Leadership Academy



The Chief Executive Development Network (CEDN) is designed to provide personalised, flexible and accessible learning, guided by an established chief executive curriculum.

It offers the following core elements:

  • Three two-day network meeting days per annum Priority booking is given to members, before opening the event up to non-members. The network days are limited to 30 people and the allocation is based on a first come, first served basis. Refreshments at events plus dinner will be provided, however travel and accommodation must be arranged by the member/ their organisation.
  • 24/7 access to an online network Access to a secure and informal learning platform. The online network includes access to quality leadership development resources and online discussions with peers and our leadership development learning practitioners who designed and are delivering this offer.
  • Access to coaching and mentoring (if required).

In addition to these core elements, first time chief executives are also offered:

  • A dedicated transition coach This covers two meetings over the course of twelve months, initially to welcome individuals into the network and then to help progress their individual personal learning agenda and shape network events.

What the network offers

The Chief Executive Development Network (CEDN) is a completely confidential, ‘safe’ space where, along with colleagues and subject experts, members dedicate structured time to developing their leadership by extending their network, exploring contemporary leadership thinking and fresh perspectives, encountering new cross-sector ideas and approaches whilst offering and receiving peer challenge and support. The purpose of this network is to learn and develop and, as such, is designed to refresh, replenish and re-energise in a time of significant challenge for senior leaders.

The learning method is based upon Self-Directed Learning (SDL), allowing chief executives to manage and take control of their own learning to get the best out of their network membership, with support from our leadership development practitioners. It also means that network events are highly responsive, both to political and sector developments, not least because the participants’ learning priorities actively shape the events that are offered.

The network offers:

  • Meeting with colleagues from similar roles It connects chief executives with peers who have an intimate understanding of being a chief executive and the challenges and pressures it brings
  • Opportunities to influence and inform senior colleagues in health and social care The network offers opportunities to meet national figures for developmental conversations, offering insight into their perspective and influence thinking (attendees at previous network events include Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and Dido Harding, Chair, NHS Improvement)
  • Working with leaders from other sectors This can bring fresh perspectives to shared challenges
  • Looks at leading across organisations Getting an insight into other organisations providing leadership in the wider health and care economy
  • New leadership approaches Helping to expand and inform thinking
  • Developing technical skills and knowledge The network gives members technical insight into what chief executives need to know and do in their role
  • Improving interpersonal skills and relationships The opportunity to develop effective working relationships with key stakeholders, have difficult conversations and explore emotional intelligence
  • Increasing self- awareness The network gives member the opportunity to change habits, behaviours, values and beliefs
  • Growing from surviving to thriving Increasing resilience, developing support networks and learning how to use personal brand to mitigate against risks
  • Organisational development and system leadership Support with the challenges of organisational and system transformation and shaping the local environment and national policy