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Business Consulting Event At Blackfriars

Our Leadership Development and Organisation Futures team (LDOF) recently hosted a Business Consultation Networking Lunch at the historical Blackfriars building in Newcastle, with around 30 organisations in attendance.

As well as being able to enjoy a 3-course lunch, the main purpose of the event was to help attendees understand how the LDOF team can help their business tackle challenges around the ‘Future of Work’ and ‘Leading on Leadership’. The event also gave the team the opportunity to provide an overview of each one of their proposed new programmes, and to give detail on their upcoming taster sessions.


Addressing the needs of professionals, these part-time programmes integrate learning with the world of work: 

  • Executive MBA – A course designed for senior leaders looking to balance employment with personal development to shape their organisation’s future and own career. Equips learners with the latest key themes in the world or work and explores the global challenges organisations face. Learners join an ever-growing global network of MBA alumni, sustaining life-long learning beyond the programme.
  • MSc Strategic Leadership – Built for professionals seeking to develop their existing leadership role with theory and practice. The programme challenges individual heroic forms of leadership, and explores inclusive, collaborative and sustainable relational leadership and leaderful practice. Learners develop as critical thinkers and reflexive practitioners who are self-aware and shape complex futures.
  • MA Coaching and Mentoring – Aimed at self-employed coaches, organisational coaches/mentors and senior leaders with coaching skills, this practice-based course is designed to support the development of professional, qualified and contextually agile coaching and mentoring practitioners who want to master the art of coaching practice. 

Key takeaways

Those who attended highlighted some key priorities for developing talent and capacity in their organisations as:

  • “Living trust and empowerment”
  • “Leading in a volatile environment”
  • “Inspire people to want to stay”
  • “Diversity, creating opportunities”
  • “Agile development”

Most organisations said that they were “very interested” in the proposed programmes, particularly the “practical application” that they involved, and seeing “relational leadership – a skill for the future of innovation” and valuable in staff retention, resilience, motivation and promotion, as well as the part-time aspect. They highlighted themes around the impact of technology and changing organisational design on learning and leadership, plus the desire to develop ethics, culture, values, global awareness and personal leadership identity to sustain their organisations. Degree Apprenticeship Levy funding is a significant incentive and enabler for several organisations to take up the programme offer.

Couldn’t attend?

Do not worry if you missed this event, you can find out more about the Leadership Development and Organisation Futures team’s approach to executive education by coming along to a taster event later in the year.

Attend either or both of the events: 

  • Wednesday 18 September: Introducing Relational Leadership and Leadership Practice
  • Tuesday 26 November: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace

Both of these events will be held at Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle, NE1 4SE in the Partner’s Room 08:30 -10:30.

Alternatively, please get in touch with us at: and keep an eye out on our events page.

FareShare also attended the event, a food redistribution organisation, working to reduce food waste & fight food poverty and work with over 130 community food members across the North East Region. This organisation works with homeless shelters, school breakfast clubs, community cafes, elderly luncheon clubs, & domestic violence refuges, providing a weekly delivery of healthy, nutritious, in-date surplus to all these. They are always looking for new partnerships with business in the region, from sponsorship opportunities to welcoming skills based volunteers looking to share their expertise and help spread social good. Click here for more information.

published on: 14 June 2019