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Fourth School for CEOs programme concludes today

23 May 2014

The fourth two-day residential Vital Few programme run by the School for CEOs, where aspiring and CEOs are taught by experienced business leaders, concludes in London today. The delegates have come from several types of organisation: quoted multinational, privately held company, publicly supported company and professional partnership. In addition, The School for CEOs Foundation awarded a scholarship to the CEO of a leading charity.

This fourth programme has been taught by an accomplished array of experienced businesspeople including David Nish, Chief Executive of Standard Life plc; John Browett, Chief Executive of Monsoon Accessorize; Anita Scott, Partner at Brunswick Group; Andy Briggs, Chief Executive of Friends Life Group plc; Mary Spillane, personal branding consultant; Phil Hodkinson, Non-Executive Director of BT Group plc; Ewan Pearson, Managing Director of GPB; Liz Doherty, Non-Executive Director of Dunelm Group plc, Nokia Corporation and Delhaize Group SA; and Simon Hamer, Business Editor on Radio 4’s news programmes (including Today). The complete School Faculty is at

We were also delighted to welcome Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic Gold Medallist and Managing Director of Lane4, to speak at the delegate dinner last night. In a lively discussion, Adrian talked about creating high performance organisations and getting the best out of a team.

In addition, each delegate will shortly receive a one-on-one coaching session to help embed and develop the learnings from the last two days.

David Sole, business coach and former international rugby captain and a co-Founder of the School, said: “We’ve really enjoyed the interactions between a tremendous group of delegates and a terrific slate of Faculty members.”

Co-Founder, Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy and former CEO of John Menzies plc, said: “It’s been a great two days with energetic coverage of the practical tools needed to succeed as a senior business leader.”

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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 2-day residential Vital Few programme will take place on 8/9 October 2014. The first 1-day non-residential Runway programme will take place on 11 November 2014. Both programmes are taught in London by practitioners – current and former business chiefs – and aim to provide senior businessmen and women with the tools they need to be successful leaders.

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