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David is delighted to have successfully completed this award winning 2 year programme

Woodward Markwell MD David McGowan Completes the Aviva Future Leaders Programme

When David was first contacted by Aviva about the Future Leaders Programme he thought long and hard about who would be the best person to enrol. When Aviva stated that it was David himself that they wanted, he was surprised but of course pleased.

David said 'The course was actually perfect for me and has very much assisted me in the transition of being an Account Executive through to becoming Managing Director of Woodward Markwell,  and through a management buyout last year too".


David admitted that he was very daunted by it being a 2 year course and also the fact that there was going to be another 18 delegates on the course (which he automatically assumed would have more experience and confidence than him).

Of the 2 year programme David said "Our first task was to stand up and talk about our own business for 5 minutes, specifically about the threats over the next 5 years. Standing up and talking to my peers was very scary but what hit me was that everybody was in the same boat and was as nervous as I was! Approximately half way through the course we were made to do a ‘dragon’s den’ presentation which everybody said was their stand out moment of the course. After that we soon clicked as a group and the rest is history. We now have our own ‘mini’ network of like minded peers and most of all friends who are literally assisting each other on a daily basis.

The future leaders programme is a well thought out and award winning course which has also picked up CII accreditation. The three course leaders are exceptional in their teaching skills and the course content they brought to each session. Andrew Scott, who should have retired and be playing golf every day, wanted to make sure his experience and know how was not lost and invested a huge amount of his time to be an integral leader of the course. His experience over his 30 years of leading a successful business was invaluable, some of his hints and tips have been used by most of the delegates already. Andrew not only brought his experience in but he also brought his friends and colleagues who are all industry leaders, they also agreed to allow us some of their time to act as mentors on an individual one to one basis".

Overall, David feels the course has been fantastic for him and has really assisted him in pushing himself out of his comfort zone, increasing his knowledge but mostly increasing his confidence. Along with all that he has gained from the programme he now also has a strong connection with the other delegates, individuals who share his thoughts and concerns and who he can turn to for advice, the cohesion of this group in David's words "will last a lifetime".