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The Fig Tree VIP Leadership Group

What is the VIP Leadership Group  ?

A significant number of diverse and ethnic leaders have encountered Fig Tree International in one way or another.  This has usually been through coaching/mentoring, or through one of the professional development programmes which Fig Tree International offers.  Fig Tree International are the one of the only companies that offer a wrap-around model, which ensures that professionals from a diverse background receive support, above and beyond the norm.  The intention has always been to ensure that leadership, in the UK and beyond, reflects society and the communities we serve.

The VIP Leadership Group provides the opportunity for leaders, like yourself,  to maintain a level of support in less formal ways, after they have ceased a formal programme with Fig Tree.  Whilst some will continue to receive coaching and executive coaching and join the range of activities on offer, this VIP network has been put in place to ensure that you continue to be informed, motivated and inspired on your leadership journey.

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How often will the VIP group meet?


The VIP Leadership Group will meet once a monthly.  

Owing to work commitments of the group, we meet on Saturday afternoons, between 3pm - 4.30pm


What will the Fig Tree VIP Leadership group be doing?

(Online Events)

  • Masterclass Training led by one member of the group - 1 hour
  • Peer Mentoring Support Session (in pairs) - 20 minutes
  • Q & A with Fig Tree International - 10 minutes

N.B.  The masterclass can be focused on research, a leadership issue, an education/leadership book, a current educational issue, discussion-based around leadership styles or something similar etc.


(Physical Events)

N.B. We hope to have physical meetings too, with the possibility of taking part in international visits also, if these can be arranged.  Any additional costs incurred by these events are not covered in the subscription fee shown below.


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Is it possible for a person who has not worked with Fig Tree to join this group?


This may be possible, however, the individual will need to undertake an informal interview process.


Please note that the VIP Leadership Group has a target audience of those in Senior or Executive Leadership positions


Expectations for VIP Leadership Group Membership

As a member of the VIP Leadership Group, you will be expected to;

-  Support at least one leader from a diverse background, who is outside of the group, at some point in the year

-  Champion the work of Fig Tree International, signposting professionals, as necessary

-   Open doors for other diverse professionals and leaders.  If there are roles advertised which may be of interest, raise awareness etc

-   Attend the VIP meetings, as far as is feasibly possible and contribute well

-   Periodically, be prepared to lead the training of others

-   Keep up to date with developments in education and contribute to discussions regarding this


N.B. The VIP Group will only be maintained on an annual basis providing the membership number stays above 10.

Masterclass Provisional Dates


(Saturdays: 3pm - 4.30pm)

  • 3rd March 2022
  • 2nd April 2022
  • 7th May 2022
  • 11th June 2022
  • 2nd July 2022
  • 10th September 2022
  • 8th October 2022
  • 12th November 2022
  • 10th December 2022
  • 14th January 2023
  • 11th February 2023

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VIP Leadership Group Membership

Investment/Cost

The VIP Leadership Group is a subscription network, with an annual, one-off membership fee of £275, plus VAT.  This works out at £25.00pm  which is an incredible investment for the ongoing training, support and networking opportunities.


N.B.  The above includes a 30 day cooling-off period after which the fee becomes non-refundable.


N.B.  As this is a professional network, some schools/organisations will be willing to cover the cost.


N.B.  Potential members can join throughout the year as this is an annual rolling network.


N.B.  Formal coaching and mentoring remains as a paid service offered by Fig Tree International

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Why should I join?


We would like ethnically diverse leaders to have the ongoing support which they require, in order to be successful.  Very little exists which is unique to this important group.


'We understand.'

'Somewhere deep inside us, we seem to know that we are destined for something better than strife.'


Desmond Tutu