Leadership Training

Our 'Getting to the C-Suite' Leadership Training will equip you to take your next step.

It works!

Over 70% of our alumnae go on to secure a new, more challenging, role.

A further 7% were already C-Suite or board level, upskilling.

Change is a now constant, not a one-off project.

Learn research-based techniques that you can use day-to-day to lead effectively and inclusively.

Thrive in today’s world.

Our Leadership Programme provides you with the language and frameworks to demonstrate at interview that you are both competent and confident as a senior leader.

This is important for all, but vital for women and others from under-represented groups who are often overlooked or under-promoted.

Understand how to get the role you deserve and reach your potential as a modern leader.


Leadership Training

'Getting to the C-Suite'

It is more important than ever to invest in your potential as a leader.

Operating effectively at the top levels now requires more than just traditional skills.

Invest in top-quality, relevant leadership skills to equip you to deliver on your ‘bottom line’ as well as on the increasing expectations around diversity, flexible working, sustainability and more – all against the backdrop of ongoing instability – from Covid-19, Brexit, and the cost of living crisis. The pandemic’s impact has undermined progress on gender equality in the workplace – making it more vital than ever for senior female leaders to operate effectively and step up with confidence. Our Leadership training will support you to do just that.

WB Directors have run both in-house corporate leadership programmes, pop-up tailored leadership development modules and a C-Suite programme for our network members.  

In addition to our C-Suite leadership development programme, we also run a skills-based ‘Steps to Success’ programme and board development programmes. More information here.

C-Suite Programme => It works! Over 70% of our alumnae go on to secure challenging new roles and/or NED positions.

Our Leadership Training is different because it is practical, results-orientated and values peer support from other senior leaders. It focuses on equipping you with the skills research shows are required to operate inclusively at the most senior levels. It will also build your ability and confidence to secure your next role – whether it is a step-up into the C-Suite, a stretch promotion or a move into the boardroom.

Plus our Leadership Training provides you with the language and frameworks to demonstrate at interview that you are both competent and confident as a senior leader.

Our Leadership Training comprises four individual modules delivered over 4 months in a cohort of just 20 senior professionals from a range of backgrounds.  If you are looking to enhance and fulfil your leadership potential, do consider joining one or all of these modules. The modules are:

  • Leading Effectively – Clarify the important differences between leading and managing and how to build inclusive cultures. Focus briefly on ethical behaviour and the vital role of influence;
  • Leading Strategically – Understand what strategy is and how to be more strategic. Examine the six essential skills of strategic leaders and get practical strategic tools that you can apply immediately;
  • Leading Change – Recognise why change agility is a preferred alternative to traditional approaches. Consider how to use an experimental approach to change in your own organisational context;
  • Leading Collaboratively – Consider the impact of fast-changing contexts for collaborative decision-making. Get tools to power-up problem-solving talk, with a special focus on disagreement;
  • Leading Purposefully – Identify what you truly want to achieve personally and professionally. Access the most up-to-date research on goal-setting success and apply it for yourself and with colleagues.

What our alumnae say

programme design

Impactful, high-quality learning

“Clear-cut leadership content of the highest quality delivered at pace and with a convenient schedule.” Anjali Subburaj, Mars

Our Leadership Training will give you the tools to lead strategically, collaboratively and purposefully, in an environment where change is a constant, not a one-off project.

participants in 5 years
have gained a new, more challenging role.
were already C-Suite or NEDs, looking to upskill.

Developed and delivered by highly respected leadership experts at UGM, it draws on the latest thinking in management and leadership studies from globally renowned research centres. Julie Ashworth and Dr Malcolm McGregor of Broadreach Consulting deliver this programme in the UK, balancing this academic rigour with their practical experience operating at C-Suite level and, latterly, in coaching C-Suite leaders across multiple industries and territories.

Each individual module is highly practical. It contains tools and approaches that can be applied immediately in the workplace, supported by our ‘learning alerts’. There is also a focus on articulating your skills and experience in the language of leadership, which is critical for women and other under-represented groups to succeed at interview.

“Malcolm and Julie are professional, open and, above all else, extremely knowledgeable … I have learnt a lot.” Viji Viyakesparan, Bank of England

suitability and practicalities

Is this programme right for your organisation?

Our leadership training is suitable for those in senior and management roles across the private, public or not-for-profit sectors or leading from a non-executive position.  The broad range of perspectives within our cohorts is a key asset which enhances the value of the peer mentoring sessions.

​To date women, and some men, from companies including UBS, RBS, HSBC, Virgin Money, PwC, BNY Mellon, Pinsent Mason, FarFetch, Standard Life Aberdeen, Clydesdale Bank and the Bank of England have benefitted from this training, as well as those advancing their portfolio NED careers. The comment below is from one of our WB Directors member network run leadership programmes.

“I was worried that I’d be surrounded by “super-City” types, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The women in my cohort were a delight to work with.” Danielle Perfect, PwC

Our alumnae: Here are just a few examples of how our alumnae have used what they learnt to further different career goals:

  • Very quickly after, I was promoted to … Group Strategy and Corporate Development Director as well as Chief Transformation Officer.” Read more from Phillippa Prongué, Kier Group
  • “Executive or non-executive, the programme is so useful to brush up on your high-level leadership skills.” Read more from Angela Henderson, portfolio NED
  • “I am a technology leader and I decided to enrol on the programme to refresh and broaden my leadership skills. It was a very good decision.” Read more from Anjali Subburaj, Mars
  • “Malcolm and Julie’s insights will help you immensely in your interviews. Highly recommend this course to help you meet your new possibility.” Neelu Agarwal, Bank of England

If you are unsure of your suitability for the programme, please get in touch at contact [at] wbdirectors.co.uk or call 020 3925 4080.


Time and cost commitment

“Self-investment is always a good one, and the Getting to the C-Suite programme was a great investment.” Emily Cox, Lloyds Banking group (formerly Virgin Money)

Our leadership training comprises four half-day modules, which will be delivered over Zoom in a highly interactive format.

Places are limited to 20 participants to facilitate interaction and creation of a supportive cohort.

The modules are priced to enable participation from all sectors and self-funding. Many attendees have secured full or partial sponsorship from their employers due to the immediate and practical benefits it brings.

“Would I have still signed up for the programme if my company had not paid for it? Absolutely 100% yes.” Phillippa Prongué, Kier Group

Who will I be learning from?

The programme is led by Julie Ashworth and Dr Malcolm Mc Gregor of Broadreach Consulting. They work closely with the programme designers, Dr Margaret Byrne and Dr Grant Robertson, to adapt and update the course content for each cohort. Review the individual programme information for their full bios.

We invite experienced board-level leaders to participate in the final module of the programme. They offer honest and constructive feedback on your performance and presentation, gifting you insight into your presentation and actionable points to improve.

If you have further queries, get in touch at: contact [at] wbdirectors.co.uk