Blaire Palmer

Blaire Palmer is a world authority on the changing face of leadership and work. An author, speaker, coach, consultant and commentator on future trends in business, with two decades of experience coaching and provoking boards and senior leaders, Blaire shares her funny, insightful and challenging ideas about leadership and change with audiences around the globe, inspiring them to find ways to start running their companies in partnership with their people, lose the ego around leadership and re-think what leaders are here for in the post-Industrial Age.

As one of the youngest female producers of the BBC’s flagship Today Programme Blaire spent a decade breaking stories and shaping the UK news agenda before her fascination with leadership and change led her to train as one of the UK’s first corporate coaches. Since then she’s written 3 successful books on the subject and is regularly quoted in the media.

Blaire is no stranger to change herself. From leaving her safe and respected job at the BBC in 2000 and starting her own company at the age of 29 to becoming a digital nomad and taking her family (and her two dogs) on the road for 7 months in 2018, she is well-versed in the personal roller-coaster of change.


Punks in Suits – Busting the Myths of Leadership

It’s time leaders revealed more of the Punk underneath their suit. At a time when trust in major institutions is in crisis, when a disrupter is threatening to come up your blindside and change your industry forever, when your Gen Y (not to mention the incoming iGens) want work to be meaningful and purposeful, and when digital disruption, global teams and agile working are making the job ever more complex, it’s time to get back to basics.

In this presentation, Blaire presents a more human, authentic model of leadership – leadership that creates more leaders – and challenges us to rethink everything we thought we knew about what makes a great leader.