Aspiring Chief Executives

This intensive five-day training course takes place over three months and is designed to empower nonprofit leaders who want to become chief executives.

Key information

Start date
10th October 2019
5 days across 3 months

Why choose our Aspiring Chief Executive Programme?

Designed to empower nonprofit leaders who want to take that step up to become chief executives, the programme will increase your confidence and ability to excel in your current leadership role, appraise the post of chief executive as a future career option, and build your leadership toolkit and leadership presence to maximise your potential as a future chief executive.

"A programme I would very much recommend to colleagues and one I hope to support my organisation's Service Directors to attend in due course."

- Paul Gartland, Horton Housing Association

Programme costs and dates

Programme dates 2019

The next Aspiring Chief Executives programme will run on the dates below:

Module 1: Thursday 10th & Friday 11th October

Module 2 : Thursday 14th & Friday 15th November

Module 3: Friday 6th December

Modules 1 & 2 take place over two consecutive days, with a follow-up one-day module (3) to embed the learning. Please be aware that you need to be able to attend all the dates on the programme. If you have any queries, please contact us.

Programme costs

The programme costs £1,745 per person. VAT is not charged.

This cost covers all five days, food & drink included, as well as the one-to-one coaching, 360-degree feedback, the dinner and the drinks reception. However, the cost of overnight accommodation, travel and other expenses is not covered.

Who should attend

This course has been designed specifically for senior leaders who are already employed within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, considering the step up to a chief executive position.

Please contact us if you are interested but fall outside of this requirement.

How to apply

If you would like to apply, please use the button below. Your application will then be sent on to the course leader, James Barrett, who will be in touch to arrange a suitable time to discuss your application and next steps with you.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact us.

The delivery of our Aspiring Chief Executives Programme is unique

The programme divides into three parts: two intensive two-day modules and a follow-up, one day module to further embed the learning. There are evening units and social events, with options for preparatory reading and inter-module activities.

You will receive 360-degree feedback using the recognised Outstanding Leadership competencies framework in an individual coaching session to interpret your profile and start your personal development planning towards becoming a chief executive.

The programme provides a comprehensive foundation in the range of skills, knowledge and behaviours, along with the self awareness required for the demanding role of the chief executive, making use of expert presentations and robust supporting materials.

We encourage each participant have a career stretching project in mind and to develop it whilst on the programme. We weave these experiences into modules, along with peer coaching and genuine case studies, which keep the programme current and grounded in the practical realities of nonprofit leadership. The emphasis on self-reflection, action learning and continuing professional development, ensures sustainable learning well beyond the life of the programme.

Our programme tutors

Our tutors speak with authority, many from their experiences as chief executives. The programme is led by James Barrett, former CEO of The HIV Project, and is supported by George Levvy, former CEO of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

During the course of the programme you will also hear from Kai Adams, Head of Charities and Social Enterprise at Green Park, a specialist recruitment agency and sector experts Caroline Copeman and Fiona Ash.

Download the programme outcomes (PDF)

"It was a truly excellent experience. I have acquired a whole new toolkit that will enable me to be a better leader both in my current role and in any future CEO roles. I have also gained a very valuable network through the course tutors and my fellow participants. I would recommend it highly to senior leaders in charitable organisations looking to progress into CEO roles."