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

The instability, brought by Covid-19 and Brexit, moves top-quality leadership skills from being an advantage to an essential for organisations of all types. The pandemic’s impact is undermining progress on gender equality in the workplace - making it vital for senior female leaders to step up with confidence. Our Getting to the C-Suite Leadership programme will support you to do just that. 

And it works! Over 70% of our alumnae go on to secure challenging new roles and/or NED positions.

Our 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, a stretch promotion or a move into the boardroom.  

Many women who have the skills to operate at the most senior levels fail to win promotion 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.

Our Getting to the C-Suite programme comprises six modules delivered over 6 months, with five additional peer mentoring sessions, 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 our next cohort. 

October Cohort Now Open For Booking

 "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

"The programme has been very useful to me as a portfolio NED... Its content is all about leadership and I found it just as relevant as a non-executive." 
Read more from Angela Henderson, portfolio NED

"'Getting to the C-Suite' equipped me well for [my new] more strategic and wide-ranging role."
Read more from Priyanka Singh, HSBC

Programme design

Our Getting to the C-Suite programme covers the core skills recruiters prioritise in candidates for senior leadership positions, as identified by research from Professor Boris Groysberg (Harvard Business School). It will give you the tools to lead strategically, collaboratively and purposefully, in an environment where change is a constant, not a one-off project.

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

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 course is rich with content and provides you with a range of tools and strategies to navigate from management to leadership. Malcolm and Julie are professional, open and, above all else, extremely knowledgeable from whom I  have learnt a lot." Viji Viyakesparan, Bank of England

The programme content 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’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

  • "I am utilising the learnings as I transitioned into my new role earlier in the year. The programme equipped me well for this more strategic and wide-ranging role. In fact, I have used several of the working templates as they are so practical." Priyanka Singh, HSBC

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It works!

The impact: More than 170 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:

  • "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

  • "The programme has been very useful to me as a portfolio NED on a number of levels... Its content is all about leadership and I found it just as relevant as a non-executive." 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

  • "My motivations [for signing-up] were two-fold: one, being better prepared for that next step up in my career; and two, to broaden my perspective by engaging with a network of contacts across sectors and roles. The programme exceeded my expectations on both counts." Read more from Priyanka Singh, HSBC

Who is it suitable for?

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.  The broad range of perspectives within our cohorts is a key asset which enhances the value of the peer mentoring sessions.  

​To date women 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 the programme, as well as those advancing their portfolio NED careers. Our alumnae say:

  • "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 would highly recommend [it] to anyone who needs modern, practical frameworks to use in challenging, fast-paced leadership roles - whether they are actively targeting the C-Suite or not." Anjali Subburaj, Mars

  • ​"II have learnt a huge amount over the programme and specifically feel that it has helped me shift my mindset around what leadership truly is at the C-suite level." Viji Viyakesparan, Bank of England

  • "Executive or non-executive, the programme is so useful to brush up on your high-level leadership skills." Angela Henderson, portfolio NED

  • "I was navigating various internal and external opportunities to identify my next career challenge and vertical progression. This was very much the trigger for me signing up." Priyanka Singh, HSBC

Book now to join our October cohort

If you are not sure of the programme's suitability for your goals and career stage, complete our pre-registration form, which gives an option for a consultation call. 

Programme cost and time commitment

The Getting to the C-Suite programme comprises 6 modules, taking place over 6 months. Each module comprises 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. Due to Covid restrictions, our 2020/21 programmes are being delivered online via Zoom.

Many attendees have secured full or part sponsorship from their employer due to the immediate and practical benefits it brings. 

  • "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

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Programme Collaborators:

UK Programme Leaders - Broadreach

Dr Malcolm McGregor    
Following a successful career with a leading UK FTSE Retailer, Malcolm realised a lifetime ambition to sail around the world before commencing a new career as an International Leadership Consultant and completing a PhD.  As a Director of Broadreach, he works as a professional facilitator, Executive coach, and programme designer to deliver impactful, measurable and sustainable capability growth. Malcolm is currently working domestically in the UK with Sainsbury’s; the Co-op Group: Vodafone and Capita, and internationally with Dubai Airports and the Melbourne Business School. 
Julie Ashworth

Julie Ashworth is CEO of Broadreach, providing 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.

Julie is a Women on Boards Ambassador and presenter. As well as Chairing the IOD in Scotland, Julie is a Governor of George Watson's College, and a Member of the Court for the Royal Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh where she chairs the Strategy and Endowments committees. She also spent 3 years as Chair of an award winning retail tech start-up.



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.