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Andrew Likierman

Session 1: Improving your leadership through better judgment

Andrew Likierman, Professor of Management Practice in Accounting


About the session

All major judgments will depend on the quality of a leader’s judgment – most obviously big ticket items such as major commercial decisions and the hiring of key staff. At a day-to-day level, judgments about priorities, communication and access are just as important in setting the tone of the organisation and establishing personal credibility. So how do you know you have good judgment and how do you improve what you’ve got? Andrew has been working on how to identify, measure and improve judgment and will share his findings.


About the speaker

Andrew was educated at the University of Vienna and Balliol College Oxford. He is Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School having previously been Professor of Accounting and Financial Control. He has also served in a number of administrative roles, including as Dean from 2009 to 2017. His current research is on the role of judgement in management after he became curious as to why judgement, which is generally highly valued, is not developed or used in management. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the London Business School and from three other universities.


Andrew’s career has included work in the public and private sectors, as well as in professional life.


In the public sector he was a member of the Cabinet Office Central Policy Review Staff and spent a 10-year period as one of the Managing Directors of the UK Treasury and Head of the UK Government Accountancy Service. In this period he led the project which changed the basis of government planning, control and reporting from cash to accruals, for which he was created a Knight in 2001. He has also been a Non-executive Chairman of the National Audit Office, Deputy Chairman of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and a Director of the Bank of England. He has won the Sunday Times award for Non-Executive Director of the year in the public/not for profit sector.


In the private sector Andrew worked as a management accountant with Tootal Ltd, ran a textile plant in Germany and was Managing Director of the overseas division of Qualitex Ltd, with subsidiaries in France, the US and Malta. He has been the non-executive Chairman of the market research firm MORI Ltd, the Economists’ Bookshop Group, the California-based electro-technology company Applied Intellectual Capital plc and a non-executive Director of Barclays Bank plc. He is currently a national independent non-executive director of Times Newspapers Holdings Ltd and a non-executive director of the the quoted insurance Lloyds underwriter Beazley plc. 


In his professional capacity, Andrew has advised the House of Commons Treasury, Employment, Transport and Social Services Select Committees. He is a past President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (who awarded him their Gold Medal) and was a member of the Financial Reporting Council. He has been a member of a number of official inquiries, including North Sea oil costs, international comparisons of telecoms and posts, and accounting for changing prices. He chaired a government study on professional liability. In the field of corporate governance, he was a member of the “Cadbury Committee” on UK corporate governance, and of the steering committee on oversight and governance of the United Nations. 


Keith Willey

Session 2: Alumni entrepreneurship panel

Moderated by Keith Willey, Adjunct Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship.


Panel members

We are currently confirming exciting alumni speakers for this session, and will update this space shortly.




Joseph Liu

Session 3: Career change

Joseph Liu


About the session

Does the work you do truly align with your personal values and ambitions? Have you wondered what it takes to successfully relaunch your career and pursue work that truly matters to you? In this talk, a former brand marketer turned career change consultant will share his personal story of career reinvention and reveal key questions to ask yourself so you can gain the clarity, confidence, and courage to relaunch your own career. During this interactive talk, you’ll pinpoint which stage you’re at on your own professional journey, clarify which barriers are preventing you from starting the next stage of your career, and identify concrete steps to move your career in a new direction. You’ll also gain useful insights from real-life case studies of professionals who have successfully relaunched their careers.

About the speaker

Joseph Liu’s mission is to help aspiring professionals relaunch their careers to do more meaningful work. Having gone through three major career changes himself, he believes making the effort to pursue meaningful work is absolutely worth it. Joseph has been a TEDx speaker and featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Glassdoor, Huffpost, Monster, SUCCESS, and Career Builder. As a keynote speaker, career consultant, and host of the Career Relaunch podcast with listeners in over 100 countries, his unique approach combines professional career coaching with his 10 years' product branding experience to help professionals effectively market their personal brands.

Speaker session options - 11:50 - 13:00

Richard Newman

Session 1: Increase your impact and influence

Richard Newman, Owner, UK Body Talk Ltd.


About the session

Do you want to have more presence, authority and influence to persuade people with your ideas?

Many great ideas fail simply by being communicated poorly. Discover how to make your ideas happen, through inspiring and motivating the people around you, so that you get the results and respect you deserve. You can increase how convincing, confident and inspiring people rate you to be by up to 44% by making simple changes to your communication style every day.

What will you gain from this session?

  • Essential elements of personal presence that will give you extra authority and influence in your most important meetings

  • Increase your natural persuasiveness, personal impact and effectiveness, with a more compelling communication style

  • Learn how to combine your own authentic communication style with success principles, that are proven to work internationally


About the speaker

Richard is an award-winning expert in Communication and Influence.

His team recently helped one client win over £1.2 billion in new business by improving the way they communicate, winning 100% of the work they bid.

He features regularly on BBC London Radio, discussing the communication styles of leaders. He has also featured on SKY TV, BBC Breakfast TV, the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Daily Mail and Forbes Magazine.

Richard won the most coveted award in speechwriting, the Cicero Grand Prize Award for being the Best International Speechwriter, selected by a committee in Washington DC.

In 2016, his scientific research on communication was published in the Journal of Psychology, which proved that small changes in your behaviour can increase your leadership ratings by 44%.

He has given specialist communication coaching to 50,000 people, across 45 countries, over the last 20 years. Richard’s clients include CEOs, Vice-Presidents and leaders across many industries, including companies such as Virgin, Expedia, EE, AXA, Capgemini and 3M. 


Murray Steele

Session 2: The effective Non-Executive Director for the 21st century, (and how to get an NED position)

Murray Steele, Non-Executive Director and Course Leader, FT NED Diploma


About the session

If you are already an experienced Non - Executive director [NED] or are interested in developing a non-executive director career path, in either addition to, or instead of your executive career, join Murray Steele, an experienced NED and programme director for the FT NED Diploma, for this lively workshop, which examines: 

  • The importance of NEDs and what they actually do or should do

  • The growing challenges of the role including recent trends and developments around the role

  • The skills, personal attributes and behaviour required to be effective

  • Why NED roles can enhance your career

  • How to find NED roles and your board CV

  • The importance of due diligence before accepting a role

  • Issues to consider when building an NED portfolio


About the speaker

Murray Steele has been a leader in the development of non-executive directors in the UK and internationally, with over 5,000 participants attending his programmes. Currently he works with the Financial Times NED Club delivering their six month, Masters level, Diploma and two-day Effective NED programme and the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. Steele has extensive NED experience, having held over 20 chair and NED positions in listed companies, divisions of listed companies, large privately and venture capital owned businesses, early stage tech businesses, charities, pension funds and the public sector. Currently he is chairman of Octopus Apollo VCT, a FTSE listed company which invests in mid-size unquoted companies; LINX - the London Internet Exchange; and Surface Generation, a high tech engineering company; and an NED at James Walker Group, an international engineering group. He has successfully led three exits and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times’ ‘NED of the Year’ in 2012 in the Private Company/Private Equity category. 



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