Membership Terms & Conditions ("T&Cs")
Leaders First is a membership organisation with a mission to empower, inspire and connect leaders globally.
Members of Leaders First (each a "Member") can benefit from:
Guests of a Member (“Guests”) can also benefit from access to certain aspects of our Events programme and Platform as described below.
Leaders First offers various services for Members and Guests through a bespoke online platform (the “Platform”) designed, owned and operated by Leaders First. The Platform is fully accessible by desktop or mobile at any of the below websites:
Due to the breadth of specific experience which each Member brings to the Leaders First community, Leaders First will agree the specific scope of support and service with each individual Member, together with the expected time commitments from Members. Examples of the types of services which can be performed by Members include:
The services performed by Members are provided at no cost to Leaders First.
Leaders First is an invitation-only membership organisation. No individual can become a Member without the prior approval of the board of directors of Leaders First (the "Board"). Members can select from four levels of membership, each of which is described in more detail below.
At any given time, the Board is entitled to appoint any Member to the status of Ambassador. The appointment process may be initiated directly by the Board, or it may follow a recommendation to the Board by an existing Member.
Each Ambassador is required to devote a reasonable amount of time contributing to the growth and development of Leaders First. The level of commitment required from Ambassadors is greater than for other types of Members, be it in relation to financial contributions or the level or amount of services provided.
Each Ambassador shall be entitled an option to subscribe for A Shares in the Company. The consideration for the issuance of the A Shares can be a cash payment, in which case the number of A Shares and the cash consideration will be confirmed by the Board. Alternatively, the Board may agree to issue a specific number of A Shares to the Ambassador in consideration of the Ambassador providing certain services to the Company. In either case the terms upon which the Ambassador acquires A Shares shall be set out in a separate subscription letter agreed between the Ambassador and Leaders First. The subscription letter will stipulate the minimum period of time during which the Ambassador must retain the A Shares and will also include other specific terms and conditions.
The rights and obligations attaching to the A Shares are set out in the Articles of Association for Leaders First. For example, the A Shares do not have voting rights at shareholder meetings but do permit each holder of A Shares to attend and speak at such meetings. Each holder of A Shares is encouraged to review the Articles of Association, which can be accessed through the Companies House online page (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/11160951/filing-history).
The Board has the right, in its sole discretion and in its reasonable opinion, to demote an Ambassador to the status of Member at any time.
The Board may from time to time appoint a Member to the senior position of a Contributor (Brand Ambassador). The appointment process may be initiated directly by the Board, or again it may follow a recommendation to the Board by an existing Member.
The eligibility criteria for being appointed a Contributor (Brand Ambassador) includes, but is not limited to:
An individual can apply to become a Contributor (Brand Ambassador) and this is subject to the approval by the Board. If approved for membership, the Contributor will be required to pay a yearly subscription fee in advance. However, the Board, in its absolute discretion, can decide to waive the payment of this fee. The duration of the appointment is 12 months and it can be renewed following written confirmation by Leaders First. The Board, at its sole discretion, has the right to be able to relax the eligibility criteria and governing rules for the appointment of a Contributor on a case-by-case basis. The relationship between Leaders First and the Contributor is governed by a separate letter.
The eligibility criteria for being appointed a Member include:
The Board, at its sole discretion, has the right to be able to relax the eligibility criteria for the appointment of a Member on a case-by-case basis. The Board may also refuse to appoint an individual as a Member and is not required to provide its reasons for doing so.
Each Member will receive the following benefits:
A Contributor or a Member is eligible to be selected by the Board to be part of a specific committee and/or a hub of Leaders First. The rights and obligations of each committee and/or or hub are governed by specific terms, which are available on request.
For the avoidance of doubt, Members do not receive shares in Leaders First and do not have the right to attend or vote at either shareholder or board meetings of Leaders First.
Members have the option to apply and/or upgrade to the status of Premium Members (as defined below) if they are approved by the Board and following the payment of an additional annual fee (subject to change from time to time) in order to benefit from more features (the “Premium Member(s)” and the “Premium Membership”).
Examples of additional features available to a Premium Member (these may be changed from time to time and such changes will be notified to Premium Members by way of emails or other communications):
Each Member who is part of a family business and has less than 7 years of relevant professional experience is eligible to be appointed as a Member with the status of Next-Gen Member. This is subject to a reference letter, the payment of membership fee as for a Premium Member and the approval by the Board. Next-Gen Members are entitled to the same level of benefits offered to Premium Members.
To be eligible to join Leaders First as a Corporate Member (the “Corporate Member”), an entity should be an enterprise that possesses a track record of growth and is ran by a senior management team that has a background of strong leadership roles.
Leaders First also reserves the right to refuse admission to Corporate Members from certain industries/sectors. Membership terms may also change from time to time and this will be notified to the Corporate Members.
There are three membership options available to a Corporate Member as set out below:
All Corporate Members need to enter into a separate contract with Leaders First which will govern the relationship between the parties before they become a fully approved Corporate Member.
The benefits of an Overseas/Small Business Membership are the following:
The Full Corporate Membership has the following benefits:
Additional paid services are available for an additional fee.
Each individual who applies to become a Member or a Guest is required to submit an online application, which is located at www.leadersfirst.co.uk (or as updated from time to time). As part of the application process, the individual can be requested to provide details of the existing Member who has recommended them or how did they find out about Leaders First.
By registering or applying via the Platform of Leaders First, the Company reserves the right to undertake any criminal background screening to confirm the compliance with these T&Cs.
Leaders First shall endeavour to notify every successful applicant within three working days. Leaders First is under no obligation to provide an explanation as to any refusal which is given by the Company. The creation of a Member or Guest profile is not available to a user who already has an active account with Leaders First or who has been previously refused or blocked by Leaders First.
Each successful application will be confirmed in writing by Leaders First via email subject to the payment of all relevant fees.
Leaders First reserves the right to cap the number of Members of any membership category from certain industries/sectors. Leaders First also reserves the right to refuse admission to Members from any membership category from certain industries/sectors/professional groups. Limitation rules are subject to the sole discretion of the Board and can change from time to time.
Members can invite other Members or Guests to join the Platform. Members, Corporate Members and Premium Members can also invite Guests to attend events organised by Leaders First. Premium Members can invite Guests to attend events organised by Leaders First and/or its Partners if they have received an invitation from Leaders First; specific terms and condition may apply to the event in question.
Upon request, and at the sole discretion of the Board, Members may be granted the right to invite additional proposed Members or Guests. The Company invites other Members to extend the invitation to join Leaders First to individuals who meet the Member’s eligibility criteria described above and with whom the existing Member has already established an actual relationship, and who can contribute positively to the growth of the Leaders First community.
Leaders First may, at its sole discretion, decline to grant an invitation to other individuals invited by Ambassadors, Contributors, Corporate Members, and Members and shall not be required to provide a reason for doing so.
Guests are potential Members of Leaders First. Guests can be invited by the Company or by existing Members or can apply, without an invitation, on the website.
Leaders First may, at its sole discretion, reject a Guest application and shall not be required to provide any reason for doing so.
Approved guests will be granted access at full rate to the educational programmes and limited access to the invitation-only events hosted by Leaders First. Alternatively, Guests may be placed on a waiting list if the event is currently at capacity or oversubscribed. Each Guest, as a trial, may not attend more than two events, unless with the prior approval of Leaders First.
Guests can apply or will be asked, at the end of their trial, to upgrade to Members of Leaders First and their admission will be governed by the provisions for Members stipulated above.
Trainers are not Members of Leaders First. They provide services on a non-exclusive basis as contractors to the Leaders First community in such roles as trainer, coach, or a similar professional role (the “Trainer”). Trainers need to enter into a separate agreement with Leaders First to govern the relationship between the parties.
These services can either be standard services, such as masterclasses (which can be online or face-to- face training sessions to groups or individuals) or optional services, such as the Online Academy (these are posted online and accessible exclusively to Members). In the case of the Online Academy, the materials used can vary from short presentations, blogs, podcasts, book and article suggestions, but also any other e-learning methods as appropriate. Trainers can also provide additional branding services upon the specific request of Leaders First. These additional branding services include but are not limited to review and assessments of profile descriptions, podcast recordings, video recordings and coaching services.
Leaders First shall have no liability for any materials provided by a Trainer. Leaders First is relying on guarantees provided by Trainers that all content provided and/or created by them is appropriately licensed and authorised. Any disputes that may arise which pertain to the Trainers need to be addressed with the Trainers directly.
