Academy LM CEO Interview by Think Enterprise

Distance learning, Skype challenges and five-day sea voyages

John Parker is the CEO of The Academy of Leadership and Management based in Ayrshire in Scotland. Working alongside his wife, Janet, this husband and wife team are at the heart of the Academy, which gained its IOEE accreditation last year. We interviewed John for the very first issue of Think Enterprise, and this month we caught up with him to see how the Academy is continuing to evolve, the opportunities provided by blended learning, and how it will be expanding its offering even further in the year ahead.

The Academy of Leadership and Management’s strapline captures its commitment to the development of outstanding learners, with its powerful promise of delivering Executive Education and Key People Development. For three years, the Academy operated as a SFEDI Awards Centre, offering SFEDI programmes as part of its extensive range of professional enterprise qualifications, before the decision was made to become an IOEE Academy in 2016. Through a combination of practical work-based programmes, executive coaching via Skype, and online distance learning, the Academy is dedicated to developing strong leaders, managers, coaches, mentors and business advisers – and whilst its offering is available to businesses of any size, John says that he and his fellow team members have always specialised in the development of small businesses:

“We have a strong team with a wealth of experience in both business development and business advisor programmes, throughout Scotland and further afield. Between us, we have trained and supported around 1000 small business professionals so far, as well as the leaders and managers of businesses, small and large, and we’re constantly growing.”

Read the full article on pages 10 & 11.