Regeneration: Leading with Conscience

date and time icon 25 Apr 2024 9:00 AM  to  4:00 PM Location of Event Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus 219 Colinton Road Edinburgh EH14 1DJ

Edinburgh Napier University is partnering with Medinge Group and to host an interactive forum with experts and conscientious leaders from the business, public and third sectors in Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart campus on 25 April 2024.

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The Medinge Group is the international think tank which promotes brands, organisations and leadership with conscience. Join us for a stimulating exchange of ideas, perspectives and real world experiences through a series of case studies, panels and Q&As. We will discuss how organisations need to think critically and creatively about their role and to use their conscience to guide actions, reconcile the competing interests of different stakeholders and create an organisation that is fair, open and transparent. One that does the right thing while building a profitable business and creating long term success.


Following a welcome by Professor Christine Cross, Dean of the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University and Simon Paterson and Peter Fischer Brown from the Medinge Group, the forum will open with the following keynotes.

What we mean by Conscientious Leadership

Chair – Professor Nicholas Ind & co-author of “In Good Conscience”
Speaker – Professor Oriol Iglesias & co-author of “In Good Conscience”

Experiential Learnings in Conscientious Leadership

Chair – Erika Uffindell & Andy Last, Medinge Group
Speakers – Councillor John Alexander, Leader Dundee City Council & Tim Patterson, Head of Sustainability at Edrington

There will then be a series of panels, chaired by experts from the Medinge Group, which will explore the following themes.

Tensions, Challenges and Risks of Conscientious Leadership

Tim Patterson, Head of Sustainability at Edrington; Nathalie Agnew, Chair of the Edinburgh and Lothians branch of the IOD Scotland; Ian Gulland, Chief Executive and founder of Zero Waste Scotland; Simon Farrell, Programme Lead at Everyone’s Edinburgh; Chris Kersbergen, Global Head of Brand at Rabobank & member of Medinge Group.

Scottish Heritage / Quality Brands and Conscientious Leadership

Chair – Barbara Santoro, Medinge Group
Panellists – Cat Leaver, Head of Brand & Global Marketing, Visit Scotland; Susan Hewlett, Brand & Marketing Director, St. James Quarter; Kelley Falconer, Head of Marketing at Vegware; Harris Tweed Authority, TBC.

Balancing Stakeholders: the Role of Investors

Chair – Chris Kersbergen, Global Head of Brand at Rabobank

Panellists – Andrew Shannon, Partner at Circularity Capital; Rob Aberdein, Chief Commercial Officer, Progeny; Tony Rooke, Head of Transition Advisory, Howden Group; Janusz BrzeszczyƄski, Professor of Finance at Edinburgh Napier University

Audience participation: Engaging with Dilemmas in Conscientious leadership

Chair – Professor Nicholas Ind, Medinge Group


The forum will conclude with audience takeaways and a call to action by Medinge Group expert Sandra Horlings and closing thoughts by Dr. Nathalia C Tjandra, Head of International & Associate Professor in Marketing at Edinburgh Napier Business School.

We welcome participants from the private, public and third sectors and academics in Scotland and beyond to a stimulating and immersive day on regeneration and conscientious leadership. Join us at the famous Craiglockhart campus of Edinburgh Napier University.

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