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Town Halls for Change #1 – The crisis of trust is a crisis of leadership!

The crisis of trust is a crisis of leadership! (and how to overcome this…)

Robert Phillips and Sacha Romanovitch in conversation with Matthew Gwyther.

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Town Halls for Change: an event series at Impact Hub Islington where leading practitioners discuss with the audience their solutions for key challenges of our time, intended to inspire a call to action for all of us to think differently and work differently. For this first Town Hall, Impact Hub Islington is working together with BMW Foundation UK Responsible Leaders and the League of Intrapreneurs.

In this first session, Sacha Romanovitch, CEO of Grant Thornton in the UK and Robert Phillips, founder of Jericho Chambers will be hosted by the journalist Matthew Gwyther to discuss how the growing trust deficit across our society is really a leadership crisis. With the recent Edelman Trust barometer-2018 making depressing reading, they will explore how leaders across business, social enterprise and the public sector are finding new ways of growing trust both through long-term direction setting and everyday behaviour.

You are warmly invited to join us for a glass, delicious food by Impact Hub member Elysia catering, and an action-focussed conversation – come with a friend, a provocative question and be ready to be changed by what you hear.

More about the speakers and host:

In 2015 Sacha Romanovitch became the first female CEO of a top City accountancy firm, subsequently making waves with a profit sharing policy and by capping her salary. Amongst other things she is leading the company’s initiative to make the UK economy more vibrant, and under her leadership the firm was recognised as number 1 in the Social Mobility Employer’s Index 2017. Read more about her here

Robert Phillips is an expert in trust and communications and advisor to global business leaders and organisations. He is the author of Trust Me, PR is Dead; co-founder of Jericho Chambers, where he has developed new working principles to help organisations think and communicate differently and build coalitions to help put this thinking into practice. Read some of his recent writings herehere and here

Matthew Gwyther is a journalist, writer and broadcaster and the main presenter on BBC Radio 4’s ‘In Business’ programme. He edited Management Today for 17 years and wrote for the Sunday Times magazine, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Observer, GQ, and co-wrote Exposure (Penguin, 2012), the story of high-level Japanese whistleblower Michael Woodford

Elysia is a social enterprise catering company making delicious breakfasts and canapés from artisan local food. We are committed to reducing food waste and giving more people access to high quality local products. In 2017, we saved more than 4 tonnes of artisan British food.



  • The event will take place on the ground floor, which is fully accessible.
  • The venue has accessible toilets, which are gender neutral.
  • If you need any assistance to access the venue, please email [email protected] in advance so we can make sure someone is there to help.
  • Tickets are £5 and include organic nibbles ‘rescued’ from Borough Market by Elysia Catering. No one will be turned away for lack of funds – just drop us an email on [email protected] and we’ll work something out.


About BMW Foundation

As BMW Responsible Leaders we inspire leaders, through our leadership programs and encounters, to drive their social and political commitments to the next level. We believe that every human being can make a crucial contribution to positive social change. We see the individual commitment of leaders as a unique lever for change. For the BMW Foundation, a Responsible Leader is a leader who, beyond his or her professional and personal duties, works towards social change within and between societies – across communities, cultures, and countries.

About the League of Intrapreneurs

The League is a global learning community of intrapreneurs and catalysts driving change from within. Our members are prototyping the future of work, cultivating cultures that are more authentic, innovative, collaborative, and ultimately, more meaningful. League of Intrapreneurs’ events are intimate, interactive and inspiring gatherings of seasoned and emerging intrapreneurs. In London, we meet each month in different locations, hear from thought provoking speakers and have lively and enriching discussions in small groups.


Image: Agnieszka Grabowicz

Mar 22nd
18:45 - 21:00
Entry fee Free

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