Business leaders and managers who completed the inaugural city-wide leadership programme celebrated their successes at a graduation event in November
The City Region Leadership Programme (CRLP) ceremony, held at Firth Hall, Firth Court, honoured more than 60 delegates from a range of organisations including the NHS, Sheffield City Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The programme, which was part of an initiative supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), was delivered jointly by business experts at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. It is the first time the universities have worked collaboratively on a programme in this way.
The scheme aimed at senior managers and potential future leaders throughout South Yorkshire builds the collaborative leadership skills needed to develop entrepreneurial initiative in the region, as well as delivering better outcomes with fewer resources, delivering innovative solutions, coordinating services around users’ needs, and tackling challenges currently facing businesses.
The organisations benefit from the application of the tools and techniques learnt on the programme, allowing them to save resources, solve problems, and deliver measurable impact through collaborative partnership. In this way the leaders can make a difference to communities and help transform the region.
The postgraduate certificate, which began in September 2010, includes formal study workshops, a series of masterclasses, coaching and mentoring and interactive group- based sessions. A second group of managers have commenced the programme this year.
The event was attended by Professor Keith Glaister, Dean of the Management School at the University of Sheffield, Professor Adrian Hopgood, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University, as well as dignitaries including the Lord Mayor, the Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board and both the Chief and Deputy Chief Executives of Sheffield City Council.
Guest speaker James Newman said: “Creating leaders, especially in the public services, is going to be vital if those industries are going to transform themselves in the current world we live in where there’s less money, more pressure and more demand for better services.
“From my perspective creating collaboration is key, between public services, amongst themselves and across the region. Also between the public sector, the private sector, higher education and schools and colleges where a lot of the knowledge comes from.”
Professor Hopgood added: “This programme has been a fantastic example of collaboration between the two universities in Sheffield. It has delivered a practical yet rigorous programme for developing leadership talent in the City Region. I am sure that the next group of delegates will be just as successful and look forward to future collaborations of this kind.
Professor John Cullen, Associate Dean for Knowledge Exchange at the Management School, said: “This is our first graduation from the programme and it’s a really proud moment. The programme is something the region has needed. It is an innovative collaborative initiative which is creating future leaders for the region, who will champion the necessity for cross-organisational working in order to take the region forward.”
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