For 12 years Valerie Wark was the Ashridge Client Director for the FCO. The initial brief was to design and deliver with colleagues a programme to develop top middle managers at that grade and to prepare others wanting to compete to join the Senior Civil Service. The programme was highly interactive with input from Ashridge faculty and Senior Ambassadors. The design was innovative and memorable by including sessions that embraced learning from eg sport, music and drama. The programme was backed up by a team of highly experienced coaches to support participants in translating learning in the classroom into their personal practise.
Based on the success of the programme further programmes were designed and delivered for Deputy Heads of Mission and Heads of Mission.
With the setting up of Civil Service Learning, programmes and coaching assignments are now organised centrally across Whitehall and we have been successful in securing a wide range of new Civil Service Clients.