Windsor Leadership Trust

From Powerbase
Jump to: navigation, search
Windsor Leadership Trust

Charles Handy and Michael Mann are credited with setting up the ‘Windsor Meetings’ under the guidance of the Duke of Edinburgh in 1981. The Trust says that "they laid the foundations for a movement of leaders committed to shaping a better society."[1]

The Trust's meetings, organised by St George’s House, Windsor Castle, brought together "high-flyers from all walks of life, to analyse key issues facing society and look at the changes needed to respond to them in the decade ahead."[2] Referring to the meetings in his book The Empty Raincoat, Handy wrote: “the ultimate benefit was the realisation that they [leaders] had the responsibility to shape the society which they were likely to inherit”.[3]

In 1995, these business leaders decided to start an independent charity. The Windsor Leadership Trust, was launched.[4] Its deliberations are conducted under the Chatham House Rule:

"Where a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed; nor may it be mentioned where the information was received."[5]

The Trust also states this disclaimer:

"The Windsor Leadership Trust does publish the names of individuals who are involved with the Trust. However, nothing is attributed to an individual, either directly or in any way that would allow them to be identified, unless prior permission has been explicitly granted by the individual concerned." [6]




Mr Christopher Rodrigues CBE (Chairman): Chairman of VisitBritain and Executive Chairman of International Personal Finance plc. He had been President and Chief Executive at Visa International from 2004-2006. Between 1996 and 2004 he was Group Chief Executive at Bradford and Bingley, from 1988 to 1996 he was Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Executive at Thomas Cook. Earlier in his career he was a Manager at McKinsey and Co, before spending nine years with American Express.

He was a founder non-Executive Director of the Financial Services Authority (1997-2003). He has been a non-Executive Director at Ladbrokes plc (formerly Hilton Group plc) since 2003, and is an Executive Committee Member of the World Travel and Tourism Council and was a member of the Council and Executive Committee of the National Trust. A graduate of Cambridge University and the Harvard Business School Rodrigues is a past-Chairman of Leander Club and is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta.

Sir David Omand GCB (Deputy Chairman): was the first holder in 2002 of the post of UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, exercising overall direction on behalf of the Prime Minister of the national counter-terrorism strategy and building national resilience (“homeland security”). He was the Government’s chief crisis manager for civil contingencies. Omand has spent much of his career in the Ministry of Defence, including as Deputy Secretary for Policy, as Under Secretary in charge of the defence programme, and as Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State. He was particularly concerned in MOD with the reshaping of the long term equipment programme, for the British military contribution in the former Yugoslavia and for the recasting of British nuclear deterrence policy at the end of the Cold War. He served for seven years on the UK’s Joint Intelligence Committee and as Director GCHQ (1996-1997) and as Permanent Secretary of the Home Office (1997-2000).

Mr Manish Chande, Chief Executive, Mountgrange Capital plc: Chief Executive and co-founder of Land Securities Trillium Plc (LS Trillium), the UK’s leading total 'property outsourcing company', Manish was responsible for the strategy, direction and implementation of all aspects of its business. Manish was also a main board member at Land Securities PLC, which purchased LS Trillium (then Trillium) in November 2000.

When it was formed in 1997, LS Trillium it won its first contract to own and manage the majority of the Department for Work property portfolio, and a BBC property partnership and British Telecom contract which had an acquisition value of £2.8billion and over 8000 properties. Manish resigned from the Land Securities Group in March 2002 to form Mountgrange Capital plc with Mr Martin Myers focusing on real estate and other investments. These have included interests in National Car Parks, where he is non-Executive Chairman and MITIE Plc where he is a non-Executive Director. In September 2003, he was appointed by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as a Commissioner of English Heritage. In November 2003 he became a member of the Corporate Development Board of the National Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