If approved for membership under any membership category, the Member will be required to pay a yearly subscription fee in advance as described online or via brochures. If the Member would like to pay the membership subscription in monthly instalments, this will be subject to a one-off joint fee and additional administration fee agreed by the Board and as described online or via brochures.
All categories of membership commence on the date of approval of the application by the Board and last one calendar year (subject to subsequent renewal as explained below). Please note that the membership fee might be subject to an additional “card fee” levied directly by the credit card provider of the Member. Leaders First is not responsible for any fees levied by banks or credit card providers.
Annual membership will automatically renew each year. Leaders First reserves the right to review and change the membership fee at any time. Amended fees are only applicable upon renewal of new membership registration. Members, under any membership category, can lose their status as a Member if they do not renew their membership or do not pay membership fees or at the discretion of Leaders First. Membership subscription fees are not refundable.
Further payment terms in relation to membership fees are as follows:
The Company hosts a range of events - online and offline - which are organised exclusively for Members. The opportunity to sponsor such events will be offered to Members and Corporate Members first before it is offered to third parties. The Company can grant to Guests limited access to the events which are subject to a fee. To attend Leaders First events, Members and Guests must register online via the Platform, in accordance with the terms and conditions, ticket pricing and policy applied for the specific event.
The Company reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone whose name does not appear on the attendance list, who has not registered or who has not completed the online payment process. Leaders First will also refuse entry to any professional service provider (including but not limited to professional service providers offering training, coaching or other sales services) unless such person is associated with the sponsoring of the event in question. Leaders First reserves the right to limit the number of people attending events as well as the number of people from specific industries allocated to attend an event.
The Company may, at its sole discretion, admit Members or Guests who have not registered in advance.
The Company reserves the right to cancel events at any time or reject a Member’s application to attend an event if required to ensure that the mix of attendees at the event is as beneficial to the attendees as possible.
As per the provisions above and subject to the sole discretion of Leaders First, Corporate Members may grant access to their designated Premium Members to attend Partner events, subject to the terms and conditions of those applied.
The Company expects that Members and Guests will conduct themselves in a professional manner when interacting with others privately and during events. If an issue arises as a result of inappropriate behaviour, our team will note it. We also suggest our Members report any inappropriate behaviour immediately to us. Any form of proved inappropriate behaviour permits Leaders First to immediately terminate the membership.
The Company offers its Community an opportunity to access online (i.e. certified online masterclasses) and off-line educational programmes (i.e. certified masterclasses, urban retreats, wellness retreats, leadership retreats…) to develop soft-skills and other professional skills required for leadership roles.
Access to educational contents (i.e. educational posts, articles, video talks, book suggestions…) on the Platform is exclusively for Members. Based on the specific category and typology of the content, it will be provided free of charge or at an additional fee. Content listings will specify any required access fees and related policy access.
Participation at any educational programme may be subject to a fee. For each training programme, ticket policy and conditions will be provided to Members and Guests in advance.
The Company offers its Members access to opportunities, special offers, initiatives, and rewards (“Opportunities & Rewards”) offered by Leaders First, its Members and Partners.
The Company does not guarantee the availability of any Opportunities & Rewards as they are all subject to change at any time without notice. Opportunities & Rewards have their own terms and policies, which will be available on the specific listing page. Opportunities & Rewards may also include links or reference to other websites or services that are provided solely as convenience to the entire community of Leaders First. Please consider that the access and use of other sites, including in relation to the information, materials, products, and services, is solely at the risk of the Member. Leaders First has no responsibility for third party content.
The Company may post photographs and videos showing Members and/or Guests attending Leaders First events and training on the Platform, on password protected web pages or other public website pages, social media sites, apps or platforms, and within Leaders First marketing material.
All photographs and videos are the property of Leaders First. The Company reserves the right to use those photos and videos for any marketing or other promotional purposes.
Following registration on the Platform, each Member will periodically receive details of forthcoming events, community updates and other communications from the Company via email or mobile phone (as requested). E-mail preferences can be adjusted and fully deactivated by the Member when accessing their online profile settings on the Platform or via links/’reply to’ option to stop correspondence in emails sent by Leaders First. In the case of non-renewal or termination of the membership, the access to the Platform may be blocked with immediate effect. Each Member or Guest may opt out of such communications via the unsubscribe links and the online profile.
