Jun 07 2017| Leadership

The Leadership Conference Speakers

Why we selected the speakers for the Leadership Conference

by Phil Eyre Founder

Leadership Conference Speakers


We are looking forward to welcoming many Channel Islands business leaders at Guernsey’s first leadership conference on 22nd June.

Our ambition is that Guernsey will be recognised as a centre of excellence for leadership and governance. We have chosen the speakers and designed the conference format to stimulate ideas and discussion around what great leadership looks like in practice. Our aim is to help our conference guests to influence and lead their businesses and organisations forward.

The event’s sponsors have also played an integral part in helping to make this event happen. We have to thank Investec Bank (Channel Islands), Specsavers, Rothschild Trust Guernsey, Carey Group Guernsey, Grant Thornton, Optimus Group and Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management.

We have five guest speakers who will each speak for 15 to 20 minutes on a crucial leadership issue before prompting discussion around the tables. When designing the conference, we deliberately wanted to bring a mix of speakers, with different experiences, who will each share their unique perspectives with the audience.


Guy and Julia Hands

Guy and Julia are Guernsey-resident, entrepreneurial business leaders. We wanted to include a high-profile couple with a keen understanding of how Guernsey works, who run businesses themselves and have an ability to speak with experience on sometimes controversial issues.


Their businesses are, on the face of it, very different. Terra Firma is one of Europe’s leading private equity investment firms, acquiring, transforming and selling asset-backed businesses. Hand Picked Hotels is a collection of individual, boutique hotels with superb, personal service at its heart. Each requires a strength of leadership to be successful. I am looking forward to interviewing Guy and Julia together, drawing on their experiences to understand the similarities and differences in the factors that contribute to success in their respective businesses. 


Matt Bird

I first met Matt in Guernsey two years ago, introduced by our then Chief Minister, Jonathan Le Tocq. Matt is a highly engaging public speaker, born of his conviction that the actual currency of business is relationships, not money. His book Relationology was my most influential read of 2015. As well as writing, advising, speaking internationally and running his consultancy, Matt is founder and CEO of the Cinnamon Network, enabling churches across the UK to significantly optimise their social impact. For me, Matt exhibits ‘servant leadership’ at its best, achieving phenomenal performance with humility and placing a high value on the power of relationships.


Major General Patrick Marriott

The military places a high value on leadership, identifying and developing leaders arguably better than any organisation in the country. The situations and conditions in which the armed forces operate require an exceptionally high level of agility, awareness and commitment - core leadership skills in any organisation. I was therefore keen to include a speaker with military experience. One of our associates, Kaaren Welsby, is a major in the British Army and helped us to connect with Major General Patrick Marriott as she served under his leadership in Iraq. The Major General has a distinguished career of 35 years in the British Army, including his role as Commandant of the Royal Military Academy.

Notwithstanding his impressive track record, it was during the first few moments of our initial telephone conversation that I knew without a doubt that the Major General would be an excellent speaker for our conference; he exuded a rare mix of authority, humility and humour that made an immediate impact on me.


Dr Lesley Dickie

I met Lesley at the Jersey Leadership Conference last year. I was impressed with her passion for the organisation that she leads - Jersey Zoo - and with her desire to press for excellence. Excellence not just in her organisation but in seeing Jersey and the Channel Islands take radical, leading positions on environmental and social justice issues. Leadership often requires a radical element that is prepared to stretch the boundaries, challenge the norms and ‘think big’. Lesley exudes these traits. Her desire to serve the community, with passion and vision for enhancing our environment with immediate and generational benefits, is infectious.


We are looking forward to a highly engaging and stimulating conference.

St Pierre Park Hotel, 22nd June from 4.00pm to 8.00pm, including a BBQ buffet. 

To find out more, including how to book, visit our website http://www.leadersconsultancy.co.uk/conference/


I look forward to seeing you there.


Phil Eyre

Founder, Leaders

About The Author | Phil Eyre

Phil is Leaders’ founder. He has an enthusiastic and inspiring style, drawing on his experience in business, academia and social sectors to help any leadership team to achieve phenomenal performance. Phil has sophisticated expertise in psychometrics and in the application of human data for individual, team and organisational success. He has trained with, and been mentored by, global leaders in this field, notably Dr Chuck Coker in the US. Phil began his career in the UK offshore finance industry in 1994, working for a wealth management company in Guernsey, Collins Stewart (CI) Limited, now Canaccord Genuity Wealth International. Phil was head of the company's Guernsey division, with a staff of 120 and assets under management of £4.5billion before resigning from executive responsibilities in 2008. Phil has served on the boards of three charities, including BMS World Mission, a UK charity with over 80 employees and a global reach. Phil also ran the Guernsey hub of a national theology college, received accreditation as a pastor in the Baptist Union of Great Britain and served as a non-executive director for Canaccord Genuity Wealth International. Phil is a member of the NED Forum and the Institute of Directors.

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