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What kind of leadership is needed to embed values and purpose in business?

What is the role of personal character and how does it relate to structures, systems, and organisational culture?

We are delighted to present our upcoming conference entitled “Character, Culture, and Leadership in UK Business”, where we will explore these topics in depth.

This conference marks the culmination of three years of research on perceptions of good leadership in UK Businesses and we will be bringing together around 100 researchers, research partners from a range of business sectors (including finance, technology, and law), and other representatives of firms and industry bodies.

The aim of the event is to share research, conceptual ideas, and practical perspectives to inform professional practice and to launch the next phase of Oxford research—a collaborative initiative joining research, education, and practice on “The Future of Business Leadership.”

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Values and purpose have become an important emphasis in business as companies have sought to build back from the COVID pandemic in the context of major social, economic, and environmental challenges. Many firms are seeking to be authentically purpose-driven, and there is a strong business case.

Over the last few years, we have been undertaking a major research project investigating the role of character, culture, and leadership in UK business, and more than 50 businesses have been involved as research partners. This event is part of an ongoing initiative to bring research and practice together to explore and advance character-based and purpose-driven leadership in UK business. It will be a great opportunity for a wider audience to learn more about the cutting-edge research happening in this project and join our new initiatives as we move forward.

If you are interested to attend the conference and engage with senior leaders across industries, leading academics, and graduate students to foster new collaborations, please write to us at

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Featured speakers

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Adam Grodecki

Founder and Chief Executive, Forward Institute

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Charles Wookey

Board of Trustee and Former CEO, A Blueprint for Better Business


Doyin Atewologun

CEO & Founder, Delta Alpha Psi

David Rouch

David Rouch

Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Sarah Gillard

Sarah Gillard

CEO, A Blueprint For Better Business

Marta Rocchi

Marta Rocchi

Assistant Professor in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics, Dublin City University Business School

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Pegram Harrison

Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School

Kim Mc Murdo

Kim McMurdo

Head, Leadership Capability, Standard Chartered Bank

Kate Adams

Kate Adams

Director of Partnerships, Forward Institute


Susie Babar

Head of HR (UK)- Simmons & Simmons

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Alison Cottrell

CEO, Financial Services Culture Board

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Paolo Cervini

Co-lead, Capgemini Invent’s Management Lab


Amalia Amaya Navarro

British Academy Global Professor and Director of Center for Legal Theory, University of Edinburgh

Rebecca Robins

Rebecca Robins

Global Chief Learning and Culture Officer, Interbrand


Hitendra Wadhwa

Founder, Mentora Institute

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Kim Polman

Co-Founder & Chair, Reboot the Future

Glen Owen

Glyn Owen OBE

Captain, Royal Navy

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Susannah Anfield

Global Strategy & Leadership Director, PwC

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Zoe McDougall

Vice President, Strategic Communications and Corporate Affairs, Oxford Nanopore

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Michael Lamb

Associate Professor of Politics, Ethics, and Interdisciplinary Humanities, Wake Forest University

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Uzma Hamid-Dizier

Director of Responsible Business and Inclusion, Slaughter and May

Elisa Farri

Elisa Farri

Vice President and Co-lead, Capgemini Invent’s Management Lab


Anthony Bennett

CEO, Reboot the Future

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Melissa Jones Briggs

Lecturer in Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business

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Broderick McDonald

Associate Fellow, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, Kings College London, and DPhil candidate, University of Oxford

Serene Singh

Serene Singh

Founder, The Serenity Project, and DPhil candidate, University of Oxford

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Aryemis C. Brown

First Lieutenant, United States Space Force, and MPhil candidate, University of Oxford