Past Events


February 2006

London 2012: London's extraordinary Olympic bid
Sebastian Coe
Thu, 2 Feb 2006
In 2005, London secured the Olympic bid for 2012 - Lord Sebastian Coe was at the forefront of the project. At this event, he shares the inside story of the process, its difficulties and the desire to inspire a new generation, which kept him pushing to achieve the London Olympic vision.

January 2006

Monarchy: Leadership lessons from history
David Starkey
Tue, 24 Jan 2006
At this event, world famous historian Dr David Starkey recites a brief history of business, before specifically examining the leadership skills relied upon by the powerful monarchy of the last renaissance. He goes on to explore how such techniques are used by many of today’s chief executives.

December 2005

Not Quite the Diplomat: Home truths about world affairs
Chris Patten
Thu, 1 Dec 2005
At this event, Lord Chris Patten impresses the audience with his deep understanding of history, recent and distant and its importance to international diplomacy. With particular focus on Britain and its relations with the rest of the world, his speech is instilled with a desire to impart knowledge.

November 2005

Bloomin Human: The power of inspiration
David Pearl
Wed, 23 Nov 2005
David Pearl pushes the boundaries of human comfort by engaging delegates in various untraditional activities such as martial arts and singing. At this motivational event, he argues "uncomfortableness is a sign of growth” and that “we forget the times we fell off our bike learning how to ride it.”

October 2005

The Master Strategist: Power, purpose and principle
Ketan Patel
Tue, 4 Oct 2005
Ketan Patel, former head of a Goldman Sachs thinktank, argues that too many people strategize for their own interests rather than the common good. He explores how this must change if we are to prevent business competition from generating major political conflicts and global corporate challenges.

September 2005

Winning: A business how-to event
Jack Welch
Wed, 21 Sep 2005
At this popular event, Professor Richard Scase questions worldwide business leader Jack Welch. Jack shares informative bites of business advice, including the importance of passion and transparency in leadership, before discussing his infamous strategy of “rank and yank”.
Coaching Peak Performance: Lesssons from the world's top coaches
John Buchanan
Frank Dick
Tue, 6 Sep 2005
John Buchanan, world renowned coach, impresses with his approach to coaching, which is simultaneously holistic and meticulous, bold and humble. Following him, Frank Dick, the ebullient Scottish coach, shares the heart of his coaching philosophy - the importance of a winning mind-set.

June 2005

Inspirational Leadership: Shakespearean business lessons
Richard Olivier
Tue, 21 Jun 2005
It doesn't get much more thespian than this: Richard Olivier, son of Sir Laurence, reciting speeches from Shakespeare's "Henry V" in the basement of the Globe Theatre in Southwark. Drawing on the play, new perspectives on very old management issues are presented with the added excitement of drama!
Trolley Wars: Battle of the supermarkets
Tim Waterstone
Thu, 9 Jun 2005
Leading retail expert, Judi Bevan, draws on her own research to prise open the two speakers: Tim Waterstone, founder of the book-shop chain; and Justin King, chief executive of Sainsbury’s. Tim’s key advice is “don’t be intimidated”, while King’s is to have a customer-focused culture.
Inspiration in the Square: An inspirational event
Heather Mills
Steve Redgrave
Thu, 9 Jun 2005
Heather Mills, Sir Steve Redgrave, Joe Simpson & Evelyn Glennie OBE share their experiences of overcoming barriers to become hugely successful. The resounding message is that no matter what awfulness you endure in life, you can be sure someone else has experienced worse and prevailed.