"I believe there are certain things that leaders and teams must do but, more fundamental, is what both leaders and teams must be."
Justin Featherstone MC
Leadership consultant and expedition leader
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Justin Featherstone is a leadership consultant and expedition leader. He has worked with a variety of Public Sector and commercial organisations both in the UK and overseas and specialises in developing values-based leadership and organisational culture. He also is an occasional lecturer on leadership at the Universities of Exeter, Bath and Llubljana, Slovenia.
A former Major in The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, he deployed on various operations over his eighteen years’ service, including commanding a Company in Southern Iraq in 2004. His last posting was as the principal leadership Staff Officer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
A keen mountaineer and whitewater kayaker, he has led and participated in over thirty overseas expeditions to the mountains, rivers and rainforests of the world. He was awarded the Military Cross for his actions in Iraq and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. As an Honorary Fellow of University of Exeter, he has a role in the Business School and supporting the Exeter Leadership Network; he is also a member of the Alpine Club and an Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning. In 2011, he spent time living with the Cabecar Indians of Costa Rica as research for an MA in Leadership Studies at Exeter University, which he completed in 2012. He is a director of the Leaside Trust, a charity for young people in the Hackney area and is working on different initiatives with the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, which supports people with profound learning and physical disabilities as well as promoting inclusivity across the community.
Justin is also a qualified Winter Mountain Leader, whitewater kayaking coach and climbing instructor. He lives in Devon with Tigris, an errant street mutt he brought back from Iraq who shares his passion for Dartmoor.