The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), ranked in the Top 10 globally for custom executive education for the past 17 years by The Financial Times, opened a new office earlier this year in central London to better serve clients in the United Kingdom as well as global companies headquartered in the city.
The U.K. has been one of the key locations covered by CCL’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa office based in Brussels, Belgium, which we established almost 30 years ago. The opening of the new offices in London builds on this strong foundation. It is CCL’s 11th global office, joining China, South Africa, Russia, India, Singapore, Ethiopia, the United States, and Belgium.
“Expanding our presence and getting closer to our clients is a core component of our strategy,” said Hamish Madan, CCL’s Vice President and Managing Director, EMEA. “Known for our expertise in leadership development, the U.K. team will play a key role in helping our clients strengthen the leadership capabilities necessary to deliver business results.”
“London is a bridge to the world and a central hub for technology, research, and finance,” said Kathryn Kernick, CCL’s General Manager of the U.K. and Ireland. “Establishing a physical office here enables us to be closer to the challenges of clients in the region, particularly at an uncertain time as businesses navigate leadership challenges following the U.K.’s vote to exit the European Union.”
As part of establishing a physical office in London, CCL has been or will be:
- Expanding the number of staff in the region. Among the new hires is senior faculty member Paul Hughes, who previously worked in executive education for the Cranfield School of Management. An expert on the link between leadership and organizational performance, he will be designing and delivering programs for clients in the region.
- Running more events in London. For example, CCL ran a roundtable lunch entitled Cultural Transformation: Changing World – New Challenges at The Ivy City Garden in London on May 24. Later this summer, a follow-up event will take place on the topic of digital transformation.
- Increasing thought leadership output specific to the region. This will entail research specific to the market on topics around leading through digital transformation and other aspects of organizational leadership.
“The United Kingdom is a highly sophisticated market with a keen understanding of the power of leadership development to drive results,” said CCL President and CEO John R. Ryan. “We look forward to extending the partnerships we’ve been privileged to build with clients here — and to working with many new leaders and organizations as well.”
CCL’s new offices are part of the WeWork (co-working) South Bank Central location, which is around the corner from the River Thames.
“The history of we-working is embedded in building community,” Kernick explained. “Our clients who have visited the offices have commented on how this is a modern way of partnering, collaborating, and building community.”