Moving Up

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Our Moving Up programme is aimed at individuals from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background who are wanting to take the next step in their learning development.  It supports BAME managers who have the desire and drive to progress in their career, but are facing blockages and resistance preventing them from doing so.

This programme has been designed to bridge the gap between where you currently are, and where you need to be to progress in your career. It will provide you with the tools and techniques to empower you to make changes and get you where you want to be.

Programme content

Fundamentally this programme is all about you.  You will gain an increased understanding of who you are, your strengths and your weaknesses and a variety of techniques to help overcome any personal challenges you may have.  It will focus on increasing your confidence and belief in yourself, to allow you to grow and progress to where you want to be in your career.

The programme will provide you with the tools and time to focus and understand your organisation better. By understanding the nature of your organisation, it’s vision and business plans, you will be better able to shape and influence your career progression. 

It will explore your personal brand, how people perceive you, how you present yourself to others and your leadership style.

As part of the programme you will also be able to share experiences and ideas with your peers and develop a strong support network. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet other BAME individuals and learn from each other.

The programme gave me the space to evaluate my leadership style and learn how to be a more effective and inspiring leader. 


Maria Hamood, Bristol City Council, completed Moving Up programme in 2017

Who should attend?

This programme is aimed at BAME individuals who want to develop themselves and progress in their career at all levels, in all roles, in all different sectors. Previous participants have come from local government, social care, commissioning organisations, charities, third sector, nurses and occupational health. Job roles include:

  • team leaders
  • managers
  • supervisors
  • deputy managers
  • care coordinators

What will I learn?

  • How to improve your confidence and self-belief.
  • How to develop and understand your personal brand, how people perceive you and how to raise your profile in your organisation.
  • You will assess your leadership style and understand how that impacts on the people around you.
  • You will enhance your leadership skills to become a more effective leader.
  • You will identify your strengths and weaknesses.
  • You will understand the power of networking.
  • Motivation techniques.
  • Awareness of how protected characteristics and culture impact practice.
  • Gain an understanding of the theory and practice of Action Learning.

2019/2020 programme dates

Day 1 and 2                 15 and 16 November 2019            Midlands       
Day 3  11 December 2019  London  
Day 4  13 January 2020  London 
Day 5  13 February 2020  London 
Day 6 and 7  9 and 10 March 2020  Midlands       


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  • £950 + VAT for registered managers of Skills for Care
  • £1000 + VAT for non-members

If you have any questions about the programme or require any further information, please email

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I found that the Moving Up programme really focused and helped me to prioritise and recognise my skills and what I need to do to become a more effective leader. 

The facilitators are excellent at helping me recognise and look at my weaknesses. They guided and supported me to identify what I needed to do to raise these areas of my work to a higher standard. I 

also found my fellow delegates a great support throughout the course, to the extent that we stay in contact and still help each other with advice. I would highly recommend this course to other BAME candidates, without any hesitation.


Kelvin Griffith, Moving Up participant

Case Studies

If you would like more information about our Moving Up programme, take a look at the case studies below - they give a great insight into why people chose to undertake the programme and what benefits they gained.

Juliet Amoa, London Borough of Lambeth, completed Moving Up programme 2017

Maria Hamood, Bristol City Council, completed Moving Up programme 2017

Sense, national disability charity who have sent several members of staff onto the programme

 Programme facilitators

  ian phillips

Ian Phillips

  • Educator, Consultant and Facilitator
  • Substantive strategic leadershipand organisation learning and experiences
  • Skills in Executive Coaching and Leadership, Development and Assessment Centres
  • Expertise in Action Research and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As an educator, consultant and facilitator, Ian has significant standing with more than 25 years of combined training, senior strategic leadership and organisational learning and development experiences. He also has substantive expertise in education, leadership development and equality diversity and inclusion. It is these diverse professional experiences and expertise that underpin his successful and high impact consultancy, coaching and facilitation.

For over 10 years Ian has worked with a diverse group of consultants in POL contributing to “thought leadership” in leadership development, culture change, executive coaching, mentoring, action learning and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). He has worked with large and small organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, within the UK and internationally. His clients include Houses of Parliament, Kings College University, Royal Holloway University, LUSH, National Leadership Academy, Skills for Care, National Health Service, KPMG, Department of Health, Civil Service Learning and The Health Foundation.

Ian has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of change within and across systems. He designed and facilitated the Inclusion strategy workshops for senior teams of the West Yorkshire Police. He is part of the senior team facilitating workshops and action learning sets seeking to develop inclusive leadership competencies in Kings College University of London and Royal Holloway University of London. He delivered on KPMG Europe, Middle East and Africa Heads of Learning Workshop on Inclusive Leadership. Through these experiences he has had opportunities to deepen his knowledge of the different sectors and broader system/s economic, political, social, technological and ethical contexts.

Ian also has extensive understanding of the issues and complexities surrounding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion including experience working with people of a diverse background, and the specific challenges they face. He was one of the core facilitators on the award winning Ministry of Justice’s, National Offender Management Services (NOMS) transformational leadership programme, Accelerate, for disabled staff and staff from BAME backgrounds. 

Ian has a Ph.D. in Action Research and Management Studies (Bath University UK), is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) of the Institute of Consulting and a Capita registered executive coach.