Important COVID-19 News/Postponement

As an organisation we have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and have taken the decision to postpone The LEADING CHANGE Conference. We have not taken this decision lightly and very much have the welfare of our speakers and participants at the forefront of our thinking. We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause.

We have been in discussion with Sandy Park to seek alternative dates and have rescheduled for 6-7 May 2021 (note – same dates but different year!). We have opted for a significant postponement as this will hopefully encompass the COVID-19 pandemic and that the situation will have settled down sufficiently as we adapt to the ‘new normal’ we will emerge into. As an organisation we intend to return with a fabulous conference in 2021.

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The Philosophical Breakfast Club are delighted to announce their 3rd Conference.  We present world renowned speakers who will share their unique experiences of leading change in their respective fields.  

Our unique conference format allows discussion and debate amongst the speakers and delegates with the aim of creating inspiration, new ideas and ongoing collaborations. Join us for what promises to be a superb event.

The speakers

Mr Martin Bromiley OBE
Mr Martin Bromiley OBE
Founder – The Clinical Human Factors Group

Martin’s story of positivity in the face of personal tragedy is as humbling as it is inspiring. No one has done more than Martin to challenge leadership in Healthcare and change the conversation on critical issues of just culture and patient safety. Following the death of his wife during a ‘routine operation’ he founded the Clinical Human Factors Group, a charitable trust which aims to put Human Factors at the heart of clinical, managerial and organisational best practice in Healthcare industry. Martin (an experienced airline pilot) has tirelessly lobbied for change at the highest levels of government, nationally and internationally. His award-winning work was recognised in 2016 with an OBE and in 2017 with a Fellowship by the Royal College of Surgeons.

Mr Jason Clarke
Mr Jason Clarke
Founder – Minds at Work

Celebrated author, adventurer, gold medal Olympian and popular TV chef;
 JASON CLARKE IS NONE OF THESE THINGS.
He is, however, one of the most sought after creative minds in Australia.
In 2000 he founded Minds at Work, a loose band of professional thinkers-for-hire, offering creative and lateral thinking services for corporations struggling to understand and embrace innovation and since then he has been helping people to ‘think again’; working with clients in virtually every industry and government sector on issues ranging from creativity and troubleshooting to culture change and leadership.

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton
Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton
Chief Fire Officer

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton is a firefighter with an incredible story. Her inspirational journey from homeless teenager to the senior ranks of the fire service is recounted in her recent book, “In the Heat of the Moment”. Her PhD findings and award-winning research is driving forward new thinking on human performance in risk settings. Her model for decision-making in high stress work environments has shaped national policy in the Fire Service and has now been adopted by all emergency services in the UK. Sabrina was further recognised in 2019 at the Marie Claire ‘Future Shaper’ awards. She is also an Ambassador for the Big Issue magazine and recently featured on Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4.

Ms Ciara Eastell OBE
Ms Ciara Eastell OBE
Independent Consultant

Ciara Eastell OBE believes in the power of libraries, arts and culture to transform lives and to benefit civic and community life.
For 10 years she was responsible for delivering libraries across Devon, most recently as chief executive of Libraries Unlimited, the charity which runs 54 libraries in South West England.
Ciara now runs her own independent consultancy providing advice and expertise on leadership and change across the cultural and social enterprise sectors. She is currently working with Tate on a largescale transformation and organisational development programme.

Mr Alan Foster
Mr Alan Foster
Partner at ghSMART

Alan Foster is a Partner at ghSMART, co-leading their UK office.
He serves leaders of high performing organizations across all sectors in the areas of management assessment, leadership coaching and organizational change initiatives and advises their boards, executives, and investors on their most important leadership challenges.
He co-authored a Wall Street Journal best-selling book Power Score – your formula for leadership success

Maj Gen Buster Howes CB OBE
Maj Gen Buster Howes CB OBE
Military Diplomat

During 34 years in the armed forces Buster Howes commanded on operations at every rank and ultimately the Corps of Royal Marines. As a military diplomat, he managed the defence relationship between the US and UK during the Obama administrations grappling challenges from removing chemical weapons to co-ordinating international intervention to address the Ebola outbreak.
Buster has seen people at the very end of their tethers (including himself) and has thought hard about how to respond to stress, turbulence and failure, how to live with uncertainty, and how to figure out what really matters

Dr Adrian Plunkett
Dr Adrian Plunkett
Consultant Paediatric Intensivist and Clinical Lead

Dr Adrian Plunkett is a Consultant Paediatric Intensivist and Clinical Lead at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. 
Adrian realised most of the care we deliver to patients is successful, and excellence in healthcare is highly prevalent. Preoccupation with avoiding error and harm in healthcare has resulted in the rise of rules and rigidity, which in turn has cultivated a culture of fear and stifled innovation. He founded Learning from Excellence in 2014 with the aim of studying excellence in healthcare to create new opportunities for learning whilst improving resilience and staff morale.

Mr James Pope
Mr James Pope
Founder and Director – InspirEDucate

James Pope has 22 years of experience as a teacher, senior leader and headteacher. As a Headteacher, James needed to use all these skills to implement systematic organisational restructure during a time of challenge, financially and educationally, that was captured in the BBC2 documentary ‘Schools’.
As founder and Director of InspirEDucate, James is passionate about developing leadership that is inspiring, creative and strategic.

Dr Simon Timson
Dr Simon Timson
Performance Director, LTA

Simon Timson is one of the most successful Performance Directors in elite sport. He has a remarkable track record of leading organisational change in multiple sports. He led the World Class Programme at UK Sport to unprecedented success for Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Prior to that, his work as Head of Player Development at the ECB was instrumental in England’s rise to the top of the world cricket rankings in all forms of the game. Simon is also the man behind the success of British Skeleton. In his current role as Performance Director for the Lawn Tennis Association, he leads the high-performance team responsible for creating a pathway for champions and nurturing future generations of world-class players. Simon is a great advocate for cross industry collaboration and also co-authored the best-selling book “The Talent Lab”.

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