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The Advanced Management Accelerator Programme

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The Advanced Management Accelerator Programme

This comprehensive course is designed to give leaders the tools to effectively implement and manage change within the organisation, behaviourally and structurally. 

Starting with the individual opportunities for role modelling change, the programme will then build out to teams, before finally considering the broader organisation and the alignment with vision and values.  Throughout, you will be equipped with enhanced, cutting-edge management techniques and insights. You will also be introduced to the role coaching and mentoring play in supporting change individually and organisationally. Through these mechanisms we aim to improve your ability to build a participative and collaborative approach to change and reduce resistance to it. 

This highly reflective programme will provide you with enhanced decision-making skills which will enable you to critically analyse, implement and measure strategy. This will also provide the opportunity to effectively implement change whilst simultaneously improving engagement, performance, confidence, and wellbeing of individuals.   

Additionally, the programme gives learners the opportunity to take their studies to the next level by offering two qualification routes allowing learners to choose which qualification route is right for them;  

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Management and Leadership, which is validated by the University of East London.
  • CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership which is awarded by the Chartered Management Institute. 


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

Course Summary


Postgraduate Certificate in Management and Leadership - Included


5 Day

Delivery Method and Price:

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About Us

About the Programme

This programme has been designed to help those in middle management positions to C-level.  

This course is for you if you want to… 

  • Effectively manage change in yourself as a leader, so that you are able to manage change within the wider organisation 
  • Develop methods to effectively lead change programmes so that we can effectively take steps towards the vision 
  • Develop and implement strategy to align and improve engagement, performance and confidence and wellbeing of individuals 

*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.*

Upon completion of this course, delegates will gain:

  • A deep understanding and psychologically focused analysis of your own management identity and style
  • Improved management impact by enhancing self-awareness, and the ability to self-manage
  • Developed strategies and visions, which will help an organisation realise its aspirations, goals and overall targets
  • An understanding of the value of developing and interpreting good intelligence to inform strategic decision making
  • The ability to use intelligence to inform strategic processes and decision making in your own professional context
  • Developed knowledge to utilise the skills of the professional executive coach, for application within the management environment
  • Generate commitment from all employees to increase strength of support for the ongoing success of the organisation
  • Developed methods to manage change programmes with the minimum possible effect on motivation and capability, including the Kata method of leading change and innovation
  • Increased confidence to negotiate confidently and deliver better commercial outcomes
  • An understanding of how diversity enhances innovation and performance in teams

Session 1

Understand Yourself as a Strategic Leader

Key themes include:

  • Authentic Leadership Theory
  • Building Critical Evaluation of Own Leadership Practices
  • Defining Leadership
  • The drivers of human behaviour and the system of behavioural change
  • Leadership Mindset

Session 2

Organisational Alignment and Conflict Management

Key themes include:

  • Organisational Values and Culture
  • Conflict Management
  • Emotional Intelligence in Building Effective, Resilient Organisations
  • Situational Leadership
  • Collaborative approaches to change and decision making

Session 3

Leading High-Performing Teams

Key themes include:

  • Dysfunctional Teams
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Effective Management Techniques; FLOW
  • Improvement Culture and the Learning Organisation

Session 4

Vision and Strategy

Key themes include:

  • Developing Vision and Strategy
  • Strategic Approaches
  • Performance Indicators
  • Strategy Implementation and Decision Making

Session 5

Implementation, Change and Resilience

Key themes include:

  • Psychology and Project Management of Change
  • Organisational Resilience in the Face of Change
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Measures of Success




There are two qualification routes for this programme, learners can choose which qualification route is right for them. Learners can only complete one of the below options:

1. The Postgraduate Certificate in Management and Leadership

Following completion of the Advanced Management Accelerator Programme, learners can opt to continue their studies with a Postgraduate Certificate in Management and Leadership, validated by the University of East London. This is a level 7 postgraduate qualification which sits between an undergraduate degree and a masters.  

