In addition to our wide-ranging schedule of briefings and events which are free of charge to members, CEF provides access to a range of programmes and seminars which are available to our members at discounted rates. Full details of these programmes are outlined below:

Current Programmes

Women in Leadership
Media Training: Making The Soundbite Count
Public Accountability and Governance
Leadership & Team Support
Cross Sectoral Development Programme for High Potentials
The Transformative Leader

The Transformative Leader

Our Transformative Leader Programme delivered by Michael Dunlop and Lynn McKeown, OR Training and Personal Development Ltd is designed for motivated, inspiring and passionate leaders, who desire personal and professional growth and who want to effect real change and make a difference.

The programme will provide an environment for a group of up to ten senior leaders from across Northern Ireland’s public sector to share experiences and learning; discuss challenges and build relationships and networks. Involving a total of 32 hours across six months, the programme delivered in bite-sized chunks includes a blend of live events, 2 hour webinars and 3 individual coaching sessions.

The participants in our pilot programme strongly valued the programme’s design which enabled them to participate in short, frequent sessions, each one building on the learning from the previous. The programme will provide access to a practical set of skills, techniques and principles for dealing with the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of leadership.

Using approaches developed from neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and Systems Thinking, the programme will guide participants on how to become more aware of their own habitual patterns and those of the people around them, and how small changes in your behaviour can improve outcomes by increasing their ability to understand, influence and engage more effectively with colleagues.  

'Read what our participants have to say:

"I have been re-energised and reminded myself of my own value as a leader. The programme has made me realise I am proud of my resilience and tenacity.’"

" It’s been great… the biggest difference for me was the Well Formed Outcome. I use it for strategy and for conversations with stakeholders … I’ve got my team using it too! Even more than that, I’ve always been a very positive person and I recognised that since Covid my thinking patterns had become more negative and it has given me a way to get back to being me as a leader."  

 “ I found it to be an excellent programme. I really like the fact each session built on the learning from the previous session. This approach allowed us to consolidate the learning. I loved the humour!"

" I have got as much from the programme personally as I have professionally - acquired new skills which are as equally applicable in my day to day life and how I perceive and interact with those around me."   

" Coaching has been extremely valuable, overall, it's re-energised me and reminded me of my own value as a leader".

" The 1-1 coaching sessions were excellent and in a different league from any I had experienced before".

More details on our latest programme can be found in our Transformative Leader Programme brochure and Programme Schedule.

Michael Dunlop and Lynn McKeown
OR TRAINING & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT LTD Michael Dunlop is a (twice) certified NLP Trainer and Master Practitioner. In addition to his Coaching and Professional Consultancy work, Michael is also a Visiting Lecturer at Ulster University Business School; An Associate Consultant for The Chief Executives' Forum and The Health & Social Care Leadership Centre and has worked with some of NI's most recognisable organisations in the Public, Private and Community & Voluntary Sectors. Michael is also an International Ambassador for the Association for Neuro-Linguistic Programming (ANLP), the Association for NLP Professionals. Lynn McKeown is an NLP Master Practitioner and Coach. Lynn is a highly experienced in HR, leadership, consultancy and coaching and has worked with world leading brands such as Aer Lingus and Zoetis. She has been a finalist for the UK NLP Healthcare award, recognised through pioneering work with Vets in practice and GP practitioners and is an Associate Consultant for The Chief Executives’ Forum. Lynn is a Professional member of both the Association for Neuro-Linguistic Programming (ANLP) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).
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