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C-Suite Leaders Programme

C-Suite Leaders Programme

Our ‘C-Suite Leaders Programme’ offers seasoned directors the rare opportunity to step back, reflect and rethink their approach to building and leading high-performing boards to meet the needs of their organisation, both nationally and globally. 

This programme has been designed to invest C-level executives with high-level strategic expertise and awareness of their personal impact. Participants will be empowered to lead their organisation confidently, dynamically and effectively in a fast-changing environment. The course provides participants with a takeaway ‘tool box’ invaluable guides and templates, including: 

  • A business valuation template 
  • A funding strategy guide 
  • A due diligence check list 
  • A media management guide 
  • A risk management matrix 
  • A business continuity policy 

What’s more, it is led by corporate financier, award-winning director and renowned ‘deal-maker’ Jo Haigh, who promises to help get the best out of ambitious executives. 

The course explores: 

  • Board composition, competencies, development and growth 
  • Board function, structure, reporting and meetings 
  • Crisis and risk management – developing communications plans (including media relations, social media strategy and internal staff messaging), risk register and mitigation measures 
  • Problem-solving techniques to manage and harness conflict in the board to the advantage of the company 
  • Reading in forensic-level detail, and interpreting financial statements 
  • Business valuations, and how a deal process works

*Limited discounted places available for public and third sector organisations. Please enquire for more information.*

Course Summary


3 Day


Central Manchester Central London

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About the Programme

This course has been designed specifically for those with significant experience operating at board level and in C-level executive roles. 


This course is for you if you want to: 

  • Be a seasoned and experienced board director or driven to be a high performing C-level executive 
  • Build a diverse board that will grow and develop to the company’s needs 
  • Be involved with mergers and acquisitions, investing in or buying and selling of businesses 
  • Be able to read and understand accounts like an investigatory journalist would 
  • Build a resilient, high-performing, and world-class board 

*Please note that some of the materials and objectives may be subject to change depending on discussions, activities and needs of the cohort upon reflection of delegate responses to the pre-programme questionnaires.*

The course will enhance participants’ board-level capacity and capability, and equip them with the additional knowledge and practical skills needed to develop and proactively drive a successful organisation.

This includes:

  • Evaluating and defining a strategic direction
  • Enhancing leadership and strategic decision-making skills
  • Establishing and achieving corporate goals
  • Ethics and integrity: learning about the importance of setting the tone at the top
  • Assess, evaluate and get the best from the board
  • The difference between an effective board and a high-performing board
  • Holding people to account
  • Understanding, managing, and taking risks
  • Leading through a crisis, including media relations management
  • Staying abreast of the changing landscape of shareholder engagement and value
  • Take an investigative approach to financial statements
  • Getting to the “financial truth” about the business
  • Raising finance in a post COVID-19 economy
  • Being able to self-assess: where are you most/least prepared?
  • Establishing legitimacy as the leader
  • The art of delegation


Session 1

Board Evolution to Revolution

Key themes include: 

  • Case study – analyse the board, it’s composition and talent and the basis of starting to build a future-proof model 
  • Make recommendations on how the board needs restructuring 
  • Consider how changes would be implemented 
  • Prepare a list of reserved powers for the board, which is key to protecting future decision making 
  • Why the best performing boards understand the crucial difference between what happens in a board meeting and a senior leadership team meeting 
  • Developing board agendas and papers 
  • Exercise – prepare an agenda for the board, including a senior leadership team agenda 
  • Holding the board to account 

Session 2

Crisis and Risk Management

Key themes include: 

  • Communicating with your stakeholders and building the reputation you need to survive 
  • Making risk management work positively 
  • Prepare a crisis communication plan to deal with a crisis (case study two) and present to the group 
  • Preparation of a risk mitigation plan with explanations on why you have chosen these routes (case study two) 
  • Preparation of risk register (case studies one and two) 
  • Practical problem-solving session – using innovative problem-solving techniques in the board, to manage and harness conflict in the board and gain the company an advantage

Session 3

Beyond the Numbers

Key themes include:  

  • The investigatory journalists guide to reading and interpreting financial statements, using the Cool Pools Ltd case study 
  • The practical ‘forensic’ guide to understanding the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth and how financial statements can be legitimately skewed to hide the facts 
  • An insight into this dynamic world and how to spot deals, critical deal-makers and breakers 
  • Valuing a business using a Cool Pools Ltd case study 
  • Exercise – building deal structures 
  • How a deal process works – from issue to bid, due diligence, legal and completion 
  • The business funding market: 
  • Debt 
  • Equity 
  • Grants 
  • Crowdfunding 
  • Pros and cons and how to identify the right route 
  • Deal covenants and management 
  • Fundraising in a post-Covid world including exploring mergers, acquisitions and disposal market 

Whilst this programme is not linked to a formal qualification, it will contribute to delegate’s ongoing personal and professional development.

Jo Haigh

Jo Haigh


  • Winner of The Sunday Times NED of the Year award in association with Peel Hunt.
  • Non-Executive Director and Chair for a number of prestigious companies.
  • Winner of Acquisition International M&A Awards - Most Innovative UK Deal Negotiator 2016 and The AI One to Watch in Corporate Finance.
  • Winner of Non-Exec Director of the Year IoD Yorkshire & North East Awards.
  • Winner of the CBI First Women in Business Services Award.
  • Shortlisted for Inspiring Leader of the Year Forward Ladies and SME Business of the Year with Forward Ladies.
  • Best-selling author of seven books, including An Entrepreneurs Guide to Starting a New Business.
  • Since 1989, Jo has bought and sold over 400 companies, specialising in owner managed companies.

Our dedicated In-House Training team can work with you to create a tailored training course that creates an optimal learning experience. Our bespoke built training programmes are designed around your needs and allow you to meet the specific requirements of your business.

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Is this course right for you?

  • Be a seasoned and experienced board director or driven to be a high performing C-level executive
  • Build a diverse board that will grow and develop to the company’s needs
  • Be involved with mergers and acquisitions, investing or the buying and selling of businesses
  • Read and understand accounts like an investigatory journalist would
  • Build a resilient, high-performing, and world-class board


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