CPD Workshops for Public & Not for Profit Sector Managers

Philosophy and rationale

What now? – Exploring public sector leadership, governance and trust in a volatile world

Philosophy and Rationale

This course will explore how leadership and governance in the public and not for profit sector is being shaped by recent changes in the political, social and working environment. It will help identify the challenges and opportunities that these changes have generated and how those working as leaders and/or managers in these sectors can develop their skills and knowledge to respond to the changing environment on a personal and organisational level.

The course will draw on relevant theories and frameworks to explore how those participating can make sense of these changes and adapt strategically to them; work collaboratively and across boundaries; consider what ‘good’ governance might look like in a changing world; build personal and organisational resilience and explore how trust can be built or rebuilt with employees, stakeholders and service users/clients.

The approach to the course is one of co-production. Session outlines and materials will be prepared in advance, but the approach is a participatory one, encouraging the joint exploration of aspects of leadership and governance within the public space. Relevant theories will be introduced but the emphasis will be on practice, on learning together and identifying ways forward to develop both self and the organisations we work in as we face the current challenges

In response to the uncertainties around COVID-19 the programme has been designed as a mix of online session with a one-day workshop planned to be held on the Edge Hill University campus. If restrictions are in place that mean physical attendance is not possible then online alternatives will be substituted.


We invite senior and middle-management and team leaders from across the public and not-for-profit sector. As a source for cross-sector learning, we are looking for participation across a range of services including all partners working together as part of the Integrated Care System in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Places will be limited to 25 participants. In order to obtain maximum benefit from the course, attendance is expected across the four sessions.

Programme Leads

Dr Joy Tweed

Joy has spent over 15 years developing and running training and short courses in the health and public sector, most recently a leadership course for safeguarding professionals. Joy originally trained as a nurse before working in the voluntary sector and then gaining an MA in community development.

With a strong interest in patient and public involvement, as well as all aspects of health and social care, Joy was a member of the Health Scrutiny Support Programme, Centre for Public Scrutiny (2004 – 2010), providing consultancy support to health overview and scrutiny committees. She then continued in a freelance capacity to offer training and support to organisations such as Healthwatch and CCGs.

Joy’s PhD is in public sector governance and she continues to research governance and leadership in the public/social enterprise sectors.

She was a course leader for an MSc in Governing, Leading and Managing Healthcare and is now a course leader (designate) for an MSc Social Enterprise at the University of Westminster. Joy ‘s academic role is informed both by her research interests and nearly 20 years’ experience as a non-executive director on healthcare-related boards.

Her current roles include serving as a board member of her local hospice. Previous roles include serving on the Health and Care Professions Council and as a non-executive director of a Primary Care Trust, including Chairing the Community Services board.

Jon Pike

Jon has retired recently after 25 years as a Faculty member of Westminster Business School. Prior to that he had a career in market research, transport economics and consultancy, including 5 years at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

During his time at Westminster, he held positions as the leader of a Masters course in Marketing Communications, Director of Post Graduate Studies, and Director of Internationalisation, in which he was responsible for developing and managing partnerships. This generated a strong interest in transnational education. His teaching subject specialities have been in marketing research, marketing communications, business strategy and cross-cultural studies. He has also been involved in developing and delivering short courses in management and leadership and digital marketing.

In recent years, Joy and Jon have worked together at The University of Westminster on various transnational educational short courses and workshops for the British Council in both the UK and Thailand. These have formed the basis for research into the drivers for successful implementation of double degrees between UK and Thai Universities. A key finding from the research is the role played by those responsible for managing the programmes in coping with cultural differences, variations in regulations and the need to build trust and resilience in the process of developing partnerships.

Workshop sessions

In response to the uncertainties around COVID-19 the programme has been designed as a mix of online session with a one-day workshop planned to be held on the Edge Hill University campus. If restrictions are in place that mean physical attendance is not possible then online alternatives will be substituted.

The online sessions will have a two-hour duration, but with material that can be viewed in your own time, and one hour ‘live’ via Zoom or another online platform

Session 1: Online

Exploring what leadership means: how have expectations and practice changed in recent times?

This will be an introductory session, with participants sharing what they identify as the major current challenges for their roles as leaders and/ or managers and the implications of these challenges for their role in the future.

The themes of leadership, governance and accountability, which run through the course, will be introduced, with a range of resources to help inform and challenge our thinking.

Session 2: Full day workshop

Understanding public sector leadership, governance and trust in a volatile world.

The day will include a mix of mini-presentations, groups discussions and workshops. Topics will include:

  • Setting the scene – mega trends and local challenges
  • Strategic responses and group discussions; how can we: build alliances, increase collaboration, have influence, and build trust?
  • What skills do leaders need –how can a leader develop personal resilience as well as help develop resilience in their team and organisation?

Session 3: Online

Working with bureaucracy

This session will focus on how to move away from coercive bureaucratic structures that inhibit change and innovation to ‘right touch’ governance and an ‘enabling’ bureaucracy that encourages creativity and change?

This session will go on to discuss power and empowerment of employees and service users.

Session 4: Online

What now? Developing oneself as a leader in the brave new world

This final session of the course will largely be shaped by the previous three and in response to the conversations and feedback given. It will be forward looking in scope, considering how to further develop leadership skills, build trust and provide accountability, how to anticipate situations and how to recognise when new skills and approaches are required.



  • Session 1 – Wednesday 27th January 2021, 6-8pm
  • Session 2 – Saturday 6th February 2021, 10am – 4pm
  • Session 3 – Wednesday 10th February2021, 6-8pm
  • Session 4 – Wednesday 24th February 2021, 6-8pm


The full day workshop on Saturday 6th February 2021 takes place at Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, L39 4QP (Directions).  All other sessions are online.


£700 per delegate
£500 discounted price for the voluntary sector


Follow this link to book your place.

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