Leadership Profiles

As part of a range of activities to mark The Alliance’s 10th birthday in 2015, we launched a new feature on our website. We are now regularly featuring an original article profiling an engaging senior leader and based on an exclusive interview with them. In the profiles, each leader airs their individual views on business challenges, trends and coaching. They also share their personal tips, based on their own experience, for anyone looking to define their leadership identity and enhance their own and their organisation’s performance.

Click here for our most recent leadership profile, Kenny Wilson, CEO of Cath Kidston. Wilson has been running the company for five years and has just overseen its buyout by private equity group, Barings Asia. With a dual focus on performance and enjoyment, Wilson is an impressive leader who knows how to take his people with him.

Previous profiles have featured:

  • Jeremy Gilley, the Founder of the bold, creative and highly ambitious campaigning organisation for peace and non-violence, Peace One Day
  • Alan Rubenstein, CEO of The Pension Protection Fund (PPF). Alan has led the PPF through substantial change which has already won the organisation several prestigious awards
  • Anthony Forbes Watson, MD of Pan Macmillan, one of the largest general book publishers in the UK and the home of several of 2014’s bestselling titles, including The Miniaturist, Lamentation and You Are Here
  • Martha (Marty) Wikstrom, Founding Partner of Atelier Fund Management and Chairman of the Board for stylish men’s shoe company, Harry’s of London
  • Mairi Bannon, the forward-thinking yet endearingly humble co-MD of three innovative businesses: Strategic Dimensions, the Corporate Research Fund (CRF) and the Performance and Reward Centre (PARC)
  • Richard Foley, Senior Partner of global law firm Pinsent Masons, a post to which he was elected in 2014 following a hotly contested election process and a role which he is loving so far
  • Richard Wilson, CEO of BMO Global Asset Management (EMEA). He took on the responsibilities of this role in 2013, when F&C was acquired by BMO and is relishing the challenge of his position
  • Tony Cohen, current Chairman of children’s charity Barnardo’s and former CEO of FremantleMedia, whose aim os to help this treasured national brand do even more good work
  • Andy Rhodes, Deputy Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary. He is as fascinated by people development within the force as he is committed to values-based behaviours and effective guardianship out on the streets.

We’d be delighted to hear your comments and if you have any suggestions for leaders who have been influential to you and who you would like to see featured here in future, please let us know by emailing liz.gooster@alliancecoaching.co.uk.