Published: 19 December 2018

Delivering impactful leadership training to global teams working for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award charity

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a major international charity operating in more than 130 countries around the world. Surrey Business School’s Executive Education team worked closely with them to create a blended learning programme, combining face to face and interactive online elements.

The programme was designed to deliver high level leadership development training to a diverse group of 16 DofE frontline managers from across the globe. The team also partnered with a start-up social enterprise to provide the opportunity for the students to test out their learning in a ‘live’ operating environment, with real life learning outcomes to build on.

The first programme came to a close with participants finishing their last module at the Head of State Award conference held in Accra, Ghana. This event was hosted by the award team in Ghana and the president of Ghana with global representatives from over 120 countries. HRH Prince Edward and John May, Secretary General of DofE’s International Award Foundation, were also present and praised the work of Surrey Business School’s Executive Education team in supporting the training of their managers. The team was pleased to hear about the great experiences and knowledge participants gained whilst undertaking the programme. Feedback included:

I felt that all of the different styles of sessions were impactful on my learning experience. Each played upon the other and enabled for a richer experience.”

The team is currently designing the next round of programme for the New Year.


This programme is one of several programmes delivered by Surrey Business School’s Executive Education team. To find out more about other programmes and to participate in Executive Education programmes contact Michelle Nsanzumuco (Executive Education Manager- or Mark Simmons (Executive Education Coordinator- ).

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