Exeter Leaders Forum

The Exeter's Leaders Forum is aimed at leaders and aspiring leaders in the South West and is hosted by the Exeter Centre for Leadership at the University of Exeter Business School.

Running for over 20 years, the Exeter Leaders Forum is a membership based organisation that enables you to stay up-to-date with current trends in Leadership. The Forum also provides an invaluable means of exchanging knowledge and developing ideas from peers from a wide spectrum of backgrounds as well as leading academics in leadership.

Members meet three times a year on a weekday evening in Exeter. Each event comprises of a guest speaker/s, discussion and networking, with delicious refreshments served throughout the evening.

Membership renewal is now open, please email business-school-events@exeter.ac.uk to renew or join; prices and more details on what membership includes are below.

Previous event - 13 December 2017

Navigating Leadership Challenges - Exeter Leaders Forum

The first Exeter Leaders Forum event of 2017-2018 was held at Reed Hall where the Exeter Centre for Leadership hosted our guest speaker, Joanna Place. Joanna is currently the Chief Operating Officer at the Bank of England, after previously holding a variety of roles within the bank including Head of Monetary & Statistics, Director of Business Change and Executive Director of Human Resources, giving her a wealth of knowledge and experience.

More information about the event


Annual membership fees for September 2017 – August 2018:

Individual membership

£150 + VAT per year, per person (non-transferable – only the named member can attend events).

Corporate membership

£220 + VAT for 2 people (transferable – places can be offered to colleagues at the same organisation).
Additional memberships £80 + VAT per person.

Pay as you go

You can now also pay to attend an individual event, allowing flexibility with no annual commitment:

  • Individual attendance: £70 + VAT (1 person)
  • Corporate attendance: £90 + VAT  (2 people)

Please note: pay-per-event attendees cannot bring guests.

Both Individual and Corporate Members can bring two guests to each event. Guests can attend no more than two events per membership year.

Memberships can be bought and upgraded part-way through the membership year and will be pro-rated accordingly. Please contact the Events Team for prices.

Benefits Include:

  • Networking opportunities with key professionals in the South West and our academic community
  • Access to cutting edge research and how it may impact and relate to business
  • Networking events throughout the year
  • 30% discount off the tuition fees for new applicants for the 2018/19 Full Time (12 months) and Executive (24-30 months) Exeter MBA programmes

We are now offering taster places for non-members!

If you are a non-member and would like to try the Exeter Leaders Forum before committing to a membership you can attend one of our events for free.

How to join

Please email us stating whether you would like an Individual or Corporate membership or if you would like to Pay As You Go for this event. Please confirm the name of the member, organisation and a PO, if required.

13 December 2017

Navigating Leadership Challenges in the Bank of England

On Wednesday 13th December Reed Hall hosted our winter event, are welcomed Joanna Place, Chief Operating Officer at the Bank of England, who spoke about navigating leadership challenges in the Bank of England.

 8 June 2017

Inspiring Leadership with Finite Resources

We were joined by Emmie Kell, CEO of Cornwall Museums Partnership and David Lockwood, Co-Founder of the Bike Shed Theatre who explored the theme of inspiring leadership with finite resources. 

 8 February 2017

Global Policy Challenges – Interactive Event

For our February 8th event we welcomed five Business School academics from the Business, Institutions and Policy research cluster, each delivered a mini-presentation to the forum, hosted by Professor Will Harvey.

1 December 2016

A threat is a change you are not leading - The Business Leaders Forum December Event

On December 1st the Business School hosted its winter Business Leaders Forum, featuring Mark Thompson of Holos who discussed trends in leadership and change.

13 October 2016

Maximising decision making and performance through effective data management - The Business Leaders Forum Autumn Event

On Thursday 13th October The University of Exeter Business School hosted our autumn event which explored how effective data management can boost decision making and performance in business.

21 July 2016

Dimensions of Leadership - The Business Leaders Forum's Summer Party

The final Business Leaders’ Forum event of 2015/16 saw the beginning of the new style of Business Leaders’ Forum Events, with talks from panel members from the Exeter Centre for Leadership Studies. Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Richard Owen, was delighted to invite guests to the Business Leaders’ Forum Summer Party, an event themed around leadership.

