Aspiring Executive Development Programme

The Aspiring Executive Development programme offers innovative and interactive development for new and aspiring directors. This programme will provide exposure to system thinking and behaviour as well as deep personal development.

The participants are most likely to be working in a single organisation, however the requirement for future leaders is to be able to work in a collaborative and systematic way which puts communities and people first and above organisational boundaries.

The programme focuses on two main areas:

Thinking – about organisations and not only functions; about a matrix and not a hierarchy; about reasons for their success, not why they can’t do it – and about systems – and what they might have to do to develop a better view of the shape of their own system.

Transitions – people typically don’t spend enough time really considering the different ‘shape’ of a new role or job.  It will be a different shape and size to their current role – sometimes very different.  What does this mean for them?  How will they be?  How can they grow into that role?  What if the role seems too big?

Aims and objectives:

To develop a peer network of those at similar (though not necessarily the same) career transition points
To create an opportunity for leaders to pause and reflect on what they have learned to date – and what this means for their future
To explore a range of inputs, provocations and questions relating to leadership and personal development
To support participants to maintain and grow their ‘line of sight’ through to health and care services in complex systems

Target audience:

Those about to move into their first director role in the NHS/broader care system – or have been in their first director role for 12 months or less.

Dates and times:

One to One scoping call –  taking place week commencing 11th and 18th January 2021
Launch Day –Thursday 11th February 2021 (1000-1530)
Session 1 – Monday 22th March 2021 (1000-1300)
One to One Calls – taking place week commencing 19th and 27th April 2021
Session 2 – Thursday 6th May 2021 (1000-1300)
Session 3 – Wednesday 9th June (1000-1300)
Session 4 – Tuesday 6th July (1000-1300)
One to One Calls – taking place in weeks of 12 and 19 July 2021

Please note, the one to one scoping calls will be arranged between you and one of the facilitation team and will last approximately 45 minutes.


Simon Bird has been a development professional, coach, consultant and facilitator for over 15 years. He has an interest in innovative development approaches, as well as ongoing design and implementation of sustainable and pragmatic solutions. He works across the Organisation Development disciplines –which includes culture, change, leadership development, systemic team coaching and one to one coaching. He works with a wide range of clients in the public, private and not for profit sectors. Simon has worked at chief executive level, with executive teams, operational and frontline teams to support them in building capability, bring about improvements and develop ways of working. He has worked extensively with people from all levels and many professions –and on a one to one basis, through to organisation wide development interventions.

Karen Lynas is an established and respected senior leader in leadership development. She is accustomed to working at a national level and playing a key role in the development and delivery of current and future leadership initiatives. In her roles as Managing Director of the NHS Leadership Academy and Director of Leadership at the King’s Fund she has established a deserved reputation and track record for success and is regarded as an authoritative source on leadership. Since leaving the NHS Karen has developed a portfolio of clients across industry including the banking sector, automotive and retail and central and local government. She runs a number of senior leadership programmes, with C-Suite leaders across the private and public sector. Her NHS work includes working with senior system leaders across an ICS accelerator site and with an ICP, supporting the Board and executive team


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