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Leadership after lockdown – will it ever be the same?

18 June 2020 11am

Has the role of the leader changed forever?  What does this mean for business? As we look towards the future what are the things we have learned from the crisis that will redefine how we lead?

These are some of the questions put to our guest panelists:

Lou Roberts, Joint Managing Director (Commercial), Further Digital Marketing Agency

Rob Welsby, Joint Managing Director (Performance), Further Digital Marketing Agency

Diana Hare, Commissioning Executive, BBC England and BBC Leadership Coach.

Ivan Mitchell, Associate Professor in Leadership, UEA and Chief Executive Officer, Studious Digital Education

More on our panelists

Lou and Rob
Lou joined the international digital marketing agency Further in 2007 as Client Services Director and Rob in 2009 as an SEO Consultant. Under the guidance of original founders, Steve Jaggard and Zak Ireson, both gained a deep understanding of the organisation’s culture and operational performance and after working in a variety of roles, were appointed as Directors (Lou handling commercial and Rob handling operations). In 2018, when founders Steve and Zak decided to step back from the business they handed the reins over to Lou and Rob as Joint Managing Directors. A shared role that works perfectly; with a shared understanding of their respective areas, strengths and weaknesses and above all, a deep mutual respect for one another. Together they set the strategic direction of the business, instilling a strong culture of high quality, effective client work that embodies the company mantra of ‘Brave, curious minds’.

Diana has led programme making teams for 25 years, facilitating high performance in high pressure environments.  Her current leadership role is Commissioning Executive in factual productions based in Norwich working with external companies and in house teams across England. Over the last 5 years Diana has worked in the BBC as an in-house coach for senior leaders  and operates her coaching alongside her own leadership role. Currently she is  part of a team offering coaching for BBC leaders facing particular challenges due to the pandemic:  how to navigate uncertainty,  re-evaluate priorities and plans,  lead teams remotely, understand and manage powerful emotions.    

Ivan is Associate Professor in Leadership, at UEA and co-founder and CEO of the EdTech startup Studious Digital Education. He leads and lectures on organisational behaviour, leadership and management. His research interests span a range of areas in occupational psychology, including leadership, business transformation, work-life balance, trust, psychological contracts and workplace relationships.  Ivan has won several awards for research and teaching excellence and offered consultancy to global brands.

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