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More Faculty named for 22/23 May programme

24 February 2014

The School for CEOs, where aspiring and CEOs are taught by experienced business leaders, has announced more Faculty members for the next Vital Few 2-day residential programme in London on 22/23 May 2013. David Nish, CEO of Standard Life plc and John Browett, CEO of Monsoon Accessorize and former CEO of Dixons Retail plc will join 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 in teaching delegates attending the programme.

More Faculty members will be announced over the coming weeks. The complete list of the School’s accomplished Faculty is listed at

 “I’m delighted we can offer such a range of serious business leaders to pass on their experience to delegates” said Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy, former CEO of John Menzies plc and 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”.

 See for more details.

 David Sole, well-known business coach and former international rugby captain, a co-Founder of the School, said: “This is a fantastic array of business leaders and teachers for our delegates.”

 For more information and to apply, go to


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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