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Our keynote speaker Ian Hughes is an award winning actor and business coach. He speaks for corporate audiences at conferences, strategy sessions and meetings. Over the past twenty years, Ian has perfected his relaxed conversational style. His passion and energy enable Ian to inform and inspire with audiences at all levels. His topics combine the best aspects and skills of acting with the art of leadership.
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Ian Hughes was the winner of the first Royal National Theatre Ian Charleson Award for Best Actor. He has spent over a decade playing leading roles with The Royal Shakespeare Company. His other work includes both plays and musicals in London’s West End, TV and film appearances as well as radio and voice-over work.
Ian has been involved and taught at the country’s leading drama schools, is an Education Associate Practitioner for The RSC and was Head of Acting at St. Mary’s University College, London for two years. Ian obtained his BA from Birmingham University and an MA from the internationally renowned Shakespeare Institute in Stratford upon Avon, and he continues to work on and teach practical approaches to Shakespeare’s text. Recent teaching includes Cambridge University, Zurich University and Heidelberg University.
As a Corporate Facilitator and Business Performance Coach, Ian has worked with organisations and individuals both nationally and internationally. He is also a Senior Associate at That-People-Thing and Taming Tigers, through which he has also worked with a variety of clients to increase impact and performance. Recent clients include The Welsh Assembly Government, AXA, Roche, DX, Legal & General, Lease-plan and Honda.
Ian’s keynote speech – Shakespeare and the Story of Leadership -has regularly been described by delegates as thought-provoking, engaging and inspiring.
Shakespeare and The Story of Leadership
Examining the lessons in leadership contained within the works of one of the world’s great writers, Shakespeare and The Story of Leadership explores how applicable and relevant they are to the modern business leader – proving Ben Jonson’s claim that Shakespeare was ‘not of an age, but for all time’. Ian’s accessible and non-academic approach examines the five leadership lessons within the plays and illustrates how, combined, these lessons elevate Shakespeare’s leaders to greatness, providing a template for the modern leader to write a more engaging business narrative.