Future Professional Directors (FPD1)
Module one: Wednesday 9 - Friday 11 March 2016, Canterbury
Webinar (online): Thursday 14 April 2016
360 Feedback: Monday 16 May 2016
Action Learning Days: Tuesday 17 May 2016 and Thursday 8 September 2016
Module Two: Wednesday 6 - Thursday 7 July 2016, Glasgow
Module Three: Wednesday 16 - Thursday 17 November 2016, Bristol
If the dates above are not suitable, please contact Will Wade to register your interest in future cohorts.
Application deadline: Friday 5 February 2016
- Application deadline:
- 23:59PM, Friday 05 February 2016
- £5,450.00 Members price (excluding Programme Plus)
- £5,950.00 Members price (including Programme Plus)
- £6,815.00 Non Members price (excluding Programme Plus)
- £7,315.00 Non Members price (including Programme Plus)
Future Professional Directors (FPD) is the new programme created specifically for colleagues in professional services. It develops the confidence and skills needed to lead successfully within and across professional services and the wider institution.
Developed from the Future Leaders Programme, FPD has been designed around alumni feedback. It is a more compact, strategically focussed programme that responds to the growing emphasis on collaborative working, and the need to operate with collective commitment and shared purpose across organisational boundaries.
Below is information on the content and features of Future Professional Directors:
The three centerpieces for each module are:
- Leading in a culture of change (you as a leader of change)
The first module will feature a live case study working with a team at Canterbury Christ Church University on a transformation project. You will develop your leadership skills and be challenged to use these on a real time project, within the context of leading in a culture of change.
- Leading across the organisation (boundary-spanning leadership)
A group simulation task will be the focus for module two, during which you will be challenged to hold a position whilst working collaboratively with colleagues toward a shared organisational goal. Over the course of this module you will receive group and individual feedback.
- Leading strategic engagement (developing and delivering strategy)
The centrepiece for the final module will be a set strategic scenario for which you will draw on your experience over the course of the programme to develop an organisational analysis and set of recommendations and priorities.
- The opportunity to work on three work-based leadership challenges identified in advance of the programme with support from fellow participants and the programme team (a people challenge, a stakeholder challenge and a change challenge); returning real value and impact directly back in to your work.
- Case studies and simulations with individual and group feedback.
- Action-learning sets to enhance individual leadership strengths and identify areas for further development, creating a sense of reflective engagement and a learning community within the group.
- An on-line enquiry process based on the three leadership challenges working in small ‘challenge groups’.
- A peer group of fellow participants from across the sector and across a wide range of professional service areas with whom you will share experiences, explore the programme content and build networks.
- A 360-degree diagnostic (Higher Education Transformational Leadership Questionnaire) which will enable you to understand your approach to leading and managing in your department and assess the manner in which leadership behaviours are displayed and their impact – the “how” of leadership.
- Enhanced cross-institutional understanding of leadership practice in UK higher education.
By the end of the programme you will have a greater sense of your leadership strengths and how to use these effectively as a leader of change in your particular professional area and beyond.
The programme includes three modules, two action learning sets and a 360-degree diagnostic. It runs over nine months from March until November, and is supported by online learning activities to maintain momentum between the modules.
Throughout the programme the emphasis will be on leading change, developing strategy, inspiring commitment and strengthening engagement.
Future Professional Directors will support participants to develop the skills, approaches, insights and resilience needed to lead a professional service, or a significant function within a service area, in a complex higher education environment.
By the end of the programme participants will have had the opportunity to:
- Explore what it means to lead professional services in a contemporary HE context;
- Share experiences of professional service leadership and develop a wide range of perspectives and insights;
- Consider the context of change that informs and defines their leadership and the opportunities and challenges this presents (both personal and strategic);
- Build and enhance their awareness of their identity as a leader through engaging with a range of personal, creative and practical explorations/exercises;
- Discover skills and approaches for dealing with challenge, whether that be institutional change, developing partnerships or interpersonal conflict;
- Connect with what it means to be strategic and how to collaboratively engage with others, working within and across boundaries, to plan and implement significant change;
- Create their own personal development plan that builds on all their strengths, using group enquiry, individual reflection and practical engagement;
- Acquire an in-depth appreciation of professional services and education issues in Higher Education that will help them interpret, penetrate and respond to their organisational context.
For the institution, participants will return with a stronger sense of their leadership strengths and identity, and be armed with the tools to implement and effect both strategic and operational change successfully.
