Hilarie Owen


Position: CEO Institute of Leadership

Hilarie Owen began her career as a political scientist before going into the corporate world. She received two awards for setting up and chairing a City –wide project to regenerate economic development after reading Politics, Philosophy and Psychology at University. Since then she has been a successful director, author and mentor. In recent years Hilarie was appointed to the new role of Head of Leadership Services for the Police in England, Wales and N Ireland working with 43 Chief Constables, leading three teams and overseeing a multi-million pound budget while advising the Minister at the Home Office.

However, Hilarie began with a corporate career in the 1980’s joining IBM and progressing to Marketing Manager UK, then developing a new business strategy, turned a large international publishing company around increasing its turnover by 600% within a year and taking a year secondment with the Government’s Dept of Trade & Industry. She broadened to consultancy with a top firm and went on to run her own business for 12 years working with boards of directors in a multitude of companies.  For two years she studied world -class teams including the RAF Red Arrows that resulted in her first book. Her eight books have sold globally including China. During this time she worked throughout Europe, the US, S Africa and the Middle East. Hilarie has taught at Cranfield, Ashridge and Manchester Business School. 

In 2005 Hilarie was acknowledged for her work at Woman of the Year in London and in 2006 Distinguished Professor Warren Bennis invited her to Harvard to explore and share best ways people learn leadership with him and others. Since then, Hilarie has been team mentoring boards of directors and was commissioned to research and write a report on developing fast growth companies for a Parliamentory Select Committee. Hilarie’s work now focuses on how people actually learn leadership and will be mentoring Chief Executives at Sport UK for the next three years with the aim to ensure the right governance to enable more medals in Rio. 

Books published:

Creating Top Flight Teams pub Kogan Page 1996

In Search of Leaders pub John Wiley & Sons 2000

Unleashing Leaders pub John Wiley 2001

Grow Your Personal Capital pub Pearson 2001

The Leadership Manual pub Pearson2004

Creating Leaders in the Classroom pub Routledge 2007

The Complete Guide to Mentoring Pub Kogan Page 2011

New Thinking on Leadership: A Global Perspective Pub Kogan Page 2012

Speaking engagements include

CIPD National Conference twice

Women as Global Leaders in Dubai to delegates from 40 countries

Global HR Conference in the US

European Police Conference at Warwick University 

Academic Leadership Conference at University of West of England 2010

Leaders are Made not Born series for SMEs across N Ireland for Govt

World Conference for Junior Chambers International in Barcelona 

National College for School Leadership Annual Conference 2011 

International Leadership Association Conference October 2011

International Conference: Transforming Society through Education in Shanghai China November 2011

Leadership Conference for the British Council Kuala Lumpur Malaysia June 2012

Presented to the Ministry of Education –Malaysia 

Webinar on her latest book to nearly 1,000 academics in the USA in 2013

1845 Connect Directors Talk

How the RAF Red Arrows are helping successful businesses.

When you start a business it takes courage, passion and commitment. As the business grows one person has to become a senior team that can perform well and together grow to be the best. What does it take to become a world class team that can out-perform any others? Can a senior team in a growing business learn this and put it into action? 

The February’s meeting will show you how the lessons from the RAF Red Arrows is helping companies like yours to develop the senior team to clarify the direction, growth objectives, standards of performance required, innovation, new skills and behaviours required for the team to become the best in the market place. 

For two years Hilarie Owen studied the Red Arrows at their bases in the UK and Cyprus and developed a process that has helped companies in the UK, across Europe and the USA to develop their senior teams.