The Leadership Agency together with The Leadership Council has published a series of research reports following interviews with some of the most high profile leaders in business, public, academic and cultural life.

The Leadership Council members today are:

  • Ed Butler

    Brigadier (Ret'd) Ed Butler CBE DSO

    After 24 years in the British Army, Ed retired as one of the youngest Brigadiers of his generation. As Commander British Forces in Afghanistan in 2006, he has led at all levels within 22 SAS, including over the period of 9/11, and has commanded assignments from Headquarters to field level across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Since 2008 Ed has been Chief Executive of CforC Ltd, a company providing political, business and cultural insight for investors in emerging and frontier markets.

  • Jonathan Chenevix-Trench

    Jonathan Chenevix-Trench

    Jonathan Chenevix-Trench is co-founder of African Century, specialising in investment into small and medium sized companies in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition he is Chairman of Ashdown Funding Limited, and Elgeti Ashdown Advisors. Until 2007, he was Chairman and Chief Executive of Morgan Stanley International in London.

  • Simon Davies

    Simon Davies

    Simon Davies has been Firmwide Managing Partner of Linklaters, the leading global law firm, since 2008, having previously been Asia Managing Partner from 2003. Appointed at 39, Simon is the youngest ever leader of a Magic Circle firm. As a lawyer, Simon specialises in M&A and securities issues and has worked in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Simon also leads Linklaters' flagship community investment initiative in the UK, promoting literacy and development of vocational skills among disadvantaged children in the London Borough of Hackney, and is a trustee of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

  • Iain Ferguson CBE

    Iain Ferguson CBE

    Iain Ferguson is the Chairman of Wilton Park (FCO Agency), the Lead Non-Executive Director for Defra, a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Balfour Beatty plc, Berendsen plc and Gregg's plc and a Member of the PWC (UK LLP) Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Foresight Global Food and Farming project, the Better Regulation Strategy Group and the Honorary Vice-President of the British Nutrition Foundation. He has been President of The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and of the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) and was a member of the Council of Food Policy Advisors (Defra). He was CEO of Tate & Lyle plc from May 2003 until the end of 2009 and had previously been with Unilever for 26 years (from 1977) following graduation from St Andrews University.

  • Val Gooding

    Val Gooding CBE

    Val Gooding is a non-executive director of Standard Chartered Bank plc, J Sainsburys plc, the BBC, and the Lawn Tennis Association. She is also a Trustee of the British Museum and the Rose Theatre, Kingston, and a member of several advisory boards. Val was CEO of BUPA for 10 years following over 20 years at British Airways.

  • Anthony Gordon Lennox

    Anthony Gordon Lennox

    Anthony is a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation. He started his career at Channel 4 before moving to the BBC where he spent five years working on the flagship news and current affairs programme, Question Time. Since leaving the BBC, Anthony has spent ten years pioneering a new approach to communication coaching and he continues to work with business and political leaders in Britain and around the world. Anthony is currently Director of AGL Communications and sits on the board for London's Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

  • Lord Hall of Birkenhead CBE

    Lord Hall of Birkenhead CBE

    Tony Hall has been Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House since 2001. Before that he was Chief Executive of BBC News. He is on the board of Channel 4, the British Council, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the London Cultural Strategy Group. He also currently Chairs the Cultural Olympiad and sits on the LOCOG Board. He became a Commander of the British Empire in 2005 and was ennobled as Lord Hall of Birkenhead in 2010.

  • The Honorable Mary Jo Jacobi Jephson

    The Honorable Mary Jo Jacobi Jephson

    Mary Jo Jacobi Jephson is a renowned brand, reputation and crisis management executive with extensive communications and public affairs experience on both sides of the Atlantic. She is a Non-Executive Director of Mulvaney Capital Management, Chairman of the Forensic Science Service's External Advisory Group, and Chairman of the IDM Group, as well as a trustee of several not-for-profit organisations in the US and UK. Previously she was Assistant US Secretary of Commerce for President George H W Bush, Special Assistant to US President Ronald Reagan and was one of Her Majesty's Civil Service Commissioners. She also has been a Senior Executive of BP America, Royal Dutch Shell, Lehman Brothers, HSBC Holdings and Drexel Burnham Lambert.

