ARK: Resilient leadership for turbulent times (online programme)

All Day
May 11th 2020 ~ Sep 9th 2020

Climate, migration & extremism are serious threats to business, the economy and financial stability. ARK is a transformative leadership journey designed for emerging leaders in finance, or any profession using the lens of risk. It will leave you shaken up, galvanised & ready to lead change.

ARK will challenge your established thinking, develop

For more information contact Justine Huxley on 0207 496 1611 or



These programmes have been designed for the kind of situation unfolding around us – for which resilient leadership is essential.


If some companies and industries fail to adjust to this new world, they will fail to exist
Mark Carney, former Governor of the Bank of England, on climate change

As an industry, we need to start thinking about what leadership means in a future where climate and political polarisation will bring unprecedented challenges – and investing in our younger leaders who can help innovate new resilience strategies. We need programmes such as this that break the traditional mould
Julian Enoizi, CEO, Pool Re

ARK:  A leadership programme that breaks the mould  

Climate breakdown, the migration crisis and extremism are three profoundly interrelated challenges to business, the economy and financial stability.  Led by world experts, ARK is a transformative journey for emerging leaders in finance, insurance, law or business which addresses these issues.

ARK will challenge your established thinking, develop your resilience and equip you to lead in the shifting sands of our time.  ARK is the only programme of its kind to include an immersive leadership experience at a refugee camp in Europe.

This programme will leave you shaken up, galvanised and ready to lead change.

ARK involves two 4-day residentials in Dorset and France, 3 evening workshops in London, an action module and a number of online sessions.  The programme runs between May and September and is designed to fit around your work commitments.

The need of the times 

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced
James Baldwin, civil rights leader

The world is at a critical juncture, facing many unprecedented challenges.  The expertise of the finance sector, insurance world, and others using the lens of risk, will be critical in guiding how society can mitigate and adapt to the challenges of growing global instability and climate emergency.   We urgently need to upskill our future leaders to think differently and begin to drive business in a way that serves the planet as well as the shareholders. 

An effective way to kickstart that process is to provide opportunities to step outside the usual routines and be exposed to a wide range of voices, ideas and encounters beyond the familiar.  

I warmly endorse the objectives of this course. Environmental issues have never been so important for us and shareholders expect companies to have well-developed plans for how they are going to contribute. This initiative can play an important part in that drive
Alan Lovell, Chairman of Interserve


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Who’s this for? 

Emerging leaders, 37 years or under, working in insurance, finance, law or other professions using the lens of risk.  It is for those who want to expand their horizons and prepare for leadership in a fragmenting world.  

As a participant, what will I gain?

  • Insight into the key challenges of the future 
  • A powerful shift in thinking 
  • Greater personal resilience
  • Energy and inspiration to act and lead differently  
  • A vibrant community of peers and ongoing learning.  

What will your organisation gain?  

  • Access to innovative thinking and new ideas 
  • A competitive edge rooted in harnessing diversity 
  • A radical new framework for seeking opportunity in crisis 
  • Tools for resilience
  • An enhanced ability to channel the talent of potential future leaders 
  • Access to an innovative community of practice at St Ethelburga’s Centre in the heart of the City.      

Professor Jem Bendell is a Professor of Sustainability Leadership and Founder of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at the University of Cumbria.  A graduate of the University of Cambridge, he had twenty years of experience in sustainable business and finance, as a researcher, advisor, & entrepreneur. Clients for his strategy development included international corporations, UN agencies and international NGOs. The World Economic Forum (WEF) recognised Professor Bendell as a Young Global Leader for his work on sustainable business alliances. With over 100 publications, including four books and five UN reports, he regularly appears in international media.  His TEDx talk is the most watched online speech on complementary currencies, and he helped create the Finance Innovation Lab, to promote sustainable finance. His 2018 paper, Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy, has sparked an international network. His now focuses on preparing leaders for the impact of climate disruption. 

Fiyaz Mughal, Faith Matters:  Fiyaz Mughal OBE FCMI founded the national hate crime project, TELL MAMA and was Director from 2011-2016. He set up the reporting procedures and the classifications of incidents, has lobbied Central Government, Police and Crime Commissioners, MP’s and EU stakeholders, and successfully implemented a national reporting process.  Fiyaz is also the Founder of the national No2H8 Crime Awards which recognises individuals & organisations working against hatred & intolerance. Fiyaz is also the author of two published books on faith & identity. He also founded Muslims Against Anti-Semitism to challenge antisemitism.  Fiyaz was also honoured with the OBE for his work with communities in 2009 and has been a councillor for 6 years, in both Oxford and the London Borough of Haringey. Experienced in counter extremism programmes at a local, national and international level, he was initially part of the Extremism Task Force convened after the 2005 7/7 terrorist bombings in London, since when he has delivered advice, support and practical guidance and assistance to local authorities, politicians and national governments on preventing radicalisation and extremism.

