New Directors

Man 2Developing new and aspiring directors of adult social services

Our New Directors leadership and development programme is for new and aspiring directors of adult social care with statutory responsibility. It supports a successful transition into the role of Director of Adult Social Services within local government.

The programme has been developed in partnership with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and is designed to meet the specific needs of those undertaking the Director of Adult Social Services role. It aims to shape the leadership techniques of new directors to enhance their skills and develop new ones. It also gives new directors the opportunity to learn from each other in forming learning networks to support their work.


Having had a glimpse of the programme, and having met those new and aspiring directors who were on it, it struck me that it gave them a wonderful opportunity to develop their leadership skills, build new local and national networks and reflect on their vision for services in light of the fast-changing demographic, budgetary and policy challenges and opportunities that surround them.

David Brindle, Public Services Editor at the Guardian

The New Directors programme includes:

  • system leadership and thinking
  • public service leadership
  • risk and regulation
  • commissioning and market shaping
  • personal impact and communication
  • increasing political intelligence and influence
  • integration and the future of health and social care
  • leading change and transitions
  • innovation and new models of health and social care
  • the use of leadership diagnostic tools.



The programme is essential development for directors as it provides invaluable theoretical and practical insights into the leadership and management challenges of local government – by people who really understand the business.

Trevor Boyd, Buckingham County Council

2018/19 programme dates and venues

New Directors is delivered over six learning and development days that take place over a five-month period. The programme is supported by activities, practical tasks and leadership and management tools, which can be used to cascade and embed learning back into the workplace.

If you take part in this programme, you'll also learn from experienced directors and political leaders, as well as senior voices from business, government and social care.

Day 1 and 2              12 - 13 November 2018         Midlands, residential                                                
Day 3  12 December 2018  London, Birmingham and Manchester - Action learning set*  
Day 4  6 February 2019  London, Birmingham and Manchester - Action learning set*
Day 5 and 6  12 - 13 March 2019  Midlands, residential 

*The action learning sets will involve the participants being placed into different groups.                                       

Bookings are now closed for this programme.  If you have any questions or would like to hear about the next New Directors programme that will be running in 2019 then please just email us at

Download - New Directors Programme Flyer

I am now constantly assessing my own practice and have the means to better myself, which in turn creates a happier, smoother workplace and, most importantly, improves the quality of service we offer.

Former participant on the New Directors programme

Excellent course overall - definitely worth attending and would recommend to all new or aspiring directors.


Former participant on the New Directors programme

Just to say what a great experience it was- perfectly pitched, well organised, good location, carefully selected activities and presentations, very well facilitated and a relaxed but purposeful atmosphere for learning.


Former participant in the New Directors programme