Celebrating leadership

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A SOUTH Yorkshire initiative to help potential leaders gain essential skills has celebrated the success of its first graduates.

The City Region Leadership Programme is run by business experts from Sheffield’s two universities, with support from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

More than 60 managers, drawn from organisations which include the NHS, Sheffield and Rotherham Councils, South Yorkshire Police and the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, took part in the programme.

It was launched in September 2010 and comprises study workshops, master classes, coaching, mentoring and interactive group sessions, leading to a postgraduate certificate.

The programme aims to give participants the skills needed to save resources, solve problems and deliver measurable results through collaborative partnership.

Professor Adrian Hopgood, from Sheffield Hallam University, said: “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.”

Professor John Cullen, from Sheffield University, said: “The programme is something the region has needed. It is an innovative collaborative initiative, which is creating future leaders for the region.”