Leadership Conference 2019


20th June 2019


St Pierre Park Hotel, Guernsey


Rohais, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1FD

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Leaders is proud to host our second high-impact leadership conference in Guernsey. 


A line-up of speakers, curated by Leaders founder Phil Eyre, will present a diverse range of topics that touch on the issues organisational leaders face and explore how leadership excellence can be achieved.


Due to the limited availability of tickets, please book early to avoid disappointment.


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Exceptional speakers with diverse leadership experience

Stimulating format, including round-table discussion for maximum impact

Sparking new ideas to lead yourself and your organisation forward

Excellent opportunity to connect with leaders in the Channel Islands

BBQ buffet dinner included


Time: 3.45pm - 8.30pm
Date: Thursday 20th June 2019
Venue: St Pierre Park Hotel
Tickets: £135 per person, tables of ten £1,350


Dr Ellen Moon, PhD

Lecturer in Environmental Engineering

Dr Ellen Moon, PhD

Lecturer in Environmental Engineering

Dr Ellen Moon has always wanted to make a positive difference to the world, and a career in science is enabling her to do just that. Ellen is a geochemist at Deakin University, Australia, and her research focuses on developing sustainable remediation strategies for land and water contaminated with heavy metals. Ellen grew up on the island of Jersey and received her PhD in Ocean and Earth Science from the University of Southampton in 2012. She moved to Australia in 2011 and since then has worked in both industry and academia, on projects related to the environmental sustainability of industrial processes and resilience of remediated landscapes to climate change. She has also been involved in national scientific policy design. In 2018 Ellen was chosen to travel to Antarctica to participate in Homeward Bound, a ground-breaking leadership, strategy and science communication initiative for women in science. She is a proud advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and strives to make science and engineering more accessible to young women.

Major General Paul Nanson CBE

Commandant Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Major General Paul Nanson CBE

Commandant Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Major General Paul Nanson was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire and educated at Merchant Taylors’ School Crosby, Runshaw Tertiary College and Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Territorial Army in 1984 and then attended Commissioning Course 86/1 before joining the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Paul’s early service was spent at Regimental Duty as Platoon Commander, Adjutant and Company Commander with 3rd Fusiliers and 2nd Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment. Later he was made Chief of Staff for 1st (UK) Armoured Division before taking command of 7th Armoured Brigade, ‘The Desert Rats’, in January 2011. Following brigade command, he spent 12 months serving with the US Marine Corps as Deputy Commander Regional Command in Helmand, Afghanistan. Paul was promoted to Major General in September 2015 and assumed the appointments of Commandant Sandhurst and Director Leadership. In April 2018 he became General Officer Commanding of the newly formed Army Recruiting and Initial Training Command. He has served on operations in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Kuwait, Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan and is Colonel of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Colonel Commandant CAMUS, Chairman of the Sandhurst Trust, a trustee of the Desert Rats Association and Patron of Deptherapy, a charity which aims to rehabilitate wounded servicemen.

Doug Perkins FCOptom DCLP

Chairman and Co-founder of Specsavers

Doug Perkins FCOptom DCLP

Chairman and Co-founder of Specsavers

Douglas Perkins and his wife Mary established Specsavers’ joint venture partnership model in 1984, with the vision of making eyecare more affordable. A qualified and registered optometrist for more than 50 years, Doug is accountable for the overall success of the partnership. He is the Chariman of the Board of Directors of Specsavers Optical Group and also has specific responsibilities for the advancement of professional standards across Specsavers and supporting the regulatory agenda across their markets. He believes in passionately providing fashionable affordable eyecare for everyone. Doug is a Member of the General Optical Council Companies Committee and represents FODO in various working parties. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and has Honorary Fellowships from Cardiff and Swansea Universities and Honorary Doctorates from Anglia University and Plymouth. He is a past member of the Institute of Directors Committee in Guernsey and a past member of the Government Strategic Forum in Guernsey. Doug is an active supporter of numerous charities, including Guide Dogs, The Eyecare Trust, Fight for Sight, Vision Aid Overseas, St John’s Hospital Jerusalem, the Mines Awareness Trust, Action Aid, Mercy Ships, the Christian Blind Mission and Concern. He was also the Initial fund supporter for Ty Hafan, a children’s hospice in South Wales and has been personally involved in raising $70,000 for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia and $0.5m for The Fred Hollows Foundation in Australia and New Zealand.

Dame Mary Perkins DBE FBOA

Co-founder of Specsavers

Dame Mary Perkins DBE FBOA

Co-founder of Specsavers

Dame Mary Perkins is co-founder and board member of Specsavers Group, an entrepreneur and a leading figure in optometry and audiology. A qualified and registered optometrist for more than 50 years, Dame Mary plays an active role in the business in a number of areas including driving customer service standards, championing values and shaping corporate responsibility. Dame Mary is passionately involved with a number of national and local charities and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2007, and also won most outstanding Woman in Business Award at National Business Awards. In 2017 she received the EY Lifetime Achievement Award. Dame Mary is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and a Freeman of the City of London. Dame Mary places huge value on putting people first and encourages all areas of the business to support their local community. She is an Ambassador for Vision Aid Overseas, patron of many charities such as everywoman, Kidscape, British Citizen Awards, Soundseekers, Changing Faces, an Officer of the Order of St John, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Visioncare for the Homeless, Haring Dogs, Action Aid.

Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea CBE, DL

Chairman and Founder of Cobra Beer, Independent Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords

Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea CBE, DL

Chairman and Founder of Cobra Beer, Independent Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords

Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. Lord Bilimoria is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. Karan was a former Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker Group PLC (2007-2016); he is one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; he is a founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council. In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords. In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharti Samman by the President of India. He is an honorary fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University. In July 2014, he was installed as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, making him the first Indian-born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain, and he is the President of the UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA). Since 2017 Lord Bilimoria has been a Bynum Tudor Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford.


Registration and drinks



Phil Eyre

Phil will introduce us to the Leadership Conference and our invited speakers. Why is leadership important, what constitutes great leadership and what new skills will leaders need in the future?


Enduring Leadership

Major General Paul Nanson

Major General Paul Nanson will draw from his Army career to demonstrate what makes for enduring leadership, the role of mission command and a serve-to-lead philosophy. How do these come together to ensure successful decisions in critical moments?


Reflections on Leadership from an Entrepreneurial Couple

Doug Perkins and Dame Mary Perkins

Phil Eyre will interview Doug Perkins and Dame Mary Perkins, co-founders of Specsavers, on the factors that have shaped their leadership personally and professionally.


20-Minute break


Leadership Legacy

Dr Ellen Moon

What does leadership look like when we prioritise a sustainable future over short-term success? Dr Ellen Moon will inspire us to consider the long-term impact of our leadership decisions and challenge us to think far outside our usual frames of reference.


Courageous Leadership

Lord Karan Bilimoria

Courage is at the heart of effective leadership. What does courageous leadership require? Lord Bilimoria will draw on his extensive experience as a businessman, entrepreneur and peer in the House of Lords to challenge our conventional thinking.


Drinks Reception

Drinks reception kindly sponsored by Villa Saletta and Cobra Beer.



BBQ buffet and the opportunity to network in a beautiful setting.



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