The School for CEOs was co-founded by experienced Chief Executive and Chairman Patrick Macdonald and Executive Coach David Sole OBE in 2011. The purpose was to create a programme to support leaders as they transitioned into the unique and lonely CEO role by offering practical lessons for immediate use.

Patrick and David’s biographies can be found under Meet the Team.

David and Patrick recruited a Faculty of experienced business leaders and began by designing the Vital Few programme; a short intensive programme for small groups of senior executives, designed to help them step up to the CEO role.

Since the first Vital Few programme in 2012, the School has continued to grow, developing the Alchemy Suite of six complementary leadership interventions to support leaders at different levels, while maintaining the ethos of purposeful and pragmatic learning on a personal level.

Interventions range from one to one development through Executive Coaching, to open programmes and also consolidated in-house leadership development programmes for larger groups.

School for CEOs also promotes inclusive leadership through tailored development programmes and have a number of programmes available to all-female audiences to help address gender imbalance in executive roles.