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Future Professional Directors

The content and the people on Future Professional Directors was amazing. My colleagues on the programme were fantastic and challenging, and having so many like-minded people in one room gave us the ability to talk freely and openly about today’s opportunities and challenges we face in the sector, so much so we will be a close network for years to come after the programme has finished. The content with its mixture of presentations, live case studies and visiting externals from academic and professional services gave us personal confidence and practical insight into what it takes to be an authentic leader in our complex organisations in the 21st century.

Chris Parry
Head of Global IT Change Delivery (Academic Portfolio)
University of Nottingham

Future Professional Directors, formerly known as the Future Leaders Programme (FLP), has been designed in partnership with nine sector bodies to create a unique programme for aspiring leaders of professional services from all areas of the university/institution.

The programme is for those that have demonstrated strong leadership potential in their current role, and for those aspiring to director roles or department equivalent.

Find out more and apply:

Starts: Tuesday 2 July 2019
Final Session: Thursday 13 February 2020
Apply by: Wednesday 15 May 2019

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Future Professional Directors has been formed in partnership with the following stakeholders:
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Read about the development of Future Professional Directors.

Learn more about Future Professional Directors with this infographic of the programme. Download by clicking on the image. 

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Doug Parkin, Programme Director
Rita Walters, Senior Marketing and Communications Coordinator, T: 020 3468 4817

Participant case study

Jaclyn Green, deputy director of marketing and communications, and Simon Pride, director of marketing and communications at Harper Adams University tells us about the impact of the programme.

Jaclyn Green participant case study

Starts: Tuesday 2 July 2019
Final Session: Thursday 13 February 2020
Apply by: Wednesday 15 May 2019

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Doug Parkin, Programme Director
Rita Walters, Senior Marketing and Communications Coordinator, T: 020 3468 4817

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We are a membership organisation of and for a sector that has some of the brightest minds in the UK.


Our members are key to our strategy and form a community of higher education institutions with a clear commitment to and experience of developing leadership, governance and management capabilities at all levels. Academic and professional services staff from member institutions contribute to our programmes, projects and research and advise on benefits and services.


Find out more about Membership


  • Membership benefits

    • 25% discount on our open and in-house programmes and consultancy
    • a free consultancy day
    • exclusive access to research publications, development resources and funding opportunities
    • free regional events
    • funding for Staff Development Forum and MASHEIN activity
    • members’ mailing lists, newsletters and magazine
    • participation in our development networks


  • How to join

    • Membership is open to all higher education providers and related sector organisations on an annual or three-yearly subscription basis.
    • We have 154 members with around a third taking advantage of the 10% discount offered by three-year subscriptions.


  • Membership benefits

    • Research and innovation: Access to our latest, highly-valued research, Leadership Insights, Getting to Grips series and practical development project resources.
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    • Management Development Resources: Flexible workshop materials on key leadership and management development topics, for you to deliver in-house to suit your own contexts NEW: ‘Caught in the Middle’. 
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    • The Knowledge Bank: Save time with these extensive multi-media training resources for HR, staff development and OD professionals, covering key leadership and management theory and practice.
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    Meet the membership team, your national and regional contacts in the UK and Ireland, and LF networks.

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