Speakers and Contributors

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Keynote speaker – Jonathan Haidt

Jon is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is a leading social psychologist who studies morality, emotion, and culture.

His research examines the intuitive foundations of morality and he explores how moral reasoning is generally done post-hoc, to search for confirmation of our fast, automatic intuitive responses. Jon is therefore skeptical of the power of reasoning to bring us to the right conclusions, particularly when self-interest or reputational concerns are in play.

Jon is therefore skeptical of direct approaches to fostering ethical behaviour — particularly direct teaching in the classroom — as he believes that we cannot just put moral knowledge into our students’ heads, and expect them to implement that knowledge after they leave the classroom.



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Alexandra Meagher

Senior Policy Advisor, Cabinet Office

Alexandra is a Senior Policy Advisor in the UK government’s Inclusive Economy Unit, a specialised team that works across the public, private and social sectors to create jobs, develop new businesses and enable innovative responses to societal problems. She leads the team’s work developing regulatory frameworks and partnership models that institutionalise business as a force for good. Alexandra began her career as a commercial lawyer, working in international law in The Hague and Paris and in European competition law in London. Outside of work she is involved with London Street Rescue and the “Art Night” yearly free festival in London.


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Elizabeth David-Barrett

Lecturer in Politics, University of Sussex

Liz joined the University of Sussex in 2014, following four years at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. She holds a DPhil in Politics and an MSc in Politics Research Methods from the University of Oxford (St Antony’s), an MA from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (University of London), and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford (Oriel). Before returning to academia, she worked as a journalist writing for The Economist, Financial Times and others on south-eastern Europe. She has also worked in political risk analysis and for London-based think tanks.


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Jakob Stollberger

Research Fellow, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues

Jakob is working on an interdisciplinary project drawing from business ethics, positive psychology, and philosophy. He is currently finalising a PhD in Management in which he investigates how leaders can influence their followers by means of nonverbal and emotional communication. Another research stream involves the investigation of positive psychological states within the workplace utilising predominantly longitudinal research designs and quantitative methods. Within the Jubilee Centre, Jakob works on the Virtuous Character in Business and Finance project, which explores attitudes about virtues held by business and finance students and professionals, as well as ways in which a virtue ethical approach may provide a suitable foundation for business ethics education.



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John Featherby

Director, Shoremount

John founded and leads Shoremount, a corporate advisory firm helping corporates be less machine, more organism/ecosystem. He is the Senior Advisor to a leading FTSE100 corporate change initiative and an investment committee member for multi-award winning impact investment fund. Previously John worked in strategy and corporate finance at Savills Capital Advisors, and in valuation and investment at Savills Commercial.

John graduated with an MA from CASS Business School and a BA Hons from the University of Nottingham. He’s a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is one of only a handful of UK members designated as a “Management Consultancy Surveyor” in the land and property arena. John is an active participant of the social impact investment network with a particular passion to see Africa transformed through commercial enterprise



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Kevin Hills

Partner, EY

Kevin leads EY’s Corporate Integrity team in the UK and Ireland. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Certified Fraud Examiner. His team applies analytic tools and methodologies to assess sub-cultures within organisations; we know through experience that even organisations with world class mechanisms occasionally suffer scandals, often due to sub-cultures that create the conditions in which people rationalise decisions at odds with the organisation’s purpose and values. Kevin’s team works with clients across all three lines of defence and external audit to help them use culture as another lens on risk.



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Lee Bryant

Co-founder and Director, Post*Shift

Lee is passionate about using social technology to put humans front and centre of the way we do things in the Twenty-First Century, and believes social networks, not bureaucracies, are the organising principle of the current era. He co-founded Headshift in 2002 to investigate new uses for social technology inside companies and organisations, which became a leading international social business consultancy and was acquired by a US firm in 2009. In 2013, he co-founded a new company, POST*SHIFT, dedicated to exploring the intersection between new social technologies and new thinking on organisational structure and culture



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Plamena Pehlivanova

UCL Institute of Education

Plamena is a co-designer and facilitator for the Philosophy for Accountancy programme, piloted through the AuditFutures project of ICAEW. She is a Doctoral Researcher and Teaching Fellow at the UCL Institute of Education, and a researcher for the Future of Skills project at the Government Office for Science. Her research within the learning sciences focuses on methods that enable holistic development of character and moral agency in novice professionals.



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Richard Moorhead

Director of the Centre for Ethics and Law and Professor of Law and Professional Ethics at the Faculty of Laws, UCL

Richard’s work focuses on lawyers’ ethics, professional competence, the regulation of legal services and access to justice. Often employing empirical methods, he has conducted a wide range of studies, including for the Ministry of Justice, Legal Services Board, Civil Justice Council, and the Law Society. He has been a member of the Civil Justice Council and the Lord Chancellor´s Advisory Committee on Legal Ethics, the Legal Services Consultative Panel. He has also served as Specialist Adviser to what is now the Justice Select Committee. He sits on the editorial board of the International Journal of the Legal profession and the advisory board of the Journal and Law and Society.


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