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The Northern Women in Leadership programme is aimed at women in leadership roles who want to strengthen their leadership skills, business acumen and executive presence.

Participants learn essential competencies to significantly enhance how they function and develop as leaders and they emerge with strategies and confidence to immediately make an impact in their organisations.

In this unique, interactive programme, we will blend practitioner experience with the wider evidence-base, to encourage debate, problem-solving, and action learning. As well as benefiting individuals, the outcomes from this course will be directly transferable into organisations. The programme leads will offer local and global expertise and experiences from a range of sectors and disciplines. 

The programme consists of four full day classroom sessions, networking opportunities and case-studies. The programme focuses on topics that build competencies on reputation relationships, results and readiness.

Reputation and Impact - Executive Presence and Visibility

  • Exploring your career journey and its milestones
  • Styles of leadership
  • Identify your own leadership identity
  • Political strategies and power at work
  • Sphere of influence and ability to bring about change

Relationships and Resilience - Delegation and Feedback, Influencing and Building Relationships

  • Coping with challenges of our roles
  • Professional responsibilities
  • Work-life balance
  • Emotional intelligence and developing resilience
  • Approaches to defining effective working relationships
  • Role of coaching and mentoring in personal development and leadership

Results - Accountability for Results, Business and Financial Acumen

  • Role of ethics, corporate governance and strategic direction 
  • Organisational reputation
  • Branding and policies pivotal in attracting future employees
  • Selection of organisations based on their values, environmental and ethical stance

Readiness - Transformation and Innovation

  • Taking your career to the next stage
  • Personal impact, presence and gravitas
  • Managing upwards
  • Personal brand and presence


  • In the short term, organisations will benefit from increased engagement as well as better use of talent. Delegates will develop their own leadership blueprint and increase their self-confidence. 
  • In the medium term this course will enable delegates to build a profile through a network of women leaders, opening up new opportunities for support, mentoring and being a role model.
  • In the long term you will be following a path of continuous learning, leveraging the resources of our professional university. 

Who should attend?:

The programme is designed for women who:

  • Are currently in leadership positions, with direct reports
  • Aspire to more senior levels of management
  • Seek to refresh skills and knowledge, or enhance their professional influence
  • Are entrepreneurs or business owners

We can also work with you to create bespoke courses that are tailor-made for you and to fit the needs of your organisation. To contact our expert staff to create a bespoke course and to receive updates about Continuing Professional Development courses, please fill out the enquiry form.


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Course Information

Award Type Short Course

Delivery Method Four one-day modules

Northumbria University, Newcastle City Campus

Start Thursday 5 March 2020; Thursday 2 April 2020; Thursday 21 May 2020; Friday 12 June 2020

Four-day programme

Leadership and Management

Early bird booking offer of £1350 before 31st January 2020: After 31st January 2020 the fee will be £1500 ( Staff or Alumni, please get in touch)

Northumbria University is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic quality. We work with public, private and cultural sector organisations in the North East of England and beyond.

Angélique du Toit  Dr Angélique du Toit

Dr Angélique du Toit is a part time Senior Lecturer at Northumbria Business School. She is an experienced Executive Coach within the public and private sectors. She had a career as an international manager in the corporate environment before becoming an academic. She is widely published in academic and non-academic literature as well as the author of a number of books.

Hannah Hesselgreaves

Hannah Hesselgreaves joined Northumbria University as an Associate Professor in 2018. She is the Enterprise and Engagement Lead for the Department of Leadership and HRM, and Programme Lead for the MSc Leadership and Management. Hannah also founded her own research company and has driven many research and consultancy projects commissioned across the public sector.

The Northern Women Leadership Programme will take place in the brand new Business Hub located on the 3rd Floor of the Sandyford Building, and the conference will be held in the Great Hall in Sutherland Building.

The Business Hub opened in October 2018 in response to the need for a high quality, professional, technology-enabled space. The Hub provides a welcoming environment, consisting of two meeting rooms, a boardroom and a large programme delivery room which can be split to deliver short courses, workshops and continuing professional developments for external clients.

Throughout your course you will be an active participant in the on-going research agenda. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you will study, there is a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

The four-day programme will take place one day a month from March to June 2020. 

Thursday 5 March 2020

Thursday 2 April 2020

Thursday 21 May 2020

Friday 12 June 2020

There are no entry requirements to attend this course



Northern Women in Leadership - £1350 Card Payment - before 31st January 2020
Sandyford Building




25 Places Available

Northern Women in Leadership - Invoice Required £1350 until 31st January 2020
Sandyford Building




20 Places Available

Northern Women in Leadership - Card Payment £1500 after 31st January 2020
Sandyford Building




25 Places Available

Northern Women in Leadership - £1500 Invoice Required - after 31st January 2020
Sandyford Building




25 Places Available

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