Discovery Sessions 

About discovery sessions


  • There are only 15 spaces per session so all Fellows need to book places on Discovery Sessions in advance. 
  • However, we do encourage and make remote attendance possible.
  • We're open to accommodating non-Fellows on a case by case basis so Fellows can invite colleagues who they think would benefit from attending particular sessions. 
  • We operate under Chatham House rules but welcome guest bloggers or reviewers, providing they respect the confidence of those in the room. 

‘Discovery Sessions’ are 90 minute sessions exploring a topic or skill. Some are one-offs. Some form part of a themed series. Our goal is that these sessions serve to heighten Fellows’ awareness and understanding of responsible leadership through meeting a broad cross section of thought leaders who are actively grappling with responsible leadership in practice. 


  • Help Fellows explore the major forces shaping the wider environment such as the ageing workforce, mental health in the workplace, global sustainability, diversity and gender equality. 
  • Expose Fellows to new and different ways of thinking. 
  • Engage and inspire Fellows to take action on an issue or find ways to approach tackling it within their organisation.
  • Provide regular opportunities to build up a sense of community amongst the Fellows.
  • Enable private debate and discussion of dilemmas in small groups. 


  • Collaborative: We're all on a journey together, as equals. No-one knows all the answers.
  • Participatory: Engage the brains in the room with provocation, time for Q&A and discussion.
  • A safe space: We aim to create a neutral and non-commercial environment. Sessions are run on the Chatham House rule.
  • Not too serious: We want the sessions to be fun and engaging, and not too weighty (or worthy).
  • Good surroundings: We hold our sessions in variety of interesting and appropriate venues with refreshments provided. 
“Leaders need to ask why we are doing things.”
“Only 1 in 8 children in UK from low income families stand a chance of becoming a high earner.”
“The future is decided by the things we do not discuss.”
“Poor mental health costs the UK £70bn a year, that’s 4.5% of our GDP!”
“Productivity is linked to how we are managed, and yet we hire on technical ability, not people skills.”