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In memory of Ian Lawson

Ian was always determined to connect with everyone that he worked with at an individual level in order to make learning as personalised and impactful as possible. He will be remembered fondly, not least for his willingness to poke fun at himself in the interests of creating a relaxed and engaging environment.

We are proud to continue working together to ensure that his legacy continues and grows.

During his time at The Work Foundation, Ian led the flagship Runge Effective Leadership Programme for many years, and also established The Campaign for Leadership to promote ‘Liberating Leadership’ throughout the world of work which developed an active alumni of over 3000 leaders.

After starting his own company, Leadership Works in 2010, Ian undertook a wide range of executive coaching and development activities with organisations as diverse as the Ministry of Defence, London Business School, the Royal National Institute for the Blind, Croydon Churches Housing Association, Prospect and the Directory of Social Change. He also became a Principal Consultant for the Bayes Business School. He especially enjoyed engagements with leaders in Italy, Gaza and Saudi Arabia which brought a fascinating cross-cultural dimension to his work.

He presented at many conferences and business schools including the National School of Government, the Institute for International Research, The American Management Association, the European Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Moscow School of Political Studies.

He authored four books about leadership and aspects of management, was on the editorial board of The International Journal for Leadership in Public Services and was Chairman of the advisory board of the Army Recruitment and Training Division Staff Leadership School.

Ian tried to make a difference to everyone he met. He impacted hundred if not thousands of people over the years which is why we are continuing his life campaign and offering the Starfish Place.

You may have heard Ian tell the starfish story as he often did. For him, this story illustrated the importance of making a difference. You can see him telling the story here - a few months before he died, he and Maggie recorded a masterclass series at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association - or you can read it here.