Participants will bring back experience of collaborating and leading across boundaries having worked with colleagues from multiple professional service backgrounds. Creating collective commitment and a shared purpose will be developed through a number of group based challenges, case studies and simulations, supported by group and individual feedback.
Future Professional Directors recognises the accelerating pace with which the challenge of professional service leadership is evolving. The programme elements have been designed to enhance participants’ ability to lead and respond to the changing environment in a confident and effective way.
This programme is for those who have already demonstrated strong leadership potential in their current role alongside a commitment to developing both themselves and others. Potential participants include professional heads of department, managers, deputy and assistant directors, project managers and administrators.
The programme is open to professional services (such as, but not limited to; IT, HR, finance, librarians, administration, marketing etc.) from all areas of the university/institution.
FPD will be relevant to members of the following sector bodies, who have partnered with the Leadership Foundation to develop FPD as a programme specifically designed for the needs of professional service staff: AUDE, AHUA, ARC, BUFDG, HESPA, SCONUL, UCISA and UHR.
Application Deadline: Friday 5 February 2016
Please complete and return the following:
- Booking form ( Future Professional Directors 1 - application form) or book online
- CV (maximum two sides of A4)
- Three leadership challenges form ( Three leadership challenges form)
- Note of support and endorsement from a primary institutional sponsor ( Institutional Sponsor Form)
Once your application has been reviewed by the selection panel, you will be contacted to confirm your place on the programme.
The programme fee includes all costs associated with:
- Dinner, accommodation and breakfast for the nights of the programme. Delegates may book additional accommodation for the night before or after the event
- Lunch and refreshments during the programme times
- External speakers
- The 360-degree feedback process and report
If the above dates are not suitable, please contact Will Wade for further information.
Doug is responsible for a range of Leadership Foundation open programmes as well as undertaking bespoke consultancy assignments for universities. Key interests include educational and research leadership, the leadership of professional services, strategy development and leadership for sustainability. An accomplished teacher, facilitator, coach and conference speaker, Doug has achievements across a wide range of leadership, educational and organisational development projects. People who work with Doug comment on his enthusiasm, great preparation, powerful insights, breakthrough moments and sheer inspiration. They go away with new energy, ideas and perspectives on themselves and others.
Programme Director, Future Professional Directors
Tracy was appointed as an associate to join Doug Parkin on the recently relaunched Future Professional Directors programme earlier in 2015. Subsequently, she has also now joined the LF as Interim Programme Director (Funder Supported Projects) overseeing and co-ordinating activity funded by the four UK higher education funding councils. This activity addresses specific issues connected with higher education – such as diversity and financial development, as well as the Prevent agenda. This new role will act as the key liaison between the funding bodies and the Leadership Foundation teams between now and late 2016 to ensure that funded activity is effectively scheduled, resourced, evaluated and reported in line with stakeholder and funder expectations. She will also be involved in responding with LF colleagues to further funded opportunities that meet sector needs.
Tracy has worked in higher education for the last 20 years, most recently as Deputy Director of HR & OD at Canterbury Christ Church University. Tracy's first post in HE was as Personnel & Training Manager at the University of Kent before moving to set up the organisational and staff development function at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU). At CCCU, Tracy worked with the university senior team to implement on a number of strategic projects, including development of the university strategic plan on 3 occasions, development of the university leadership framework, project managing 3 staff surveys and IiP accreditation, senior team development including development of a bespoke 360 and leading a 3 year Culture, Leadership and Management project for all top 250 university leaders from 2012-2015.
Prior to joining HE, Tracy worked in the private sector, initially within the hospitality sector working for imperial Inns & Taverns (Courage) setting up and establishing what were then new and innovative brands such as Harvester. By the age of 25, Tracy was running the flagship Anchor Tavern in London with 7 bars and a turnover of over £1m p.a. She then moved into the wholesale tour industry, managing the Europe, UK and Spain portfolio before joining a national commercial training organisation as first Area, then Regional Manager. This role entailed managing 40 staff in 8 offices, overseeing both government contracts with local TECs and commercial income targets via licensed programmes and key clients such as Welcome Break and Pepsi. Always keen to challenge herself and take on new challenges, after 10 years in this role, Tracy decided to move into higher education.
In addition to her LF role, Tracy also acts as an independent OD consultant and is also a delivery partner for the AUA PG Certificate in HE Leadership & Management, as well as a mentor for CIPD Next Steps and role model and facilitator for the LF Aurora programme. She is passionate about improving organisations for the better applying OD principles, service and system quality and effectiveness and ensuring and creating opportunity for individuals - particularly within HE to which she is firmly committed, enjoying the challenge of HE transformation.
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