20th Annual Conference: Servant-Leadership: A Celebration
The Ambassadors Hotel, London WC1 0HX
1st and 2nd November 2016

1st & 2nd November: 10.00am - 4.30pm
The Ambassadors Hotel Upper Woburn Place London WC1H 0HX

This year's annual conference will once more be held at The Ambassadors Hotel in Upper Woburn Place London WC1. The title and theme for this year's event is A Celebration of Servant-Leadership. Our presenters come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience. In addition we will be looking at examples of the application of servant-leadership principles in different organisations.

Our friends at The Ambassadors Hotel have very generously kept their charges to the same level as the last two years, and this has meant that we, too, have been able to keep our registration fee as before.

The featured presenters for this year's conference are as follows.

  • Ahrabella Lewis is a creativity coach and facilitator. She is working with PEPAL in Uganda on Health Systems Strengthening to develop their skills especially in innovation and creativity. Ahrabella's personal interests include photography (particularly with old fashioned film), art exhibitions, vintage clothing and dressmaking.

  • Ralph Lewis is a Leadership Development consultant and a Programme Director at London Business School. Ralph is the Chair of the UK Greenleaf Centre for Servant-Leadership, co-founded by John Noble and himself.

    Ralph worked as an engineer and systems analyst becoming a university lecturer at Cranfield School of Management and moving into Leadership Development. He has worked with the top management teams of many international companies. He has extensive experience at running leadership development and culture change programmes and action learning groups in the private and public sectors dealing with issues of business challenges, personal development and organisational values.

    The sectors Ralph has worked in include computing, pharmaceutical, finance, public and charities sectors and he has worked extensively in Europe, USA, Asia and Africa. He has also written many articles on leadership development and several books including co-editing Servant-Leadership: Bringing the Spirit of Work to Work. His latest is Developing Inner Leadership.

    Ralph has been working in Uganda with Ahrabella on the Health Systems Strengthening programme with PEPAL, a charity set up by Julie Saunders, and Baylor Uganda. He has been running modules on Communication, Teamwork, Time Management and Problem-Solving to help develop health staff as mentors.
  • This year we are delighted to be welcoming the remarkable Margaret (Meg) Wheatley. Meg Wheatley is an outstanding writer and teacher, with long experience as a speaker on leadership issues. She is the co-founder of The Berkana Institute, and has been an organisational consultant since 1973, working in every kind of organisation, from the head of the US Army to 12 year old girl scouts. She describes herself as a global citizen since her youth. Meg has authored eight books, including the classic Leadership and the New Science, A Simpler Way, Turning to One Another and, most recently, How Does Raven Know? Meg has, on several occasions presented at the Greenleaf Center conference in the USA and, in 2002, was the subject of the joint Greenleaf USA and Greenleaf UK published essay Servant-Leadership: From Hero to Host. On April 15th this year Meg Wheatley received the 2nd Annual Clara Snell Woodbury Distinguished Women's Leadership Award.

    "Despite current ads and slogans, the world doesn't change one person at a time. It changes when networks of relationships form among people who share a common cause and vision of what's possible. This is good news for those of us intent on creating a positive future. Rather than worry about critical mass, our work is to foster critical connections. We don't need to convince large numbers of people to change; instead, we need to connect with kindred spirits. Through these relationships, we will develop the new knowledge, practices, courage and commitment that lead to broad-based change." Margaret Wheatley.
  • Justin Gallagher is managing director and founder of Work AnyWare Ltd, a servant-leader run software company in Leeds. He trained as a Mechanical Engineer, and has a PhD in Robotics but also enjoys software and business. Justin is responsible for directing Work AnyWare Ltd to follow its goals. He is actively involved in all parts of Equinox, a case and document management system created for IP professionals.

    Justin lived and worked for over four years in Japan as a system designer and speaks reasonable Japanese. In his spare time Justin enjoys training in the martial art of Shodokan Aikido, in which he holds a 3rd Dan black belt and has competed nationally and internationally. He also enjoys playing the guitar, ukulele and owns a trombone. Justin is also a Board member of the Greenleaf Centre UK.

