Leadership Lecture: tackling the challenges of the pandemic and EDI

Date and time: 21 January 2021, 2pm – 3.30pm GMT

Address: Online

Leadership Lecture

Join us for the 2020 annual memcom leadership lecture, with guest speaker Paul Rees, CEO of The Royal College of Psychiatrists and winner of the memcom 2020 Louis Armstrong Award for Outstanding Leadership. Paul will be addressing the role membership organisations can play in tackling the twin challenges of the pandemic and expectations around equality and diversity following the death of George Floyd.

Following on from Paul's talk, delegates will be encouraged to join a roundtable/panel discussion focused on the following themes:

  • How should membership organisations respond to the challenges brought about by COVID and any future pandemics
  • How should membership organisations handle EDI challenges highlighted by the death of George Floyd
  • The importance for membership organisations in having strong values in this context


About the memcom leadership award

Originally set up in the name of Louis Armstrong, the late influential CEO of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, this award is arguably the most prestigious award for an individual within the membership sector. The award recognises true leadership of professional bodies, trade associations, membership charities and other non-profit membership organisations. Judged by an esteemed panel of sector peers and experts, the winner of this award will have demonstrated outstanding leadership in how the organisation has advanced, as well as having an impact not just their organisation but on society at large.

Paul Rees

Chief Executive, The Royal College of Psychiatrists