Key information


Sponsorship from a nominated senior leader 

Applicants will need the support of a nominated senior leader as their executive sponsor. A suitable nominated senior leader is a chief executive, chair, board or governing body director or equivalent in an arms length body. This should be someone who can provide evidence on your behalf later in this process and does not need to be your direct line manager. 

The Executive Director Pathway (EDP) offers an experiential placement from smaller, short term projects within your own organisation through to stretch opportunities that could last up to 12 months. Longer term placements may require temporary vacation of your existing role (this may be either part or full time). You will require the support of your line manager or executive sponsor to undertake any experiential placement on the EDP.

Cost and funding 

The Executive Director Pathway is fully funded. Your organisation may incur a cost if your role needs to be backfilled while you are undertaking an experiential placement on the scheme.

Cohort dates

Applications for the programme are currently closed. Register your interest for future cohorts here.