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Socitm has turned to a familiar face to fill its top leadership development role. 

Former Socitm president Nadira Hussain has been appointed as the new director of leadership development and research, which will include leading the work of the society’s Leadership Academy.

Nadira stepped down in March from Socitm’s board of directors after seven years as a non-executive member. During her tenure as president in 2015-16, she set up the Women in IT initiative and was the creator of the Empowering Women in a Digital World (EWDW) course, which has transformed the lives of many participants.

“I’m delighted to re-join the board of directors and lead the work of the academy to support the development of compassionate, inclusive and effective leaders at all levels,” said Nadira. “The Academy has achieved so much since its creation. I feel privileged to lead its next chapter and I’m looking forward to working with colleagues across the Socitm community to ensure we continue developing great leaders who put citizens at the centre of everything they do.”

Nadira has been in local government since 1994 when she joined the London borough of Redbridge as a policy development and research officer in social care. She has headed transformation programmes in the London boroughs of Enfield and Tower Hamlets for the past three years.

A focus of her new role will be the continuing development of the society’s Leadership Academy, which aims to inspire and equip all levels of digital leaders with the insights, confidence, practical skills and professional networks that are necessary in an age of collaboration. This ambition is realised through a number of different leadership and coaching programmes including EWDW and Top Talent.

The academy’s programmes are focused on the individual. They aim to shift beliefs; help these shifts become permanent through coaching support; and replace old, ineffective habits with new, effective ones.

Programme alumni report that the academy’s formula works. Their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with words like ‘amazing’, ‘enlightening’, ‘insightful, ‘life-changing’ and ‘relevant’ used. 

Socitm has chosen QA, the UK's leading business and IT training provider, to deliver Leadership Academy programmes for Socitm members, starting in the New Year. Courses will be held at QA learning centres throughout the UK.

A new programme designed to offer better support to senior IT leaders is set to be added to the Leadership Academy’s existing offer. The Senior Leaders course will provide the practical tools and techniques to help drive the cultural change needed to enable the best business-focused outcomes.

All corporate member organisations will be offered a free place on a Leadership Academy course in 2019. Additional coaching sessions may be purchased at a discounted rate.

Registrations for all courses open on 1 November 2018. To find out more about the range of services the Leadership Academy offers, or to register interest, visit the Leadership Academy microsite.