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Partner breakfast briefing: Ethics and Leadership

November 1 @ 7:45 am - 10:00 am

Ethical Reading is delighted to invite you to our first Breakfast Business Briefing on Ethics and Leadership co-sponsored by our Partners, Grant Thornton and Penningtons Manches. This is an invitation only event. We will be exploring the link between great leadership, behaviours and action – and doing business “ethically”. Questions which will be discussed and thought through include:

  • What is “Ethical leadership”?
  • To what extent does better leadership require ethical leadership?
  • What are the benefits of developing an “Ethical Culture”?
  • How can leaders implement an ethical culture?
  • How can ethical leadership lead to better decision-making throughout an organisation?

We have an exciting team of speakers to inform, challenge and inspire us as we seek to develop our leadership skills, styles and approaches.

Liam Black

Liam co-founded Wavelength in 2008 and for ten years was the company’s Chief Encouragement Officer. Liam has spoken to audiences at Waitrose, the BBC, Johnson & Johnson, Pret a Manger and the Said Business School as well as global gatherings of entrepreneurs and start-ups. Previously, Liam had a 15 year CEO career, latterly with the Jamie Oliver Group. Liam created and advises two innovation investment funds and is a Global Advisor to Centrica Innovations, the energy giant’s £100 million fund to drive the search for new technologies and business models. Liam mentors corporate leaders and entrepreneurs and is the author of two books, the most recent of which is The Entrepreneur’s A to Z.

Loughlin Hickey

Loughlin is a retired accountant involved in charitable work which has included working with the Prince of Wales’ charities and the Blueprint for Better Business initiative. Loughlin gave a Tedx talk on ‘The Wonder of the Human Bridge’, exploring how our view of the human person shapes the behaviour of people. It shows how a view of the human person as predominantly self-interested has shaped business thinking to the detriment of society and how this can be corrected.

Martyn Cook

Martyn is a former officer in the Royal Anglian Regiment was the Senior Major and Chief Instructor of Old College at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He has been an instructor at the Army Foundation College Harrogate and a company commander at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he developed and commanded Sandhurst’s innovative Leader Development Course. Following many years of operational experience, he has recently left the Regular Army to pursue a career in Financial Services.  His interests include socio-technical transformation, organisational behaviours, leadership, mental health and mentoring.

Professor Brad Hooker (University of Reading)

Brad as an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Princeton and a doctorate in Philosophy from Oxford. He came to the University of Reading in 1993 from Virginia Commonwealth University. His book Ideal Code, Real World: a Rule-consequentialist Theory of Morality was published by Oxford University Press in 2000. Hooker has published 80 articles and edited or co-edited 7 collections of new essays. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Utilitas from 2011-2016, and has been an associate editor of various other journals. He was on the Executive Committee of the Mind Association 1998-2005 and the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association 2003-2009. His recent research has been on fairness and on financial regulation.

Professor Emma Borg (University of Reading)

Emma has a keen interest in the relationship between business and society. In the past, her work in this area has focused on the banking sector and responses to the financial crisis of 2007-8. This led to reflecting on the nature of the social contract banks and other large corporations enjoy and exploring how a concept of ‘social licence’ might be used to help to constitute and inform business practice in the future, to ensure that practice develops in a way that respects ethical concerns, for instance about fairness.

Ethical leadership is so important – doing business with ethical beliefs and values and for the dignity and rights of others – putting trust, honesty, consideration and  fairness at the front and centre of everything we do.

So come along – listen, learn, contribute and take action!

Event Sponsors

A warm thank you to our event sponsors Grant Thornton and Penningtons Manches.

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November 1
7:45 am - 10:00 am
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