40 students presented with leadership certificates

More than 40 students from Bluecoat Academy and The Minster School were presented with the Bishop’s Leadership Certificate during a commissioning event in the Archbishop’s Palace, Southwell.

The Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Williams, presented the certificates to the students who had completed the six-week Executive Leadership Programme run by the diocese’s Younger Leadership College.

The programme is a faith-based training course for sixth-form students who are committed to developing their leadership skills, reflecting also on the life and leadership of Jesus. It focuses on four major themes; Defining Reality, Creating Vision, Building a Team and Sustaining Momentum.

View picture gallery here

With input from Bishop Paul, members of the YLC staff and business leaders, the programme empowers young leaders to apply faith-based values to their leadership, identify their strengths and have a chance to undertake a school-wide survey on perceptions of belief and school ethos.

The guest speaker was Louise Blyth, Head of Field Sales Operations, Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK.

During the commissioning Bishop Paul said: “I have been hugely impressed and encouraged by the level of engagement from these two cohorts of students. You have probed and examined carefully some of the core elements in what makes effective leadership, including the more searching issues around spiritual values and character.

You have been a joy to work with and I wish you every blessing in your further studies, knowing that you have so much to bring as people who can influence others for good and make a difference in addressing some of the world’s biggest needs.”