Dr David Llewellyn, vice-chancellor, Harper Adams University answers 5 questions on his experiences of the Leadership Foundation’s unique development programme; ‘Powerbrokers: Lifting the lid on the Westminster experience’.
What attracted you to Powerbrokers: Lifting the lid on the Westminster experience?
I hoped that I could learn a little more about how to connect with and influence politicians and Government officials on issues of importance to my institution’s subject base.
When you returned to your office after completing the programme, did you do anything differently?
I made a particular effort to follow up with key people in several Government departments and, after the General Election, I was in a position to put into effect some of the lessons learned on the programme when contacting new Ministers.
If you could tell one person something about the programme, what would it be?
The role playing exercise on the second day is hectic, but good fun. It gives a glimpse of the wide variety of issues facing Ministerial teams and, hence, why your priorities might not always be theirs!
How would you compare this programme to other development programmes that you have taken part in?
I enjoyed the pace of this programme, as well as the opportunity to talk to politicians about their role and the issues we are all having to address in higher education.
Is there anything else that you would like to say about Powerbrokers: Lifting the lid on the Westminster experience?
It was good to have a programme in which there was time to think about the way in which senior higher education staff can help promote the work of their institution within Government. This was not really a feature of the earlier version of the Top Management Programme that I had attended, so it provided a different dimension to leadership development within the sector.
Dr David Llewellyn is vice-chancellor of Harper Adams University. David held positions at Queen Mary, University of London, King’s College London and the Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London before moving to Harper Adams in 1998 as Director of Corporate Affairs. David took over as the head of institution at Harper Adams in September 2009.
David is an alumnus of the Leadership Foundation’s Top Management Programme.