New Directors

Man 2Developing new and aspiring directors of adult social services

The New Directors leadership and development programme is designed to meet the specific needs of new and aspiring Directors of Adult Social Services (DASS).

It has been developed in partnership with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and aims to shape the leadership techniques of new directors to enhance and develop the skills required for the DASS role.

Programme content

The programme focuses on the specific knowledge and skills required to undertake the role of DASS. It will enhance your leadership capabilities and expand your political intelligence and influence to increase the impact you have within the sector, and on the systems that you oversee.

Personal impact and communication are key to this role and the programme will look at tools and techniques to expand and strengthen these skills to allow you to influence and drive change throughout the sector.

The programme will also allow you to engage with others in similar positions to build up invaluable networks of support.  It will allow you to share experiences and address the key challenges facing senior leaders in social care commissioning roles. 

The DASS role has a great deal of statutory responsibility.  The programme will allow you to consider the relevant risks and regulations and understand how to navigate through the extensive policies and procedures that come with the role.

You will focus on how to lead change and transition within the sector and understand the new models and future developments within health and social care.

You will learn from experienced directors and political leaders, as well as senior voices from business, government and social care.


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

Who should attend?

The 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. Job roles include:

  • Assistant Director
  • Head of Service
  • New Director of Adult Social Services

What will I learn?

  • You will rapidly upskill to ensure you have the relevant skills and knowledge to undertake the role of DASS.
  • Enhance your own leadership capabilities to lead change and transition effectively.
  • How to expand your political intelligence and how to influence politically.
  • How to increase your own personal impact and influence across the sector.

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

2019/2020 programme dates and venues

Venues for the programme will be confirmed shortly.

Day 1 and 2                       14 and 15 November 2019          Residential      
Day 3  11 December 2019  Action Learning (London, Birmingham, Manchester)
Day 4  12 February 2020  Action Learning (London, Birmingham, Manchester)
Day 5 and 6   4 and 5 March 2020 Residential


New Directors programme flyer



  • £1,850 + VAT 

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


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