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A NEW programme which aims to develop Sheffield’s future leaders has been ranked alongside schemes run by business giants Rio Tinto, Deutsche Bank and Ernst and Young.

The Sheffield City Region Leaders Programme is run by the city’s two Universities on behalf of Sheffield City Council and is aimed at middle managers in the public sector, who complete the course with a postgraduate certificate in leadership

The initiative was highly commended at the annual awards organised by the European Foundation for Management Development.

The course is run through the Universities’ Business Advantage programme.

Business Advantage project manager Jon Inns said: “The programme aims to build regional competitiveness through developing future leaders by giving them the problem-solving skills to deal with a rapidly-changing business environment.”

Among those completing the first Sheffield City Region Leaders Programme were Paula Crosby, community services clinical lead at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, and Cath Toovey, station manager at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Paula Crosby said: “This is the first opportunity I have had to receive formal coaching and I have found it invaluable to help me through this period of significant change within the organisation.”

Cath Toovey added: “It’s given me the confidence to develop my business knowledge and see if there are different ways of doing things.”