Members will be informed on marketing guidelines or rules with regards to how the Company is promoted towards third parties and how Members communicate their role and participation in Leaders First events, within the community and on the Platform.
The Company excludes all liability to Members and Guests to the fullest extent permitted by law. Nothing in these T&Cs limits any liability which cannot be legally limited, including but not limited to liability for:
Subject to the grounds under which the Company’s liability cannot be limited by law and where the Company cannot exclude all liability, the Company’s total liability to any Ambassador, Corporate Membership, Member (including Premium membership), Guest or any other party under these T&Cs, shall be the greater of £2,500 or the value of that Member’s paid membership fee (if applicable) in the last 12 months.
Subject to the grounds under which the Company’s liability cannot be limited by law, the following types of loss are wholly excluded:
The Company is not responsible for the actions or omissions of any Member, Partner, Corporate Member, Contributor, Guest, sponsor of any Leaders First event or third-party providers, such as IT software developers or Google search engine automated application.
The Company excludes any liability in relation to intellectual property rights breaches arising from any material provided by Contributors or third parties that provide content to Leaders First.
The Company will have no liability arising from any information that a Member provides about themselves in their online profile or in person. Each Member agrees that the information provided about themselves is, and remains, truthful and accurate.
The Company cannot be held liable or accountable regarding any private agreements developed autonomously among Members, Trainers and Guests who have been connected through Leaders First.
Leaders First has the right, but not the obligation, to terminate the membership of a Member in any of the following circumstances:
In the case that the membership of a Member is terminated by Leaders First and the Member has paid an annual membership fee and more than one month of the current annual membership period remains, the Member is entitled to request Leaders First to repay the Member the pro-rata amount of the annual membership fee for each full month of membership for which the Member shall no longer be entitled to be a Member.
A Member may only terminate the membership by giving the Company one calendar month’s prior written notice, such notice to expire on the last day of the month after the initial 12-month period of Membership. For avoidance of doubt all monthly membership fees up to and including the date of termination of Membership in accordance with this clause shall remain payable in accordance with these T&Cs.
The Company grants each Member and Guest a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable licence to use the Platform and related software (excluding source and object code) for personal, non- commercial and lawful use on computers of the relevant Member or Guest and other devices of which are used by such Member or Guest for the purposes of registering for, and accessing, an account on the Platform.
In addition, any suggestions, ideas or inventions that a Member or a Guest voluntarily discloses to the Company through any means will be used, or not used, by the Company at Leaders First’s sole discretion; and the Company will have no obligation to the Member or a Guest regarding any ideas or inventions that have been disclosed through such means. No right, title or interest in or to any trademark, service mark, logo or trade name of the Company or its licensors, suppliers or affiliates is granted under the T&Cs except as expressly written here. All other rights are reserved to Leaders First.
The Platform is owned and operated by Leaders First. All materials, visual interfaces, graphics, photos, videos, text, design, compilation, information, computer code (including source code or object code), products, software, services, and all other elements of the Platform provided by Leaders First are protected by applicable copyrights, patent and trademark laws, international conventions, and all other relevant intellectual property and proprietary rights and applicable laws.
All materials contained on the Platform, if not expressed differently, are the property of the Company or its subsidiaries or affiliated companies and/or third-party licensors.
No term of these Rules is intended to be enforceable by any party other than the Company and the Members and Guests (any such third party being a "Third Party"), notwithstanding that any such term may purport to confer (under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 or otherwise) any benefit on such Third Party and irrespective of whether such Third Party is identified in these T&Cs.
Leaders First reserves the right to vary or amend its T&Cs from time to time. The T&Cs in force from time to time will be available on the Leaders First website.
Whilst a user of Leaders First Platform, each Member and Guest consents to Leaders First storing personal data supplied by such Member or Guest. Unless a Member or a Guest notifies Leaders First in writing to the contrary, each Member or Guest consents to the Company:
Each Member and Guest agrees not to:
These T&Cs and all non-contractual obligations arising out of or in connection with these T&Cs shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. The Company, each Member and Guest irrevocably agrees that the English courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction to hear and decide any suit, action or proceedings, or to settle any disputes, that may arise out of or in any way relate to these T&Cs, their formation or any non-contractual obligation arising out of or in connection with these Rules and, for these purposes, the Company and each Member or Guest irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
Date: April 2020