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Third School for CEOs programme concludes today

10 October 2013

The third 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, private equity houses and entrepreneurial startups.   In addition, The School for CEOs Foundation awarded a scholarship to the CEO of a leading charity.

This third programme has been taught by an accomplished slate of experienced businesspeople including Katherine Garrett-Cox, Chief Executive of Alliance Trust plc; Steve Ingham, Chief Executive of Michael Page International plc; Andrew Parker, Director of Law Debenture Pension Trustees; Andy Higginson, Chairman of N Brown plc and Poundland; Sam Allen, an executive headhunter; Peter Whitehead, Editor, FT Executive Appointments; Mary Spillane, a personal branding consultant; Luke Mayhew, Non-Executive Director of Brambles and Intercontinental Hotels Group plc; Ewan Pearson, Managing Director of Grant Pearson Brown; Giles Sanderson, Partner at Powerscourt Group; and David Hoare, Chairman of DX Group.  The complete School Faculty is at

We were also delighted to welcome Floyd Woodrow, elite leadership coach, to speak at the delegate dinner last night.  Floyd talked about the importance of resilience and how to take good decisions under pressure, drawing on his time as one of the youngest ever members of the Special Air Service (SAS).

In conclusion, 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: “This has been a tremendous two days with a great mix of delegates and a terrific Faculty.” 

Co-Founder David Sole, business coach and former international rugby captain, said: “We’re already looking forward to our next programme on 5/6 March 2014.”

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 5/6 March 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 become and remain successful CEOs.

For more information and to apply, call 0131 225 5886 or go to

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