, Credit Suisse First Boston and Lexicon Partners (latterly as Chairman, prior to its merger with Evercore in 2011).

He holds a number of non-executive directorships including FIM Investments Limited, JP Morgan Income and Capital Trust plc (Chairman), The Cayenne Trust plc, Fidelity Japanese Values plc and Pantheon International Participations plc.

In the not-for-profit sector, he is a Trustee of b-eat (The Eating Disorders Association), a Trustee of the Landmark Trust and a Trustee of the Allchurches Trust.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton

Stephen joined the Royal Air Force in 1976. After completing the Advanced Staff Course, he deployed to the Middle East where he was the Commander of all deployed British Forces.

Stephen commanded Royal Air Force Coltishall and the RAF’s Jaguar Force before being promoted to Air Commodore, when he was appointed as Director of the Eurofighter (Typhoon) Programme Assurance Group in the Ministry of Defence. 

He was then appointed as the Director of Air Operations in the Ministry of Defence and then Controller Aircraft, before taking up the appointment of Director General Typhoon.

In 2007, Stephen was appointed as the Strategic Personnel (HR) Director for the Royal Air Force and in 2009 he became Chief of the Air Staff in July 2009.

He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KCB) in 2009 and advanced to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) in 2012. He stood down as Chief of the Air Staff in July 2013.

Stephen became a Trustee of Windsor Leadership in 2014.

Fiona Dawe CBE

Fiona is a Time To Think Consultant, teaching “The Thinking Environment”, and working as an independent coach and facilitator.

She is also currently a Trustee of the First Utility Foundation, Chair of the School For CEO’s Foundation, a coach and mentor to Clore Social Leadership Programme Fellows and an advisor to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Until April 2011, Fiona was Chief Executive of YouthNet, the UK’s first not-for-profit

Fiona was awarded the CBE for services to volunteering in the New Year Honours List 2012 and the OBE for services to the voluntary sector in 2003.

Professor Andrew Kakabadse

Andrew was Professor of International Management Development at Cranfield School of Management. 

He has acted as Visiting Professor at a number of US, Australian and Chinese universities. 

From 2005 to 2006 he was the H. Smith Richardson Fellow at the Centre for Creative Leadership, North Carolina, USA. 

Andrew is Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster, Ireland; Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia; Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA; Université Panthéon-Assas Pars II, France; Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; and Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross Business School, Australia. 

His areas of research cover boards and top teams, the governance of enterprises and the governance of governments, international relations, and conflict resolution. He has published over 40 books, 88 book chapters, over 235 articles and 18 monographs.

Andrew was Vice Chancellor of the International Academy of Management and was Chairman of the Division of Occupational Psychology, British Psychological Society. 

He has also been adviser to a Channel 4 business series.

Andrew is an Academic Fellow and Trustee of the Windsor Leadership Trust, appointed in 2014.

Vijaya Nath

Vijaya was appointed as a Trustee of Windsor Leadership in 2017 and also serves as Chair on the Chairs and Facilitators Executive (CAFE).

Vijaya is currently Director of Leadership Development at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education an organisation who provide leadership, management and governance development to leaders from higher education institutions in the UK and beyond.

She brings over 26 years of experience in developing leaders in the private and not-for-profit sector. Vijaya has significant experience in the design and development of innovative leadership programmes and senior organisational development consultancy with 18 years of these based in health and care gained in the four countries of the United Kingdom and internationally.

In her last role in health care, based at the think tank, The King's Fund, London, Vijaya established a portfolio of interventions including networks, open programmes and thought leadership in medical leadership. She has led a number of international study tours that feature learning from health and non-health organisations that are leading-edge in quality innovation and leadership.

Vijaya has published and written a number of papers on Leadership Development and has influenced thought leadership in the areas of Medical Engagement, Quality Improvement in Health, Equality and Diversity, and the importance of advancing Women in Leadership. An EMCC accredited coach, Vijaya is also a visiting professor at Milan's SDA Bocconi School of Management and has for the last 11 years been facilitator and chair at Windsor Leadership.

Seamus Smith

Seamus joined Windsor Leadership as a Trustee in 2013. He has been CEO, Sage Payment Solutions Europe since July 2015. 

Previously, Seamus was Managing Director of PayPoint (UK) plc since 2011 and was responsible for the company's UK and Irish retail payment networks business. Before that he was the Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa for American Express Global Network Services and prior to joining American Express, he worked for GE Capital Consumer Financial Services, latterly serving on the operating board of the UK cards and lending business. 

He spent his early career with the Automobile Association in the UK, holding a variety of roles in marketing and operations within the insurance and financial services business.

Seamus is a Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London and, since 2008, has served on the Strategy Board of Henley Business School, also chairing the Alumni Board of the school.

Dr Tracy Long CBE

Tracy became a Trustee of Windsor Leadership in 2016. She is the Founder of Boardroom Review Limited, which was established in 2004 to give independent advice on the effectiveness of the board and its committees.

Tracy has conducted over 150 evaluations across PLC, mutual, privately owned and public sector organisations in the UK, the US and Europe. She is an Advisory Director of Carnegie Hall, and a Council Member of Marlborough College. She has recently retired from the board of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, where she was Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee, and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Tracy was a founding director of Avalon Productions and Classic FM. Previous board roles have included Central European Media Enterprises, 11 BskyB joint ventures, Botts & Co. Private Equity, the Van Tulleken Company, Nesta, Lowland Investment Company plc, the London Symphony Orchestra, The King’s Consort (Chairman), the Noel Gay Organisation, the development board of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

Sue Owen CB

Sue became a Trustee of Windsor Leadership in 2016. She is Permanent Secretary at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Civil Service Diversity Champion. Sue is also the straight ally champion of the Civil Service LGB & TI community.

Sue read Economics at Newnham College Cambridge, and spent the first third of her working career as an academic economist,  lecturing at University College Cardiff, and researching the lifetime financial penalty of being a woman, with colleagues at the LSE. She moved in 1989 to HMTreasury, spending the next third of her career as a government economist. She worked in macroeconomic forecasting, budget, labour market and EU roles at the Treasury, followed by a spell at No 10 on family policy, where she proposed the introduction of 2 weeks paternity leave. She then worked in Washington DC as the Economic Counsellor at the British Embassy from 1999-2002.

Sue was promoted into leadership roles in 2002, returning to HM Treasury to direct the “5 tests” decision in 2003 for Britain not to adopt the euro. She represented the UK as the deputy on the Economic and Finance Committee and managed the financing of the national debt. In 2006 she was promoted to Director General for Corporate Performance at the Department for International  Development, responsible for Finance, Communications, HE, IT and staff safety abroad. She moved in 2009 to the Department of Work and Pensions as Director General for Strategy on reforming the welfare state. Sue was promoted to Permanent Secretary at DCMS in October 2013.

Sue is married to Professor Martin Albrow and has one son and three stepsons. She is an avid gardener, cook, and supporter of Everton FC. She is also a trustee of the Centre for Global Development (Europe), a Governor of the National Institute for Economic & Social Research, Trustee of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and Chair of the Civil Service Charity.