12 April 2016

The Independent Director: The Non-Executive Directors Guide to Effective Board Presence

The third Business Leaders Forum event of 2015/16 saw alumnus Gerry Brown (Economics and Economic History 1966), Chairman of Novaquest Management, present on the good, the bad and the ugly involved in the role of the Independent Director.

14 December 2015

Innovation in Big Data at the Business Leaders Forum

Three regional experts gave their views on Innovation in Big Data from 3 different perspectives.

8 September 2015

Banks and the Crisis - was it anything new or had we seen this before?

John Sutherland, Senior Adviser at the Bank of England

17 June 2015

20:20 Vision - Learning from the past 20 years to launch into the next

Deborah Meaden, Dragons Den Investor

23 April 2015

Apple & IBM - Reinventing Enterprise Mobility

Caroline Taylor - Vice President Marketing, Communications & Citizenship and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for IBM Europe

3 December 2014

Better Connected! A business led review of the Strategic Connectivity requirements for the South West

Jim French, CBE - Former Chairman & CEO of Flybe Group plc and former Chairman of CBI South West

11 September 2014

Napoleonic Leadership: a study in power

Professor Jonathan Gosling, Professor of Leadership, Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter Business School

16 June 2014

Building a circular economy

James Walker, Head of Innovation, Net Positive at Kingfisher and Mark Hodgson, QSA Partners

7 April 2014

Responsible Innovation

Professor Richard Owen, Associate Dean of Research and Knowledge Transfer and Chair Responsible Innovation, University of Exeter Business School

3 December 2013

Starbucks, Tax Avoidance and Public Outrage

Professor Gareth Myles, Professor of Economics & Director of Tax Administration Research Centre (TARC) and Professor Lynne Oats, Professor of Taxation and Accounting, University of Exeter Business School

9 September 2013

Understanding gender diversity: How business leaders and academics can work together

Professor Michelle Ryan, Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

30 July 2013

The Power of Ecosystems

Professor Kevin Gaston, Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation
Director of Environment and Sustainability Institute

12 June 2013

Brand and Reputation

Caroline Taylor, Vice President of Marketing, Communciations & Citizenship for IBM UK & Ireland

19 December 2012

A new dawn for financial stability

Stephen Collins, South West Agent, Bank of England

6 September 2012

Facing Chaos: Personal Reflections on Strategic Leadership

Lt Gen (Retd) Sir Paul Newton KBE MPhil, Director, Strategy and Security Institute, University of Exeter

20 June 2012

The End of Externalities: Responsible lifestyles for the 21st Century

Prof Michael Depledge, Chair of Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School

25 April 2012

Redefining the purpose of Business

Paul Turner, Community & Sustainable Business Director, Lloyds Banking Group

19 December 2011

Is Christmas a deadweight loss?

Prof Stephen Lea (retired), Psychology

21 September 2011

Baby boomers, retirement and the Future of Business

Dr David Melzer, Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health, Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry and Dr Jonathan Powell, previously Director of Integrative Physiology, Unilever

22 June 2011

It's not what you know but who you know and more importantly who they know!

Professor Jo Horton, Professor of Accounting, University of Exeter Business School

5 April 2011

Water: Demand is escalating - what are the implications for business?

Professor Dragan Savic, Founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter & Neil Whiter, Head of Supply Demand Strategy, South West Water

21 September 2010

Entrepreneurship Policy Research at Exeter: Which UK Cities Attract and Retain the Best Entrepreneurial Talent?

Professors Marc Cowling & Gordon Murray, Emeritus Professor of Management (Entrepreneurship), University of Exeter Business School

30 June 2010

A Passion for Food - Growing the South West Economy

Michael Caines MBE, Food and Beverage Director of Brownsword Hotels and Executive Chef of Gidleigh Park

29 April 2010 

The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence & Power

Professor Alex Haslam, Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences