About Us

About Us

International Leaders UK inspires companies through knowledge, connections and resources.

Leaders surrounds growth companies with the expertise and experience of Business and Industry leaders to provide an effective, trusted community that fast-tracks outcomes and leads to greater prosperity for each Member.

Using this experience and its networks, International Leaders UK operates a range of initiatives designed to benefit companies at different stages of growth.

These initiatives include:

International Leaders UK has a vision that includes:

  • Assisting growth companies to become national and international market leaders;
  • Developing and enhance the leadership skills of Founders, Directors and Executives;
  • Developing greater link to local, national, international opportunities and capital markets;
  • Surrounding growth companies with Business, Industry and Government leaders.

Advisory Board

International Leaders UK has engaged a highly qualified and respected Advisory Board to assist in strategic direction provide strategic insight, support and connectivity to the broader network. This Advisory Board includes:

Dr Carl Hunter

Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter BA(Dunelm) Hon DSc FRINA FIMarEST MRAeS is CEO and Managing Director of WDSL Aerospace a consultancy for UK, USA and European OEMs and MROs developing business into the airline sector in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia and of Coltraco Ultrasonics, a British designer and manufacturer of portable and fixed monitoring systems for the naval, shipping, offshore, energy and fire sectors. He is a former Greenjacket Officer in the British Army and a Graduate and Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Durham and a member of the Senior Common Room of his old College. A Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow and Member of Council of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers and member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs, Royal Society of Asian Affairs and Royal United Services Institute. Dr. Hunter is a Council Member of the British Naval Equipment Association, a Council Member of the British Marine Equipment Association, a member of the Export Council of the FIA and the FIA’s Working Group Gases which is the Lead UK Fire delegate organisation to British Standards and BSI the lead UK fire delegate to the International Standards Organisation in Gaseous Extinguishing Systems and an active member of the Society of Maritime Industries the lead voice of the marine industry in the UK. Dr Hunter is an active contributor to two All-Party Parliamentary Groups, four Westminster Think-Tanks and the Department for International Trade. His interests are as an Author, in Physics, International Business, Social Justice, the Constitution, South Asia, International & Strategic Affairs, Defence, the British Commonwealth and bringing UK Scientists into business. Dr Carl lives in London and Somerset, travels extensively in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, has been married for 28 years to Dorothy and a proud Father of four Children.

Lindsay Harvey

Lindsay Harvey held a number of senior leadership positions on the Executive Board of Otis Elevator Company, a $12.5Bn revenue business employing 60,000 people worldwide. Lindsay started his career at Otis in 1970 in the United Kingdom and has held management roles in engineering, sales, marketing, sales management, and product development.  He worked in various countries around the world including France, US, Asia and China.  In 2002, Lindsay was named Managing Director for Otis Australasia, and three years later, was appointed President of Otis China prior to his appointment in 2008 as President Otis UCEEA (an area covering all businesses in UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Central Europe and Russia). In 2014, he took responsibility as President Building & Industrial Systems for UK, Ireland & Benelux overseeing Otis and Carrier Climate Controls, Chubb Fire & Security. He was then appointed to lead Field, Safety and Quality in Otis EMEA and in his final position with the company operated as Vice President Service Operations for Otis Worldwide. Lindsay currently works as a Management Consultant offering interim management solutions. He is passionate about creating a high performance culture within businesses to drive revenue and profit improvement. 

Ian Filby

Ian was CEO of DFS, where he brought a fresh approach to the furniture store changing its image and direction with the resultant increase in sales of around 50% to over £1b and a sofa market share growing from 23%-27%.
Ian joined Boots as a Retail Marketing Trainee and subsequently enjoyed a number of Buying and Marketing roles culminating in his appointment to the Boots Executive, mainly as Trading Director.  Ian left Boots in July 2009 although he remained there as a part time Consultant until September of 2010 as well as being their representative on the BRC where he was Honorary Treasurer.  During this year of plurality, Ian was also Interim CEO of Groupe Aeroplan London (Nectar) for 6 months and remained a non-Executive member of their Group Advisory Board for a further three years.
In 2014 Ian became Chairman of the BRC Policy Board and sits on the BRC Board.He also became Chairman of Shoe Zone PLC, a position he relinquished last year after a successful post-IPO.

Paula Mitchell

Paula Mitchell helps companies create happier employment, not only because of the social feel-good factor, but because happier employees are more productive, innovative and provide better customer satisfaction. Her current role is as Co-founder of The Condor Collective, an employment consultancy that helps companies shape their employee experience to boost their potential and results. Prior to this, her experience is based on founding a recruitment business in 2008 which grew to 60 staff and £15m turnover in its first 5 years, specialising in middle tier management and C suite positions in the construction industry. Having sold her first business in 2018, Paula then wrote a book on creating happier employment and began curating the products and services of Condor. Paula thrives on the opportunity to coach other business owners, particularly on topics around employees and teams, and loves offering the external perspective and objectivity that is so imperative to keep business fresh, challenged and inspired.  

Paula also advocates for women in business and is part of a voluntary mentoring program for female recruiters and managers with Apsco.

Richard Leaman

Richard Leaman took up the role of CEO at the Tall Ships Youth Trust in May 2017. In his first 6 weeks in post, he raised £300k, and achieved the forgiveness of £1.5m of loans. Since then he has written a new strategy, rebranded the charity, launched a completely new website and re-engaged the volunteers and members. Over the next two years, the fleet will be modernised and expanded, and even more disadvantaged young people will be empowered by the charity.

Prior to this, Richard was CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind for 6 years. During this time, Richard transformed the organisation from a 'dog-focused' charity supporting 4600 people, into a multi-service provider offering mobility support to nearly 10,000 adults, children, and young people with sight loss. He delivered four law-changing accessibility campaigns, significantly reduced core costs, dramatically improved brand awareness, and oversaw double digit fundraising growth.

Before joining the charity sector, Richard was a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy where he undertook a variety of demanding operational command and leadership roles. He directed or commanded operations in every rank from Lieutenant to Rear Admiral. He was awarded the OBE in 1994 for disaster relief services in Eleuthera after hurricane Andrew, and was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2009 for creating NATO's first ever Maritime Security Strategy.

Richard was chairman of the Royal Navy Officers’ Charity, and a trustee of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations until December 2018. He is an alumnus of the Manchester Business School, an associate of the Chartered Management Institute, and a graduate of the MoD’s Strategic Leadership, and Higher Command courses.

Lars Klawitter

Lars recently retired as Managing Director of InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s mobility business and venture capital arm. Lars has been in senior roles in the tech industry for over 20 years.

In 1994, whilst studying computer science, he co-founded ASK, a digital imagining company and by 1999 he was CTO at Munich based digital signage startup friendlyway AG. In 2002 Lars moved into his first role in the automotive industry at BMW, working on large-scale IT projects. This led him to  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, where he served as Chief Information Officer, later heading up its Bespoke business.

Lars is also a successful angel investor and non-executive board member at several start-ups. He has a keen interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies and in 2015 he served on the board of  Directors at the Ethereum Foundation, the governing body of what grew to be the world’s second largest crypto asset by market capitalisation.

Lars studied at Technical University of Munich and University of Hagen and holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science.

Zed Cama

Zed Cama was CEO of HSBC India and Malaysia and set up their International Division, overseeing the Group’s business worldwide. He has held various Chair, Board, Trustee and Non-Exec positions, including at the $108bil Tata Capital, Asia House, the National Youth Orchestra, The Saudi-British Bank, The Royal Society of Asian Affairs and CDC70.

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