Dear friends,

I hope you and your families are well. 

I’m writing with significant news. 

Strategic alliance between Leaders’ Quest and TED

For the last three years LQ has had a very successful climate partnership with TED through Countdown. It’s been exceptionally impactful, reaching tens of millions of people with solutions to the climate crisis and building cross-sector collaboration to solve tough dilemmas. 

We’re thrilled now to build on this partnership and deepen our shared work through a Strategic Alliance between LQ and TED. We have complementary skills, great alignment in terms of vision, values and purpose – and we see powerful opportunities to do more together in the future. 

A change in my role

As part of this, I will be shifting my role at the end of the year. After 21 years at the helm, I will stand down as CEO of Leaders’ Quest, though I will continue as an advisor, board member and, above all, friend.

I will take up a new role at TED, commencing January 3, as Head of Impact and Partnerships. TED is an amazing platform and this is a wonderful mandate to partner with businesses and philanthropists to address big global themes and to bring an ‘impact-first’ mentality to TED’s work with all partners. 

Leadership at LQ

After consultation with the Partners, our Board and external advisors, I am thrilled to share the news that Jayma Pau and Melanie Jamieson have accepted roles as co-CEOs of Leaders’ Quest, commencing January 3.

Jayma has been with us for 15 years. She joined as a Program Coordinator, spent two years in Mumbai setting up our India office, time seconded in NY, and became one of three Managing Partners in 2016. She knows the team incredibly well, is a brilliant, intuitive creator of programs, and is highly trusted by clients and hosts. 

Melanie joined us in 2010 as Communication Manager. She became a Partner in 2014 and a Managing Partner at the start of this year. Most recently she has led our relationship with the Climate Champions for COP 26 and 27 and earned huge respect for the leadership, collaboration and optimism she has brought to the climate world. 

Together, they are excited to lead LQ into a wonderful next chapter and look forward to reconnecting with you.

LQ has been at the heart of my life for more than two decades. I am deeply grateful and beyond proud of what we’ve achieved together. Extraordinary friends and colleagues from all corners have shaped how I see the world and — I hope — made me a better person along the way. I look forward to continuing to support the work, and to building new opportunities together with many of you. This is not a goodbye, but rather the next step of LQ’s (and my own) journey.  

Warm regards,