• Welcome


    Application details for the next Churchill Leadership Fellows Programme will be announced in Q4 2016.

    If you are a potential applicant, please register your interest below and we will notify you once plans are ready,

    If you are a business, organisation or person who is interested in sponsoring The Churchill Leadership Fellows Programme, please contact Tim Hill at tim.hill@chu.cam.ac.uk, and we will reply quickly

  • About


    Learn to Lead to celebrate the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill, and to mark the 50th anniversary of his death inaugurated a fellowship for young leaders and trailblazers in 2015.



    The Churchill Next Generation Leadership Development Fellowship draws on the resources of iconic British centres of excellence and some of the most inspiring thought leaders of today. It has given access to a rare network of change-makers and provided skill-building workshops aimed at improving personal effectiveness, self-esteem and leadership competence.





  • Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

  • The Churchill Next Generation Leadership Development Fellowship

    The Churchill Next Generation Leadership Development Fellowship (the NGL Fellowship) invites applications from people aged 19 to 25 years, to take part in a highly experiential, leadership programme to equip selected participants with some of the skills and traits of effective leadership.


    Subjects addressed on the programme include:

    • Team Dynamics
    • Leading Self and Others
    • Public Speaking
    • Communication and Body Language
    • Coaching
    • Influencing mind sets and culture
    • Networking
    • Innovation and Design Thinking
    • The UK's Contribution to International Leadership
    • What is Leadership?
    • Ways to Develop Leadership in Others
    • Personal Branding and Marketing
    • Career and Scenario Planning
    • Personality and Temperament
    • Negotiation 
    • Managing State and Breaking Through Personal Barriers

    In addition, you will

    • Informally meet inspirational speakers from a range of backgrounds and disciplines 
    • Engage in many exercises, including an outdoor challenge
    • Have fun!

    The programme is worth more than £20,000 per person in commercial terms and is being offered to deserving candidates for free.


    Each module will be two-and-a-half days long, and take place at the following iconic Churchill inspired leadership centres.

    Module 1

    Royal Military Academy Sandhurst



    Dates TBC

    Module 2

    Møller Centre For Continuing Education, Churchill College, Cambridge


    Dates TBC


    Module 3

    Møller Centre For Continuing Education, Churchill College, Cambridge


    Dates TBC


    “never give in, never, never, never, never- in nothing, great or small, large or petty- never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.”


  • Panel


    The following remarkable people have contributed to the NGL Fellowship, either in its formation or its delivery

    The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC, MP

    Attorney General 2010-14

    The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP has been MP for Beaconsfield since 1997.

    He was Attorney General for England and Wales and the Advocate General for Northern Ireland from 2010 to 2014. He combined his official posts with pursuing a deep interest in community cohesion.

    Dominic is bilingual in French and currently president of the Franco-British Society and Vice Chairman of the Franco- British Council.

    Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon

    Campaigner, Civil Rights Pioneer

    Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, OBE, has been acclaimed as the UK's leading 'game changer' by Radio 4, hailed as 'truly an example for us all' by the Home Secretary and is the UK most prominent civil rights icon.  She fought for justice following the murder of her son and changed the English judicial system in the process.


    Now a member of the House of Lords, she is particularly concerned with equality issues in policing, the education process and public life and speaks on these and leadership issues more generally.

    Gillian Secrett

    Chief Executive, The Møller Centre for Continuing Education, Churchill College,  University of  Cambridge

    Gillian is a founding partner, board member and company secretary of the Møller PSF Group and is CEO of The Møller Centre for Continuing Education, a specialist training and development centre. She has a passion for value-based leadership and coaching, enabling high performance teams to deliver excellent results. Gillian is a qualified business coach having trained with Meyler Campbell and the Coaches Training Institute of California.



    Sir Clive Woodward

    England's 2003 Rugby World Cup Winning Head Coach

    Director of Sport Team GB: London 2012

    Founding Partner and Chairman of Captured

    World Cup winning Head Coach who lead England's rugby players to World Cup glory in Australia in 2003. A former England International and British & Irish Lion himself, during Clive's tenure as Head Coach England moved from 6th in the world to being the number one ranked team, winning every trophy an England team can win.