General Sir Richard Dannatt KCB CBE MC ADC Gen, Chief of The General Staff: Commissioned into The Green Howards in 1971. He has served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Germany and commanded the Battalion in the Airmobile role from 1989 to 1991. From 1994 to1996 he commanded 4th Armoured Brigade in Germany and Bosnia. He took command of 3rd (United Kingdom) Division in January 1999, and also served in Kosovo that year as Commander British Forces. In 2000 he returned to Bosnia as the Deputy Commander Operations of the Stabilisation Force (SFOR). From 2001 to 2002 he was the Assistant Chief of the General Staff in the Ministry of Defence before taking command of NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC). In March 2005 he took over as Commander-in-Chief Land Command, and assumed the appointment of Chief of the General Staff in August 2006. Dannatt is Colonel Commandant of the Army Air Corps. He is President of the Army Rifle Association, the Army Rugby Union, the Army Winter Sports Association, the Soldiers’ and Airmens’ Scripture Readers Association, and a Vice President of the Armed Forces’ Christian Union.

Mr Martyn Lewis CBE, Chairman, Teliris Limited: Martyn Lewis worked as a TV newscaster (he is the author of "And Finally" which gathers up all those cheerful stories of skateboarding dogs and so forth which traditionally end the news and the self-explanatory “Cats in the News”), before taking up a business career. He is now Chairman and Co-Founder of Teliris, which has pioneered a highly advanced form of realtime, DVD-quality video-conferencing used by many global blue-chip companies; and Chairman of NICE TV, providing high quality bespoke news programmes for major events and conferences.

His charitable work includes the Chairmanship of YouthNet UK, a charity he founded in 1995 and Chairman of the Beacon Fellowship Trust, a charity set up to encourage individual contributions to charitable and social causes.

Sir Laurie Magnus, Vice Chairman, Lexicon Partners a privately owned corporate finance advisory business specialising in the financial services and utilities sectors, since 2001. He has nearly 30 years of investment banking experience, initially with Samuel Montagu & Co. Limited (now HSBC Investment Bank), where he was deputy head of its UK corporate finance department. He joined Phoenix Securities Limited, the corporate finance advisory business focussed upon the financial institutions sector, in 1995. Following its acquisition by Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Inc. (DLJ), the US investment bank, he became a Managing Director of the merged business. After DLJ was acquired by Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) in 2000, he was briefly a Managing Director of CSFB. Since 1996, his principal focus has been on the provision of corporate finance advice to the insurance industry. Magnus is non-executive Chairman of Xchanging Ins-Sure Services, the insurance services provider jointly owned by Xchanging, Lloyd’s and the International Underwriting Association and also a non-executive director of The JP Morgan Income & Capital Investment Trust plc, The Cayenne Trust plc, TT electronics plc and Climate Exchange plc. He is a member of the UK Listing Authority Advisory Committee.

Dr Chai Patel CBE FRCP: In 1988, Patel founded Court Cavendish, which was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1993, and in 1996 Chai merged it with Takare to create Care First, the UK’s largest private continuing care company. He remained as Chief Executive until it was taken over by BUPA in 1997. In 1999 he acquired, and became Chief Executive of, Westminster Health Care plc, the largest publicly quoted healthcare services group in the UK, which acquired Priory Hospitals in 2000. After a management buyout of the Care Home division in 2002, Chai continued as Chief Executive of Priory Healthcare.

Previous Patel spent four years as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers. He qualified as a Doctor from Southampton University in 1979. From 1997 to 2002, he was part of the Government’s Better Regulation Task Force. In 2000, the Health Secretary appointed Patel to the Modernisation Action Team drawing up a national plan for the new NHS. He was also part of the Task Force for Older People. A Trustee of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a Senior Associate of the King's Fund, a member of the NHS Confederation Affiliate Forum and a founder member of the New Health Network. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Institute of Directors, a Companion of the Institute of Management and has received an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University.

Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury, Director, Clore Leadership Programme: A Kennedy Scholar at Harvard, he completed his Cambridge PhD on Wordsworth and Coleridge in 1979. He was a Labour Councillor for Islington Borough for five years, and was Chairman of Housing from 1981 to 1983. In 1983 he became MP for Islington South and Finsbury. In 1992 he joined the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Environmental Protection, and two years later moved to Heritage, then Social Security and Health. When Labour came to power in 1997 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and Chairman of the Millennium Commission. He returned to the back benches after the 2001 election, and stood down from the House of Commons in 2005. Immediately afterwards he was created a life peer, taking the title of Lord Smith of Finsbury, and took his seat in the House of Lords in July 2005.

Smith is the Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, which aims to help develop a new generation of leaders for the cultural sector in the UK. He is also Chairman of the Wordsworth Trust, Chairman of the Donmar Warehouse, a Member of the Board of the National Theatre, Chairman of Classic FM’s Consumer Panel, and is on the Advisory Council of the London Symphony Orchestra. He is a Visiting Professor in Culture and the Creative Industries at the University of the Arts London, an honorary Fellow of Pembroke College Cambridge, and Chair of the London Cultural Consortium. He is a member of the The British American Project for the Successor Generation.

Mr James Smith Chairman, Shell UK: Smith has been with Shell since 1983 and has worked in all the Group’s major businesses. Until the end of 2003 Smith was part of the global board of Shell Chemicals as Head of Technology, Strategy and Sustainable Development. He has been Head of Resourcing, which principally involved ensuring there is a highly talented and diverse group of leaders for the top 200 jobs in Shell.

Much of Smith's career was in 'upstream' oil and gas production, latterly in business development. He lived for four and half years in South-East Asia, in Malaysia and Brunei. He has been extensively involved in Shell business in a number of Middle Eastern countries and in the US. In addition, James was Managing Director of Shell’s 'downstream' business in Brunei and chaired Shell’s global catalyst business during a period of restructuring for profitability. Before joining Shell he worked with Accenture.

Dame Sue Street DCB, Strategic Adviser, Deloitte: Street was the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) from autumn 2001 to late 2006. She was responsible for the overall strategy, delivery and expenditure including the bid for the London 2012 Olympic Games and the disasterous renewal of the BBC Charter, as well as policy for the arts, culture, heritage, sport, broadcasting, tourism and the creative industries such as film and fashion design.

Street joined the Home Office in 1974, taking "a career break" between 1976-82 to work with the British Council in Bogota, Colombia. Returning to the Home Office in 1982, she worked on prevention of terrorism legislation and related high security issues. Later, she directed the Top Management Programme at the Cabinet Office, an intensive development programme for top managers in the public and private sectors. This was followed by three years as a senior management consultant in the City with PWC leading strategy and efficiency work with a variety of public and private sector businesses. In 1994, Street was appointed to lead the Government’s anti-drugs strategy at the Cabinet Office. She returned to the Home Office in 1996 as Director, Fire and Emergency Planning and was promoted to lead the Criminal Policy Group in 1999 with wide ranging responsibilities for criminal justice.

Dame Sue is a Governor of the Royal Ballet, a member of the Board of the National School of Government

Former Chairmen

From 2001 until 2007: Sir Claude Hankes KCVO, Advisor to Iraq

From 1997 until 2001: Field Marshal the Lord Peter Inge KG GCB DL, former Chief of Defence Staff

From 1995 until 1997: Sir Geoffrey Holland KCB, former Vice-Chancellor, Exeter University


Professor Jonathan Gosling, Director, Centre for Leadership Studies, Exeter University where he heads a team of people who work closely with companies on their leadership development. Current and recent partners include BAE Systems, Basell, Motorola, Royal Mail, Campbells, M&G, Hanson, the NHS and others, including several in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Gosling's current and recent research projects include

"research into how leaders learn from each other, feeding in to non-formal but highly focused opportunities for senior directors to learn from their peers in other companies. Virtual Mindsets is the title of an on-going research programme into how managers provide leadership through digital media and virtual reality environments. ‘Leading Continuity’ is the headline for an action-research programme studying leadership through radical and often traumatic change. Members of this project are all very senior executives from companies around the world, working through an appreciative analysis of narrative processes in organisations and communities."[8]

