National Leadership Centre

The National Leadership Centre is a first of its kind in supporting England’s public-sector leaders to deliver world-leading public services.

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The National Leadership Centre is now closed. Its work continues under the Leadership College for Government.


May 2018: Membership of the Taskforce

October 2018: Better Public Services Report by the Public Services Leadership Taskforce

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The Public Services Leadership Taskforce, chaired by Sir Gerry Grimstone, was commissioned in October 2017 to explore the challenges faced by the leaders of our public services. The Taskforce made a number of recommendations in their report and, in response, the government created a new National Leadership Centre (NLC) to support the leaders of public services in England to improve the services they run.

The NLC is a national offer for the most senior leaders of public services in England, working closely with its counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The NLC is not duplicating or replacing the excellent provision offered by service-specific leadership academies, and instead works collaboratively across all public services.

The NLC has three key objectives:

  1. Delivering a flagship leadership programme for around 100 senior public service leaders each year
  2. Creating a digital platform to enable a thriving network of peer-learning and support for over 1,500 public sector leaders
  3. Leading high quality research to develop a better understanding of the relationships between leadership, well-being and productivity

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Published 7 May 2019