    In his presentation, Justin will share the philosophy of martial arts, specifically aikido. He'll talk about his personal experiences, and then relate these to concepts of servant-leadership, looking at the similarities of which there are quite a number with aikido.
  • Sister Anna Maria Doolan was professed as a Sister of Nazareth in Hammersmith in October 1972. Her main ministry as a Sister has been in care of older people both in Ireland and the UK. She trained as a nurse in West Middlesex Hospital in London and has attended many courses on different aspects of care and management. In 2012 Sister Anna completed a PG Dip. at Loughborough University in Leadership and Management. She was appointed UK Regional Superior in December 2012, is based in Finchley, and works with the UK Regional Team in the governance and leadership of the Region.
  • Robert York joined the Regional Team at Nazareth Care in September 2008, initially on a consultancy basis, and in 2009 became the Regional CEO for the UK Region. Robert began his career as a nurse, working within both the NHS and private sectors. During this time, Robert has worked in both acute and long term care, for both larger cooperate organisations and smaller operators. These have included BMI Hospitals, BUPA and Barchester Healthcare.
  • This year sees the welcome return of our friend and colleague, Stephanie Winters. Stephanie is a world-class cellist who weaves together live cello music, storytelling, and listening experiences to stimulate listening potential. Stephanie created her unique Listening Differently programme to help leaders to experience listening in a way that shifts team dynamics. As one of today's finest cellists, her career in music informs her listening skills and inspires her mission to help others experience the spirit of servant-leadership. After more than two decades of touring and performing for thousands across the world, Stephanie found that listening like a musician provides a unique perspective that can be used for positive change. Stephanie has performed 3,000 concerts in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia, and has toured and performed with varied artists including Richie Havens, Ellie Goulding and Enya. Her appearances and specially commissioned performances include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Her solo recording, Through the Storm (reissued 2009) garnered much praise and her TV credits range from Oprah Winfrey Network and Saturday Night Live, to the 2008 Cannes Film Festival which was broadcast worldwide to millions. (Photo: Merri Cyr)
  • Tom Georg Olsen is Group Servant (Group CEO) and Chairman of the Norwegian-based IT-company Miles AS. He holds a Master of Science degree in Electronic Computer Systems. Tom Georg has worked in the IT-industry since 1987 and has previously held management positions in Telenor, Avenir and Ementor among others. He was one of the founders of Miles back in 2005. Miles has a strong and well implemented corporate DNA, which is inspired by the Beyond Budgeting principles and the Servant- Leadership philosophy. Based on this, Miles has won the Great Place To Work competition in Norway twice, and has also become no.2 in Europe among more than 1000 companies. His has a great interest in leadership and is a frequent speaker of topics like building company culture, corporate DNA and HR, all with practical examples from his work in Miles. At the conference Tom Georg will talk about how you get "from philosophy to results".
  • We are delighted to be welcoming back our long standing friends and colleagues, the Feldman sisters from Australia.

    Alison Feldman has 23 years experience teaching communication and public relations in Australian universities. She has been recognised for her achievements through both a Faculty and University Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was also a Top 10 Nominee for UniJobs Lecturer of the Year.

    Alison also provides consultancy services for organisations across the public and private sectors throughout Australia. She has worked internationally in Singapore, London, Amsterdam, Mauritius, and several locations in the United States. Alison is an experienced learning creator, facilitator, consultant and regular speaker at seminars and conferences, and is currently a Board member of the Australian College of Ministries.

    Diann Feldman is a dynamic and experienced organisational development consultant, author and researcher, process facilitator and instructional designer who specialises in leadership, corporate strategy, business process, branding and reputation management, communications, engagement and governance educator. Her work has fostered many guest appearances on Australian talk-back radio, current affair television programs, development satellite links to outback Australia, and international keynote speaking engagements in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, South America and Mauritius.

11th & 12th November: 10.00am - 4.30pm
The Ambassadors Hotel Upper Woburn Place London WC1H 0HX


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Lunch provided both days
Tentative Schedule, Subject to change
Day 1 Day 2
09.45 Ralph & Ahrabella Lewis
Servant-Leadership in Uganda
10.00 Sister Anna Dooley & Robert York
Sisters of Nazareth: A Servant-Leadership Journey
11.00 BREAK 11.15 BREAK
11.00 Margaret Wheatley
Reflecting on 20 Years of Servant-Leadership
11.30 Tom Georg Olsen
From Philosophy to Results
12.30 Lunch 12.45 Lunch
13.15 Margaret Wheatley
13.30 Alison & Diann Feldman
Mentoring and Servant-Leadership
14.45 Break 15.00 Break
15.00 Margaret Wheatley
Final reflections
15.15 Stephanie Winters
Listen Differently
15.30 Justin Gallagher
Aikido and Servant-Leadership
16.30 Final thoughts and Close
16.30 Close