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Second School for CEOs programme concludes today

2 May 2013

The second 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 a range of businesses including quoted multinationals, privately held companies and partnerships. In addition, The School for CEOs Foundation awarded a scholarship to the CEO of a leading children’s charity.

This second programme has been taught by an accomplished slate of experienced businesspeople including Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management plc; Sir David Reid, Chairman of Intertek Group plc; Mary Spillane, a personal branding consultant; Conrad Hills, a headhunter with Norman Broadbent; Ewan Pearson, Managing Director of Grant Pearson Brown, a communications adviser; and Mike Fleming, Managing Director of Gas2. The complete School Faculty is at

We were also privileged to welcome Chris Cowdrey, former England Cricket Captain, to speak at the delegate dinner last night. Chris shared his experiences and insights as a high-profile leader in times both good and challenging.

Finally, the delegates were paired up with hand-picked coaches drawn from the School for CEOs Coaching Panel. Each delegate will receive a one-on-one coaching session to help embed and develop the learnings from the last two days.

Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy, former CEO of John Menzies plc and a co-Founder of the School, said: “It’s terrific we have the opportunity to welcome such a high-quality range of Faculty members to help teach the next generation of CEOs.”

Co-Founder David Sole, business coach and former international rugby captain, said: “With two programmes successfully completed, we’re already looking forward to our third programme on 9/10 October.”

For more information and to apply, go to And now you can follow @SchoolforCEOs.


Notes for editors: The School for CEOs is a new concept in senior executive education. It was founded by Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy and former CEO of John Menzies plc, and David Sole, business coach and former international rugby captain, in 2011. The next programme will take place in London on 9/10 October 2013. 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 become and remain successful CEOs.

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