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Future leaders discover their potential in Dundee the City of Discovery

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Group photograph of all delegates, facilitators, speakers and sponsors
The Scotland Academy

From 4 to 8 March CS Local Scotland held its first ever Leaders of The Future Academy for forty-nine aspiring future leaders across nine different departments including devolved government.

Hosted in Dundee the ‘City of Discovery’ this inaugural Academy provided opportunities for delegates to explore their leadership potential away from the pressures of their day to day work.

Working together to deliver business challenges over the coming year whilst building a network of colleagues and leaders, our delegates will be the next generation of effective, inspiring and confident leaders, promoting A Brilliant Civil Service in their own Departments and across the wider community.

The delegates arrived excited, some of them worried, and all of them a little unsure what the week ahead would bring.  Across the family groups there was plenty of healthy competition, great collaboration and always mutual support and respect.

Scotland Academy Master of ceremonies Darren and Sean

The event was delivered by Darren Kelly and Sean Mulgrew from Scottish Government, who steered the delegates through four days of speakers, activities, team builds, exploration of potential through various tools and techniques and personal refection. They set a great tone all day, every day making sure that all delegates felt involved and had the opportunity to contribute.

Over the course of the week, ten excellent speakers covered subjects that focused on personal growth, understanding others, collaboration, resilience and project management. The speakers shared their own personal journeys and were inspiring, authentic and relatable, they all added something special to the academy experience.

Our Steering Group SRO Rozanne Kidd, opened the event and spoke about resilience and well-being, and also brought the event to a conclusion with a final vote of thanks, to the project team, facilitators and sponsors, and all who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the event a resounding success.

Delegates said:
‘All speakers have been great relatable and fun’

‘Gillian McGregor was a great inspiration very down to earth and real. Was great to hear how her career was varied and that there were challenges along the way’

‘Very engaging speakers on all days’

‘Thank you just brilliant’

‘Truly great experience that I’ve learned from and will refer back to throughout my career’

‘Overall great event, lots of learning and networking, but also some fun’

‘Can I change my name and come to the next Leaders of the Future Academy?’

If you would like to be involved in a future Academy, or want to find out more about the work of Civil Service Local in Scotland please contact : Julie Broughton, Heather Flanagan, Sonia Preston

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  1. Comment by Rozanne Kidd posted on

    So very proud of our 49 delegates ,all our design group, sponsor, speakers, dragons, facilitators and coordinators from across Scotland. who made our first Leaders of the Future Academy a success. Good luck with your Projects and looking forward to next Year's Academy and you showcasing what you have achieved!

    Please do look out for the communication in your own Department later in the year to request participation for 2020 and do seek out Academy 2019 delegates who can share their experiences with you.

  2. Comment by Cathie posted on

    A huge amount of work has clearly gone into the organising of this event as well as the group participation throughout. Well done to you all in making this a reality and hopefully the first of many Academies! Good luck to our Future Leaders Alumni - champions in development in what is a Brilliant Civil Service !

  3. Comment by Heather posted on

    I felt like a proud mother, it was great to see such positivity in our future leaders

  4. Comment by Graham Mowat posted on

    Was delighted to have played a part in this event as we build and develop our leadership capability - a fantastic team effort by Fiona Crawford and the Academy Working Group to put the event together and manage it over the week. Roll on the next one!