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Public sector leaders benefit

18 September 2012

Public sector leaders benefit from business best practiceDelegates

York St John University Business School will play host to a meeting of minds this week when leaders of innovation and change from across the country come together to share the latest thinking on leadership and change management.

The 28 attendees are all alumni of the York St John Business School Masters in Leading Innovation and Change.  The programme celebrates its 17-year anniversary in 2012 and head of programme, Sarah Crabbe, says the celebration event will mark a key milestone in the evolution of the programme with the creation of a network comprising some of the UK’s top organisation leaders.

The MA in Leading Innovation and Change (MALIC) was launched in 1995.  The programme was originally designed to support professionals and managers within the NHS tasked with leading change, but subsequently extended its scope to include almost 200 senior and mid-level executives from businesses and Health Trusts throughout the UK. 

In 2011, York St John Business School launched the programme globally in partnership with Robert Kennedy College in Switzerland, extending its reach to senior managers across the globe, with participants now in almost every continent.

The aim of the event on 22 September is to build on the relationships that have already developed among course alumni and to launch a network for leaders across all sectors.

Sarah Crabbe says the event will focus on discussions about the ways in which research and thinking about leadership during periods of innovation and change have developed over the past 15 years, current ideas on leadership in a climate of constant change and an opportunity to share examples of how those ideas are being translated into people development today.

“Leaders are facing new challenges to those that were prevalent when the MALIC programme launched 17 years ago,” she says. “The economy was certainly in better shape in 1995 than it is today, but organisations were still facing the upheaval of reorganisation.

“We’ll be looking at what’s changed; the skills that leaders need to navigate today’s challenges and the best ways of leading organisations through difficult times.

“We have an incredibly talented alumni of experienced leaders working in more than 26 countries, and this event will provide opportunities for some of those people to meet and develop relationships. Our aim, starting with this event, is to create a global network where alumni of the programme can share knowledge, ideas and experiences.”

Former NHS Education and Development Manager, Diana Moss, says the MALIC programme, coupled with the threat of redundancy, helped her create a successful business:

“Starting my own business was never my intention, but the learning, reflection, support and confidence that I gained through the MALIC programme led me to draw on my clinical, managerial, training and development expertise to venture into business,” she says.

Diana founded her learning and development firm, Moss Health Skills, in 2007, when her NHS post was made redundant. Over the last five years, the Nottingham-based business has developed a client base spanning the public and private sectors, with a client list including Deutsche Bank and John Lewis as well as health and social care organisations.

Diana also established the not-for-profit Health Educators Network with four partners.  The network started as an informal meeting group and has developed into a 70-member social enterprise providing health education services and peer support for its members.

Diana continues, “I found the peer support I experienced through the MALIC programme invaluable.  It introduced me to people working in the private sector and encouraged me to take a view from different perspectives. My MALIC experience also helped me recognise and drive opportunities forward, taking the key people along with me.”   

For more information on the MALIC programme and other Business School courses, please visit www.yorksj.ac.uk/businessschool.