The Leadership Lecture – 20th September 2017

Three illustrious characters, that have been driving forces in different fields over the past two decades, kindly shared their thoughts, lessons and experiences on leadership during an evening lecture.

Speaking on the night were:

David Morgan-Hewitt is Managing Director of The Goring and is as much of an institution as the hotel itself, having been with The Goring since 1990. In 27 years he has overseen some of the hotel’s greatest and exciting periods of transformation. David was named Top General Manager of the Year Worldwide by Luxury Travel Advisor.

Simon Halliday is Chairman of European Professional Club Rugby. He played for England in the 1980s and early 90s as well as with the great Bath team. He has seen the leadership of Clive Woodward and Will Carling from close quarters amongst other leading captains of that Rugby era. Simon was a Director with Lehman Brothers at the time of its fatal crash and saw a different leadership style in action.

Bob Cotton worked with the great Gardner Merchant board, under Garry Hawkes, in the 1980s and 90s bef ore becoming an advisor to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and then a successful tenure as CEO of the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

These three great characters have rare insights that made for a fascinating and illuminating session. The Leadership Lecture was sponsored by gig – the mobile app that matches businesses in the hospitality and retail sectors with an on-demand workforce. It was held in the great event spaces at Park Plaza London Riverbank.

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