2024 OD Conference – Thinking Global, Acting Local


Join us at our 2024 conference where we will explore the dynamic interplay between global perspectives and local actions in the field of Organisational Development (OD). In today’s interconnected world, organisations are increasingly navigating complex global challenges while also attending to the unique needs and contexts of their local communities.

This conference offers an opportunity to engage with thought leaders, practitioners and fellow OD professionals to exchange insights, share best practices and co-create innovative solutions. Whether you’re seeking to expand your global mindset, enhance your local impact or simply connect with like-minded individuals, this event promises to inspire and empower you on your OD journey. Join us as we explore how to think globally and act locally to drive positive change in organisations and communities worldwide.

At Roffey Park Institute, we specialise in empowering organisations to thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of today’s business world. As an Organisational Development specialist organisation, we understand that the success of any enterprise hinges not only on its products or services but also on the strength of its internal structure, culture, and people. Whether your organisation is facing challenges related to change management, leadership development, team effectiveness or cultural transformation, we are here to help. Our approach is collaborative, data-driven and results-oriented, ensuring that our solutions are not only impactful but also aligned with your unique goals and objectives.

Our 2024 OD Conference will take place on 24-25 October at Roffey Park Institute and we’re finalising the details of an exciting programme which includes:

  • International keynote speakers
  • Practical workshops
  • Space and time for learning and networking with practising OD professionals

Keynote Speakers

Sile Walsh

Inclusive Leadership & Organisational Development Specialist

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Inclusive Leadership Navigating Organisational Complexity

Are you tired of inclusive leadership being treated as just another tick-box exercise?
Are you ready to leverage it as a transformative force within your leadership and organisation?
Beyond the conventional, exploring how inclusive leadership can be our most potent tool in navigating organisational complexity, enhancing performance, and driving sustainable excellence. Inclusive Leadership Navigating Organisational Complexity is not about adding to your workload; it’s about enriching your approach to leadership for more effective outcomes. Sile Walsh invites us to shift our paradigm from viewing inclusion as an extra task to integrating it as a core principle of our leadership practice. This shift is not just beneficial—it’s essential for thriving in today’s complex organisational landscapes.

Rob Worrall Consultancy – Leadership, Collaboration and Innovation

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Building the Software for Collective Impact

There is a growing recognition that the global challenges of the twenty-first century necessitate a localised response to reflect the specific socio-economic and demographic circumstances of each locality.   In his talk, Rob will set out how his practice and evidence based Place-Based Leadership Development (P-BLD) initiatives develop collective leadership capability for problem solving across different places in the Global South and North.  Rob will demonstrate how working with the intangible ‘software’ of relationship-building facilitates the emergence of a better understanding between local actors and a more open and innovative mindset towards trying out innovative solutions.  Finally, he will also show how designing in continuous review and impact evaluation from the outset is key to demonstrating considerable impact at individual, inter-agency and place-based levels during and beyond the life of the programmes.

Graham Curtis

Director of Learning and Research Roffey Park Institute

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Ethics in the Living Present

Graham’s keynote will challenge how we think when making local plans and actions with regard to our global impact. He will take up ideas originating in complexity theory to invite us to reflect and to think differently about ethical decision making and how we think about the future.

He will argue that whilst taking action locally, it’s also vital that we think globally in terms of how actions are in line with our values and our wider social responsibility and for the generations that come after us.

Jesse Segers

Honorary Professor at University of Exeter, Partner at Ginkgo Consulting

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Reimagining Organizational Development: Navigating Contemporary Challenges through Global Unity and Local Action

OD is facing several contemporary threats that challenges its effectiveness and relevance. These threats stem from rapid technological advancements like AI, remote and hybrid work, OD less being taught at universities and organisational need for rapid organisational changes etc. A lack of growing membership in different organisational bodies could be seen as a soft signal that the field might be in the trouble. Given these threats, it’s interesting that the field does not rally together more globally but remains based in a plethora of local professional bodies. Using Bartlett & Ghoshal’s model of international strategies, we can look to several options of what this field could be like, what is preventing it to move into these different strategies and what could be first steps towards thinking global and acting local.

Please note speakers are subject to change

Conference MD

Neil Mullarkey

Neil Mullarkey will be our Conference MC and will also lead a fun energiser workshop to kick off our second day. This will be an interactive session where Neil Mullarkey will show you how the skills of improv theatre are readily applicable to every day life – not so much thinking on your feet as listening on your feet – helping your creativity, collaboration and leadership


Conference Fee

Residential Fee £1,210 +VAT per person

Residential Fee including accommodation the night before – £1,410 +VAT per person

Non-Residential Fee £1,050 +VAT per person

Discounted Fee for Roffey Park MSc Alumni, MSc Students and Associates

Residential Fee – £1,045 +VAT per person

Residential Fee including accommodation the night before – £1,245+VAT

Non-Residential Fee – £760 +VAT per person

Please note tickets are non refundable

Why choose Roffey Park’s OD Conference?

Roffey Park Institute is a centre of expertise in organisational development and a pioneer of action learning for over 75 years. For the last thirty years, our MSc in People and Organisational Development has been at the forefront of developing the practice and field of OD.   We are the home of people and organisational development.

As an educational charity our research aims to challenge perspectives and practices to enable people and organisations to realise our potential.  All conference fee revenue will be transferred to the Val Hammond Research Fund.  The fund, set up in recognition of our former Chair and CEO, cements Roffey Park’s commitment to applied management research through expanding the diversity and reach of thinking aimed at improving the world of work.

By attending the conference, you will be actively contributing towards future research in improving the world of work for all.

Call for Workshop Proposals!

Do you want to showcase your project, research or organisational change project?  If you’re interested in speaking at our conference, please submit a proposal for a 45 minute workshop session. 

Your proposal should include: 

  • Title of your session 
  • Name of Facilitator 
  • Brief session outline (maximum 100 words) 
  • Information about how the session will be facilitated and what attendees will gain from participating 
  • Your contact details and MSc or Associate connection 

We only have a limited number of places available and priority will be given to our MSc Alumni and Associate community.   Deadline for proposal submission is 31 May at 5pm (UK time), to be submitted via email .  If you are successful in your proposal, you will receive one free of charge conference place.   

The Venue

Roffey Park Institute is our purpose-built dedicated training, events and conference venue which is set in 40 acres of rural Sussex Countryside just five minutes from the M23 and 20 minutes from London Gatwick Airport.  With 60 bedrooms, comfortable surroundings, natural daylight, access to acres of space and first-class hospitality you can relax and enjoy the conference. 

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