Rethinking Leadership: A Conversation with Sir Ernest Ryder

Past event
Blavatnik School of Government, Walton Street, Oxford, UK
Conversation with sir ernest ryder

Join a conversation with Sir Ernest Ryder, Master of Pembroke College, to explore the nature of good leadership in our complex times.

COVID-19 has forced a re-evaluation of priorities and purpose. Now, more than ever, we need a new generation of leaders who will further the flourishing of society and the planet, placing the public good above personal gain. We need to rethink the idea and practice of leadership to successfully face the complex challenges that lie before us. As the university year begins, there is a question for those who are responsible for educating the leaders of tomorrow and for students themselves: How can a generation of diverse, gifted, and aspirational Oxford students become the leaders they want to see in the world?

The Oxford Character Project invites you to participate in a conversation with The Rt Hon Sir Ernest Ryder, Master of Pembroke College, to explore the nature of good leadership in our incredibly challenging and complex times. Sir Ryder became Master of Pembroke in July 2020. His previous role was in the United Kingdom Judiciary, as Senior President of Tribunals (their head of jurisdiction) and a Lord Justice of Appeal. He has published and lectured internationally on issues of family law, the role of a modern judiciary, the leadership and governance of justice and cultural conflicts in justice. Moderated by Dr Jonathan Brant, Founding Director of the Oxford Character Project, this conversation will give you an opportunity to "rethink" how you might exercise leadership in the field of law and public policy, both now and into the future, for the good of society.

The conversation will be followed by a networking reception where we will share more information about the new "Law & Public Policy" stream of our flagship leadership programme – Global Leadership Initiative. The programme is designed to help students who are considering careers relating to the practice of law as well as those aspiring to positions that will allow them to influence the public sphere through politics or policy work. As with our other programmes, it is designed to help students from diverse backgrounds to grow in qualities of character and leadership that will help them to further the good in organisations and communities. Join us to learn more and see if this could be the highlight of your year in Oxford!

We hope to meet you at the Blavatnik School of Government on 26th October and be a part of your leadership journey.

Event schedule

5:30 pm - 5:45 pm: Welcome drinks

5:45 pm - 5:55 pm: Introductions

5:55 pm - 6:15 pm: Conversation with Sir Ernest Ryder, moderated by Dr Jonathan Brant

6:15 pm - 6:30 pm: Opportunities to engage with the Oxford Character Project and closing


Blavatnik School of Government (Lecture Theatre 1)

120 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6GG


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