The Bloomsbury Leadership Forum - Update

11 May 2018

The Centre for Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Success (SEWS) has been delighted to play host to a series of seminars examining the nature of leadership. 
These seminars are being delivered under our Lighthouse brand as 'The Bloomsbury Leadership Forum' and are being conducted on various evenings between March and June over supper.

In putting together this series of seminars we wanted to move away from the TED talk model of inspirational presentations and instead initiate a dialogue between LSBM staff, students and a group of inspiring leaders from beyond the borders of our academic community who will reflect with us on their experience. 

The seminars are being held at the Centre for Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Success, at our 99 Gower Street building, and two of the planned six meetings have already been held, prompting vigorous debate and keen insights about leadership.

There were ten places available to LSBM staff and ten places available to LSBM students, which were quickly filled, and each session is introduced by the Director of SEWS, Cal Courtney, and then chaired by Dr Anna Kopec Massey, with key understandings being provided by specially invited seminar leaders.

The Bloomsbury Leadership Forum brings people together who have had important experiences of leadership to discuss their insights in a small seminar format, and the discussions will be published, at the conclusion of all the meetings, by LSBM, as the Transactions of the Bloomsbury Leadership Forum.

The seminar leaders for the first two events were:

David Shutts, OBE - Monday 19 March 2018

David served in the Royal Navy for 25 years as a Marine Engineer Officer. In recognition of his leadership in this role he was awarded the OBE in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. On leaving the RN he was employed as the Director of UK Government Engagement for Inchcape Shipping Services, a worldwide maritime logistics company.  In 2014 he accepted an appointment as the Regional Director of the East Midlands for the Confederation of British Industry. On 21 May 2015, ten days after his 50th birthday, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 advanced renal cancer. Since diagnosis David has finished writing his novel, A French Affair, has written a blog likening his cancer to a monkey on his back, given talks about his experience with terminal cancer and work, and founded a charity, ASTRiiD, which aims to help anyone with a chronic medical condition to find work.

Jo Rogers - Monday 9 April

Jo Rogers is Deputy Head Teacher at Bromley Hills Primary School in Birmingham.  She and her colleagues place human rights, equality and inclusion at the heart of their school community and are committed to creating in students memories which foster confidence and drive.  

There are a whole range of events coming up for the Bloomsbury Leadership Forum.

The upcoming seminar leaders are:

Philippa Drew, OBE - Monday 14 May 2018

Philippa works on the human rights of LGBT people and is a Trustee of the Kaleidoscope Trust; a Trustee of the Human Dignity Trust; and a Stonewall Ambassador. From 2013 to 2016 she was Chair of the Doughty Street Group of organisations, concerned with the persecution of LGBT people outside the UK. She is currently Vice-Chairman of the Coalition for the International Court for the Environment. From 2007 to 2011 she was a Trustee of the Oxford Research Group, an NGO which works with others to promote a more sustainable approach to security for the UK and the world, and from 2011 to 2014 Board member of the Stakeholder Forum, an international environmental NGO. She volunteers for a day a week at Cancerkin, a cancer support charity at the Royal Free Hospital. In 2006, after a 34-year career in the Home Office, FCO and the Department for Culture Media and Sport, Philippa retired from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as Director, Global Issues with responsibility among other issues for human rights, climate change, sustainable development, the UN and the Commonwealth.

Rev. Dr Stephen Wang - Monday 28 May 2018

Stephen is the Roman Catholic Head Chaplain to the University of London. He studied at the University of Oxford from undergraduate to PhD level before completing his MBA at Henley Business School on crisis management.  He is a former chaplain to the HMP Pentonville.

Dai Powell, OBE - Tuesday 5 June 2018

Dai Powell is the Chief Executive of Hackney Community Transport Group, a large-scale, award-winning social enterprise in the transport industry, operating transport and training services. Dai has been Chief Executive since 1993, leading the organisation as it has grown by more than a hundredfold – from a small community transport provider into a national social enterprise. Dai won the 2015 Ernst and Young UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the 2012 SEUK Social Enterprise Leader of the Year award. He is a board member of Big Society Capital and a trustee of Power to Change. He holds a Level 3 Vocational Certificate in the use of Industrial Explosives and an honorary PhD in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Northampton. Dai was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to disabled people.

Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Chief Executive - Monday 25 June 2018

Victor has been Chief Executive of Turning Point since 2001. He is a champion for the cause of those affected by poverty, mental ill health, drugs and alcohol addictions, learning disability and those with cross cutting and complex needs. He is a Visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, holds numerous honorary doctorates as well as being a Fellow of the City & Guilds of London Institute, an associate member of the Health Service Management Centre at the University of Birmingham and a non-Executive Director of NHS England. In 2000, Victor was awarded the CBE in the New Year Honours List for services to the New Deal, the unemployed, and homeless young people and in 2001 he was appointed a cross bench member of the House of Lords.

This is proving to be a great opportunity to network, proactively lead, and enjoy a fruitful engagement about the nature of leadership in the 21st Century, and we look forward to keeping you updated about future developments.

If you would like to learn more about The Bloomsbury Leadership Forum then feel free to contact Cal Courtney, Director, Centre for Student Engagement, Wellbeing and Success at


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