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Our clients testify to our ability to create powerful executive development programmes that blend understanding, inspiration, and action to achieve outstanding results and lasting impact at both the organisational and the individual level.                           

We work with organisations who are, or are seeking to be, regional or global leaders, and want to make a significant change in what they do or the way that they do it.

Atkins: Global leaders for global growth

Established in 1938, Atkins is now one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, with the breadth and depth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects.

Over the past few years, the company has evolved from a UK oriented to a truly international business with a major presence in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia. Employing 18,000 staff and a turnover approaching £2bn, the company is now positioned for its next phase of growth.

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BAE Systems: Executive development initiative

This executive programme took a first and deliberate step towards the creation of a new generation of business leaders who can think creatively within the context of a global economy. It provided an important intervention at a crucial career point to engage potential leaders in applying a global perspective to their future work.

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The Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme

The Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme (CRISP) was a Scholarship funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Rolls-Royce for 12 mid-career top level people in the field of science and innovation - with links to public policy - in India. It provided funding for three months’ study on a tailor-made course in the UK.

CRISP was a unique programme aimed specifically at mid-career Indian professionals working in the fields of science, innovation, business and related public administration. The candidates were mid-career in business or the public sector with exceptionally high potential in the following disciplines: business, research, technology, manufacturing, and public administration.

Find out more about the Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme


Major Projects Leadership Academy

Under the Civil Service Reform Plan, all Government Departments have agreed that by the end of 2014 ‘Senior Responsible Owners’ appointed to Major Projects must have passed through the Government’s Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA), run in conjunction with Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. 

The MPLA meets the need for major project leadership, both in terms of technical and commercial know-how and leadership capability, to return to Whitehall rather than being lost to the private sector.  This ensures that the people responsible for major projects are able to cope with the particular stresses and strains of leading a big project in the public sector; and it encourages agility against a backdrop of unfolding change in priorities, circumstances and political direction.

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Orchestrating Major Projects: A programme for Director Generals

The major projects in the Government’s Major Projects Portfolio address some of the most pressing domestic priorities that face us in the UK and beyond. Confident leadership of these projects across departments is of vital importance, especially in times of uncertainty. On the back of Major Projects Leadership Academy, the Orchestrating Major Projects programme was designed to focus on the key areas where most improvements could be made in the delivery of Major Projects. Together, Oxford Saïd and the OMP are reshaping of the Major Projects operating environment and enabling delivery of more, successful major projects for the benefit of government but ultimately our citizens.   

The programme is in its infancy stages but reaction has been incredibly positive so far.

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SABMiller: Reaching out into the future 

We worked with the most senior European SABMiller executives from around the world to deliver a tailored programme which would enlarge the business context for senior management, establish macro environmental and scientific threads of meaning and reflect on the consequences of these for the SABMiller Group. 

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Standard Chartered Bank: Leading across boundaries

Standard Chartered had a difficult 1990’s and moving into the new millennium it was clear that strategy and performance had to build on the existing strong culture and values of the bank. With this in mind the then CEO, Sir Mervyn Davies (now Lord Davies), approached us and asked for help in creating fresh thinking and alignment around performance.

Subsequently, and during the last nine years the bank has made record profits and growth year-on-year and was the only bank during the current financial crisis to be upgraded by all three of the main rating agencies. In 2011 the bank lodged a strong $6.78bn profit. During the same period the bank partnered with Oxford Saïd with a remit to help leaders build capability, think outside the box and shape the future of the bank.

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Our dedicated custom programmes team provide a world-class service, and are always on hand to advise you on how you can create a powerful and transformative learning experience for your senior executives. 

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