A Co-founder of the International Masters Program in Practising Management a partnership of 7 Business Schools from around the world with courses "designed specifically for experienced managers in multi-national companies". (The partner schools are: Lancaster in the UK, McGill in Canada, IIM-Bangalore in India, JAIST, Hitotsubashi and Kobe in Japan, and INSEAD in France. The companies include: Alcan, Concert, EDF, Fujitsu, LG, Lufthansa, Matsushita, Motorola, the Red Cross, Royal Bank of Canada and others). [9] Prior to this Gosling was the founding secretary of the European Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution, Visiting Professor at McGill University in Montreal, MBA Director for British Airways and Director of the PhD programme in Critical Management.

Professor Keith Grint: Professor of Defence Leadership at Cranfield University and teaches at the Defence Academy in Shrivenham. Previously he was Professor of Leadership Studies and Director of the Lancaster Leadership Centre at Lancaster University Management School. Before that he was Director of Research at the Saïd Business School and Fellow in Organizational Behaviour, Templeton College, University of Oxford. Grint spent 10 years in industry before switching to an academic career. He is a founding co-editor of the journal Leadership published by Sage (, and founding co-organizer of the International Conference in Leadership Research. He remains a Visiting Research Professor at Lancaster, a Fellow of the Saïd Business School, Oxford, and a Fellow of the Sunningdale Institute, a research arm of the UK’s National School of Government. He wrote the literature review for ‘Strengthening Leadership in the Public Sector’ (2000) a project of the Performance and Innovation Unit (Cabinet Office), see His books include The Sociology of Work 3rd edition (2005); Management: A Sociological Introduction (1995); Leadership (ed.) (1997); Fuzzy Management (1997); The Machine at Work: Technology, Work and Society, (with Steve Woolgar) (1997); The Arts of Leadership (2000); Organizational Leadership (with John Bratton and Debra Nelson); and Leadership: Limits and Possibilities (2005).

Kate Owen, Former Vice President, Executive Development, BP: previously Vice President responsible for global learning and organisation development. Owen has been directly involved in the change and transformation of BP since 1990. Much of her work over recent years has been the development of Executive and Leadership combining facilitation, coaching, team building and executive education. She is Chair of the Windsor Leadership Trust Conference Board, Europe, Organisation and Business Council. She was a member of the Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Training and Education Steering Group and the UK Government Risk Review Steering Group a non-Executive director of HM Revenue and Customs.

Professor Amin Rajan, Chief Executive, CREATE ( described as "a pan-European network of prominent researchers undertaking high level advisory assignments for the UK Government, City institutions, multinational companies and international bodies" [10]). In 1988 he was awarded the Aspen Institute’s Prize in leadership. Rajan 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.

The model of leadership that was proposed in his "Leading People"[11] (commissioned by "a number of very large City institutions," with a foreward by Martin Taylor) rests on the view "that our society is becoming more inclusive due to the combination of four factors" which it lists as:

  • globalisation of business, which has opened up opportunities for talented individuals irrespective of their race, colour, gender and social class
  • new legislation from Brussels as well as Westminster, which provides citizens ever more protection from economic, social and environmental abuses
  • public programmes like the New Deal and Young Enterprise, which are enabling disadvantaged groups to enjoy the benefits of rising prosperity that the longest economic recovery has produced, and
  • the information revolution, which has added transparency and accountability to what organisations do in private and public sectors alike. It has also raised social expectations by enabling people to compare their lot with groups they normally wish to emulate.

Professor Gillian Stamp MA PhD DPhil FRSA, Director, BIOSS The Foundation (part of Bioss International)

Honorary Fellow

Professor John Adair: 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.

In 1979 Adair 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, he has 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.


