Common Purpose UK leadership development

Common Purpose runs leadership development programmes across the UK that inspire and equip people to work together across boundaries.

Marie Mohan, Chief Executive, Common Purpose UK

“Now, more than ever, leaders need to think wider, seek out new connections, explore opportunities to collaborate, and inspire others to do things differently and better. Our programmes ensure that they do just that.”

Upcoming programmes in the UK

Programme Start date Audience
Northern Ireland Navigator 2017 19 Oct 2017 Emerging
Leeds and Yorkshire Meridian November 2017 29 Nov 2017 Senior
The streetwise mba: London November 2017 14 Nov 2017 Emerging
The streetwise mba: Manchester December 2017 05 Dec 2017 Emerging
Birmingham and Midlands Meridian February 2018 07 Feb 2018 Senior
Lancashire Meridian February 2018 22 Feb 2018 Senior
Edinburgh and Glasgow Meridian February 2018 22 Feb 2018 Senior
Manchester and North West Meridian February 2018 22 Feb 2018 Senior
North East Meridian March 2018 07 March 2018 Senior
Belfast and Northern Ireland Meridian March 2018 8 March 2018 Senior
Bristol and West of England Meridian March 2018 14 March 2018 Senior
Leeds and Yorkshire Meridian May 2018 01 May 2018 Senior
The streetwise mba: Birmingham July 2018 2 July 2018 Emerging
Edinburgh and Glasgow Meridian October 2018 03 Oct 2018 Senior
North East Meridian October 2018 3 Oct 2018 Senior
Birmingham and Midlands Meridian October 2018 09 Oct 2018 Senior
Manchester and North West Meridian October 2018 18 October 2018 Senior
Lancashire Meridian October 2018 18 October 2018 Senior
Belfast and Northern Ireland Meridian October 2018 25 Oct 2018 Senior

Our thought leadership

At the core of what we do are two strands of thought leadership: Leading Beyond Authority and Cultural Intelligence (CQ).


A flexible and personalised leadership programme that deals with real-life leadership issues and insights in larger cities. It is designed for senior leaders who want to improve their ability to lead in any situation.

The streetwise mba®

A programme for inclusive leaders: to lead diverse teams, serve diverse customers and work with diverse stakeholders. For more information on the streetwise mba programme click here.

Common Purpose Navigator

A local programme that uses the city as a classroom, taking you behind the scenes and immersing you in real-life challenges faced by leaders from a wide range of sectors.


Students connect with real world leaders and go behind the scenes at local organizations. By learning how to lead change in their city, they more prepared for life after graduation.

Alumni share their Common Purpose experiences

Common Purpose InnoVenture - A case study

Graduates from Birmingham explain the benefits of a Common Purpose programme

Students from the University of Roehampton discuss the programme