The Governance Leadership Programme inspires governance professionals and company secretaries to develop confidence and knowledge in the areas that make the difference between good and outstanding performance – strategy, influencing and leadership.

GLP is a series of collaborative workshops, centred on the Lyons Bateson model of Situational Intelligence. Situational Intelligence enables individuals to perform better by understanding themselves, the stakeholders they need to engage, and the context in which they operate.

Who's it for?

Participants typically include:

  • people facing a big professional challenge, such as establishing a new governance structure for their organisation, inducting a new board, or integrating the governance of an acquisition;
  • people at a career crossroads seeking new challenges and greater passion and purpose in their work; and
  • people who are ambitious and want to take their career to the next level.

What are the benefits?

The programme brings together people from around the world, giving participants a unique opportunity to share experiences and ideas from different territories.

Participants learn from peers in a positive and welcoming environment, and benefit from exclusive access to the programme leader and expert speakers.

The reflective and interactive approach results in a personalised action plan and commitment to apply new thinking. Individual post-programme sessions help participants focus on the application of their learning, reflect on their strengths and finalise the actions they intend to take to achieve their career goals.

Participants on the residential programme benefit from a reflective experience that includes inspirational after dinner speakers, one-to-one clinic sessions, and conversations with speakers, the programme director and fellow participants. You will leave inspired, energised and equipped with the insights and techniques to really make a difference to your organisation.

Read personal stories from participants who have taken the programme

Why Situational Intelligence is key to your success

Governance professionals and company secretaries use diplomacy, persuasion and judgement to be effective in enabling their boards to perform. A strong understanding and application of Situational Intelligence is at the heart of successful governance, giving professionals in-depth knowledge of what motivates people, and how to get the maximum benefits and rewards from their combined efforts.

Situational Intelligence is essentially the ability to read and respond effectively to a situation. The approach recognises that the probability of getting a desired outcome can be increased by investing effort in understanding each stakeholder’s drivers, engaging with them and building collective motivation.


You can see the content that is covered on each day below. For full details please download the full programme.

Day 1

  • Programme introduction
  • Changing roles of governance professionals
  • The strategic context and process
  • Strategic analysis

Day 2

  • Strategy formulation
  • Making strategy happen
  • Board dynamics
  • Engaging stakeholder

Day 3

  • Recognising your strengths and potential
  • The changing leadership environment
  • Governance professional as leaders

Day 4

  • Recognising your leadership strengths
  • Your leadership styles and personal brand
  • Developing yourself and your support network

Programme Highlights

  • A reflective residential experience; 25 hours of CPD
  • Based on a proprietary development model, Situational Intelligence
  • A reflective and interactive approach that results in a highly personalised action plan
  • Access to expert speakers and peers from around the world
  • Group learning reinforced by individual profiling and a coaching session
  • Membership of an exclusive GLP alumni group

Coaching sessions

To enable you to focus on the application of your learning and the strengths you’d like to develop, the programme includes an individual post-programme coaching session with programme leader, Anna Bateson. Sessions will take place at Saffron House, London.


Programme Director

Anna Bateson

Anna Bateson

Anna Bateson is an experienced business facilitator, who leads workshops designed to inspire participants to address real business situations. She is involved in the design, development and delivery of a range of initiatives to address governance challenges and professionalise boards.

Working globally with boards and business leaders, she addresses the challenges of leading strategic change and delivering good governance. Described by the business press as a 'skilled alchemist’, she shares pragmatic insights gained over four decades in leadership and consultancy roles with International businesses including PwC and British Airways.


Additional speakers

Chris Moon

Chris Moon MBE

Chris is a former British Army Officer whose training and experiences provided a world class grounding in leadership, motivation and personal and team support.

As team leader for the Halo Trust, he was kidnapped by Khymer Rouge guerrillas, and became one of the few Westerners to survive such an ordeal. He was blown up clearing landmines in Mozambique and lost his lower arm and a leg. Within a year of leaving hospital he completed the London Marathon and now runs the world’s toughest ultra-marathons to raise funds for charities assisting the disabled. Chris draws on his experiences to illustrate principles people can use to be resilient in their daily lives.


The programme is not only an eye-opener, it also opens the mind and intellectual horizon. I have learned a lot and would recommend the programme to every company secretary who wishes to achieve excellence.
Nasiru Idris Shall, Company Secretary and Head of Legal Services

Videos & interviews

Hear from programme director Anna Bateson, as well as guest speakers and past delegates as they share their experiences of GLP 2016.

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Improve your line of sight

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Expand your limits

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Engaging stakeholders

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Developing situational intelligence

Governance Leadership Programme

Improve your line of sight

Governance Leadership Programme

Expand your limits

Governance Leadership Programme

Engaging stakeholders

Governance Leadership Programme

Developing situational intelligence

Upcoming dates

BOOK NOW for 12-15 October 2020

4 day residential programme
Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club
Hertfordshire, SG12 0SD United Kingdom


To be confirmed.

Cost and booking

Our Members: £4000 + VAT

Non-members: £4500 + VAT

Multiple-booking discounts available; please contact us for more details.

Next programme date will be announced soon.

Online booking for these dates will be available soon.

The programme delegate fee includes:

  • Attendance on the training programme and all programme materials
  • Three nights accommodation and free use of all leisure facilities at the programme venue
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinners will also be provided
  • Programme completion certificate
  • One hour surgery session with programme director, post course.

If you have any special requirements, please notify our training team beforehand on +44 (0)20 7612 7034 or email 

Please read our terms and conditions before booking

Next steps and contact

Take a look through the programme options and book your place using the links opposite. If you’re not sure which programme is most suitable for you, our training team will be happy to help.

To find out more you can call 020 7612 7034, or contact us

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