Annual Meeting of Member Universities - SAVE THE DATE

The annual meeting of the member universities will be held this year in Dublin on the 6th November, with a dinner on the 5th November 2019.

Like Comment

Annual Meeting of Member Universities

We are delighted to confirm that Trinity College, Dublin is kindly hosting The Annual Meeting of the 13 member universities. There will be a networking dinner on the evening of the 5th November followed by a full meeting the next day.

The meeting enables the university representatives to discuss what has worked well in the last year and to hear about any changes to the next year's programme. In particular this year we will be discussing the increased emphasis on the leadership component of the scholarship. 

While the programme was always intended to drive both research and leadership expertise, given its roots in research there has to date been in many universities a tendency to focus and support the research element more than the leadership component. In this new version of the programme, we are looking to redress the balance and provide Laidlaw Scholars with both an immersive research and leadership experience; ensuring that we are genuinely developing a new generation of leaders.

As in previous meetings scholars will give their feedback and suggest ideas for improvement, informing discussion and debate for what else we should be doing. 

The full agenda and supporting papers will be posted in the University Laidlaw Team room on this Network

Susanna Kempe (she/her)

CEO, Laidlaw Foundation

A graduate of Cambridge University, Susanna’s professional experience includes over 15 years in senior leadership roles in international B2B and learning businesses. Susanna began her career at the Institute for International Research (IIR) where she first worked with Lord Laidlaw, rising to Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). When IIR, which was the world’s largest organiser of commercial conferences, was acquired by Informa plc in 2005 Susanna was appointed CMO of the enlarged group and also led the public company’s investor relations programmes. She subsequently joined Emap Ltd as Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer and CEO of Emap Networks, that group’s conferences business. Later she became CEO of the fashion industry forecaster WGSN and was latterly Group Content and Marketing Partner of the leading strategy consultancy Brunswick Group. A German-American raised and educated in the UK and a committed internationalist, Susanna has been involved in globally trading businesses throughout her career, directing activity in the Americas, across continental Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Susanna has been extensively involved with education and professional development over many years. She was Head of Group Training and led the commercial acquisition and integration of a portfolio of corporate training businesses whilst at IIR; and created learning academies at both Informa and Emap. She believes experiencing and appreciating different cultures promotes better global understanding, creativity and leadership. She is passionate about the power of education to transform lives; and believes that we need to develop a new generation of diverse leaders who are curious, bold and devoted to decency, truthfulness, and innovation. Susanna is committed to diversity not only as a societal imperative but as a critical component of commercial success. As an advisor to the trustees of the Foundation, Susanna first learnt about its purpose and programmes before becoming its Chief Executive responsible for the Laidlaw Schools Trust, the Laidlaw Scholars and its other education programmes. Susanna read English and Philosophy at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. She has five half blues in swimming and water polo; and played netball and rowed for Newnham.