Chief Executive Network



  • Do you want a support network of peers and subject matter experts who can help you to meet the challenges of your role?


  • Do you want the support to be flexible and ‘there when you need it’?


The chief executive network has been designed to support you and your personal development to help ensure your first 24 months in post are a success, both for you and your trust.  The service has been developed in partnership with NHS Improvement  and NHS Providers to support newly-appointed provider chief executives at the point at which we know the stretch and challenge is likely to be greatest, and the need for support at its highest.


To find out more, please contact the Academy on 0113 322 5699 or email



In essence, the chief executive network is a completely independent, ‘no risk’ space where you can access support and share challenges with peers and subject experts. The learning method is based upon self-directed learning (SDL) to allow you to manage and take control of your own learning to get the best out of the service.


It also:


  • Focuses on patient care and staff engagement


  • Connects you with peers who have an intimate understanding of being a new chief executive and the challenges and pressures it brings


  • Looks at leading across organisations and providing leadership in the wider health and care economy


  • Fits around your day job, rather than pulling you from it


  • Provides insights and expertise – where helpful – from the private sector and beyond the health and care sectors, as well as from NHS colleagues.


  • Allows you to take an active role and be responsible for your learning.

Who’s it for?


The chief executive network is especially relevant for chief executives in all health care settings, including:


  • CEOs in provider NHS Trusts


  • CEOs or MDs of organisations providing NHS branded services

Programme director


Mike Chitty is responsible for the NHS Leadership Academy’s applied leadership functions. With 30 years’ experience in learner-centred training and development, Mike’s specialty is to make strategy and leadership work in complex systems in the public, third and private sector and help leaders to develop more entrepreneurial approaches to their work. Mike also specialises in board, chair and chief executive development.

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