This is an international research festival on leadership, sustainability and wellbeing on the shores of Windermere in the Lake District. The provisional programme is now available (pdf download).


On July 16th to 18th 2015, at Brathay Hall, you can join a multi-sector and inter-disciplinary conference of people from over 40 countries to explore insights from engaged scholarship on the nexus of leadership, sustainability and wellbeing. You will hear inspiring and diverse insights from cultural leaders from around the world, and interact with people offering or procuring leadership training. To encourage free thinking, networking and integration of ideas, alongside plenary keynotes, panels and paper presentations, there will be interactive facilitation, creative activities, boat trips, tai chi, music, dancing and festivities, all set in the stunning location of Brathay Hall in Ambleside on the shores of Windermere.


The event is a unique opportunity for leadership development professionals to learn new insights, for corporate responsibility executives to better understand how to engage leadership development functions, and for any professional who works for social change to gain new ideas and rejuvenation. Engaged scholars will find the mix of intellectual disciplines and practitioners provides valuable feedback on their research.


Speakers include Actor and Director Nandita Das, Broadcaster Funmi Iyanda, Author and de-growth activist Charles Eisenstein and Women’s empowerment guru Lynne Franks, Zegna Talent Manager Bernadette Zegna,  Author and Activist Nicole Schwab, NESTA’s Helen Goulden, Guardian Executive Editor Jo Confino, PwC Leadership Development Director Catherine Rennolds, Author and Publisher Michael Edwards, WWF-UK Officer Charlotte Millar, Author and Entrepreneur Ed Gillespie, Professor Jem Bendell, and Reverend Canon Robert Hannaford.


Music from nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters, including Cate Ferris of Dizraeli and the Small Gods (you were listening to Cate just now if you had your sound on).


Organised by the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at the University of Cumbria and Brathay Trust, proceeds will support charitable activities for leadership development. Selected papers will be included in a special issue of an academic journal. The event launches the Alumni network for hundreds of senior executive graduates of the MBA’s taught by IFLAS and the Robert Kennedy College.  Leading Wellbeing is supported by Futerra and Lifeworth. We are delighted that Futerra is organising a fringe programme of activities during the Festival and that Heart of the Lakes is sponsoring the Music and Arts programme. Big thanks to all our supporters and sponsors.