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Fourth School for CEOs programme scores very highly

12 June 2014

The delegates attending the fourth two-day residential Vital Few programme last month have given the programme very high evaluation scores. The programme was run by the School for CEOs, where aspiring and current CEOs learn from experienced business leaders.

David Sole, business coach, former international rugby captain and a co-Founder of the School, said “I’m delighted with this feedback which shows the Vital Few programme really helps business leaders get up the learning curve.”

The delegates came from a range of businesses types including quoted multinational, privately held company, publicly supported company and professional partnership. The School for CEOs Foundation awarded a scholarship to the Chief Executive of a leading digital charity.

The fourth programme was taught by an array of accomplished business people 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. In a lively discussion, Adrian talked about creating high performance organisations and getting the best out of a team.

Each delegate will also receive a one-on-one coaching session to help embed and integrate the learnings from the programme.

Like the previous programme, held in October 2013, the May programme was valued highly by the delegates. The speakers were given an overall score of 86%. The individual programme sessions averaged 85% while, overall, programme content was awarded 90%. Communications with the School were rated at an unbeatable 100% while the venue scored a very strong 94%. Overall, the programme scored an 87% ‘excellent’ rating and achieved an outstanding Net Promoter Score of +86.

Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy and former CEO of John Menzies plc, a co-Founder of the School, said “It’s great to see the School for CEOs developing a consistent track record of very positive feedback from the delegates attending our programmes.”

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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 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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