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Dive Deep, Climb High

Focusing on leadership in higher education, Mel Loizou asks her guests to share what leadership means to them. The Dive Deep Climb High podcast is fun, honest, and relatable. It enables you to dive deep into your role and the leader you are.

To climb high, unleashing the power and potential of you and those around you. With inspiring stories, practical tips, and a little bit of fishiness this show will help you realise that sometimes the apparently impossible is absolutely possible. 

Dive Deep. Climb High. Can Do Leadership in a World of Can’t.


Dec 6, 2023

In this episode, we take a deep dive into how to best motivate your team. Having recently joined the University of Leeds as Head of Conferences and Events, Sam shares with us what he has learned from the managers he has worked with over the years and his own unique approach to leadership. During this thought-provoking conversation, we discuss different leadership styles and why there is no right and wrong.



“Leadership is complex, there's no one size fits all. Different people, different situations require different styles of leadership. Leadership is about influencing others; it's about bringing people on a journey.”



Sam is currently the Head of Conferences and Events at the University of Leeds. It is a passion for delivering exceptional events and raising money for not-for-profit organisations that led Sam to the higher education sector, having previously worked in a range of unique venues, including West Ham United Football Club, London’s Science Museum, HM Tower of London, Chiswick House, and Gardens all before first entering higher education at the Royal College of Music. 

In addition to his role at Leeds, Sam is a board director for Academic Venue Solutions, the leading UK marketing consortium for academic venues and is the Chair of the Meeting Industry Association (MIA) academic peer group. Both roles promote best practice and peer-to-peer learning in the academic sector.





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Mel is a Coach, Facilitator, Podcast Host & Mum. Specialising in leadership and change management in the Higher Education sector, Mel uses her Fish Climb Trees philosophy to help individuals, teams and organisations, shift from that place of believing they can’t, to one where they know they absolutely can. 

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