I found PSSL to be both hugely enjoyable and useful. It provided training and advice on an outstanding mix of 'hard' and 'soft' skills. An insight into the major issues facing higher education was supplemented by focused advice on strategy; while I believe that the lessons learned from the sessions on influencing and negotiating will remain with me always. I would thoroughly recommend PSSL, both to those who are sure that their future careers lie in senior university management and those who are still undecided.
Professor Alison Wride
Deputy Head of the School of Business and Economics
University of Exeter
Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership (PSSL) is designed to engage and assist leaders from across the globe who are facing the challenges of the corporate leadership, planning and change agenda. The programme emphasises innovation and creativity as a means to implementing effective and sustainable change, and gives particular attention to intellectual stimulation as a focus for leaders.
Over the past five years 193 professional and academic staff from 90 institutions across the UK and Europe have engaged in PSSL.
For the upcoming cohort in Dublin we are pleased to announce five senior higher education leaders who will contribute to the programme, including Tom Boland, former chief executive of the Higher Education Authority, and Dr Mary Meaney, former president of the Institute of Blanchardstown.
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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.
PSSL Co-Programme Director and Key Associate
Rebecca Nestor is a key associate of the Leadership Foundation and co-director of PSSL. She is also on the delivery team for the women's development programme Aurora, and contributes to the LF’s consultancy offer both in the UK and internationally. She has professional interests in equality and diversity, including unconscious bias; academic leadership; the human side of organisational change; and environmental sustainability.
Rebecca has worked in higher education since 1992, and was both head of equality and head of staff development at the University of Oxford, where she designed and established an academic leadership development programme at Oxford which is still running ten years later. Since 2010 she has been director of her own consultancy, through which she has worked with Oxfam GB and Oxfam International, and with other large and small charities, social enterprises and universities. She is a Designated Trainer for the Surefoot Effect’s Carbon Conversations, a psychologically-informed small-group approach to carbon reduction at home and in the workplace. For the LF, Rebecca has facilitated awaydays and strategic review meetings, run workshops on unconscious bias; and delivered in-house leadership development programmes for middle to senior managers.
To a first degree in English Literature (1985) from the University of Cambridge, Rebecca has added an MBA (2003) from the Open University and fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; between 2014 and 2016 she is working towards a Master’s in Consulting and Leading in Organisations at the Tavistock.