Senior Executive Programme

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The Senior Executive Programme (SEP) is IMI’s flagship development programme for senior business leaders.

The SEP delivers a transformative learning experience that focuses on the role of leaders in driving and sustaining corporate success in uncertain times. The SEP is composed of senior executives from a number of organisations, creating a unique classroom dynamic. 

Participants will be able to demonstrate a high level of achievement in their career to date. Executive directors and senior line managers, including general managers and functional heads from medium and large companies, have made up the majority of attendees on this programme in recent years. The programme is aimed at high calibre individuals with 10 years experience from private, public, for profit and not for profit organisations. Participants will have a desire to enhance an already impressive track record through a hunger to learn and to gain exposure to new ideas and strategic perspectives.

The SEP also accepts individuals who already are, or are targeted to become senior team members in their organisations.


  • Gain leading-edge strategies and best practice insight to enable enhanced decision making in challenging environments.
  • Deepen your strategy formulation skill, in the context of a turbulent environment.
  • Acquire new insights and perspectives from world-class business experts.
  • Understand and enhance your personal leadership impact and effectiveness.
  • Build a powerful network of peers and faculty.
  • Develop an understanding of how to organise effectively and maximise business performance.
  • Renew your energy and concentrate your focus on your organisation’s leadership challenges.
  • Build professional development plans for your future.



For more information on programme details see above tab. 

  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Location: IMI Campus
  • Next Programme: 12 September 2019
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Next programme dates: 

Module 1: 12 & 13 September 2019

Module 2: 09, 10 & 11 October 2019

Module 3: 06 & 07 November 2019

Module 4: 05 & 06 December 2019

Module 5: 09 & 10 January 2020

Module 6: 13 & 14 February 2020

Senior Executive Programme content and world class faculty details below :


The New Leader:

A dynamic introduction to the new, networked and interdependent business environment. Expectations for leaders in this environment, and how leaders themselves can be catalysts for sustainable growth, will be explored.

Participants will leave with a clear sense of what it means to be a strategic leader in today’s business environment. They will gain deep insights into their own leadership and create a road-map for development that will enable them to maximise their future impact.

Outside-In Strategy:

Organisations that succeed in today’s volatile and rapidly changing markets shape strategy from the outside-in. This module will guide participants in using market insights to inform strategy, drive innovation and focus the organisation.

Participants will leave with a set of tools that will generate insights into how their customer needs are changing and identify the capabilities needed by the organisation to drive value.


Most companies are awash with data but still searching for insight. This module will introduce participants to a range of cutting edge strategic and financial tools that will enable them to locate and use the best available data to inform their decision-making.

Participants will leave with a tool-set that will enable them to turn information into actionable knowledge and real decisions and also track implementation using relevant and meaningful performance indicators.


This module will discuss the challenges of the 21st century workplace where winning engagement is the key, millennials are the core of the workforce, diversity is the norm, and agility is the only mechanism for survival.

Participants will leave with an understanding of the dimensions of engagement and agility and how to embed this in the culture of their own organisation.


Effective leaders understand influence and persuasion, and are adept at navigating the political landscape of the organisation.This module will focus on the skills required by every leader to engage and mobilise an organisation to take advantage of new opportunities.

Participants will leave with a range of tools and frameworks that will enable them to be more effective as leaders in engaging and mobilising the organisation around new initiatives.

A follow up day on the overall programme takes place in mid December.


The SEP is renowned for combining a dynamic mix of world-class business education experts and practitioners. In 2016, the faculty team will include:

Programme Director: Kevin Empey


Kevin Empey has specialised in the areas of people strategy and leadership development for over 25 years. He was a Partner and Director of Willis Towers Watson where he led the firm’s HR consulting business and their ‘Future of Work’ practice in Ireland. With a background originally in information technology and business development, Kevin qualified as an executive coach and has a masters qualification in leadership and management practice. He was appointed to the Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) in 2011 which advises Ministers and Government Departments on the selection of senior civil service appointments and is a member of the Labour Market Council. A leading expert in organisational agility and the changing world of work, Kevin was also the founder of Worklink, an award-winning coaching and mentoring network set up to help unemployed job seekers into full-time employment.

