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Leadership Development at Alexander Dennis

The Performance Collective has partnered with Alexander Dennis for five years now. We now deliver their management and leadership development programmes, provide one-to-one leadership coaching and development workshops for their Executive team.

The following is an article published in the Alexander Dennis internal communications. It is reproduced with their permission.

As part of our Spotlight On….Talent series, I caught up with some of the Leadership Talent Programme participants to find out what made them apply, and what they hope to get out of the Programme.

Here’s what they said…

ADLBilly Hislop applied for the programme to develop his skills in leadership. “Returning positive results is a key part of my role as a Procurement Manager; however I am learning that there are other attributes required. I am using this programme to actively stretch and challenge myself – this will hopefully have a positive impact on my team and their development, which will in turn benefit Alexander Dennis as a whole.”

Andy Edwards, Manufacturing Engineering Manager for the Plaxton site is responsible for directing and coordinating all manufacturing engineering activities. He applied to be part of the programme after his recent promotion: “the programme looked like a fantastic opportunity to learn and develop new leadership skills, enabling me to make a positive and tangible difference within the organisation.”

Lynsey Gardner, Procurement Manager based at our Larbert site, was encouraged to apply by her line manager: “Ultimately, I want to be the best leader that I can be, and I want to develop my team to become future leaders within the organisation. Participating in this programme will enable me to understand both my strengths and weaknesses develop skills to maximise the performance of others and equip me with a greater sense of self-awareness – which will help me to understand how my leadership style can affect others.

The bespoke programme was developed by Fiona Gifford, Director of The Performance Collective. With over twenty five years’ experience of leading and developing high performing teams, her early career focused on delivering strategic change in blue chip organisations, holding senior positions across various functions at NEC, Motorola and RBS Group. For the past 10 years, Fiona has specialised in supporting the delivery of exceptional performance for organisations such as ours through her work in leadership, team and organisation development.

Colin Robertson, Chief Executive said: “Our people are our most important asset.  The Leadership Talent Programme is just one of many initiatives currently underway that allow us to identify and equip our emerging talent pool with the skills and confidence required to progress into leadership roles.  These programmes will help to create a progressive and entrepreneurial culture within the organisation and underpin the long-term success of Alexander Dennis.”

The facilitated training sessions conclude later this month. Participants are then tasked with a strategic challenge, culminating with the team presenting their key findings to Colin and the Executive Team. 

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