Press release BoxID: 160011 (Common Purpose Discovery House)
  • Common Purpose Discovery House
  • 28-42 Banner Street
  • EC1Y 8 London
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  • Una Farrell
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Investing in tomorrow's leaders today

(PresseBox) (London, ) In theory, meeting inspirational leaders from all walks of life can be a life-changing experience -but getting access to such people is really a matter of chance for many people who are deciding on or starting out on their career paths. There is a unique opportunity for people, in their first job or still in full time education, to get behind-the-scenes insights and increase their ability to make a difference in their communities, universities and where they work: 'Frontrunner' is a free leadership development programme, designed to expand the leadership potential and horizons of people as they start their careers, and the application process is now open.

Run by leadership development organisation Common Purpose, the Frontrunner programme uses real life situations as its classroom.Participants will be taken to a diverse range of organisations where they will explore the problems being faced, alongside the people who are tackling them. This will be a rare chance to explore what is required to lead effectively with people already leading change in society.
Participants will also build a stimulating new peer network of other leaders across the UK.

Frontrunner is open to people over the age of 18, who may be either still in full time education or are in the very early stages of their career, and who have already shown evidence of leadership. Julia Middleton, Chief Executive of Common Purpose says: "All too often, the need to focus on academic or work demands can overtake the passion and capacity in young people to lead and effect change on the issues they care most about. It is vital that there many opportunities for people, in full time education or at the very outset of their careers, to consider how they can continue to grow as leaders, and meet others who are also already making a positive difference to where they live and work."

Frontrunner is free of charge, and will be held twice in 2008, from 7-10 July at University College London and 1-4 September at the University of Leeds where the participants will stay during the course of the programme. There are 30 places on each programme and a short application process can be found online:

Common Purpose Discovery House

Common Purpose is an independent leadership organisation that aims to improve the way organisations and society work. Common Purpose operates throughout the UK and worldwide in Ghana, India, Ireland, Sweden, The Netherlands, France, South Africa and Germany. For further information visit