Gulwali Passarlay is the internationally renowned author of ‘The Lightless Sky‘, and is a skilled public speaker, able to open hearts and minds, deepening understanding of the both the plight of displaced people and their incredible resilience.  An Afghan political refugee, Gulwali came to the UK in 2007 after undertaking an incredible journey where he travelled a total of 7,150 miles through 10 different countries in order to reach safety and escape war-torn Afghanistan. His story was written in the hope that it will raise awareness of why refugees choose to leave their countries and families behind, battle feelings of loneliness, fear and guilt, and allows people to see asylum seekers as individual human beings with incredible stories.  Despite many challenges faced once in the UK, including racism, hostility and exclusion, Gulwali has completed a university degree, been the first Afghan to carry an Olympic Torch in 2012, and has become a powerful force for community cohesion, both locally and nationally.  

Skeena Rathor is a spokesperson and political strategist for Extinction Rebellion (XR), a global environmental movement with the stated aim of using nonviolent civil disobedience to compel government action to avoid tipping points in the climate system, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse. The movement is rallying support worldwide around the urgency of tackling climate breakdown and the sixth mass extinction.  Skeena is at the heart of XR’s movement, helping to co-create its strategy, and regularly speaks on mainstream media.  Skeena says, “In this age of misinformation, there is power in telling the truth. We all need to look within, recognise our own power, and face what is happening together. This movement is not about symbolic actions, but about building the necessary resilient and regenerative culture that the world needs now.”  She is also a Labour Councillor, and lives in Stroud, where she runs the Politics Kitchen and co-founded Compassionate Stroud.  Skeena is on a mission to bring people together, breaking down the “them” and “us” and finding a way to a new evolutionary politics. (photograph by Ruth Davey)

St Ethelburga’s facilitation team  

Tarot Couzyn, Chief Operating Officer:  Tarot leads on project and team management, finance and operations.  She was instrumental in developing the core principles around which St Ethelburga’s work is organised.  The principles are:  put values into action, seek opportunity in crisis, build community across differences, and protect what is sacred.  Tarot previously managed her own collaborative arts organisation. She partnered with a range of grassroots and international organisations in Central Asia, South Africa and London, including the UN and the Red Crescent. She also worked as a consultant undertaking fundraising, evaluation and creative community projects.  In between she also managed to build her own house.


Matt Croston, Associate:  Matt Croston, Associate:  Matt is an insurance professional with 13 years experience for leading carriers in the UK and Singapore, specialising in multinational programs. His most recent role was as Regional Head of Multinational for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, developing strategy and supporting business development in the challenging growth markets of Asia Pacific. Key skills include cross cultural relationship management, performance management, business development, international regulation and consultancy.  Matt is currently studying towards a Masters in Economics for Transition at Schumacher College, with special focus on the role of insurance in the face of the climate and ecological emergency.


Dr Justine Huxley, Chief Executive Officer:  Justine has been at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace for ten years, and leads on vision, strategy and programme innovation.  Under her leadership the centre has increasingly focused on immersive programmes for future leaders in response to climate breakdown, the refugee crisis and community polarisation.  Since 2018, resilience for climate disruption has become a key theme.  Justine has a Ph.D in psychology and previously worked on the trading floor of a global investment bank in derivative sales.  Her first book, Generation Y, Spirituality and Social Change is a collection of interviews with millennials rooted in a new worldview.


Vince Knowles, Associate, Radical Resilience Programme:  Vince has spent 10 years working at the intersection of sustainable development, finance and technology and currently works on strategy and investments at Ceniarth, a single-family investment office focused on funding market-based solutions that benefit underserved communities.  Part of his role is helping develop Ceniarth’s thinking on investing for climate resilience. Previously an advisor to global energy corporations on sustainable technologies and venture capital, Vince is interested in how our market-based financial structures can be evolved to support communities in an increasingly unstable world.  He has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Oxford and is currently part of St Ethelburga’s radical resilience programme.


Jo Winsloe, Programme Leader, Refugee Allies:  Jo brings a wealth of experience from over twenty years co-ordinating projects in the fields of social justice, interfaith and social care in the non-governmental sector. During the winter of 2015/16 she and the St Ethelburga staff team volunteered on the Greek island of Lesbos; an experience that led to the creation of the programme Act : Speak : Inspire!  This unique leaders programme takes diverse groups to work in refugee camps in Europe and return to galvanise their communities to act, offering a life-changing experience and a new vision of leadership.  Jo holds a Diploma in group facilitation, conflict resolution and counselling (NAOS) and is a graduate of the International School of Storytelling. She is a current Trustee of The Forgiveness Project.

Module 1:  Future sensing
We kick off with a 4-day residential exploring 3 critical global issues that will shape our future:  climate, migration and extremism. Each theme is linked to a core value and leadership tool. 

