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The Development of Ethical Leaders

  • Course Dates: Fri 21 October 2016, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Videos from each of the talks from this seminar can be found on our website or on the Sarum College YouTube page.

This is the final seminar in the series, Developing Ethical Leaders: The Contribution of Philosophy and Spirituality.

This seminar is set in the broad context of concerns that the current syllabus underpinning the training and development of business leaders fails to take sufficient account of the ethical and moral implications of dominant narratives in economics and business thinking.

Speakers will encourage participants to engage with such questions as:

  • How does Christian spiritual reflection connect with the practice of virtuous and ethical business behaviour?
  • What are the big issues to explore and reflect on?
  • How can an academic perspective engage with the practical world of business?

Outline Programme

10.00 – Welcome from Revd Canon Dr James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College
10.05 – Introduction: Christian Belief, Christian Ethics and Good Leadership (Prof Andy Henley, Cardiff Business School)
10.15 – The Romance, Sacralisation and Scapegoating of Leaders: A MacIntyrean Corrective to a Girardian Perspective (Prof Geoff Moore, Durham University Business School)
11.00 – Break
11.30 – Developing Ethical Leaders and the Knowing Doing Gap – Lessons From Spirituality (Dr Karen Blakeley, Winchester Business School)
12.15 – Group conversations arising from the morning sessions followed by a buffet lunch
14.00 – Characters and Caricatures? Why We Need Leaders of Good Characters (Dr Eve Poole, Activist Theologian)
15.00 – Break
15.15 – Ethical Leadership in Practice (Tom Stables, Managing Director, National Express UK Coach)
16.00 – Review and concluding remarks


Karen Blakeley has over 20 years’ experience of leadership development working for multinational organisations such as British Airways, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Barclays Bank. She is DBA Programme Leader at Winchester Business School.

Geoff Moore is Professor of Business Ethics, Durham University Business School. One particular focus of his work has been on the application of the moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre’s ideas to organisations in general and business organisations in particular.

Eve Poole is an Associate of Ashridge Business School, the William Temple Foundation, St Paul’s Institute, and Faith in Business. Her focus is on leadership, learning, emotional intelligence and ethics.

Tom Stables is Managing Director, National Express UK Coach. He joined National Express in 2011 as Group Business Development Director, responsible for a variety of commercial projects including leading the bid for the Essex Thameside rail franchise.


Tim Harle is Programme Leader for Sarum College’s MA in Christian Approaches to Leadership. Tim lives at the interface of business and faith: he has worked at senior levels in service sector companies and, earlier in his career, with government ministers in Whitehall.

Andy Henley is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. His personal leadership journey has involved stints in senior management roles at two other universities in Wales.

Places are free and include a buffet lunch. Numbers are strictly limited so booking is essential.
To book please contact Alison Ogden by email or telephone 01722 424826.

Esrc_logoWe are grateful to the ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council) for their support of this seminar series. For more details of the seminar series, visit www.ethicalleadership.org.uk.

Course Details

Fri 21 October 2016
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
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Speakers: Karen Blakeley; Geoff Moore; Eve Poole and Tom Stables. Convenors: Andy Henley and Tim Harle.
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Free, includes a buffet lunch. Advance booking required.