ION Leadership

A suite of new leadership programmes for businesses who want to raise their game and grow their leadership skills have been launched at Bangor University. The ION leadership programme is backed with £2.7m from the European Social Fund to raise skills and drive forward productivity and turnover in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as in larger companies. Spun out from the success of LEAD Wales programme, which for the past 5 years has created 2,424 jobs and generated £52,433,908 net increase in turnover in Welsh Businesses.

Accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management and delivered by Swansea and Bangor Universities, ION leadership is the meaningful alternative to a regular course.  The programmes create an environment where leaders are stimulated to exceed their potential, drive innovation, embed learning and to continue their development through their involvement with an ever growing and ambitious leadership community.
Gwenllian Owen, Project Leader for the programme said "We create an environment where leaders and their staff exceed their potential, drive innovation and embed learning through their involvement with other local businesses".  

Why apply for the ION leadership programme?

  • Learn how to implement the latest thinking, strategies and best practice into your own business
  • Tackle the real issues and challenges that you face
  • Choose between three programmes to suit different levels of leadership experience
  • Meet other local business owners and immediately increase your business network
  • Make the most of the opportunity: the ION Leadership programme is part-funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

ION leadership delivers life changing leadership training for business owners and aspiring leaders who want to raise their game, become extraordinary leaders, grow sustainable businesses and enrich the lives of their employees.  The three levels of programmes are:

Early Stage Leadership Programme

Early Stage Leadership is designed to develop and enhance the leadership and management skills of owners, entrepreneurs, leaders, managers and supervisors who are in the early stages of developing their leadership skills. The programme concentrates on transferring knowledge and skills that enable growth and sustainability for their organisations.

Developing Leadership Programme

Developing Leadership will focus on the essential skills required for leaders and managers in small, medium and large organisations. The Developing Leadership programme will introduce participants to leading self and leading others, enabling them to develop and implement sustainable plans that further drive the productivity and performance of their organisations. 

Advanced Leadership Programme

Advanced Leadership is designed for leaders in small, medium and large firms, who have established leadership and management skills and knowledge. The programme will enable them to reflect on the present situation within their organisations and their teams, building the strategic leadership skills to facilitate innovation and ensure sustainable growth. 

If you would like to develop your leadership skills and find out more about ION leadership programmes then visit our website: or come along to one of our preview events.  Speak to Gwenllian Owen, Jackie Whittaker or Tom Barham on 01248 382497 for more information.