Keynote speakers

‌Professor Dennis Tourish                                                                                                        

Dennis Tourish Dennis Tourish is Professor of Leadership and Organization Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the editor of the journal Leadership, a Fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation and a Fellow of the Lancaster Leadership Centre. His main research interests are in critical leadership studies, leadership effectiveness, leadership development and organisational communication. He has co-written or co-edited eight books, including ‘The Dark Side of Transformational Leadership: A Critical Perspective,' published in 2013. He has published over sixty peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics. Dennis has also contributed a chapter on ‘Leadership and cults’ to the SAGE Handbook of Leadership (2011). A paper he published in 2005 has been republished in a SAGE series devoted to ‘Major Works in Leadership: Vol. 4’ (2011). He has been interviewed frequently on radio and television about his research, including on SKY News, BBC News, ITV News, and BBC World News. Dennis was an associate editor for Management Communication Quarterly from 2009 to 2012. He serves on several editorial boards, including Human Relations.


‌Professor David Collinson                                                                                        

David CollinsonDavid Collinson is Professor of Leadership and Organisation in the Department of Management Learning and Leadership, Lancaster University. He has previously held positions at the Universities of Warwick, South Florida, St Andrews and Manchester. He is the founding Co-Editor (with Keith Grint) of the peer-reviewed, international journal Leadership, and in 2001 was elected as the Hallsworth Visiting Professor at Manchester Business School. David’s research seeks to contribute to the development of critical approaches to leadership, management and organisation studies. His articles have appeared in many leading journals such as Organization Studies, Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, Leadership Quarterly, Organization, Gender, Work and Organization, and Work, Employment & Society. His current research focuses on the situated and dialectical nature of relationships between 'leaders' and 'followers'. Over the past thirty years, he has conducted empirical research within various sectors from computing, insurance and engineering to North Sea oil and further education. In 2009 David completed a three-year secondment as the National Research Director (2006-2009) for the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL)/Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS). 


‌Professor Mark Stein

Mark SteinMark Stein is Chair of Leadership and Management at University of Leicester. He has previously been a Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London, a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Brunel University, and a researcher and consultant at the Tavistock Institute. He has held visiting or associate posts at the Tavistock Clinic, London Business School, Helsinki University of Technology, and INSEAD, Fontainebleau. Mark has been involved in running leadership development workshops for many years, including at the Tavistock Clinic, OPUS, London Business School, INSEAD, and the University of Leicester. He was also Director of the Leadership module on the MBA at Imperial College London and has taught on the Oxford University/HEC ‘Consulting and Coaching for Change’ Masters programme. His research interests lie in the fields of leadership; groups and teams; organisational learning; the customer-employee interface; human and organisational aspects of risk and disaster; emotions in organisations; emotions in finance; financial institutions; emotional intelligence; ethics; systems psychodynamics and the psychoanalytic study of organisations.


‌Professor Kiran Trehan 

Kiran Trehan Kiran Trehan is Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development at Birmingham University and Co- Director of the Enterprise Diversity Alliance. Kiran is a key contributor to debates on critical and psychodynamic approaches to leadership and diversity, and how it can be applied in a variety of organisational, small business and policy domains. She has led a number of leadership initiatives and extensively published a number of journal articles, policy reports, books and book chapters in the field. Her current research focuses on applying critical leadership approaches to enterprise development with entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds (women, ethnic minorities) and the role human, social and financial resources play in developing business growth among diverse social groups. Professor Trehan   work has been supported by grants from a full range of research funding bodies; including research councils (ESRC, AHRC), government departments, regional and local agencies and the private sector. Professor Trehan is Editor of Action learning, and has been Guest Editor in a range of reputable journals, including Human Relations and has taken up national advisory roles that shape debates and policy in leadership, and enterprise development. Professor Trehan academic work has achieved national and international research reputation and as a result led to a number of visiting fellowship as well as extensive invited keynote addresses including East China University of Science and Technology.