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Sixth Vital Few programme concludes today

19 March 2015

The School for CEOs are now part way through the sixth Vital Few programme. The programme helps executives develop the knowledge and skills they need to prosper as senior business leaders. Over the two days, these experienced practitioners cover a range of different themes and challenges faced by today’s leaders.

This sell-out programme has benefited from the knowledge and expertise of a quality array of Faculty members and speakers:

  • Ben Gordon, Non-Executive Director of Britvic and former CEO of Mothercare plc
  • Katherine Innes-Ker, Senior Independent Director of Go-Ahead Group plc and Tribal Group plc
  • Ewan Pearson, Managing Director of GPB
  • Jonathan Warburton, Chairman of Warburtons
  • Giles Sanderson, Partner of Powerscourt
  • Simon Hamer, Business Editor on Radio 4’s Today programme
  • Mark Ryan, Board of Wells Fargo Bank International and former Country CEO of Accenture
  • Kevin Beeston, Chairman of Taylor Wimpey
  • Mary Spillane, personal branding expert

The complete list of School for CEOs Faculty is available on the School’s new website, which we have recently launched. Please click here.

In addition to the day sessions, the delegate group gathered for dinner with Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, former journalist, writer, TV presenter and a patron of the charity Missing People. Sir Trevor shared his insights into leadership and the leaders he has met during the course of his distinguished career.

Patrick Macdonald, co-founder and Partner of the School for CEOs, said: “Once again our Faculty have brought these sessions to life by sharing their personal experiences. It’s been a tremendous programme with a great slate of delegates and speakers.”

Commenting at the close of day one, June Boyle, Programme Director at School for CEOs, added that “We are delighted to have such an accomplished group of speakers presenting at this programme. This first-hand knowledge adds real value to the modules.”

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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 School for CEOs programme is the 1-day non-residential Runway programme on 23rd April. The next Vital Few programme will take place in London on 7/8 October 2015. 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.
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