Our contributing Faculty consists of a diverse group of experts who collectively bring deep wisdom and expertise to help shape the programme and deliver key concepts.

We also regularly invite CEOs of our partner organisations, our Senior Sponsors, Advisors and other senior leaders to speak to our Fellows.

Margaret Heffernan and Professor Jonathan Gosling are part of the founding Forward Institute team and are two of the UK's foremost thinkers on responsibility and leadership.


Margaret Heffernan

Margaret is joint Lead Faculty with Jonathan, helping to bring an entrepreneurial, provocative viewpoint to the programme. 

She is a serial entrepreneur and former tech CEO.

Author of ‘A Bigger Prize’, ‘Wilful Blindness’ (shortlisted FT / Goldman Sachs Best Business Book award) and ‘Beyond Measure’, Margaret’s TED talks have been seen by over 6 million people.

Margaret advises private and public businesses, mentors senior and chief executives and writes for the Financial Times.

professor jonathan gosling

Jonathan brings academic rigour to the programme design and content.

He is an Emeritus Professor of Leadership at Exeter Business School and Distinguished Visiting Professor at INSEAD.

Jonathan served for 10 years on the Advisory Board of the UK Defence Academy and is a co-director of the European Leadership Centre and a Fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College.

Contributing Faculty Include:

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Professor Lynda gratton

Professor of Management Practice, London Business School.


matthew taylor

Chief Executive Officer, RSA.

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professor veronica hope hailey

Vice-President, University of Bath and Dean of Bath Business School.

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Dame Louise Casey

Visiting Professor, King’s College London.

Professor David Grayson

Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield Business School.

Professor Sir Cary Cooper

President of the CIPD and Professor of Organizational Psychology & Health at Manchester Business School.


Lord David Puttnam

British film producer and educator.