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Members gather to celebrate the launch of the 4th Leadership Development Programme

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On Wednesday 3rd July, BPS Future members gathered at Lost and Found to gain exclusive insight into the topics, facilitators and dates of the 4th Leadership Development Programme in partnership with Aston Business School.

Taking relief from the glorious sunshine that evening, new, long-standing and even non-members networked in a private balcony area in the popular city centre bar and restaurant. With awaiting staff and discounted rates, guests chatted away for several hours. Some sharing their experience of taking part in a previous cohort, others explaining why they are so keen to apply. The race has now officially begun to be awarded a place on the sought-after development opportunity.

Announcing that applications were live for the programme were Gemma Dipple, Chair of the Development Committee, Katie Fulcher, Chair of Birmingham Future, Beth Sadler, programme director for cohorts 1, 2 and 3, and Limara Rickell, who will be programme director for the next cohort.

Speaking to the audience, Katie explained how the exclusive initiative for Future members was developed by then-Chair Rebecca Simkiss and Deputy Chair Tara Tomes, with a pilot programme starting in 2016. They fostered a close and collaborative relationship with Aston Business School, to design the content and delivery model to suit the needs of Future’s members – busy, ambitious, emerging leaders. The result was a series of monthly evenings taking 16 participants, who aspired to be transformational in their businesses, sector and the wider region, through 9 workshops.

The initiative went from strength to strength, with now over 70 alumni who have benefited from Rebecca and Tara’s legacy. Katie commented:

“I’m delighted and honoured to be officially opening applications for our fourth Leadership Development Programme. Its continuation is a true testament to the value it brings to Birmingham Future members.

The Programme fosters a leadership style that encourages and inspires teams to innovate and create change that supports the future success of their company. These are skills I believe will be critical to ensuring the professional services sector remains competitive and continues to thrive.”

Beth explained that cohorts upskill their leadership skills, knowledge and behaviours through interactive learning sessions led by academic and professional experts, plus they hear from special guests who are senior leaders in their sector sharing their stories and advice. Beth added:

“The cohorts learn so much from each other, through discussion, games, role-playing and sharing their ‘light-bulb’ moment. They gain peer-mentors, friends and a community to share the journey with.

Many participants have since been significantly promoted, or taken on senior professional and voluntary responsibilities. It has given everyone greater confidence and appetite for learning, and validated the type of leader they will continuously strive to become.”

Limara covered the important details: applications will close on the 31st August and the programme is exclusive to Future members, reiterating that successful participants must be available to attend most of the dates. She gained a rapturous applause when sharing her excitement to support the next cohort on their journey towards being an inspirational, motivational and innovative leader.

Information about the programme and application process can be found here.

Good Luck!