Phase 1
The Keynotes

Our speakers will pre-record their keynotes which we will deliver to your inbox for you to view at your convenience you can watch them as many times as you like! At the end of each keynote you will be invited to post questions and comments for the speakers.

Phase 2
The Philosophical Breakfast Club TV Show

LEADING CHANGE will be delivered BY FIRST SIGHT MEDIA – an industry leading virtual event company. This day will consist of interactive sessions through our online portal including panel discussions, Q&A, debates and breakouts.

Friday 7 May 2021, 08:30-17:00 BST

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We look forward to meeting you at LEADING CHANGE 2021!

Alistair Hellewell
Founder The Philosophical Breakfast Club

The speakers

Ali Hepher
Ali Hepher
Head Coach, Exeter Chiefs Rugby

Ali Hepher’s story is one of being at the heart of a rugby revolution in the southwest of England. He is best known as Head Coach of The Exeter Chiefs Premiership rugby team who with Rob Baxter has masterminded their ascendancy from the Championship in 2010 to winning the Premiership in 2016-2017 and the Premiership and European Double in 2020.  

Claire Smith
Claire Smith
Former Diplomat and Independent Consultant

Claire Smith has had an unconventional international career, full of change, challenges, adventures, and surprises. I have worked for governments, a major Swiss bank, and run my own company. I have been a non-executive director, a charity trustee, a school governor and chaired boards. I have re-invented my career more than once.

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;
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.

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.

Dr Simon Timson
Dr Simon Timson
Performance Director, Manchester City FC

Dr Simon Timson is Manchester City Football Club’s Performance Director and a member of the Leadership Team responsible for driving the Club’s on-pitch performance to consistently challenge for major trophies. Simon is responsible for science, medicine and performance analyses across the men and women’s 1st Team and Academies. Simon was Director of Performance at UK Sport (2013 – 2016), leading the high performance system to unprecedented success at Rio 2016 where Great Britain became the first nation ever to be more successful in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games after hosting, finishing 2nd on both medal tables. In 2017, Simon co-authored the Amazon best selling book, the Talent Lab, which tells the story behind Britain’s Rio 2016 success, and how any team, business or individual can learn from it.


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