To mark our 30 year anniversary, Common Purpose UK is offering 30 free bursary places on their leadership programmes. The places will be available to people, and organizations, who would not normally be able to afford to invest in their own leadership development, for example, small social enterprises, start-ups and small charities.

Marie Mohan, CEO of Common Purpose UK said: “In a time of complex problems and uncertainty, there is an increasing need for effective leadership but also for more diversity in leadership. For 30 years we’ve been delivering cross-boundary leadership programmes – inclusive leadership is what we do.

“We now have over 50,000 UK alumni, but we want to support more, and make more impact in terms of supporting leadership, in all walks of life. So we’re excited that we are now able to offer 30 free bursary places on our programmes across the UK.

“We’re making it as easy as possible for people to apply for a bursary – they just need to go to our website and apply for the one that is most relevant to them, whether that’s emerging or senior leaders. Our local teams will then let them know whether they have been successful.”

In the Midlands, Common Purpose will be holding an event, to mark 30 Years of Leadership and as part of National Inclusion Week in September, hosted by Aston University.

Louise Teboul, Midlands Operations Director said: “We will have around 80 aspiring and established leaders in the room to talk about leadership. There’s no doubt there will be discussions about challenges but also opportunities to share insights and collaborate, for the good of the city and the region. It will be a great reminder of why we were established, all those years ago, because complex problems don’t come in neat packages – they cross boundaries and we need leaders who can do that too. 

“We have alumni coming from across the years – from students to emerging and senior leaders – to talk to our brilliant line-up of café conversation hosts, most of whom are Common Purpose graduates: 

  • Ray Douglas, Director, Socio Logical
  • Paul Faulkner, CEO, Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
  • Karl George MBE, MD, The Governance Forum
  • Phil Loach, Chief Fire Officer, WM Fire Service
  • Marc Reeves, Editor in Chief, Midlands Reach
  • Ammo Talwar, CEO, Punch Records
  • Jean Templeton, Chief Executive, St Basils
  • Katie Trout, Director, GBSLEP
  • Pam Waddell OBE, Director, WM Innovation Alliance
  • Dorothy Wilson MBE, Chair, Culture Central

“Our 30 year anniversary will be a great chance to celebrate our long track record but also to support future leaders of the region and thank all our contributors and partners who support our work and quest for inclusive leadership,” concluded Louise.