Lead is the world's largest non-profit organisation dedicated to building leadership capacity for sustainable development. We have a proven track record over the past 20 years, having trained more than 2,500 leaders across 90 countries. An international network of leaders united by a common purpose – to make change happen for a sustainable world.

Today Lead stands at the forefront of leadership thinking and practice. We believe that people are the key to change and that the complexities of sustainable development can only be tackled by investing in leaders, to preserve and protect the future of our planet.


7 July 2011, London, UK

New leadership for LEAD International

Dr Simon Lyster, Chief Executive Officer of LEAD International, has stood down as Chief Executive with effect from 1st July 2011. The Board, in accepting Simon's decision expressed their deep gratitude and appreciation for Simon's eight years of service to LEAD. Under Simon's leadership, the numbers of LEAD Fellows increased to more than 2000. LEAD's mission is to inspire leadership for a more sustainable world. Simon crafted and implemented a successful strategy to harness the talents of LEAD's Fellows and network to make that mission reality for a range of partner organisations, including HSBC, DFID and Standard Chartered. The LEAD community wishes him the very best in his future endeavours.

At this time, the Board has appointed a new leadership team at LEAD International. The new leadership of LI will consist of a team of three directors: Mike Ellingham, Alex Hannant, and Gillian Martin Mehers.

Together with LEAD's new chairman, Roland Kupers, the three directors will work closely with LEAD Fellows, Member Programmes, staff, and partners in the process of transformation and renewal of LEAD's learning and network.


Roland Kupers

On behalf of the LEAD International Board of Trustees