The 21st Century Public Servant Leadership Programme for Aspiring Directors

This programme, delivered in partnership with Public Health England, is designed for those who aspire to director-level roles focused on improving the public’s health. 

High performance in these director-level roles call for leaders capable of working in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments, to be skilled at building relationships across whole systems of public service provision, and able to operate effectively in a dynamic political landscape. This new programme focuses on enabling aspiring senior public health leaders to find ways of working successfully in this challenging context, so that they are able to build and sustain necessary strategic partnerships, and collaborate to deliver health improvements for local communities.

To achieve the core objectives of the programme we will create learning environments in which participants are supported and challenged to apply the principles of systems leadership to their work, build a connected learning community, and develop the behaviours, skills and knowledge of effective systems leaders.

Participants will be offered workshops, leadership ‘labs’, action learning sets, coaching and mentoring opportunities. The programme will run for 9 months and will include opportunities to connect with alumni of the programme from previous years as well as to build mentoring relationships with future participants.

In this short video, a selection of some of the participants from the current cohort talk about their experience on the programme.

Information about the Aspiring Senior Leaders programme

Who can apply for the programme?

This programme is for those who have been working at a senior level in the following areas for at least 2 years who have the ability and desire to be a Director of Public Health, or work at Director level in their own profession, within 3 years of the end of the programme:

  • Public Health
  • Children, Young People and Family Services
  • Adult Health and Care Services
  • Commissioning & Service Development
  • Education, Housing & wider Community Services
  • Others with significant responsibility for the delivery or planning of public health related services.

This course is non-accredited.

Programme cost

This programme is funded by Public Health England (PHE).

  • For consultants in Public Health working in England, the course is free: this includes accommodation during residential sessions and all materials used on the programme. You will be responsible for travel costs and for overnight accommodation before modules start if required.
  • If you are working in any of the other services listed above (except Public Health) in England, Scotland or Wales there will be a cost of £1,500 plus VAT. This represents a significant subsidy on the total cost of the programme.

Programme dates

Please note that all successful applicants for the programme MUST COMMIT TO ATTENDING ALL of the following dates:

  • 19 September 2019
  • 26-28 November 2019
  • 14 January 2020
  • 10-12 March 2020
  • 14 May 2020
  • Alumni Sessions on 22 September 2020 and 16 March 2021

How to Apply

This programme has now closed for 2019 entry. 

At the moment next year’s cohort is to be confirmed but if you require any general information about the programme please  contact Jennie Oldfield, 0121 414 7054,