Richard Oliver

The son of Sir Laurence Olivier and Dame Joan Plowright, Richard Olivier has been a leading theatre director for over ten years, most recently directing ‘Henry V’ and the ‘Merchant of Venice’ at the Globe Theatre. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Cranfield School of Management and a Visiting Lecturer with the Industrial Society.

From 1999-2005 he was the Master of Mythodrama – a new form of arts based learning that uses theatrical techniques and notably stories from Shakespeare, to focus on leadership skills, change management and creativity

He argues that the ways in which organisations are moving forward can no longer be understood with the old business models, language and analysis that has served managers in the past. Whilst the rational manager has got business where it is today, he or she will not be able to take it where it needs to go.

The leaders of tomorrow will need to be ordinary human beings with extraordinary talents. These include vision, creativity, imagination, flexibility, effective communication, the capacity to embrace constant change and the ability to manage the emotional impact of all these

As a keynote speaker, Richard gives an amusing and memorable performance. Shakespeare’s Henry V is a rich source of inspiration for his presentations. A near perfect story of successful leadership it’s not just the famous speeches that offer lessons for the modern manager, but also the intricate subtleties of incidents throughout the play. From the first line to the last scene the plot reflects invaluable insights into leadership.

Tailoring each event to the client’s needs, Richard’s highly entertaining and unique presentations make him one of the most sought after motivational speakers available.