The Leadership Development Programme for SMEs

Informal business meeting



This programme, developed in association with the University of Bath School of Management, prepares early to mid-career structural engineers to lead a small business.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:


  • Evaluate your leadership strengths and weaknesses
  • Effectively communicate with colleagues and clients
  • Lead a team(s) and individuals within teams
  • Assess the business environment, including relevant legislation
  • Make strategic decisions
  • Design a marketing strategy for your business
  • Review commercial and financial constraints to business growth

Core sessions

Four core sessions will be delivered by faculty from the University of Bath on the following dates.
  • Day 1: 15 March 2019
  • Day 2: 19 June 2019
  • Day 3: 13 September 2019
  • Day 4: 3 December 2019
  • Wrap up afternoon: March 2020 (exact date tbc)

Day 1: Managing Self
  • Introduction to the programme
  • Psychometrics
  • Self-awareness, leadership behaviours, impact

Day 2: Leadership
  • What is leadership?
  • Leadership and followership
  • Delegating and building teams
  • Influencing

Day 3: Human Resources
  • Unlocking the power of your people
  • Employee lifecycle – recruitment, selection, performance, succession, transition
  • Employee engagement and retention
  • Leadership and trust

Day 4: Business Strategy and Marketing
  • Building a business
  • Setting strategy
  • Marketing, finances, etc.

Further CPD courses

In addition to the core sessions, participants will choose three further training sessions from the Institution’s Professional Guidance CPD courses, to suit the needs of their businesses.

Wrap up afternoon


Scheduled for March 2020 – exact date tbc.

Participants will present the outcomes of the programme as a poster and sponsors/mentors will be invited to a reception hosted by the Institution President.



Days 1 and 2

Dr Suzanne Pollack is a professional coach, coaching supervisor, tutor and facilitator specialising in personal transformation, leadership and organisational change. She is experienced with the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Firo-B, 360 and emotional intelligence questionnaires. Suzanne is currently an associate lecturer and coach at Executive Education, University of Bath.

Day 3

Judy Greevy is an associate lecturer at Executive Education, University of Bath. She works in the area of unconscious bias. She was previously the Director of Corporate HR and Sustainability for HMRC, Head of Diversity at NatWest Bank and Head of Diversity and Corporate Responsibility at Centrica. She has spent time in the Cabinet Office working for Baroness Jay and Tessa Jowell.

Caroline Waters OBE is an associate lecturer at Executive Education, University of Bath. She is also Deputy Chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. Previously, Caroline was Director, People & Policy at BT. Here she focused on realising BT’s business ambitions through leading edge people strategies and promoting inclusivity and the empowerment of individuals.

Day 4

Dr Bruno Oliveira is a senior teaching fellow and Director of Studies MSc in Entrepreneurship and Management at the University of Bath School of Management. Bruno’s research interests include the entrepreneurial mindset, innovation, creativity and idea generation, entrepreneurship education, and strategy development.


Intended for

Recently chartered structural engineers or those preparing for chartership who work in SMEs. Also, those who are preparing to, or have recently, set up in business.


In partnership with



Don't delay booking your place - if we have not received enough bookings to break even one month before the date of the course, we will have to cancel it.

Event Information

Eventbrite - Leadership Development Programme

Event Status
Places Available

Event Date
15/03/2019 - 03/12/2019

10:00 - 17:30

£3,000 + VAT for Members
(Early bird £2,700 + VAT)

£4,000 + VAT for Non-Members
(Early bird £3,600 + VAT)

The Institution of Structural Engineers, International HQ, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS, United Kingdom

Dr Suzanne Pollack, Judy Greevy, Caroline Waters OBE, Dr Bruno Oliveria

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