Ithaka Leadership Development Ltd



Designed and Delivered by Ithaka Leadership Development Ltd
Leading to a Coventry University Diploma in Professional Development (80 Cat)

Working in partnership with UKSPA, Ithaka has developed the original UKSPA Leadership Programme into a fully accredited university diploma whilst maintaining all the practical features of the original programme. Bringing together 8 leaders of Science Park, Innovation and Incubator Centres in a confidential environment to improve their own leadership and management and provide improved business support to companies in their facility.
Drawing on 20 years of experience working with the leaders of businesses, the experience of running previous UKSPA leadership programmes and the valuable input of 8 years facilitating science park networks means this programme has been finely tuned to meet the needs of the high growth innovative businesses of tomorrow.
Peter Sturrock, MD of Ithaka Leadership
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UKSPA Leadership Programme Content

The programme is limited to a maximum of 8 places to ensure a high level of involvement and sharing of best practice.
Delegates will focus on:
  • Improving their effectiveness as a business leader
  • How to recognise the phases in the life-cycle of businesses
  • Knowing what type of support any given phase requires
  • How to build effective working relationships with business leaders
The programmes will be hosted at science parks around the UK, providing delegates with a range of insights into how different facilities are run.

Individuals will be required to undertake 4 work based projects geared to improving their own capability and providing benefits to their own business and the businesses within their facility. This is a challenging process but the benefits gained far outweigh traditional training styles. Each project requires research, problem solving, project planning, implementation and review. Time is allocated within the training days to support the planning of these projects and sharing best practice from within the group.


Diploma in Professional Development 80 Cat Points

Duration: 8 Days delivered in 2 day blocks spread over a 7 month period

Provisional Start Date:
Day 1 & 2 - 25th June, 26th June
Day 3 & 4 - 10th Sept, 11th Sept
Day 5 & 6 - 19th Nov, 20th Nov
Day 7 & 8 - To be arranged

Days 1 and 2 will be at Keele University Science Park. Other days to be agreed with delegates.

Price: Members of UKSPA £2,150 + Vat. Non members £2,450 + Vat

Group Size: Max 8

Designed and delivered by Ithaka Leadership Development Ltd

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1. Understanding Yourself to Understand the Entrepreneur Leader
  • Understand your own strengths, weaknesses, skills, behaviours and experiences and how they impact on the effectiveness of your leadership
  • Entrepreneur leaders need effective "role model" organisations to learn from - is your such a model?
  • Building effective working relationships with businesses and with business leaders
3. Understanding Business Growth from Start Up to High Performance Growth
  • Recognising the key stages of business growth
  • Value of financial and cash management in business success
  • What interventions / support are needed to ensure successful business growth?
  • The role of leadership networks in the growth of business
  • Identify "star" business performers and enabling them to excel
2. Understanding the Entrepreneur and Corporate Style of Leaders
  • How to recognise the different styles of entrepreneur leaders?
  • How do their styles impact on business growth?
  • What support can be provided?
  • How do we build relationships with them to support growth?
  • Taking business leaders on the journey from technical expert to professional business leader

4. Is my Organisation Match Fit to Support our Young Growth Businesses?
  • Sharing of expertise through the implementation of the work based projects
  • What can be done differently?
  • Building our partnership and network for sharing best practice
  • Action planning for change?
  • Reflecting, evaluating and learning
Booking or Questions - Call on 0845 496 4548 or email below
I attended one of the original UKSPA Leadership Programmes and have been a keen member of the follow-on network group. Benefits have been numerous including how I could manage the challenging politics of a University owned Innovation Centre and being able to share sensitive management problems in a confidential environment. The attendance is wothwhile just for the personality profile model used - "Insights Discovery" - I have experienced many but this is by far the best and I am still applying it. Having a group of trusted people with similar experience on the end of the phone, who you know will be able to advise you, is also very comforting. Finally, as well as being a serious course, it can also be a lot of fun.
Tim Bacon
UKSPA members come from a diversity of backgrounds, and for a long time I have felt there is a need for an accredited course or programme within which our members can grow their own skills and knowledge of managing an innovative environment, learn from each other's mistakes and successes, and of course receive recognition from the industry for successful completion of a development programme. This course meets those objectives.
Paul Wright, Chief Executive, UKSPA
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