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Wavelength Connect 2020: Leadership Masterclass 1

Theme: Resilience in a Crisis

This first Masterclass is a conversation with two insightful leaders: Alison Platt, Non-Exec Director, Tesco & former Group CEO, Countrywide and Drew Povey, Leadership and Transformation Specialist & former Executive Head Teacher, Harrop Fold School. 

Alison and Drew will share experiences of leading in a crisis, both now during COVID-19 but also from their previous roles, and how they kept resilient through those challenging times. In this interactive and conversation-based session they will share first-hand their lessons learned, top tips, dive into areas of particular interest, and ensure no questions go unanswered.

This is a unique opportunity to share the challenges we are facing in our different organisations and gain insights from two highly accomplished and thoughtful leaders.

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Our Contributors

Alison Platt, Non-Exec Director, Tesco & former Group CEO, Countrywide

Alison is one of UK’s most experienced corporate leaders. A former CEO of a FTSE 250 organisation, Alison is a NED on Tesco’s main exec board, Chair of a division of Legal & General, and a NED at Dechra – the world’s leading manufacturer of veterinarian drugs.

Alison was Group CEO of Countrywide, the FTSE 250 listed residential and commercial property group, from 2014-2018 and talks candidly about the challenges she faced trying to transform an incumbent organisation, resulting ultimately in her resignation, and the toll that took on her personally as a leader.

More recently Alison has been party to the transformation of the world’s third largest retailer, Tesco, and its strategy through the COVID-19 crisis. She is currently mentoring two CEOs of organisations she serves on as Chair and as a NED through these unprecedented times.

Prior to her time at Countrywide, Alison spent over twenty years in healthcare and financial services with Bupa and was previously the Chair of 'Opportunity Now’ which seeks to accelerate change for women in the workplace and was a non executive director for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 2005 one 2010. In 2011 she was awarded the CMG (Companion to St Michael and St George) in the Queens Birthday Honours list for services to the foreign office.

Drew Povey, Leadership and Transformation Specialist & former Executive Head Teacher, Harrop Fold School

Drew is an exceptionally accomplished leader and one of the UK’s most influential leadership authorities who’s worked with top leaders in in education, the Police, the National Health Service, elite sport and international businesses. He become nationally renowned through the BAFTA award winning hit TV series Educating Greater Manchester as the Head who transformed the fortunes of what OFSTED stated was “the worst performing school in Britain” but resigned in a blaze of publicity in September 2018.

Understanding a 'crisis context' is one of the leaders' greatest challenges and is something Drew has studied for over a decade. He believes crisis leadership is a process - not a one-off event. Drew has identified key learnings that form a solid foundation for leaders and teams to build their strategy and his model explores the fundamental components that will shape a successful strategy. These multifaceted components encompass Awareness and are: Acceptance, Adaptation, and Ambition. Drew's model was recently documented in a Forbes article.

Drew has a wealth of experience through his coaching and work with leaders in a cross-section of organisations and sectors. This extensive network of partnerships has led to the implementation of Drew’s philosophies and concepts across a wide range of customer-focused organisations.

Drew is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FILM).