Dr Simon Hayward

Chief Executive Officer, Cirrus (UK)

Dr Simon Hayward is founder and CEO of leadership consultancy Cirrus and an Honorary Professor at Alliance Manchester Business School. He has a wealth of strategic leadership experience gained over 30 years. He has developed major leadership programmes for clients across Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America and is considered a trusted advisor by many including Standard Chartered, HSBC, Bupa and Fresenius Medical Care.

Simon’s latest book, The Agile Leader, was published by Kogan Page in June 2018.  His first book, Connected Leadership, was published by FT Publishing in 2016 and was shortlisted as Management Book of the Year by the Chartered Management Institute and the British Library. It has been translated into Chinese and Arabic. Simon has also had chapters published in the Palgrave Handbook of Leadership in Transforming Asia (2017), which explored Connected Leadership in the Asian context, and the Sage Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods (2017).

Simon has a DBA and MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School and an MA (Hons) in English from Oxford University. He has won several awards and is a regular conference speaker and media commentator.

Simon lives in Cheshire, UK.  He is a father of three, a keen runner and a fundraiser for cancer charities.

Keynote: Friday 26 October 2018

Agile leadership to create a brilliant student experience

Agile leadership enables more innovative organisations. Using real cases, Dr Hayward will highlight key attributes of agile leadership and how to overcome barriers to service improvement.