Dr Katalin Illes

Dr Katalin Illes


Katalin Illes is a committed promoter of responsible leadership and organisational development.

In her current role she leads Westminster Business School’s External Relations including international partnership development, employer engagement and knowledge exchange initiatives.  Her work includes building and leading impactful teams within the Business School and representing WBS externally. Katalin is an inspiring public speaker who has led and developed innovative, creative networks and partnerships to promote practice-based, life-long growth of individuals, communities and enterprises around the world. She is a leader of transformational change and a promoter of sustainable organisational growth.

Over the past 20 years she has contributed to the development of collaborative, successful and humane organisational cultures to fulfil both individual and corporate potentials.

Prior to joining the University of Westminster Katalin Illes was the Director of International Development in China's first liberal arts college in 2012-2013.

Dr Illes has also held leadership and academic positions at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. She has developed and led multi-national collaborative academic programmes in Denmark, Hungary, India and Switzerland.

Katalin Illes has been the adviser of senior management teams and has been assisting the leadership development of executives both in the UK and abroad. Katalin is a qualified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and promotes mind-body connections, well-being, diversity and transparency in organisations.


Katalin's research interests include ethical leadership; leadership embodiment; spirituality and leadership; trust; and innovative approaches to personal and organisational development. 

Her list of publications is available  on the VRE.