Invitation to the Northern launch of ‘Kindness in Leadership’ book

Dr Susan Frenk, Principal of St. Aidan’s College, Durham University and the authors of ‘Kindness in Leadership’ are delighted to invite you to the Northern launch of their recent publication. The event will take place on November 28th at St. Aidan’s College, Durham University.

Kindness in Leadership is one of the first books to explore both the concept and practice of kindness in leadership and consider them in different societal and organisational settings. Its uniqueness lies in combining an innovative mix of personal views from leaders with explorations of organisational philosophies and practices.

As well as hearing from the authors you are invited to participate in group discussions. Some of the silver medallist Olympic rowers will take part in the discussions, especially in relation to the book chapter dedicated to kindness in sport. Other topics include:

  1. Does kindness play a role in creating a high performance environment in business?
  2. What is the link between emotional intelligence and kindness in creating high performance environments?
  3. Is it easy to be kind if you are leading an Independent owner managed business?
  4. What are some examples of kind behaviours at work, and what is their impact?


Date: November 28th 2018

Time: 17:00-19:00 (workshop starts at 17:30)
Location: The Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College, Durham University, Durham

Register your place on Eventbrite event page.


Gay Haskins is Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She has worked in management education for over thirty years as Dean of Executive Education at Saïd Business School, the Indian School of Business and London Business School and as Director General of the European Foundation for Management Development, the Brussels-based network of business schools and management development professionals. Earlier, she was Director of The Economist Newspaper’s conferences. She trained as a teacher of drama and consistently encourages the contribution of arts to leadership development. She obtained her MBA at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. She is a member of the International Advisory Boards of the University of Dublin’s Innovation Academy and of the business school, EADA in Barcelona, a founder of the European Women’s Management Development Network and an Honorary Fellow of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education.

Professor Mike Thomas is Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Organisational Leadership and Mental Health, University of Central Lancashire. A graduate in healthcare of the University of Manchester, he holds a Masters in Law from Liverpool John Moore’s University and a PhD in Psychotherapy from the University of Nottingham. He is involved in research on compassion and kindness in leadership and supervises PhD students who explore leadership with an emphasis on stewardship, values and resilience. He has led three social enterprise companies and acted as a consultant to third sector organisations and start-ups. An ex-submariner, Mike has worked for many years on projects to support discharged service personnel to find new life and career opportunities and is the Director of the College for Military Veterans and Emergency Services. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy & the Royal Society of Arts, & a member of the British Psychological Society and the Radio Officers Association.

Professor Lalit Johri is Senior Fellow in International Business at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Programme. His areas of expertise include strategy and leadership in international businesses, public–private partnerships, public policy and institutional reforms and emerging markets. He is a member of the International Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of Emerging Markets and of the advisory board for the Journal of Asian Business Studies. He has extensive expertise in emerging and developed countries, consulting with leading organisations, including playing important roles in the creation and development of business schools in China, Ireland, Spain, Vietnam, Thailand, India and the United Kingdom. He has also served as Professor of International Business at the Asian Institute of Technology School of Management in Thailand and as a tenured professor at the University of Delhi.


Professor Allan Gibb OBE is Emeritus Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Durham. He is the Founder and Former Director of the Small Business Centre of Durham University. He has worked in the field of Small and Medium Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Development for over thirty years and has been internationally recognised for his contribution to the field. He received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2009 and the first European Entrepreneurship Award in 2012 in recognition of his lifetime achievements.

Dinah Bennett OBE is Founder Director of International Consultants for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise. She has worked internationally with independent owner managed businesses and those in the business support environment for over twenty-five years. She is the Holder of the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion.

Yolanda Gibb is Fellow of Societal Innovation and Enterprise at St. Aidan’s College, Durham University, and co-founder of we-R-net. Throughout her varied career, she has focused on the fields of entrepreneurship and internationalization, working on all five continents with independently owner-managed businesses as well as with policy makers, universities, institutions and international organisations.

Alison Gill is co-founder of Getfeedback, a consultancy in leadership and organisational development. A psychologist by background, her expertise lies in establishing a link between the behaviours & skills that people expect from business leaders and the mechanisms required to ensure that these capabilities become a part of an organisations DNA. She works with public and private sector boards and executive directors and has advised on several organisational reviews including The Salz Review of Barclays (2013) and The Walker Review of Banks and Other Financial Institutions (2009). A triple Olympian in rowing, her interest in kindness in sport has been moulded by her experiences as athlete, coach and psychologist.

Professor Caroline Rowland is Professor Emerita of Leadership and Management and until recently, Associate Dean, University of Chester Business School. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Central Lancashire. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management. She is a member of the British Academy of Management’s special interest group on performance and has acted as advisor and consultant to the aerospace industry. Her qualifications include an MBA from Henley Management College and a PHD in Performance Management from the University of Manchester.