New Directors Programme

The programme is for those taking a DCS role for the first time.

New Directors Programme

The delivery of the programme will be a blend of virtual and face to face learning. And don’t worry, we’ll make sure there are a mix of activities so you’re not glued to a screen and you get to take advantage of the informal interactions that you would benefit from during a residential programme.

We’ll concentrate on creating the perfect environment for you to grow into the role of Director, using a range of inputs and techniques.

  • Content will be tailored around the needs of the cohort, using the skills and experience of participants as well as the expertise of facilitators and contributors.

What you’ll experience:

  • Leadership and management development including both academic learning and the chance to discuss the realities with leaders in the field, personal leadership qualities and resilience, systems leadership and building alliances and partnerships; working in political and corporate contexts; leading in complexity; engaging communities; delivering results; innovation and change.
  • Building technical knowledge and skills – open access repository including guides, videos, blogs from successful leaders, learning sessions in areas of knowledge gaps
  • Personal support – you’ll have formative assessments including 360 feedback and an optional coaching offer in year 2.
  • You’ll grow as a person and as a leader during the programme which will equip you to take on your new DCS role with confidence, and you’ll be part of a national peer community during the programme and beyond.


How do I apply?

As soon as you take on your new DCS post, we will be in touch to enrol you onto the programme. There is no application process as all new DCS’ are eligible.

If you have recently become a new DCS and we haven’t been in touch, please contact the team at


Up for it?

All we need you to do at this stage is let us know you’re interested in finding out more. No long-winded forms to fill in, just some top level information for us to base an informal, exploratory conversation upon.

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