    In 2006 Clive joined the British Olympic Association. As Team GB's Director of Sport he worked in close partnership with key stakeholders in British Sport to support the national coaches and athletes at the Beijing & Vancouver Olympics as well as deliver Team GB's most successful Olympic Games in the modern era at London 2012.

    Clive is also the Founding Partner and Chairman of Captured - an online coaching software and synchronised app based on his coaching philosophy currently being adopted by The FA, The PGA and The IOC. The app. reflects the importance Clive places on empowering individuals to take responsibility for their own learning by capturing and sharing knowledge to achieve high performance.

    Major General Stuart Skeates CBE

    Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst


    Educated at King's College London and Cranfield University, Skeates was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1989. He served in the Gulf War and in the Bosnian War, took part in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and then served as Military Assistant to the General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland in the final years of Operation Banner. He became Commanding Officer of 26th Regiment Royal Artillery in Gütersloh, then Deputy Commander of 52nd Brigade (deployed as Task Force Helmand) and then Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Operations for Afghanistan and Pakistan at Permanent Joint Headquarters. He became Commander of 19th Light Brigade in December 2009, Deputy Commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in 2011 and Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in August 2013


    Professor Georgia Sorenson

    Pioneer and Professor of Leadership Studies, currently at the University of Maryland

    Georgia Sorenson is currently a research professor at the Academy of Leadership and Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership at Maryland University. She has also served as the Inaugural Chair and Professor of Transformational Leadership at the U.S. Army War College, as a Visiting Senior Scholar at the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies Richmond and has held a faculty appointment at Williams College.

  • Partner Organisations

    The Learn to Lead team, as part of Churchill 2015, is thrilled to be the lead partner in the Churchill Next Generation Leadership Development Fellowship along with three iconic world leadership centres : The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; The Møller Centre for Continuing Education, Churchill College, Cambridge; and The British Council.


    Learn to Lead International

    Learn to Lead is a training organisation that has been developing the leadership skills and aptitudes of leaders who are in their late teens and early twenties, since 1996. Founded by Krish Raval as a way of preparing undergraduates to make the most of future challenges and opportunities, it now inspires and delivers change-making programmes for a range of companies, NGO’s and educational institutions around the world.

    The Møller Centre for Continuing Education

    At the heart of the University of Cambridge, The Møller Centre, Churchill College, is a renowned leadership development centre focused on delivering award-winning executive education programmes to business leaders across the globe.

    The British Council


    The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries, and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this work cultural relations. 


  • News

    Welcome to the news! You can keep up to date with what is happening on the panel and the programme here.


    “There is nothing wrong in change if it is in the right direction. To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.”


  • Apply

    We are looking for a different kind of applicant to many other programmes that aim to attract ‘future leaders’. We want people who can show us that they are not just leaders of tomorrow, but are leaders of today. So, the Churchill 2015 NGL Fellows will be young doers, makers, inventors, advocates, filmmakers and photographers, performers, musicians and artists, sportsmen and women, scientists, entrepreneurs, volunteers, and activists.


    In addition to impressive accomplishment, fine character and a good heart are two very important traits we look for in a every potential Churchill 2015 NGL Fellow. More than anything, this focus on character will define the success of the programme.


      • Applicants must be U.K. citizens or be able to demonstrate a long term commitment to the UK.

      • Applicants must be between 19 and 25 years of age. Proof of age will be required.

      • A record of remarkable achievement in a chosen area. We are looking for initiators, doers, researchers, creators, artists, musicians, actors, scientists, community volunteers, activists, people who have done things to make a difference or shown courage in the face hardship.

      • A demonstrated desire to learn about the skills of leadership and some of the international issues facing our world.

      • A demonstrated commitment to public service.


    The Deadline for Applications Has Now Passed

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