Common Purpose
United Kingdom

A flexible experiential leadership programme for senior leaders.

Upcoming programmes

Programme Start date Audience
North East Meridian 2018 21 Feb 2018 Senior Contact us
Lancashire Meridian 2017/18 22 Feb 2018 Senior Contact us
Manchester City Region Meridian 2018 22 Feb 2018 Senior Contact us
Northern Ireland Meridian 2018 08 March 2018 Senior Contact us
West of England Meridian 2018 14 March 2018 Senior Contact us


On a Meridian programme you will gain new insights into real-life leadership issues.

Meridian deals with real-life leadership issues and insights, so it is neither classroom nor lecture based. For example, we may send you to prison, put you in a hospital or take you into a production plant. 

We go beyond standard leadership models which will help you gain new perspectives in the context of your city. You will learn from the successes and failures of leaders from all sectors. You will be taken out of your familiar environment to examine why, when and how you lead.

Peter Gardiner, London Operations Director, Premier Inn

“Each of my team has taken away something different from Meridian – gaining confidence, learning to better engage staff, getting new business, networking and becoming part of the community outside of the Premier Inn bubble. I feel the courses help my General Managers prepare for changes that may not be absolutely clear right now. What is clear is that we will need to do things differently to stay leaders in our field.” 

Who is Meridian for?

Meridian is aimed at people who hold established leadership roles.

Meridian is best suited for leaders who wish to:

  • collaborate across locations, departments and organisations
  • understand complex change at work or in the community
  • develop relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • lead diverse teams both within and outside their usual professional environment.

As with all our open programmes, the participant group on Meridian will be diverse in terms of background, experience, sector, outlook and approach. You will share and challenge each other and discover that this diversity, far from being a weakness, provides a key strength of the programme.

Why Meridian?

On the programme you re-examine how, when and why you lead. As a result you will:

  • develop the self-awareness to meet the challenges of senior leadership
  • learn to adapt and thrive in difficult and unfamiliar situations
  • become more open to working with different people, in new ways to solve complex problems
  • develop lasting relationships that build trust and encourage collaboration
  • be better able to take responsibility for problems and issues outside your direct control.

The programme

Meridian offers a flexible modular format that means you can tailor it to meet your needs and to match your diary. 

Core days

There are three core days, which take place at the start, mid-point and end of your programme.


The rest of the programme is module-based. You can select modules to fit around your work and other commitments. You can also complete a module in a different city in another part of the world.

Core day one
You will explore the concept of ‘Leading Beyond Authority’ and start to identify your strengths as a leader. It’s your first opportunity to work with the wider group and to have thought-provoking conversations with a variety of leaders from different sectors.

Core day two
An immersive event where you will grapple with a real life societal challenge; using innovation and creative processes within your diverse participant group to support you in generating new ideas in response to the challenge.

Core day three
You will come together as a group to review your experience - considering what it means for you as individual leaders and how the learning can be applied in your roles at work and in society.

Understanding place
Comprehensive insights about how the local area really works.

Understanding change
Investigate real-life leadership challenges based in hospitals, schools, businesses and council chambers; meeting and quizzing the leaders who make the decisions there.

Leadership insights
Key leaders share first-hand experience - from their successes and failures - of leading beyond their immediate area of authority to create change.

Learning groups
Peer group sessions to discuss and tackle individual leadership challenges.

A day immersed in the economic, political and social context of another city.

You have up to six months to complete between 50 - 90 hours of learning. Modules can all be done in your local area, in a different UK city or internationally in places such as Bangalore, Istanbul or Johannesburg. 

Paul Ogburn, Retail Director, Tate Enterprises

“The course has had a profound impact on me, far greater than any classroom training environment I have experienced. I built confidence and self belief in my leadership by learning from the experiences of others, and created new opportunities through broader, deeper networking – Common Purpose Meridian gave me this.”


Meridian is run in cities across the UK. 

What is the cost to attend Meridian?

The programme fee is £4590 + VAT.

Bursaries and financial assistance

If you cannot pay the full fee, please do not be deterred from applying. There are a number of bursary places provided on every Common Purpose UK programme for participants who are genuinely unable - as opposed to unwilling - to meet the full fee. If you feel that you cannot pay the fill in the section on bursary support on the application form. 

Applying for Meridian

Please fill in the online application form, choosing the date and location you want. 

If you have any questions on how to apply, or want to find out more about Meridian in your city, please contact your local Common Purpose office.


Why apply for a Common Purpose programme?

Why you should take part in a programme