Origin

Cumbria has been through some severely testing times and suffered from limited inward investment that restricted economic growth. This, coupled with the global economic downturn and national government spending cuts, re-emphasised the need for the region to work together to leverage the latent creativity and fortitude residing in the area.

Imaginative, capable and informed leadership was recognised to be a vital ingredient in the regeneration and development of a thriving and vibrant economy and society.

In 2008, Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) committed to strengthening the region's leadership capability. As a vehicle to achieving this, NMP embarked upon establishing and driving forward a Centre for Leadership Performance (CfLP).

On a broader front, Britain's Energy Coast Campus (BECC) recognised that the development of leadership skills should play a large role within their initiative.

Combining the considerable resources of the two organisations, the Centre for Leadership Performance was formed, with the potential to bring together and nurture Cumbrian talent, to support the Energy Coast Masterplan, and lead the region into the future.

Between November 2009 and July 2010 CfLP provided and subsidised over 400 places for Cumbrian small businesses on the following activities:

  • Masterclasses
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Short Courses
  • Business Placements
  • Staff Development
  • Growth Funding

The activity was incredibly successful and well attended. It generated considerable feedback which CfLP continues to use to formulate future activities.

Learning was also captured during a significant stakeholder engagement exercise which involved both future users of the Centre and knowledge / provider groups. The exercise utilised the 'Casandra Process' to explore options and identify priorities through an intensive five-day exercise, facilitated by the Aston Business School.

Findings from this process indicated:

What is needed:

  • More collaboration between Cumbrian suppliers and users of learning solutions
  • A way of stimulating demand for better leadership development
  • Greater talent available locally to support potential future new build
  • More networking and knowledge transfer amongst Cumbrian leaders
  • A solution to this that was self-sufficient in the longer term

What is not needed:

  • Another competitor in the marketplace to dilute resources and market share
  • Major new infrastructure in terms of new buildings or more people
  • Off-the-shelf generic solutions not tailored to the precise needs of the region
  • A solution developed externally without direct involvement from Cumbrians

All of this activity culminated in a launch event for the Centre during June 2010. This event included a major conference where over 150 local influencers were engaged to explore the options and share some initial conclusions.

See the launch event photos here...

 
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