Drawing on scientific consensus, expert opinion and your own industry experience, the aim is to be grounded in reality – to absorb the intellectual knowledge and translate it into a felt understanding of the impact these issues will have on your future work and life.  

Once you are rooted in a place of realism, having replaced remoteness with an up close sense of the big issues, you can then begin to orient your lives and your leadership in response.    You will ask yourself, what values can help me walk into this future? What leadership tools do I need in my individual and professional practice to help navigate this complex and difficult terrain?  How can I ground career aspirations in reality and unleash my potential to drive change?     

Learning will include:

  • Mapping the trends that are shaping our collective landscape  
  • Dialogue with experts who have a firm foot in the future 
  • Experiential exercises designed to shift from intellectual learning into a felt sense of impact 
  • In-depth enquiry into what it means to build resilience for this landscape
  • An invitation to raise your game – making space for innovation   
  • Peer dialogue and expert mentoring to translate learning into your own particular context. 

Module 2:  Immersive action
The second residential is an immersive learning experience volunteering at a refugee camp in Europe.  This is a life-changing experience with many unexpected layers of impact.  

You will spend four days putting aside your own concerns, and working hard in service to those who have lost everything.  The work will include preparing food, sorting clothing donations and distributing these to people living in the open in very harsh conditions.   You will learn about the bigger picture from humanitarian aid workers on the front lines and see inspiring examples of collaborative younger generation leadership. 

Learning will include:  

  • A breaking down of conscious and unconscious assumptions about refugees and migrants  
  • Conflict transformation tools and active listening 
  • Personal resilience in the face of dystopian conditions
  • Witnessing the efficacy of interconnected non-hiearchical leadership in fast moving situations.

Module 3:  Innovate, communicate
You’ll be tasked with planning a small project and/or delivering a presentation to colleagues and senior leaders.  

Module 4:  Peer learning
The peer relationships you form on this programme will last long into the future.  You’ll continue learning and supporting each other to step up in your leadership and act.  

Priority will be given to applicants who can attend all of the dates listed as maximum participation is important.   

Module 1 

Mon 11th May 4pm – 5.30pm:
Online intro session

Fri 15th May noon – Monday 18th May 5pm: 
Four day residential at a stunning country location in Moreton, Dorset.  

Wed 27th May 5pm – 6.30pm:  
Online follow up session

Module 2

Wed 10th June 4pm to 9pm: 
Evening training session (preparation for immersive leadership experience), St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, London EC4N 

Friday 26th June to Monday 29th June:

4 day immersive experience at a refugee camp in Europe (Calais) 

Thurs 2nd July 4pm – 5.30pm: 

Online session to digest the refugee camp experience 

Module 3

Wed 8th July 4pm to 9pm:

Evening training session, reviewing learning, preparing presentations to colleagues and senior leaders, St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, London EC4N 


Delivering presentations to colleagues and senior managers or initiating pilot projects, at your offices.

Wed 9th Sept  4pm to 10pm:

Celebratory dinner, London 

Module 4


Mentoring session, peer learning meetings.   

There are some experiences in life that leave their mark on us and shape how we view the world.  For me, this was one of them

This training was absolutely paradigm shifting for me.  It started me on a learning trajectory that went on long after the programme ended

St Ethelbuga’s programme has shaped the way I will act forever. […] I have a far greater sense of what is possible

Thank you  for all you did to make the  programme such a profound and galvanising  experience. The retreat was very well balanced in how it was designed and held. I was helped particularly by learning together through [different modalities]  It helped to make the overall learning experience a very rich and multi-faceted one. It was also the wonderfully diverse group that you’d invited. Plus the sensitive and imaginative facilitating

It was a truly enriching experience. Thank you so much, from the depth of my heart for this opportunity

I got a lot of inspiration from the programme as a whole. […] It gave me hope and helped me discern what really matters to me and what doesn’t, opening up ideas about how to link my values to my action in new ways


The cost per delegate is £3,495.  (This is equivalent to approx £285 per full teaching day) 

This includes all accommodation and food at the UK residential; and all accommodation and non-UK travel at the refugee camp.   

We have a small number of bursary places for individuals who are freelance consultants or wish to attend independent of their employer.   

How to apply 

Complete our online expression of interest form or email
Call 07989 545 958 for an informal chat. 

We will send you a simple application form.  We encourage you to complete and return the application form as speedily as possible as we will fill places on a rolling basis.  

Priority will be given to applicants who can attend all of the dates listed for the programme as full participation is important.  

If funded by your company, we will invoice your HR department on acceptance to the programme.  

Are you ready for change?

Will you consciously and bravely choose to reclaim leadership as a noble profession that creates possibility and humaneness in the midst of increasing fear & turmoil?

Margaret J. Wheatley

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All Day
May 11th 2020 ~ Sep 9th 2020