12 July 2011
Sir Merrick Cockell(right) handing out the certificate to David Martin
The UK’s first cohort of public sector leaders and managers to undertake a postgraduate qualification in shared services were presented with their certificates by Sir Merrick Cockell, Local Government Association Chairman and Leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, at a presentation in London on July 5th.
The six month postgraduate programme has been designed and delivered through a partnership between Canterbury Christ Church University and Shared Service Architects.
Funded by the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships (RIEPs), over 200 councils in England have put Members and senior managers through the Shared Services Architects programme, which forms the first part of the certificate programme.
Group photo of Sir Cockell, teaching staff and students. Top left to right: Gary Porter, Alasdair Robertson, Dominic Macdonald-Wallace, Sir. Merrick Cockell, Dr. Wim van Vuuren, Emanuel Gatt. Bottom left to right: David Martin, Joanne Wright, Bryan Smith, Michael Lea
Before handing out the certificates, Sir Merrick stressed the importance of training and developing the shared service skills and knowledge of both Members and senior managers so that they can deliver the benefits of shared service activity effectively and rapidly.
Dr. Wim Van Vuuren, Programme Director for the course at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: "Many member and senior managers have been thrust into shared service activity without sufficient training, putting both their organisation and their personal credibility at risk. Collaborative working is in fact very difficult, as is reflected in the low success rate of mergers and alliances in the private sector."
Cllr Gary Porter, Leader of South Holland District Council, was among the graduates receiving their certificates from Sir Merrick. Cllr Porter said: "The programme has helped me immensely with the challenges encountered in setting up Compass Point Business Services, with East Lindsey District Council and with our shared management programme with Breckland DC. The collection of over 100 shared service tools, techniques and templates, provided in the foundation module, were particularly helpful."
The University is now inviting applications for the October 2011 cohort. More information on the postgraduate certificate is available from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editor
For more information on the postgraduate certificate please contact either Canterbury Christ Church University media relations or Dr. Wim Van Vuuren, Programme Director, Canterbury Christ Church University T: +44 (0) 1227 782118
For further details on the foundation module’s 100 tools, templates and techniques please contact: Dominic Macdonald-Wallace, Director of Learning and Development, Shared Service Architecture Ltd. T: 0796 898 5544 E: Dominic.Wallace@sharedservicearchitects.co.uk
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