About School for CEOs

The School for CEOs was co-founded by experienced Chief Executive and Chairman Patrick Macdonald and Executive Coach David Sole OBE in 2011. The purpose was to create a programme to support leaders as they transitioned into the role of CEO and other senior roles in organisations by offering practical lessons for immediate use. David and Patrick recruited a Faculty of experienced business leaders and began by designing the Vital Few programme; a short intensive programme for small groups of senior executives, designed to help them step up to the CEO and other senior executive roles. Since the first Vital Few programme in 2012, the School has continued to grow, developing the Alchemy Suite of six complementary leadership interventions to support leaders at different levels, while maintaining the ethos of purposeful and pragmatic learning on a personal level. Interventions range from one to one development through Executive Coaching, to open programmes and also consolidated in-house leadership programmes for larger groups. School for CEOs also promotes Inclusive Leadership through tailored development programmes to help remove the barriers to achieving diverse and inclusive workplaces and leadership teams. Since the #blacklivesmatter campaign, they have facilitated a number of reverse mentoring programmes in organisations, to help them start the conversation about race.


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Alchemy Suite 2020

The Alchemy Suite is a portfolio of practical programmes designed to guide individuals and teams through leadership transitions.


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