Leading through Crisis - In Conversation with Mark Rowley

You’re invited to discuss how to lead through crisis with Mark Rowley, former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner and UK national lead for counter-terrorism.

Mark Rowley, former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner and UK national lead for counter-terrorism, retired from policing in 2018 after 31 years of service. Most recently, Mark led the national response to all the terror attacks in Britain in 2017 – which brought about, extraordinarily, a massive increase in public trust.

In conversation with London Business School's Richard Hytner, and for the first time since his retirement from policing, Mark will reflect on what it takes to lead in the toughest of contexts – with lessons for all aspiring to have a profound impact on the way the world does business – from personal resilience to the application of organisational purpose in action.

Date: Thursday 7 June

Time: 18:30 Registration | 19:00 Start | 20:00 Reception

Location: LT9

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About Mark Rowley

Former Head of National Counter Terrorism Policing, Metropolitan Police, Mark Rowley’s policing career spans 31 years of service, from joining as a constable in West Midlands Police in 1987 to leading the UK national Counter Terrorism Policing (UKCTP) – a role in which he faced many of the toughest leadership challenges under the sharpest possible scrutiny.

Before retiring from policing in March 2018, he led the UKCTP for four years, preventing an unprecedented 27 radical Islamist and far-right wing plots and leading the national responses to the four fatal attacks in 2017 – which produced an upswelling of public confidence in the police.

At a time of unprecedented threat (the ‘caliphate’ being declared on his second day in post), Mark’s UKCTP tenure also saw 850 preventative counter radicalisation interventions and the doubling of terrorism-related arrests.

Mark joined the Met as an Assistant Commissioner in December 2011, leading the response to the London riots and transforming the approach to policing gangs (reducing shootings by 42%) and public order. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2011.


About Richard Hytner

Until setting up creative management consultancy beta baboon in 2016, Richard, a Cambridge law graduate, was Saatchi & Saatchi’s deputy chairman, heading up its global strategy and innovation practice.

In his role as Adjunct Professor of Marketing at London Business School, he teaches leaders how to unearth fresh actionable customer and managerial insights, reignite individual, team and organisational creativity, and build winning brands and businesses.

Among numerous board level engagements, in 2015 Richard joined the Met Police Commissioner’s management board as a non-executive adviser.