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Durham University

Leadership Framework

Speaker Series

Leadership Framework Virtual Speaker Series: Prospect Leadership & Alumni Attribute advancement

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leaders of various industries and cultural establishments who are alumni or partners of Durham University. These are delivered virtually as short presentations followed by interactive discussions and questions.

Key aims of the virtual series and mentoring are to:

· Inspire Intellectual curiosity

· Enhance the way future leaders think and act – developing an accountable value mindset

· Develop key graduate skills to advance self-development/employability and innovation.

The virtual series will be accessible to all (as sessions are recorded) at no charge, ensuring you are able to fit learning around your daily commitment, and manage your own learning and development.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so we ask speakers to relate topics to their personal experiences and thoughts. We also encourage live participation and discussion.

We wish to offer you interesting and topical themes, meeting your requests and needs, so please do share your feedback with us through We will aim to accommodate as many ideas as we can and address the most popular suggestions.

Should you be in a position to support the Leadership Framework Virtual Speaker Series: Prospect Leadership & Alumna Attribute advancement we would love to hear from you. Please e-mail

Phil de Glanville is a mentor on the Leadership Academy. He graduated Durham in 1989, and went on to play for the England Rugby Team, including as Captain. He currently works as Director of Hanover Fox, and remains a board member of the Rugby Football Union. He gave a talk on the current state of the RFU and how it is responding with resilience to the COVID-19 situation.
Catherine is a leadership development professional with her own company, Thinking Choices, and has been a mentor on the Leadership Academy for a number of years. She has also set up her own consultancy business. Catherine gave a talk on enhancing your leadership using insights from neuroscience, based on what she learned on her own leadership journey.
Huw Bunn, a new mentor on the Academy for 2020, is an expert in risk and responsibility, working closely with the private sector as well as the universities sector to research effective risk profiling for individuals. Huw gave a talk about the importance of considering responsibility as well as risk and reward in our decision-making.
Sarah is the Official Solicitor & Public Trustee, heading up a government legal team at the Ministry of Justice. In 2019, Sarah became the first female Official Solicitor in the 150 years since the role was established. She is a strong advocate for the rights of vulnerable people. Her talk explored her core values as a leader and how they manifest in her work.
Tim O'Gorman has been a mentor on the Academy for over a decade, and an avid supporter of the Leadership Framework. A former professional cricketer, he now works as General Counsel of Halfords plc, and also serves as chair of the Cricket Discipline Commission. Tim gave an online talk about the work the Commission does and the leadership lessons it has taught him.
Jonathan is a new mentor on the Leadership Academy in 2020/21. He works as Entreprise Account Director at LinkedIn, where he focuses on helping companies leverage the power of the network. He gave a talk online with advice and tips on how to get the most out of LinkedIn and the services it offers.
In 2010, Guy Richardson became the Director of Operations for The British and Irish Lions, where his collaborative leadership style enabled him to get the best out of stakeholders. After a successful 2013 tour, he founded EIGER Performance. Guy gave a talk with a thorough introduction of leadership concepts.
Sir Clive Johnstone is the former Commander of NATO's Maritime Command. He has deep insight into operational and interpersonal leadership from a long career in the Royal Navy. He has been honoured with a KBE and a CB. Clive gave a talk about how to prepare yourself for battles in your future, both in the personal and interpersonal sphere.
Rupert has extensive leadership experience across an array of sectors and he currently works within IT transformation at EY. He has led a wide array of teams over a number of years, and has specialist knowledge in the information technology field and several other sectors. Rupert gave a talk about how to build a new team effectively.
Following his graduation, Dr Hughes became a HR consultant but retrained to become a Child Psychologist. He is currently the Senior Education and Child Psychologist with Cambridgeshire Council, where he works on issues relating to young people up to the age of 25. Tom's talk was about understanding and developing our resilience and capacity to cope with adversity in 2020 and 2021.