Executive Education Symposium:
Innovation in Executive Education

Tuesday 5 June 2018, University of Bath in London

Continual innovation is crucial to the success and effectiveness of business school executive education, whether that be in delivery or content. This symposium will introduce participants to the latest developments, providing a unique opportunity to explore and discuss current and emerging thinking in the field.

Focusing on some of the exciting new ideas, theories, and examples from executive education, this event will also help identify how executive education should develop for greater future-proofing. Sharing examples of innovation in executive education and best practice among senior colleagues in the business school community will be an important element of the day.

Delegates at this event will:

  • Discuss innovative methods of delivering executive education, reflecting an enhanced understanding of learning styles and ensuring clients apply their knowledge in their work;
  • Hear perspectives from outside academia and from employers on what they want from executive education;
  • Understand clients’ evolving demands, particularly in trends in changing content and topics, acquiring fresh insights on what is needed for the modern workplace;
  • Share and learn from case studies of innovation in executive education provision, through productive and structured group sessions;
  • Network with colleagues at the forefront of the changes driving executive education.

Speakers include:

  • Des Dearlove, Founders, Thinkers50
  • Patrick Hull, Global Learning Director, Unilever
  • Nick Shackleton-Jones, Director, Learning & Performance Innovation, PA Consulting Group
  • Dr Andrew White, Associate Dean for Executive Education & Corporate Relations, Saïd Business School; Chair of Chartered ABS Executive Education committee

Who should attend:

  • Directors of Executive Education;
  • Senior staff with responsibility for developing and providing executive education in business schools.

Executive Education Symposium:
Innovation in Executive Education

Tuesday 5 June 2018

University of Bath in London 


09:30     Registration

10:00     Welcome and introduction

Dr Andrew White, Chair, Chartered ABS Executive Education Committee and Associate Dean, Executive Education and Corporate Relations, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (Workshop Chair and Facilitator)

10:10     Resources not courses – making executive education meaningful

As career paths are rapidly evolving, Nick will share with delegates his views on the importance of executive education needing to make a significant change to be relevant and appropriate for modern learning styles, challenging the future of current methods of delivery.

Nick Shackleton-Jones, Director, Learning & Performance Innovation, PA Consulting Group

10:55     Coffee

11:25     Current key topics for executive education customers

Des will talk through his insights on identifying, ranking and sharing innovative management ideas, focusing on how executive educators can stay ahead of the curve on the leading future issues of the greatest interest to clients.

Des Dearlove, Founders, Thinkers50

12:10     A client’s perspective on innovation

In this session, Patrick will share with the workshop details of a case study of his experiences at Unilever, talking through what a large multinational company is looking for from executive education, both at present and in the longer term.

Patrick Hull, Global Learning Director, Unilever

12:55     Lunch

13:55     Sharing examples of innovation

Our interactive format will provide a forum for business schools to share examples of innovation. Participants will be invited to present to other delegates a poster on how they innovate. Criteria for the poster presentations are being circulated separately.

15:10     Judging and award for the best in innovation

An inaugural Chartered Association of Business Schools Award for Executive Education will be presented to the most effective approaches to innovation from participants’ poster presentations shared over the course of the afternoon.

15:30     Closing remarks

15:45     Close


The symposium takes place at the University of Bath's London venue at 83 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ES


The venue's nearest Underground station is Green Park, which is around 300 metres away. It is a 20 minute walk from London Charing Cross national rail station.

Discounts are applied to group bookings

Members: full workshop: 1 attendee: £180.00
Members: full workshop: 2 attendees: £315.00
Members: full workshop: 3 attendees: £450.00

For more information on the speakers, programme, registration, or accessibility, please contact:

Gail Norcliffe
Chartered Association of Business Schools
+44 (0) 20 7634 9583