The Senior Leadership Academy is our annual 12-month programme for talented and aspiring senior directors nominated by our retail partners. It’s our practical way of helping build the pipeline of all the amazing future female CEOs out there.


Green Park is Associate supporter of the Senior Leadership Academy

Be Inspired is for everyone, and we know that not everyone wants to be a retail CEO, but for those who do, the Senior Leadership Academy is a unique, ready-made networking group for those with aspirations of the boardroom. We want to give our academy members new contacts, essential insights and fresh perspectives.


NSU is the learning and development partner of the Senior Leadership Academy

Throughout our one-year programme they will meet new peers and ambassadors at our academy workshops, hear from inspirational speakers and benefit from free educational passes at our flagship events, Retail Week Live, and the Be Inspired conference. Our aim is that they will go on to become our Be Inspired ambassadors of the future.

Themes discussed at our 2019 academy workshops have included:

  • Being your authentic self: Understanding your own leadership style
  • Discovering your development blockers: How to find and beat what’s holding your back
  • Building your personal brand and making your voice heard with effective communication
  • Inclusive leadership: The future of diversity and inclusion
  • What every future leader needs to know about digital transformation
  • Self-belief: Find it, grow it, maintain it.

“I’ve learnt so much from the sessions that I’ve adapted and use in my day to day, I genuinely feel this has helped me in so many ways and will continue to.” - Sainsbury’s Argos regional manager Alice Boaten, member of the 2018/2019 Academy.

Nominations from our retail partners for the Senior Leadership Academy 2019/2020 cohort, which kicks off with a welcome event in London on November 21st, are now open.

If you’re an existing Be Inspired retail partner, please email with nominations of the four senior leaders from your team that you would like to join the 2019/2020 cohort.

If you’re a retailer interested in the 2019/2020 academy, please email

Recent feedback from the 2018/2019 cohort:

  • “I LOVED last week’s Academy. Thanks for the support in getting me to these sessions” - AS Watson 
  • “Thank you for organising all these great events for the last 12 months, I have enjoyed every single one of them!” - Carpetright
  • “I thought the session was amazing and I took a lot from it. The panel was very inspiring” - Argos
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, thank you for having me in the Academy” - Matalan