Headlines: March 10th, 2006

One of the world’s leading business schools has launched a Public Leadership Centre, which will aim to foster greater understanding of leadership development and to deliver value to both the public and voluntary sectors and to the people they serve.Ashridge Business School has established the centre to build on its experience in leadership development and executive education in some major public sector organisations. Its current public and voluntary sector clients include the National Health Service, the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign Office and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations.

Dr Mark Pegg, director of the new Public Leadership Centre said governments globally were looking to develop a new generation of public sector leaders who were confident to lead change. The centre will concentrate on four main activities, sponsoring and carrying out research, sharing best practice, partnership building and the delivery of leadership development programmes.

The centre will sponsor research and undertake studies itself, particularly in the areas of Professional Skills for Government and Return on Investment. It also hopes to strengthen ties with the National School for Government and with universities, to design and deliver leadership development programmes.

Dr Pegg said, “With a really high quality client base and good feedback from our participants, we know we have a lot to share. A new centre seems the obvious way to do it.” Patrons of the centre are Ashridge governors, Sir Richard Mottram the Security and Intelligence Coordinator at the Cabinet Office and Lord Bill Jordan.