The ‘Tedder Talks’ are recorded 20-minute interviews with leading figures in business, academia and the military. The discussions for each series of talks are focused on a particular current and relevant topic of leadership.
The Series One interviews, conducted in partnership with Lincoln International Business School, looked at one of the main themes of the 2018 Chief of the Air Staff Leadership conference: how we adapt to a changing workforce, and work environment and the implications this creates for our leadership. These interviews probed specifically the perception of the interviewees of the changing qualities and values of the ‘Millennial’ generation, and how the companies or units they lead are (or are not!) changing to adapt for this new cadre entering the workforce today.
The interviews are conducted by Craig Marsh, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Director of Lincoln International Business School and recorded by a professional film crew from the Graphics and Photography unit at the RAF College Cranwell. The interviews were conducted at RAFC College Cranwell with the kind permission of the Commandant, and at the RAF Club, in London, whose help and support are most gratefully acknowledged.
This paper summarises the key themes emerging from the RAF Tedder/University of Lincoln “Tedder Talks”, a series of short video interviews with a diverse group of leaders from inside and outside the RAF conducted in the first four months of 2019. The purpose of the interviews was to explore the changing nature of the workforce as we approach the third decade of the 21st Century, and the implications for those changes on the nature of leadership.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier is the out-going Chief of the Air Staff (CAS)(2019), in command of the Royal Air Force, leading a Whole Force of some 35 000 Regular and Reserve personnel, and 5000 Civil Servants, supported by thousands of contractors.
Richard was appointed to the post of Chief Executive of the League Managers' Association (LMA) in January 2008. The LMA Institute of Leadership and High Performance has been established to provide ongoing learning and continuous personal development to those working in professional football.
Sir Peter Rigby is a serial entrepreneur who, for more than 4 decades, has been one of the UK’s most respected and successful business leaders. Sir Peter started the founding company for Rigby Group in 1975 and today it is one of the biggest privately owned businesses in the UK with a turnover of £2.4bn.
Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot was appointed Chief of Staff Personnel and Air Secretary in 2016. The mission of Chief of Staff Personnel and Air Secretary (COS Pers/Air Sec) is to manage the Royal Air Force’s Servicemen and women and to provide the supporting policies to enable an agile, adaptable and capable Air Force.
Dr Andy Palmer, CMG, has been an Executive Director of the Group (as President and Group Chief Executive Officer) since October 2014 and is the architect of the “Second Century” midterm growth plan currently being executed by the Company.
Ian is the Founder and Co-Director of Lincoln vehicle delivery specialist VisionDrive. Less than 3 years old, the business, which has contracts with the likes of GEFCO, Pendragon, Marshalls Motor Group, Pentagon and other vehicle operators, has undergone huge growth and made it to number 32 in the national Startups 100 list earlier this year.
Zoe is the design and web guru. With more than 10 years’ experience crafting creative and strategic projects, she’s responsible for bringing many new beautiful marketing materials into the world. Zoe’s degree is in Media Production and her background in Web Development means she only needs one screen to master multiple dimensions.
Victor Olufemi Adebowale, Baron Adebowale, CBE is the Chief Executive of the social care enterprise Turning Point and was one of the first to become a People's Peer. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2000 New Year’s Honours for services to the New Deal, the unemployed, and homeless young people.
In May 2013, construction entrepreneur Steve Gelder won the coveted City & Guilds Prince Philip Medal in recognition of his outstanding professional achievements. He received his medal from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace at the annual Prince Philip Medal ceremony.
Dean Fathers has a wealth of experience in a range of organisations, from blue-chips in the private sector and national Government Departments/Agencies, to medium sized private, entrepreneurial companies. He is an accomplished Chair and Director, having held numerous executive and non executive board positions.
Brothers Danny and Nicky Cowley were unveiled as the Club's new management team on Friday 13 May 2016 having led Braintree Town to a third-place finish in the Vanarama National League only to miss out on a place in the Promotion Final at Wembley Stadium after losing to Grimsby Town in the semi-final.