Bernard Marr


Bernard is a leading global authority and best-selling author on organisational performance and business success. He is currently Chief executive and Director of Research at Advanced Performance Institute. As the founder and CEO of the Advanced Performance Institute, he is one of the world’s most highly respected thought leaders anywhere when it comes to data in business. He regularly advises companies and government organisations on how to improve their performance and gain better insights from their data.

Professor Costas Markides



Costas is a bestselling author, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and holder of the Robert P. Bauman Chair of Strategic Leadership at the London Business School. He has published several books on the topics of strategy and innovation. Costas is a regular contributor to IMI events and programmes. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Strategic Management Society and was a participant at the World Economic Forum in Davos during 1999-2003 and in 2012-2013.

Gareth Jones


Gareth is an expert on organisational design, culture, leadership and change and is currently a visiting professor at the IE Business School, Madrid, and a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School. His career has spanned both the academic and business worlds. In the past, he has held positions in London Business School, Henley, served as Senior VP at Polygram’s global human resources and Director of Human Resources and Internal Communications at the BBC.

Michael Shiel

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Dr. Michael Shiel is a Professor at INSEAD. He is also the Managing Director at EOS Strategic Learning Ltd and Senior Partner at Strategy Regeneration. Michael is a teacher and consultant in the field of strategic innovation and leadership. He works with clients throughout the world on the development and implementation of strategic change; recent and current clients include Pfizer, L’Oréal, Starwood Hotels, Abbott and The World Bank.

Martin Fellenz


Martin Fellenz is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning at the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin. He has served as Director of Research and of the Doctoral Programme in the School. His work experience includes military service, founding and running a small business, and extensive consulting experience, in part as a management consultant and project leader with the IBM Consulting Group.

Trish Gorman


Dr. Trish Gorman is a consultant, professor and author. Her passion is helping individuals and organisations build the skills needed to create actionable growth strategies in dynamic environments. She was a featured speaker at the 2014 World Innovation Forum and frequently addresses corporate audiences on leadership, growth and innovation. Trish served recently as a Director at Deloitte, leading their U.S. thought leadership on growth. Earlier in her career, she consulted for the LEK Partnership and for McKinsey & Company.

Andrew McLaughlin


Andrew McLaughlin is programme director of the IMI Diploma in Organisational Behaviour and the IMI Diploma in Executive Coaching. He is an experienced executive coach who works with companies on emotional intelligence, performance management, communication skills, negotiation and influencing skills, interviewing skills and leadership. Andrew is a Master Practitioner and certified trainer/consultant of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. He has held positions with the Revenue Commissioners, the EU in Brussels and Departments of Industry and Commerce and Defence.

Cormac Lucey

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Cormac is a chartered accountant specialising in financial strategy. In addition to lecturing in finance, he is a frequent media commentator on public affairs and writes an economics column for The Sunday Times. Cormac directs the IMI Diploma in Business Finance at the IMI. He also presents the Diploma in Corporate Finance programme offered by Chartered Accountants Ireland, and teaches finance on various master’s programmes at UCD. Cormac has worked in various industrial and corporate finance jobs in Ireland and Germany including Norish plc, Stentor plc, Applicon and Rabobank International.


There are no formal entry criteria. However, this is a demanding programme and suitability of candidates will be assessed at a pre-programme discussion with the programme director. The purpose of the discussion is to ensure a good fit between the candidate and the programme. Several years’ work experience at management level will normally be expected.

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Next programme dates: 

Module 1: 12 & 13 September 2019

Module 2: 09, 10 & 11 October 2019

Module 3: 06 & 07 November 2019

Module 4: 05 & 06 December 2019

Module 5: 09 & 10 January 2020

Module 6: 13 & 14 February 2020

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