Executive Education Symposium

How to develop the leadership skills to be an Executive Education Director

21 June 2017, King's Business School, Bush House, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Whether individuals are looking to hone their leadership skills, gain the knowledge and confidence to transition quickly and effectively, or are taking on their first role as an Executive Education leader, our workshop will focus on the strategic skills, leadership capabilities, and sector knowledge required to be an effective Executive Education Director.

Participants will hear insights from Executive Education Directors from across the sector who will share their approaches and challenges to leading and growing business school executive education programmes. Participants will also co-create a leadership competency model to inform their own development and for the benefit of the sector.

Delegates at this interactive event will:

  • Explore the strategic and personal skills required to lead the commercial success of executive education programmes in academic settings, against a challenging backdrop
  • Discuss how to manage, optimise and balance academic and commercial demands, resources, and interests
  • Understand how to lead with emotional intelligence and with interpersonal problem solving skills
  • Discuss how to create delivery capacity to deliver executive education to meet client requirements
  • Understand the commercial competencies and academic grounding that an effective Executive Education Director needs
  • Hear a head hunter’s perspective on what business schools look for in their Executive Education Directors
  • Produce a leadership competency model for the role of Director of Executive Education, and explore what support exists or could be created.
Attendees will also be some of the first to gain access to the new King's Business School location at the historic Bush House.

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Speakers include:

Dr Andrew White, Associate Dean for Executive EducationSaid Business School, University of Oxford

Professor Dave Mackay, Professor of Strategy and Innovation, Director of Executive Education, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling

Lynda Hinxman, Assistant Dean, Employer Engagement, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University

Sarah Lethbridge, Director of Executive EducationCardiff Business School, Cardiff University

Steve Ludlow, Head of Executive Education, Henley Business School

Alex Acland, Partner and Head of the UK Education Practice, Odgers Berndston

9.30 Registration
10:00 Welcome and introduction
Dr Andrew White, Associate Dean for Executive Education, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and Chair of the Chartered ABS Executive Education Committee
Ian Jenner, Mentor and Facilitator, Jenner Associates (workshop facilitator)
10.10 What business schools want from their Executive Education Directors - a recruiter's perspective
Alex Acland, Partner and Head of the UK Education Practice, Odgers Berndston
10:55 Walking the tightrope: a view from both sides - the academic vs the commercial
Deborah Lock, Deputy Head of College, Lincoln International Business School
Steve Ludlow, Head of Executive Education, Henley Business School
11:30 Break
11:50 Love and leadership
Lynda Hinxman, Assistant Dean, Employer Engagement, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University
12:10 Creating appropriate delivery capacity
Professor Dave Mackay, Professor of Strategy and Innovation; Director of Executive Education, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling
12:30 Q&A
12:50 Lunch
13:40 Executive Education and the interconnection of University Missions: the role of Executive Education Leaders
Sarah Lethbridge, Director of Executive Education, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
14:00 Questions & Discussion
14:20 Workshop: Delivering a Leadership Competency Model
Ian Jenner, Mentor and Facilitator, Jenner Associates (workshop facilitator)
15:50 Chair's closing remarks
16.00 Close
  • Directors and Associate Deans of Executive Education
  • Programme Directors
  • Senior Managers of Executive Education
  • Directors of Marketing and Business Development


Interested in attending?

If you have any queries, please contact Lisa Boulter on lisa.boulter@charteredabs.org or 020 7634 9582

King's Business School
Bush House

Please note: Entrance to the building is via the North Entrance.

This is a members only event for business school members. Click here to check if your institution is a member.

Interested in becoming a member? Please get in touch with Barney Roe.

To register click on the 'Register now' button on the right hand side.

Places are £175 per delegate. Group bookings save 25%.

If you have any queries, please contact Lisa Boulter on lisa.boulter@charteredabs.org or 020 7634 9582