  • Highly flexible programme to work around individuals, with three entry points throughout the year (September, January and May)
  • Qualification can be achieved within 9 months of starting the PG Cert journey
  • Modules include: Leading and Managing Projects and Programmes and Leading and Managing Organisational Change
  • Dedicated one-to-one support from our team of highly experienced academic supervisors, plus additional support from the Quality Assurance Team here at In Professional Development
  • Focus on work-based learning. Assessments can all be applied to the business situation/workplace, giving both the student and the wider organisation a chance to learn and adapt business practice
  • Achieving a PG Cert allows individuals to list the qualification as part of their credentials
  • Invitation to attend the University of East London graduation ceremony

Click here to find out more about the Postgraduate Certificate in Management and Leadership

James Willerton

James Willerton


With more than 10 years of business consulting and professional service experience, James has developed a well-rounded and practical perspective on strategic development and human capital development at all levels and cross-industries both nationally and internationally.  With a focus on innovation in strategy development, James is a certified 'exceptional trainer’.  He has a diverse background in business management, innovation, strategy development, organisational development, recruitment and operations. 

During his role in recruitment, James applied advanced psychometric techniques and personally assessed over 1,000 candidates for client’s businesses, as well as his own. Combined with coaching, this has given him an advanced experience of dealing with the human psyche and obtaining optimal results for human capital and organisational development. 

James has a very approachable manner, with valuable real-world experience as an employer and a senior consultant to a wide-range of industries and organisations.

James Fowler

James Fowler


Dr James Fowler is a lecturer in strategy and the Deputy MBA Director at Essex University’s Business School. He was formerly a regular Officer in the Armed Forces where his appointments included running the language wing of the Defence College of Intelligence and Security and advising the Royal Engineers’ training and development team. In his academic career James has published a series of books and journal articles in the field of business and management history. Alongside his academic work he is also frequently in contact with business via consultancy and executive education. In those capacities he has advised and worked with Brusov University, the TALE - Haven Gateway Partnership, Transport for London and the c2c rail franchise.  

Dr. Victoria Smith-Collins

Dr. Victoria Smith-Collins


Dr Victoria Smith-Collins, Managing Director of Smith-Collins International, is one of our most experienced trainer-facilitators and coaches.

Victoria has over 20 years of academic and corporate experience that spans international markets.  She has trained/supervised academic programmes up to MBA level (including delivering lectures, tutorials and dissertation supervision). Victoria has also worked extensively with the Chartered Management Institute, delivering programmes, examining and verifying assessment work.

Victoria specialises in leadership/management development, with a focus on strategic leadership, consumer psychology (the subject of her Ph.D), organisational development and change management.  She has worked internationally for 13 years, where she has worked for an international training institute and has headed the Learning and Development function at one of the Middle East’s largest regional banks.

Whilst at the training institute, Victoria grew and developed a number of professional UK based programmes (including those from CMI and CIM).  She logged over 1500 hours of training/facilitation, training professionals from the financial services sector and other public and private sector organisations.  Before moving  to the bank, Victoria took on a senior business development role which primarily involved consulting with key clients (cross-sectors) and partnering with them to understand their development needs and tailor programmes to fulfil those needs.

Whilst at the bank, Victoria also took the role of HR business partner which involved working closely with departments on strategic change management projects.  The role involved many hours of coaching at multiple levels, from junior up to senior executives.  Trained as a coach through the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM, UK), Victoria has over 1500 hours of international coaching experience that crosses industries.  Executive coaching is indeed one of her passions and her track-record of results is outstanding.

Pierson Stratford

Pierson Stratford


Pierson has 15 years’ experience as a consultant and facilitator, specialising in leadership, management and coaching. Experienced in the design and delivery of people development, Pierson uses coaching psychology to engage with leaders at all levels, supporting them to; be, have and do more. 

Highly experienced in talent development, from managing large graduate programmes to developing directors and senior leaders for global brands at an international level, Pierson adds value by making learning stick, while turning new knowledge into practical skills.

Stuart Chambers

Stuart Chambers


Stuart has enjoyed a 25-year career in coaching, management and leadership. Stuart's passion for coaching and personal development emerged through a successful career in the health and fitness industry. Beginning as a health & fitness coach, Stuart worked through all levels, including senior leadership roles with various organisations, from small independent businesses to multi-site operators. 

As well as an experienced management and leadership professional Stuart is also qualified in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Strategy and is an NLP Master Practitioner. For the last 10 years of his career, Stuart has worked as a coach and L&D consultant for a diverse range of clients in public and private sectors. He has extensive experience creating and delivering development programmes, workshops and coaching courses for people at all levels.  

Stuart is also a sports mental training coach and has worked with athletes on their cognitive skills achieving success at all levels, from juniors to world championship and international-level competitors. 

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?

  • You see an opportunity or need to improve your practice as a leader
  • You are looking to implement change successfully within your organisation
  • You are looking to understand, critique and implement strategy within your organisation


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