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About Windsor Leadership

Inspiring the leaders of today and tomorrow to transform themselves, their organisation and society for the better

We specialise in experience-led programmes at Windsor Castle, for senior leaders from all sectors of society including business, government, military, religion and not-for-profit. This cross-sector exposure to different styles of leadership, combined with the quality and level of leaders attending our programme, is what makes us unique.

We don't teach leadership - we create opportunities and the right peer-to-peer environment to explore and discover personal leadership styles. We focus on facilitated learning and challenging leaders to think about key elements of leadership at the heart of business and society today.

Our heritage

The foundations for Windsor Leadership were laid in 1981 when The Duke of Edinburgh, Professor Charles Handy and the Reverend Michael Mann set up the “Windsor Meetings” with an aim to tackle the big issues in society, with leaders from all walks of life.

By 1995, the need for exceptional leadership had become increasingly apparent; the Windsor Leadership Trust was created as an independent charity to focus on the top levels of leadership.

Providing an open and trusted space

All our programmes are held under the Chatham House Rule* which, combined with the unique venue of St Georges House at Windsor Castle, provides a safe space for open, honest and insightful discussion.

Leadership journey

Over the years we’ve developed a strong network of influential Trustees, Fellows, Patrons and Alumni who often come back as speakers, Chairs and/or facilitators on our programmes.

We continue to support our alumni on their leadership journey by providing a series of events and working groups.  We also offer various categories of membership for those keen to support our work.


*"Where a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed; nor may it be mentioned where the information was received."

We do publish the names of individuals who are involved with the Trust. However, nothing is attributed to an individual, either directly or in any way that would allow them to be identified, unless prior permission has been explicitly granted by the individual concerned.