Lynne Sedgmore

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Lynne Sedgmore

Early Life and Education

Dr Lynne Sedgmore CBE was born on 23rd October 1955 in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, England to a working class family; the daughter of a miner who went to Grammar school, Lynne was the first in her family to go to University: studying English and American Literature. She always wanted to be a teacher and gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 1979.


Lynne has spent her career of 36 years teaching and leading in the UK Further Education (FE) sector. In 2015 Lynne retired from the role of CEO of the 157 Group of FE colleges. She was the Chief Executive of the national Centre for Excellence in Leadership from 2004 to 2008. Previously she was principal of Guildford College, Dean of Croydon Business School and held a wide range of management and teaching posts in FE Colleges. Lynne advised the FE Skills Minister on Extremisms in FE in 2008 and sat on the Prime Minsters Review of public sector leadership development from February 2009 to April 2010. She has sat as a non-executive on over 20 boards. She was in the Debrett’s 2015 list as one of the twenty most influential education leaders in the UK and was awarded the CBE by the Queen for services to education in 2004.

Lynne's Masters and Doctoral degrees specialised in spiritual leadership and co-creating spirited organisations: several books and articles have been published on her work as a leader. She is a senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Education at the University of London, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Lynne's first collection of poetry, Enlivenment, was published in 2013.

Awakening Spiritually

Lynne has been a spiritual seeker all her life. She has explored many faith traditions and spiritual paths in her exploration of true reality. Lynne is an ordained Interfaith Minister, a trained Spiritual Coach, a healer member of the National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH) and a Benedictine Oblate. She has attended and led spiritual retreats and workshops for 25 years and is a patron of the Hindu Academy. She chaired the UK Interfaith Foundation for 4 years and became an Elder of the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation. She currently teaches on the Soul of Leadership retreat programme and is a student in the Ridwhan Spiritual School. She goes on retreat for at least 6 weeks a year.

Coming to Glastonbury

Lynne first came to Glastonbury in 1989 and returned annually on pilgrimage as she felt it was her spiritual home. She also undertook many spiritual trainings, healings and workshops in the town over 30 years. In 1995, she and her husband John Capper celebrated their spiritual union in the Chalice Well after a more formal ceremony at Shepton Mallet. In 2010, together with her husband, she moved to a small village outside Glastonbury.

Life in Glastonbury

Lynne has supported the Glastonbury Pilgrim Reception Centre both practically and financially. Alongside Morgana West, she was the Creative Director and a sponsor of the Glastonbury Thorn Community Day - an event which witnessed the planting of a sapling descendant of The Glastonbury Thorn and The Glastonbury Peace Pole being planted in the centre of town.

In 2014 Lynne wrote the words for the Avalon Anthem with Morgana West and Ananda Kelly: this is a community song with music written by Sally Pullinger and performed by The Avalonian Free State Choir. The Anthem opened Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts in 2015. She also leads 'quiet days' in Abbey House.


Sedgmore, L. (2014) Fostering Innovative Organisational Cultures and High Performance through Explicit Spiritual Leadership, Professional Doctorate by Contribution to Practice thesis, England, University of Winchester.
Sedgmore L. (2013) Illumination of Practice through Research and Inquiry, In Neal J. Handbook of Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace, USA Springer Press.
Sedgmore L. (2010) Reflections on the Leadership of Literacy, In Howard and Kings. Why Leadership Matters, London, NRDC.
Sedgmore L. (2006) Leadership in a Pluralist Society: Helping Colleges to Respond to Issues of Faith and Belief in FE, Journal of Chaplaincy January East London Mosque.
Sedgmore L (2002) Learning Excellence, People and Organisations, 9(3) p1-12
Sedgmore L, (2001) Emotional Intelligence, The Hidden Advantage, Academic Leadership 8(II) p16-20, USA, Chair Academy
Sedgmore L. (2000) Hold Tight, TES College Manager p43, London.
Sedgmore L. (2000) Personal Reflections on Workplace Ministry as Leadership, Modem Ministry 8 p.8.

Joint publications
Fry L. Sedgmore L. and Atman Y. (2009) Maximizing the Triple Bottom Line through a Spiritual Leadership Balanced Scorecard Business Model: The CEL Story, Academy of Management Annual Convention, Chicago.
Limb A and Sedgmore L,.(2007) “Full Circle: a short history of the development of values and beliefs in the further education system, Journal of Chaplaincy.
Western S. and Sedgmore L. (2008) A Privileged Conversation, Journal of Management Spirituality and Religion 5(3) pp. 321–346.
Wilson E. Sedgmore, L. Altman Y. and Ozbilgin M. (2008) A Model of Organisational Spirituality and a Case Study, Academy of Management Annual Convention, Los Angeles.

Publications by academics (case studying and commenting on Lynne’s work)
Altman Y. (2010) In Search of Transcendence - Making a Connection with Transcendence, An Interview with Lynne Sedgmore, Human Resource Management International Digest 18(6) pp.35–38.
Fry L. and Altman Y. (2013) Spiritual Leadership in Action: The CEL Story, Charlotte USA: IAP press.
Fry L. and Nisiewicz M. (2012) Maximizing the Triple Bottom Line through Spiritual Leadership, Stanford USA: Stanford University Press.
Joseph, M., (2002) Leaders and Spirituality - A Case Study PhD thesis, England, Surrey University.
Robinson S. and Smith J. (2014) Co-Charismatic Leadership: Critical Perspectives on Spirituality, Ethics and Leadership, Bern Switzerland: Peter Lang.
Western S. (2008) Democratising Strategy: Towards Distributed Leadership, In Cambell D. and Huffington C. (Eds.) Organisations Connected A handbook of Systemic Consultation 8 pp. 173–197, London : Karnac Books.

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