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Leadership programme for Orkney development trusts gets underway

02 April 2013

Orkney is the first area in the Highlands and Islands to deliver a high level leadership programme for directors of development trusts and social enterprises.

The Orkney programme is part of a Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) funded Leadership for Growth initiative targeted at senior directors and business owners across the region and starts tomorrow (Wednesday 3 April) at the St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall.

Tailored to suit the needs of directors, chairs and aspiring leaders of development trusts and social enterprises, the new programme builds on the success of three previous Orkney Director Development programmes delivered by the Institute of Directors (IOD).

Eleven directors from local organisations, including Westray Development Trust, Stronsay Renewable Energy and Orkney Micro-Renewables, will participate in sessions designed to encourage them to share information and discuss common issues with other likeminded leaders.

Chessa Llewellyn-White from HIE said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to offer a Leadership for Growth programme which can meet the specific needs of this group. The delegates themselves will be able to determine the topics they wish to address and the sessions will be facilitated by specialists. Participants will also benefit from one-to-one mentoring and coaching.  We also hope to take advantage of the facilitators’ time in Orkney to do some follow up work with the previous networks.”

The programme will involve a series of one and two day workshops, focusing on areas such as strategy, innovation, sales and marketing, asset management and development and human resources.

David Wilkinson, IOD director and programme leader, said: “The level of interest and enthusiasm already being shown by the delegates is very exciting.  Based on past experience, sharing, learning and reflecting with other leaders in a friendly and confidential environment will give real benefits to the participants.”

The leadership programme is supported by HIE and European Social Fund (ESF).

More information is available from Chessa Llewellyn-White at HIE in Orkney, phone 01856 888715.

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