GMG Radio – Accelerate Leadership Programme

The Brief:

GMG Radio was the radio division of one of the UK’s premium media businesses, Guardian Media Group, prior to its sale in 2013. Alongside developing a strategic group of thinkers in the business, the board was keen to encourage a leadership team that was open to change and encouraged development and growth in their people. They wanted a leadership development programme that was aspirational and inspirational yet highly practical.

The Programme:

Inspire ran the second Radio Accelerate programme in 2012-13, after designing the initial programme in 2012. The programme was designed to inspire, excite and retain the group’s best talent through a programme of development, extensive project work, and exposure to board level people in the business. The project work challenged participants to lead a performance improvement project in the business. The programme contained 6 modules, which ran across a full year, enabling the team to build strong connection with other future leaders in the business and allowing the learning to develop across the year.


“Accelerate made a massive difference to my leadership style and content last year. I credit Inspire with helping me transform myself and my team and I would wholeheartedly recommend this programme to anyone who wants to practically challenge themselves and push themselves beyond their own limits”

Jo Morley, Sales Manager, Smooth Radio

The Results:

The programme – which is now accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management – has proved to be a highly regarded addition to GMG Radio’s suite of development programmes. The practical project work is credited with having driven significant results last year, and helped expose new managers to high level contact with the executive team.