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Our courses for business professionals include short online courses to quickly up-skill in specialised areas, degree apprenticeships enabling you to work and learn at the same time, small business support for SMEs wanting to develop and grow and the Leeds Executive MBA that develops experienced managers into visionary leaders. 

The Exceptional NED Training Programme

The Exceptional NED Training programme has been uniquely designed to enable experienced business executives to gain the skills and knowledge to become an effective Non-Executive Director.

This blended learning programme is for individuals with experience at CEO level who are looking to further develop their skills as a NED and is ideal for those who have not yet undertaken a NED role or who are in the early stages of the transition.

This programme will cover:

  • What makes an exceptional NED
  • Understanding of legal responsibilities
  • Situational leadership 
  • Financial literacy for NED’s
  • Best practice boards
  • The power of habit change
  • An insight into investment panel decision making processes

In addition, the programme will include a 3 month placement as a NED in a high-growth SME. 

Mode of delivery Blended: 3 days face-to-face, placement with a SME, online webinar
Duration To be confirmed for autumn 2019
Cost £1,850
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Structure Dates
2 days face-to-face residential 25 and 26 September 2019
3 month placement with a high growth SME Beginning September 2019
Interactive webinar Date TBC
1 day face-face session 23 January 2020

Research shows that Exceptional NEDs need to be independent, have the right balance of challenge and support, be excellent communicators and have a deep understanding of business.  Through this programme, aspiring NEDs will have the opportunity to increase their expertise in these softer skills, whilst honing business knowledge and gaining a better understanding of their professional responsibilities. These aspects will be covered in a 2-day workshop that includes a networking session with over 40 VCs, dinner and a hotel stay with the cohort.

Participants will then be allocated a placement within a high-growth SME for 3 months (to attend 3 board meetings, expenses paid by the host company).

Halfway through this experience, the group will reconvene for an online webinar to discuss how attitudes and mind-sets can alter the NED role.

The programme culminates in a 1-day workshop during which participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the experience so far, as well as learn about the variety of NED roles available. This day will include a session with representatives from an investment firm discussing how investment decisions are made. 

On completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a certificate and the opportunity to apply to join the national NED network. 

This programme is proudly run in conjunction with Complete Resourcing.


Cohorts are limited to 20 places. To apply or for more information, please contact Anne Salisbury at a.salisbury@leeds.ac.uk or 0113 343 0973.

Degree apprenticeships

Launching in January 2019, the MSc Level 7 Apprenticeship in Senior Leadership is an innovative degree programme designed for senior managers working in public and private sectors. 

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Short course: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Small businesses play a vital role in creating jobs and economic growth in the UK. The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK Programme addresses the support gap for growth-orientated small businesses, helping them to unlock their economic and job creation potential. Designed by business education experts and run in partnership with leading UK universities and business schools, the programme is fully funded for all participants by the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

Mode of delivery Blended
Duration 100 hours over four months
Cost Free

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Executive MBA

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