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First Faculty members for 22/23 May programme

4 February 2014

The School for CEOs, where aspiring and CEOs are taught by experienced business leaders, has announced the first Faculty members for the next Vital Few programme in London on 22/23 May 2013. Delegates will be taught by, amongst others, Virginia Bottomley, Chair of the Board & CEO Practice at Odgers Berndtson; Phil Hodkinson, Non-Executive Director of BT Group plc and the Senior Independent Director at Resolution Limited; Ewan Pearson, Managing Director of GPB; Anita Scott, Partner at Brunswick Group; and Mary Spillane, a personal branding consultant. More Faculty members will be announced over the next few weeks. The complete, world-class, Faculty is listed at

“As we prepare for our fourth programme in the third week of May, it’s really exciting to bring together another fantastic group of experienced businessmen and women to help the next generation of leaders prepare for the top job” says David Sole, well-known business coach and former international rugby captain, a co-Founder of the School.

The residential programme covers essential topics for aspiring and current CEOs, including Setting the Agenda, Leadership in Context and Writing the Killer Speech. The curriculum includes an individual coaching session, designed to reinforce and embed the learnings. See for more information on Coaching.

The previous programme secured very high evaluations from the delegates, with comments such as:

  • “A first-rate programme. Good pace, well organised and facilitated”
  • “The quality of the Faculty members was exceptionally high”
  • “Highly relevant programme for Owners, Chairmen, CEOs and Private Equity professionals alike”.

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Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy, former CEO of John Menzies plc and a co-Founder of the School, said: “Delegates will learn from practitioners who have real-world experience of real leadership challenges – and how to meet them.”

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Notes for editors: The School for CEOs is a new concept in senior executive education. It was founded in 2011 by: Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy, CEO of Dalestone Energy and former Chief Executive of John Menzies plc; and David Sole, business coach and former international rugby captain. The next programme will take place in London on 22/23 May 2014. The 2-day residential programme will be taught by practitioners: current and former business leaders. It aims to provide senior businessmen and women with the tools they need to be successful in CEO and other senior leadership positions.

For more information and to apply, call 0131 225 5886 or go to


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