On our 50th anniversary

2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of St George’s House. To celebrate this milestone and honour the founding vision of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, the House established the Society of Leadership Fellows in the second part of 2016. We are delighted that by March of this year we had appointed our first cohort of 250 Leadership Fellows occupying positions of leadership not just across every industry and sector in the UK but also in a number of other countries.

Our 250 Leadership Fellows

We have limited the size of our Fellowship to 250, so that it is possible for Fellows to get to know a good number of their peers when they join us for events at St George’s House. Please click here for a summary of our Fellows’ leadership profiles, and here for their photos. You will be struck by the diversity of our leadership community and the number of entrepreneurs who combine their leadership of commercial organisations with leading a wide variety of community bodies and charities.


Terms of membership

Each Leadership Fellow is appointed for a 12 month term, ending on the final day of the month of their appointment in the following year. Fellows are liable to pay the annual membership fee in full at the time of appointment (currently £240 plus VAT). All Fellows agree to join at least one of our Leadership Conversations during a 12 month period (24 months for international Fellows). If any Fellow is unable to meet this undertaking, they will not generally be eligible for reappointment.

Signing up for a Conversation

When an individual becomes a Leadership Fellow, we ask them to decide which Leadership Conversation they wish to join over the next 12 months. All Conversations take place within the framework of our guiding principles that we have developed together with our Leadership Fellows and their themes are on our Conversations page.  From this page you will be able to access background papers and agendas for Conversations through to June 2019.

Breakthroughs + dinners for Fellows

On Thursday, January 10 2019 we are organising the first of what will become quarterly Breakthroughs + dinners exclusively for Leadership Fellows. The format of these dinners is set out on a separate page, together with an up-to-date list of Fellows joining us – and an explanation of why the + is so important!

Reappointment of Leadership Fellows

The reappointment of Leadership Fellows is at the discretion of St George’s House. We are currently giving priority to reappointing leaders who are drawing on the ideas generated during Leadership Conversations to support their own leadership development and that of their organisation or core network.


Invitations to join the Society

Decisions to invite individual leaders to join the Society are taken by the Warden of St George’s House, the Revd Canon Dr Hueston Finlay, on the recommendation of the Membership Advisor and Director.

We maintain a waiting list of individuals who have been through the appointment process, so that it is possible for them to join the Society as vacancies become available. If you would be interested in joining us, please email our Membership Advisor, Michael Pitfield, with a brief summary of your key leadership experiences: Michael.Pitfield@stgeorgeshouse.org

If you have any enquiries about any aspect of our work with leaders, please telephone our Co-ordinator, Nicola Pryer, on 01753 848791, or email her on:


And if you want to contact the Society’s Director, Pete Ashby, please telephone him on 07825 266046 or email him on: