Facilitation Development

The Collective Leadership Programme has eight live participant sites across Scotland, with over 25 in active discussion.

With the programme continuing to grow, we look to recruit and support experienced facilitators on a bi-annual basis to work with the teams on site to help them solve the complex issues they’re trying to address.

Who we are looking for

We recognise the importance of skilled facilitation in enabling leaders to become aware of diverse perspectives. This programme will be best suited to those who have some experience of working with complexity and are open to reflecting on their own practice and a willingness to share learning.

The offer

A 4 day residential programme from 17th to 20th November 2020 at Murrayshall near Perth.

The facilitation programme will not be focussed on a technical programme of tools and techniques.  It will be about the use of self within the group experience and how to create the conditions for groups to learn and work better together. On-going peer support and training, to be co-designed with the facilitators themselves.

After running our successful residential programme for two consecutive years, we are considering a new resourcing method and organisations may be asked to make a contribution this time round. We will keep this page updated, along with notifying applicants, as we progress.

The ask

You will be willing and able (with any necessary permissions) to facilitate at least one partnership group.  Allocation of work will be done in conjunction with a member of the team after a supportive discussion with you about your readiness.

Facilitation is focused upon the real, complex work that teams are doing and so there will not be one model that works for all teams.  As a guide, however, participation as a facilitator in the Collective Leadership Programme may involve working for around 6 to 12 months with a team on the complex issue they are trying to address.  This could be a pattern of monthly meetings with the partnership team, where the real work is done, but where some time is also set aside to focus on what is being learned about Collective Leadership.


To apply, please download and complete the Leader and Facilitator Programme Application form and send it to Karen Lawson at Karen.Lawson@gov.scot by 30th September 2020.

Those who’s applications have been successful will then be invited to the interview stage of the process.