Preparing leaders to step into the top jobs

Programme design | Impact & Alumnae | Programme Cost & Time Commitment | Find out more | Programme Collaborators | November 2020 cohort - dates and booking

As the pace of globalisation and technological change quickens, combined with the challenges brought by Covid-19, organisations need leaders with the skills to thrive in tougher and less predictable competitive environments. To do this, those leaders need to understand the complexities of leading diverse teams alongside how to manage change effectively, with confidence.

This Getting to the C-Suite leadership programme 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 at the most senior levels. Importantly it will also build your ability and confidence to secure your next role – whether it is a step-up into the C-Suite or a stretch promotion.  

Many women who have the skills to get C-Suite promotions, or NED positions, fail at interview because they are not perceived as ‘looking like’ leaders. Our Getting to the C-Suite programme provides you with the language and frameworks to reassure interviewers that you are both competent and confident as a senior leader.

If you are you looking to further your career and get to the C-Suite and/or oversee more effectively as a board member, then consider this programme. 

Full details and booking for November 2020 cohort 



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Programme design

Our Getting to the C-Suite programme covers the core skills identified as those recruiters prioritise in candidates for senior leadership positions by Professor Boris Groysberg’s (Harvard Business School) article ‘The Seven Skills You Need to Thrive in the C-Suite’. The programme modules cover Leading Strategically, Leading Change, Leading Effectively, Leading Collaboratively, Leading Purposefully and concludes with a practical 'C-Suite Challenge'. See more information on each module.

  • "Clear models to breakdown behaviour & actions for effective leadership & influencing."
  • "Very helpful& insightful. Real food for thought!"

It is developed and delivered by globally respected leadership consultants at UGM and BroadReach. It draws on the latest thinking in management and leadership combined with their practical experience operating and coaching at C-suite level.

  • "The content was extremely good, and Malcolm, who led the programme, was quite simply brilliant." Phillippa Prongué, Kier Group
  • "There was nothing about the programme.. that I didn’t enjoy. I used to feel uplifted after every session." Danielle Perfect, PwC
The programme content is highly practical. It contains tools and approaches that can be applied immediately in the workplace, supported by our ‘learning alerts’.
  • "I also loved those follow up “nudges” afterwards, making sure we were implementing what we were learning." Annie Coleman, UBS

It works!


The impact: More than 100 individuals have participated in our UK programme over the last 5 years. Over 70% of our alumnae have gone on to gain a challenging new role or internal promotion following the programme, and a further 6% were already C-Suite or non-executives who wanted to upskill (but were not looking for a change in role as such).

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

Who is it suitable for?

​To date women from companies including UBS, RBS, HSBC, Virgin Money, PwC, BNY Mellon, Pinsent Mason, FarFetch, Standard Life Aberdeen, PwC Mercer and Clydesdale Bank have benefitted from the programme, as well as those advancing their portfolio NED careers.
  • "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
  • "I use the tools from the programme a lot in my non-executive work... I believe this will give me the edge in securing competitive non-executive positions." Angela Henderson, portfolio NED
Getting to the C-Suite programme 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.  We work to ensure those joining our Leadership Programme will be able to make practical use of the content in their careers and can add value to each other as supportive peers. 

To discuss whether the programme could support your goals, please complete the November 2020 pre-registration information and request a consultation call.

Previous participants recommend the programme as follows:
  • "Very good content, format & delivery if you have got to the C-Suite or are on the way there"
  • "Essential for those involved in any kind of strategy or change role.  Provides practical advice & tools you can implement immediately to bring about more effective change."
  • "Invaluable particularly if you are at a cross roads in your career.  Very reflective, which can be hard/challenging but very important and hopefully will shape my next steps."
  • "Executive or non-executive, the programme is so useful to brush up on your high-level leadership skills." Angela Henderson, portfolio NED

Programme cost and time commitment

The Getting to the C-Suite programme comprises 6 modules, taking place over 6 - 8 months. Each module compirses a half-day module. In addition, there are 5 peer-mentoring sessions taking place shortly after relevant modules. Places are limited to 20 participants to facilitate interaction and creation of a supportive cohort. The 2020 programme will be delivered online via Zoom. See our November 2020 programme information for dates and full details.

The full programme fee is £3,000 (inc VAT).

Many attendees have secured full or part sponsorship from their employer due to the immediate and practical benefits it brings. See more information on the programme content and benefits.

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

Find out more

See our November 2020 programme for an overview of each module, dates and booking information. 


Download our 2-side summary - Women on Boards' NexGen Directors: Getting to the C-Suite Leadership programme - November 2020 cohort.


>> Click here for more information about the November 2020 cohort, course dates and booking.


Alternatively, our founder Fiona Hathorn gives an overview of the programme below (a 30 minute webinar) or alternatively click onto this short 2 minute clip about the course:



Download our 2-side summary of  Women on Boards' NexGen Directors: Getting to the C-Suite Leadership programme November 2020 cohort.



Programme Collaborators:

UK Programme Leaders - Broadreach

Dr Malcolm McGregor    
Malcolm is an expert in the field of leadership development. After a successful senior executive career Malcolm completed a round-the-world yacht race and then a PhD. Malcolm now works internationally in the areas of Executive one-to-one Coaching; Leadership Programme Architecture and in Executive Team Facilitation.  His work has a pragmatic focus ensuring quantifiable impact is reached in a consistent and sustainable way, balancing the commercial requirements of the business with the more personal needs of the individual.  
Julie Ashworth
Julie is Chair of Clear Returns, one of the UK’s most exciting technology start-ups. She is also CEO of Broadreach and provides specialist leadership consulting services to global blue-chip companies. Beginning her career with Tesco where she built a formidable reputation for delivering excellence in operations, Julie works extensively as an Executive Coach with various FTSE 100 companies and has held Interim Retail Director roles with Liberty and Punch Taverns. She also spent time as a retail specialist and Executive Partner EMEA with IBM.


Global Programme Designers - UGM Consulting

Dr Margaret Byrne
Margaret is a highly regarded international expert in the fields of leadership and diversity. She is an experienced executive coach and has held senior positions in several Australian organisations. Margaret has a BA and MA from Oxford, and postgraduate qualifications in adult learning from Bristol University. She holds three awards for innovation in the design of executive development and change management programs. Margaret is known for the way she balances intellectual rigour with a passion for practical outcomes that make a measurable difference to leaders and their organisations.  She has published widely and her latest book is ‘Business Success in the Asian Century’. 

Dr Grant Robertson
Grant has a PhD in leadership and also holds an MBA and Master of Electronic Commerce, a Bachelor of Social Science, as well as an Honours Degree in Psychology. Grant has held a wide range of positions in the corporate, public and education sectors and his special interests include leadership, strategy, culture and change. Grant has extensive experience in designing and delivering development programs for executives and high potential leaders. He is known for his energetic and engaging presentation style. He is an experienced executive coach.