Aspiring Directors Programme


Open to all public and third sector aspiring directors in Wales


April 2020 to September 2021


16 days over 16 months

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In a public service landscape marked by ever-increasing volatility and uncertainty, organisations need skilled leaders more than ever. The Aspiring Directors Programme will respond to this need by linking the acquisition and creation of new knowledge and the development of new behaviours to individuals, teams and organisations.

Leaders stand at a critical crossroads in their organisations. As strategies and priorities change more frequently, and as organisations become flatter and more dispersed, leaders become the connective glue that makes strategy work. They are key to facilitating high levels of communication, collaboration, and coordination across levels, across functions and across public services. Simultaneously, they must figure out how to detect and respond to forces reshaping their sector, and then convey their insights and findings to help shape strategy. And, they have to do all of this while developing what’s often a significant portion of their workforce.

Benefits to you

You will:

  • Further develop your own leadership capability and foster the leadership potential of others
  • Improve your self-awareness and increase your confidence, impact, effectiveness and credibility to make a difference in your organisation and prepare for the challenges and demands of director roles
  • Build a powerful national support network of influential leaders
  • Be challenged to make the connection between theory and applying this knowledge into pragmatic, practical and useful action
  • Be provided with learning that adds value and helps you create success in your role, with your team and for your organisation

Leadership behaviours

This learning programme will help you to develop your leadership behaviours in the following areas:

Learning and self-awareness

Drive and resilience

Focusing on citizens and quality

Championing innovation and change

Building collaboration and partnership

Political awareness and skill

Sharing leadership

Strategic orientation

Target audience

Open to all public and third sector aspiring directors in Wales:

  • Employed in the public service or the third sector in Wales
  • Reporting directly to someone in a Director level role or the equivalent for your organisation
  • Aspiring to be in a Director level role within the next two years.
  • Currently leading a middle management team or an area of work, providing strategic direction with some guidance from your line manager


Introduction23 September 2020
Personal Impact18 to 19 November 2020
Time to Think19 January 2021
Master class 118 March 2021
Public Service Delivery Impact5 May 2021
Summer School21 to 25 June 2021
Time to Think14 July 2021
Master class 223 September 2021
Leadership Embodiment17 to 18 November 2021
Time to Think20 January 2022
Lighthouse10 March 2022


Please note that all courses are free, unless otherwise stated.

How to apply

Please note that you’ll need to include a written endorsement from your line manager/executive sponsor as part of your application.

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More information

To find more details about the programme, please see our detailed information.