About Common Purpose UK

Common Purpose UK runs leadership development programmes that inspire and equip people to work together across boundaries. This enables them to solve complex problems in organizations and society.

Board of Trustees

Common Purpose UK is governed by an independent Board of Trustees. They, along with the Senior Management Team, are responsible for the strategic direction and management of the organization. 


Common Purpose is dynamic, ambitious and still growing. With a 30 year track record of helping leaders create change at both a local and global level, we are now established as one of the world’s largest leadership development organizations. 

Operating globally in a time of constant change, we know that what we need will be constantly changing too. However, who we need will stay the same. As a result, our philosophy is to hire the right person, not just fill a role. We are looking for people who share our vision and brand values; serious, passionate and real. People who are leaders. People who want to be part of making a difference.

To view current vacancies, please click here.

Company information

Common Purpose UK

Common Purpose UK is a company limited by guarantee, and a UK registered charity.

Company registered number: 3556983

Charity registered number: 1023384



Annual Report and Accounts 2016

Annual Report and Accounts 2017

There are Common Purpose entities in a number of other countries around the world. All have not-for-profit status in their country and deliver Common Purpose courses in their country under a license. The head license is with the Common Purpose Charitable Trust.

Charitable status

Common Purpose was established as a charity in 1989. Common Purpose UK is a subsidiary of The Common Purpose Charitable Trust, with both bodies being registered with the Charity Commission under the Registered Charity number 1023384.

The charitable objective of Common Purpose is the advancement of education for the public benefit.

The Common Purpose Charitable Trust and Common Purpose UK charitable objects are described in its governing document as:

"the advancement of education for the public benefit and in particular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing to educate people, from a broad range of geographical, political, ethnic, institutional, social and economic backgrounds in constitutional, civic, economic and social studies with special emphasis on civil and social awareness and responsibility in the United Kingdom and elsewhere".

The advancement of education for the public benefit is one of the descriptions of accepted charitable purposes listed in the Charities Act 2006. The Act requires that all charities must demonstrate that their aims are for the public benefit. See an illustration of our educational and public benefit impact.