The Rt Hon Baroness Amos

Sir Michael Bichard, Rector, University of Arts London

Mr Alan Coppin, Chairman, Danoptra Holdings: Currently Chairman of Redstone plc, a leading provider of IT and Communications solutions for businesses and organisations. He is also Non-executive Director of Berkley Group Holdings and Capital &Regional plc. His previous roles have included: Chief Executive Officer of Historic Royal Palaces and Wembley plc; a Member of the Executive Board of Compass plc; a Non-Executive Honorary Chairman of INCLUDE (charity) and NW London Training and Enterprise Council; a Trustee of The Prince's Foundation and the Greenwich Foundation; a Member of the Advisory Forum of Saïd Business School, Oxford University and Non-executive Director of Carillion plc; Metroline plc; and KPMG. He is co-author of Timeless Management (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002). He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Lord Dholakia of Waltham Brooks OBE DL

Mr Ieuan Evans MBE, SME Director and international sportsman

Miss Carol Galley

Ms Sue Slipman OBE, Director of Foundation Trust Network, The NHS Confederation

Mr Sam Younger, Chairman, Electoral Commission

Funding Partners

ACEVO, Alfred McAlpine, BBC, BP, CEMVO, Church of England, Defence Leadership Centre, Department for Education and Skills, DSG International, GlaxoSmithKline, Historic Royal Palaces, John Lewis Partnership, KPMG, Lloyds TSB, Mothercare, National Grid Transco National School of Government / Cabinet Office, NHS, Police, Priory Group, Rolls Royce, Royal Bank of Scotland, Shell, Smiths Aerospace,Tate and Lyle.[12]

Windsor Leadership Trust Partners make regular nominations for participants on Initial Windsor Meetings and Consultations for Newly Appointed Strategic Leaders. The Initial Windsor Meetings are "designed for those people who already have operational leadership experience and have the potential to reach senior leadership positions within their field. Meetings aim to support the self-development of leaders, with a focus on the role they can play in society, and within their organisations. There are five Initial Windsor Meetings a year, each with 24 places available. Recent speakers at Initial Windsor Meetings include: [13]

  • Mr John Napier: Chairman, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group plc
  • Mr Martin Narey: Chief Executive, Barnado's
  • Mr Conor O'Shea: Director of National Academy, English Rugby Football Union

Consultation for Newly Appointed Strategic Leaders is designed to support leaders through this transition over the first 18 months, and to prepare them for extraordinary delivery in their new strategic role. There are two such Consultations a year. They run over four days, with 20 places available. Recent speakers at Consultations for Newly Appointed Strategic Leaders include:

  • Professor John Adair, Windsor Leadership Trust Fellow
  • Ms Rita Clifton, Chairman, Interbrand
  • Helen Alexander CBE, Chief Executive, The Economist Group
  • Professor Keith Grint, Professor of Defence Leadership & Deputy Principal , Cranfield University Defence Academy of the UK
  • Sir Nicholas Young, Chief Executive, British Red Cross


  1. "Background to the Windsor Leadership Trust", Windsor Leadership Trust website, accessed October 2008
  2. "Background to the Windsor Leadership Trust", Windsor Leadership Trust website, accessed October 2008
  3. Cited at "Background to the Windsor Leadership Trust", Windsor Leadership Trust website, accessed October 2008
  4. "Background to the Windsor Leadership Trust", Windsor Leadership Trust website, accessed October 2008
  5. "What is the Chatham House Rule?", Windsor Leadership Trust website, accessed October 2008
  6. "What is the Chatham House Rule?", Windsor Leadership Trust website, accessed October 2008
  7. All the information that follows is sourced from the "Trustees" section of the Windsor Leadership Trust website, accessed October 2008
  8. Windsor Leadership Trust Professor Jonathan Gosling
  9. Windsor Leadership Trust Professor Jonathan Gosling See for details
  10. Windsor Leadership Trust (2007) Professor Amin Rajan
  11. Amin Rajan (2005) Leadership in the Age of Dilemmas
  12. Windsor Leadership Trust (2007) Partner Organisations
  13. Windsor Leadership Trust (2007)Initial Windsor Meeting