  • Lord Janvrin

    Lord Janvrin, Chairman

    Robin Janvrin is Deputy Chairman of HSBC Private Bank (UK) Ltd. After eleven years in the Royal Navy and thirteen years in the Diplomatic Service, including postings at NATO and New Delhi, he moved in 1987 to the Royal Household, initially as Press Secretary and then subsequently in The Queen's Private Office, becoming The Queen's Private Secretary from 1999-2007. He is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, on the Advisory Board of the UK-India Business Council, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Corporate Reputation.

  • Lady Judge

    Lady Judge

    Lady Barbara Judge is Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority since 2004, having joined as a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee in 2002. She is also currently Chairman of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Deputy Chairman of Forte Energy NL and a Director of Massey Energy Company and Bekaert SA, among others. Previously, she was a Commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission and an executive director of Samuel Montagu and News International, among others.

  • The Earl of March

    The Earl of March

    Charles March runs the Goodwood group of companies comprising Goodwood Racecourse, the Goodwood Road Racing Company (including the Festival of Speed), Golf at Goodwood, Goodwood Farm, Goodwood Aerodrome, The Goodwood Hotel and the Goodwood Estate which covers 11,500 acres of Sussex to the north of Chichester. The group employs over 400 people and attracts around 800,000 people to the Estate each year. Lord March is President of the BARC (British Automobile Racing Club), Patron of the TT Riders Association and an Honorary Member of the BRDC, the 500 Owners Club and the Guild of Motoring Writers.

  • Martin Newman

    Martin Newman FRSA

    Martin Newman has 25 years' experience in working internationally to help political, public and business leaders to stand up and be counted. He was responsible for developing the messaging strategy to ensure electoral participation in the first post-Saddam national elections in Iraq, which resulted in an unprecedented, and subsequently unrepeated, 75% turnout. Recently, he has worked on Munich's bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, Japan's bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and, most notably, Vladimir Putin's winning Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic bid. In 1990, Martin became the Founding Director of the Fairtrade Foundation.

  • David Richards CBE

    David Richards CBE

    David Richards is Chairman of both Aston Martin and the Prodrive Group of companies. A former World Rally Champion, he founded Prodrive in 1984 and is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in global motorsport. In 2005 he was made a Commander of the British Empire, CBE, for his services to the motorsport industry.

  • Sir John Scarlett

    Sir John Scarlett

    Sir John Scarlett served as Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6) from August 2004 to October 2009. He joined SIS in 1971 and over the following 20 years served in Nairobi, Paris and twice in Moscow as well as several assignments in London covering the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. In early September 2001 he retired from SIS on his appointment as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee in the UK Cabinet Office. He rejoined SIS as Head of the Service in 2004. Since leaving SIS he has become a Senior Adviser at Morgan Stanley. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of PwC, Statoil, Swiss Re, and the Chertoff Group in Washington, and is a Director of Times Newspaper Holdings. Sir John was appointed OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in 1987, CMG (Commander of St Michael and St George) in 2001 and KCMG in 2007.

  • Sir Tom Shebbeare

    Sir Tom Shebbeare

    Tom Shebbeare has been since 2004 Director of The Prince's Charities, a group of 29 Charities and not-for-profit businesses established by The Prince of Wales. Between 1980 and 1987 he was on the permanent staff of The Council of Europe (Strasbourg) before becoming the first Director of The Prince's Trust in 1988. He is a Director of Virgin Money Giving, CIM Asset Management and In Kind Direct. He was knighted in 2003.

  • Lord Watson of Richmond CBE

    Lord Watson of Richmond CBE

    Lord Watson's career embraces broadcasting, business and public life. He presented "The Money Programme" and "Panorama" on BBC TV, was Head of Media at the European Commission, President of the Royal Television Society, and for ten years was European Chairman of Burson-Marsteller. In politics he was President of the Liberal Party and he sits in the House of Lords as a Liberal-Democrat. He advises many major companies worldwide on their communication strategies. At Cambridge, Lord Watson is an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, and chairs the Cambridge University Chemistry Advisory Board. In 2005 he was appointed Chairman of The Cambridge Foundation, and in 2009 was elected High Steward of the University.

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