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Meet the team

Towards Outstanding Leadership is not simply the name of our business venture, it is our collective purpose.

After many years of working in the fields of leadership and organisation development, our paths eventually converged at The Work Foundation where we discovered a mutual passion for helping people to become the best leaders they can be.

Despite subsequently each setting up our own successful businesses, we have continued to work together in a spirit of collaboration and partnership that has culminated in the establishing of this, our joint enterprise – Towards Outstanding Leadership.

Let us introduce ourselves…


Peter Wall

Peter has worked in many fields during his career, beginning with marketing and then subsequently moving on to quality improvement, strategic planning, product development, training and then finally becoming a specialist in leadership and organisation development.

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Ian Lawson

Ian worked for 26 years at both The Industrial Society and The Work Foundation where he became CEO of the Campaign for Leadership responsible for the organisation’s stance on Leadership and heading up its delivery of in-house and open programmes. He has worked widely across all sectors of the world of work.

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Maggie Smith

Maggie works from a positive psychology base in her leadership development and coaching work, enthusiastic about the benefits this can have on personal development and wellbeing as well as organisational performance. It’s an excellent fit with the outstanding leadership approach, and her preferred style in management positions she’s held in the past.

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Ian and Peter were the designers and leaders of the inaugural Enabling Outstanding leadership pilot programme and so have been involved with the concept since the very beginning.

Maggie was also at The Work Foundation at the time of that initial research, and shares the same depth of understanding about its implications for effective leadership development. She has been a programme coach on all our Towards Outstanding Leadership open programmes.