Key information


Places on this programme are fully-funded by the NHS Leadership Academy.

Applications for cohort 4 of the Aspiring Chief Executive programme will open on 2 September 2019. If you are interested in the programme, please ensure that you will be available on the programme dates below.

Application dates

Applications open Monday 2 September 2019

Applications close Monday  30 September 2019 at 12pm

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre on either Wednesday 20 November and Thursday 21 November in London.


Programme dates

100% attendance is required for all programme dates. Before applying please ensure your availability for the following dates:

Residential workshops

  • Orientation workshop (3 days): 29 – 31 January 2020
  • Workshop A (3 days):               1 – 3 April 2020
  • Workshop B (3 days):               w/c 15 June 2020  
  • Workshop C (3 days):               15 -17 September 2020
  • Workshop D (2.5 days):            2 – 4 December 2020

All workshops will be held in Leeds, with the exception of workshop B, which will be held in London.


Praxis group meetings*

  • Praxis Group 1: 31 January 2020 in Leeds (final day of orientation workshop)         
  • Praxis Group 2: 31 March 2020
  • Praxis Group 3: 20 May 2020
  • Praxis Group 4: 23 July 2020
  • Praxis Group 5: 3 September 2020
  • Praxis Group 6: 27 October 2020
  • Praxis Group 6.5: 4 December 2020 in Leeds (final day of workshop D)
  • Praxis Group 7: 14 January 2021
  • Praxis Group 8: 23 February 2021

Praxis group meetings are hosted by participants’ organisations and so locations will vary.

Graduation: 25 March 2021

Please check our programme structure page for an explanation of what a praxis group meeting involves.