Meridian is a programme for senior leaders who work with multiple, diverse stakeholders.

As leaders become more senior, they find themselves delivering complex change with ever more diverse stakeholders. More than ever, they need to be able to collaborate with different people and understand the wider context in which they operate.

Meridian develops leaders with the skills, networks and understanding to make an impact in their organization and across their city. The programme uses a real-world experiential approach. We convene leaders from every corner of the city who share open accounts of their leadership challenges. We take participants to places and organizations where they can explore how leaders approach complex change in different contexts. On each programme, we guarantee a diverse mix of leaders from the private, public and NGO sectors.

Who is Meridian for?

Leaders operating at a senior level, where they have to deliver complex change with ever more diverse stakeholders—both in their organization and across their city.

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External Stakeholders

Internal Stakeholders



Leading Beyond Authority

Our learning framework: Leading Beyond Authority (LBA), underpins the participants’ leadership learning. People who lead beyond their authority can produce change beyond their direct circle of control.

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Mark Lee, Chief Executive, Together Trust

“I gained a great deal from my own attendance and encouraged senior colleagues to attend Meridian. It has been a great investment in their personal development and has a very positive return for our organization in terms of our leaders’ renewed confidence in their own capacity to lead and inspire others, the new contacts and relationships they brought back which led to new partnership opportunities and the wider perspective they acquired on internal changes, which helped them motivate others more effectively.”

The outcomes


Using this framework, we assess participants' development through the lens of six key leadership competencies:

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Arion Yiu, Partner, KPMG

"Meridian enhanced my confidence to lead even the most challenging tasks; to bite the bullet with tough decisions; to be courageous with what I believe to be the right thing to do for long term benefits; to engage stakeholders, particularly those from opposite camps; to base decisions on thorough analysis; to balance people and task issues and to stick to my core values and principles." 

Upcoming programmes

Next steps
Lancashire (June 2020)
Manchester & the North West (June 2020)
Leeds & Yorkshire (June 2020)
Hong Kong Meridian (September 2020)
Glasgow & Edinburgh (October 2020)
Bristol & South West (October 2020)
Belfast & Northern Ireland (October 2020)
Dublin (October 2020)
Leeds & Yorkshire (November 2020)
Birmingham & Midlands (November 2020)
Newcastle & North East (November 2020)
Manchester & North West (November 2020)
Lancashire (November 2020)
Birmingham & Midlands (March 2021)
Bristol & South West (March 2021)
Glasgow & Edinburgh (March 2021)
Belfast & Northern Ireland (March 2021)
Lancashire (April 2021)
Manchester & North West (April 2021)
Leeds & Yorkshire (April 2021)
Newcastle & North East (April 2021)

Application process

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, please contact your local Common Purpose office

Applying for a Common Purpose programme

When you apply for a Common Purpose programme, you need to consider:

  • Whether the programme that you are applying for is right for you, because our programmes are for people at specific stages of their careers
  • Your commitment to participate in the whole programme. This is because if some people are unable to attend, this diminishes the experience for other members of the participant group.

Once you've submitted your application form, we will review it along with our Advisory Group who will also take these points into account.

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 programme for participants who are genuinely unable to meet the full fee. Meridian is run in cities across the world; for information on costs and how to apply, please contact your local Common Purpose office.