We were delighted to welcome a range of speakers providing fascinating insight into both our key topics: Brexit and leadership. The sessions began with Rt Hon. Ben Gummer MP who gave us his take on where the opportunities and challenges of the new government lay, prompting a lively Q&A session. This was followed by an interactive panel sharing their perspectives on Brexit and an interesting conversation on how different bodies were responding to an environment of uncertainty that will last for some time. This led to discussion groups on key areas, with members feeding insights back to the room on regulation, the legislative programme, devolution and engagement.
After our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and lunch, we proceeded with a Mindfulness workshop, and a number of members commented how Mindfulness had made a big difference to their work lives and leadership style. Dame Lin Homer, former CEO of HMRC, then led us through leadership lessons learnt from a fascinating career. Our panel on effective governance prompted discussion including on the subtleties of the relationship between an accounting officer and board, the optimum role of a non-executive director, and the sticking points when seeking better quality assurance.
We finished the day with a talk from Baroness Dido Harding, whose insights into her own leadership and the ups and downs of her time at TalkTalk led to valuable advice for members on areas like planning, team-building and resilience. This was followed by a drinks reception, giving members the opportunity to network and reflect on the day.
Thank you again to all speakers and members who were able to attend and contribute. A fuller event summary will be made available soon in the Members Area.