A conversation with Katie Phillips and Tamsin Jones

What makes a good leader?

Why do so many women not realise they are a leader?

What are the feminine traits of leadership?

What are the masculine traits of leadership?

What’s the paradigm we are seeing today in relation to masculine / feminine leadership and what needs to shift?

How does a successful female leader sustain herself?


Tamsin has contributed to initiatives that build stronger societies and is a regular advisor to businesses, impact investors and government in the development of projects that sustain people and the planet. She brings a strategic, international perspective to current issues, at work and in life. She is based in London with frequent trips to Kenya and Australia.

She works at the intersection of leadership and inclusive innovation. Through Tamsin's experiences she has listened to the stories of thousands of women and men from around the world. She applies these insights to catalyse performance and wellbeing for leaders. She is an advocate for women in leadership and feminine traits in all of us.

Her work has included co-initiating an innovation hub for ventures in Cape Town and the leading solution to bring more exceptional female talent into boardrooms across Africa, TheBoardroom Africa. She has also been senior advisor to the leading innovator

in last mile cellular and internet connectivity, the UK Government development

finance institution, CDC Group,where she contributed to the launch and expansion of The Africa List and the GenderSmart Investing Summit on Capital Connect, the largest ever matching of gender lens funds with potential investors from around the world.

Earlier in her career, Tamsin contributed to initiatives and multi-stakeholder ecosystems including: a social innovation centre; a new model of care for pregnant women living with HIV in southern Africa; as policy advisor to a state Premier; and London 2012 Olympic Games’ jobs and enterprise legacy.

Tamsin is a proud trustee of TheFlipFlopi, an organisation determined to end single use plastic in Africa. She holds an MBA from the Said Business School of the University of Oxford.