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The Institute of Leadership & Management announces new CEO

John Mark Williams has been appointed the new Chief Executive of The Institute of Leadership & Management, taking over from from Phil James, who has led The Institute since its demerger from the City & Guilds Group in 2016.

The Institute, is a world-renowned specialist membership body that raises professional standards of more than 30,000 leaders, managers, coaches and mentors.

Institute Chairman Professor Dr Andrew Sharman said: “We’re delighted to appoint John as The Institute’s new CEO. His superb track record of leadership in the sector uniquely positions him to lead The Institute into a new era.

“John has an authentic connection to The Institute’s mission to inspire great leadership everywhere and understands that post Covid-19 it will be our unique, world-class leadership development offer that will enable leaders and managers to rebuild collaborative, agile, socially conscious and future-ready organisations.

“I am looking forward to an exciting future for The Institute, and all its stakeholders, with John.”

Williams is currently the CEO at Agile Business Consortium, who are the creators of the AgilePM handbook and the source for AgilePM, the world’s leading certification in agile project management. He is also CEO and founder of the strategic advisory and leadership development business Gosforth & Co. Previously, Williams has held leadership positions with ACCA UK, the global body for professional accountants, Santander UK, Gateway to London, Newcastle University and UK Trade and Investment.

Speaking about his new appointment, Williams said: “We live in extraordinary times. Rarely in recent generations have we seen such a requirement for sound leadership across the whole of society and the economy. Great leadership and management are the foundations for success in every organisation, and I feel privileged to join The Institute at a moment when it can make a real and lasting difference to how we shape the future of work.”

Williams will take up his new role on 1 September.

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