Theme: Challenger Leadership - Being the Courageous Voice
Our second Leadership Masterclass is a conversation between Nick Stace, Head of Strategy, Saga & former CEO, The Prince's Trust and Helen Hyde, Portfolio Leader & Coach, & former Board member, John Lewis Partnership.
Nick and Helen have both had a mandate to challenge the status quo - Nick as a hugely experienced driver of transformation in a wide variety of organisations, and Helen in her final role as the internal "critical friend" to JLP's Chair and Board. What does it take to speak unvarnished truths, even if permission is given? In this interactive and conversation-based session they will share first-hand their lessons learned, top tips, dive into areas of particular interest, and ensure no questions go unanswered.
This is a unique opportunity to share the challenges we are facing in our different organisations and gain insights from two highly accomplished and thoughtful leaders.
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Nick Stace, Head of Strategy, Saga & former CEO, The Prince's Trust
A Wavelength Alumnus, Nick joined Saga in January this year with a remit to help the organisation rediscover its' purpose and become a stronger corporate citizen. He is now developing that new strategy, building networks and working with his new peers fully virtually.
Previously, Nick joined The Prince’s Trust as the charity announced plans to extend its work to reach more than 70,000 young people a year through a new online learning and mentoring platform which will complement its well established programmes to help disadvantaged young people to succeed in education and employment.
Nick was CEO of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He led a period of great change to better meet the needs of the veterinary profession and the public – this included a turnaround in staff engagement, a culture focused on service, and a drive to address the extremely high suicide rates amongst vets.
Nick honed the skills required for such a transformation as a consumer champion and communications expert as CEO of CHOICE in Australia (equivalent to UK Which?), Director of Strategic Communications for Prime Minister Gordon Brown and as Deputy CEO and Director of Campaigns and Communications at Which?
Nick is a Board and Council Member of the National Trust and NED of the Financial Conduct Authority.
Helen Hyde, Portfolio Leader & Coach & former Board Member, John Lewis Partnership
Helen has recently left the John Lewis Partnership after more than 30 years to set up her own Coaching and Consultancy business. She is building a portfolio practice built on her experience of coaching, board roles, HR and governance expertise.
During her time in the Partnership she had many operational and people roles in both John Lewis and Waitrose (the two leading businesses of the John Lewis Partnership). She was the Personnel Director for Waitrose from 2012-17.
Her final role was as Partners’ Counsellor - a unique role in the largest co-owned business in Europe. On the Partnership Board, the role involved being a “critical friend” to the Chairman and Executive. (In the John Lewis Partnership Constitution it states the role “must be completely open with the Chairman, and must tell him anything which he ought to know for the good of the Partnership”.)
Helen also acted as an ombudsman for the business seeking “to ensure that the Partnership is true to its principles and compassionate to individual Partners.”
She is a qualified coach and is working towards a masters in Executive Coaching and a trustee of the Crafts Council and other local charities.
Helen is dyslexic and is passionate about creating inclusive cultures in which difference of thinking is embraced and leaders can be their true selves.