Møller Centre starts search for 20 aspiring young leaders

As part of the ‘Churchill 2015 – 21st Century Statesmanship Global Leaders Programme’, The Møller Centre, Churchill College, is investing in 20 outstanding 19-25 year olds who will join a unique ‘Next Generation Leaders Development Programme’ that will equip them with the skills to be tomorrow’s game-changers.


The leadership programme will be delivered in three modules in partnership with Learn to Lead, the UK’s principal provider of leadership development for young people; the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and the British Council.  It will address issues that were close to Churchill’s heart - future generations and leadership.

Would-be next-generation leaders will need to apply by 15 June 2015 (www.l2lchurchill.co.uk ) and, following a rigorous assessment process, the most exceptional 20 will be selected to take part in a series of three residential modules at The Møller Centre, Churchill College and  Sandhurst.  The programme will give the chosen high-potential individuals access to a rare network of change-makers and provide skills-building workshops aimed at improving leadership competence and personal effectiveness and impact to prepare them to become tomorrows leaders.

An influential  panel of today’s generation of leaders will engage with the 20 young leaders and compile a report comprising the Panel’s recommendations on ways in which the education system can better develop the leadership and character of young people.  The leadership panel includes; British campaigner and civil rights icon, Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon; Sir Clive Woodward, World Cup Winning Head Coach,Major General Stuart Skeates CBE, Commandant of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst; Professor Georgia Sorenson; Pioneer and Professor of Leadership Studies, currently at the University of Maryland; The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC, MP, Attorney General 2010-14; and Gillian Secrett, Chief Executive of the Møller Centre and Fellow of Churchill College.

Gillian Secrett said, “ We are delighted to invest in these young people and inspire and develop  them through our , 'Next Generation Leadership' programme and are keen to ensure that our application process gives broad access to young people who feel that they have demonstrated the potential to lead.   We aim to prepare the 20 successful applicants to take leadership responsibility with courage, confidence and authenticity and develop their ability to engage and motivate others.  The team at The Møller Centre works with leaders and aspiring leaders through a special combination of practitioner, academic and experiential learning to enable them to excel and reach their potential to the benefit of the organisations for which they work and society as a whole.”

Krish Raval, who founded Learn to Lead in 1995 explained, “We are thrilled to be a major contributor to ‘Churchill 2015’ and to be working with two iconic centres of leadership learning, The Møller Centre and Sandhurst, both of which have inspiring Churchill connections.  Learn to Lead exists to empower young  people to improve society and this programme will be a highly practical and unique intervention for young people to share insights, learn from leaders in their fields and prepare themselves for their stewardship of the 21st Century. The legacy of our programme will be the continuation of the virtuous circle in that the selected young leaders will assist Learn to Lead in running skills-based, motivational leadership programmes for 16 to 17 year olds at home and abroad.”

See details of other Møller Centre involvement in 'Churchill 2015'   

Image ( L-R )- Nigel Hall, Director Churchill 21st Century Statesmanship Programme; Gillian Secrett, CEO Møller Centre; Krish Raval, Director, Learn to Lead.

The ‘Next Generation Leaders Development Programme’ is part of the ‘Churchill 2015 celebrations marking the 50th Anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death and the 75th Anniversary of his becoming Prime Minister.  Led by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust with Sir John Major as its Patron, the 21st Century Statesmanship Global Leaders Programme is a series of events bringing together panels of leaders from around the world to discuss the key issues of today and tomorrow.  The results will be published collectively in a digital book which will become a leadership blueprint for the 21st Century.

About Churchill 2015

Churchill 2015 is a unique international celebration of the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill, fifty years after his death, sixty years after his final resignation as prime minister, and seventy five years after his ‘finest hour’ leading the fight against fascism in 1940.

Churchill-related activity is taking place around the world to commemorate his achievements, to highlight his vibrant existing legacy, to promote a range of educational opportunities and to bring his life and work to new audiences.

Churchill 2015 follows three main themes: Commemoration, to mark this important anniversary appropriately; Education, to engage and inspire future generations; and Legacy, to highlight, develop and enhance the existing work of Churchill organisations in delivering programmes focusing on leadership, debate and public speaking.

Churchill 2015 is being led by an alliance of those charities and institutions with an interest in the life or legacy of Sir Winston. For a full list of partners and planned activities see www.churchillcentral.com


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