Patrick Macdonald, Founding Partner of the School for CEOs, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE). The RSE is Scotland’s national academy with a Fellowship of 1,800 drawn from the sciences, arts, business, professions and the third and public sectors. Founded in 1783, the RSE plays a leading part in advising policymakers, inspiring innovators and helping tackle the most pressing issues of the day.

Patrick said “I’m honoured to join the RSE and its fantastic group of Fellows whose expertise, understanding and knowledge contribute so much to social and economic wellbeing both nationally and internationally. I look forward to playing my full part in its influential and important work.”

David Sole, Managing Partner and Co-founder of the School for CEOs added “This is a great honour for Patrick and I’m sure that he will make a great contribution to the RSE over time, as he has done to the School for CEOs since co-founding it with me back in 2011.”

About School for CEOs

The School for CEOs was co-founded by experienced Chief Executive and Chairman Patrick Macdonald and Executive Coach David Sole OBE in 2011. The purpose was to create a programme to support leaders as they transitioned into the role of CEO and other senior roles in organisations by offering practical lessons for immediate use.

David and Patrick recruited a Faculty of experienced business leaders and began by designing the Vital Few programme; a short intensive programme for small groups of senior executives, designed to help them step up to the CEO and other senior executive roles.

Since the first Vital Few programme in 2012, the School has continued to grow, developing the Alchemy Suite of six complementary leadership interventions to support leaders at different levels, while maintaining the ethos of purposeful and pragmatic learning on a personal level.

Interventions range from one to one development through Executive Coaching, to open programmes and also consolidated in-house leadership programmes for larger groups.

School for CEOs also promotes Inclusive Leadership through tailored development programmes to help remove the barriers to achieving diverse and inclusive workplaces and leadership teams.  Since the #blacklivesmatter campaign, they have facilitated a number of reverse mentoring programmes in organisations, to help them start the conversation about race.