The 2023 programme will run from 10 January – 13 July 2023 and takes around 3 days a month to complete. The MLP will be delivered through a mix of structured Zoom group sessions and online modules you can complete when it suits you.

This is the most comprehensive management and leadership training programme for the non-profit specialist advice sector, developed by Matthew Howgate and Vicky Ling following extensive research with practitioners.

The course is aimed at current or likely future managers from non-profit specialist advice agencies that do end to end casework (Citizens Advice, Law Centres, specialist Advice UK and other independent advice agencies). It is available to participants from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

Applications must be made by the agency nominating the participant. As a result of support from the AB Charitable Trust and the Legal Education Foundation we can offer 24 fully paid free places on the programme.

To apply for a place, please complete our online application form here. If you would like any more information about the programme, then please email

Applications close at midnight on Friday 27th November 2022 and successful applicants will be selected and notified the following week. Places are strictly limited so we advise you to apply as soon as possible. The launch event for successful applicants will take place at 2pm on 13th December 2022.

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Comments from delegates

“I am thoroughly enjoying the course, and have found the sharing of ideas/knowledge amongst peers to be invaluable.”

“This is a very good and useful course which I believe should be a ‘ must do ‘ for managers.”

“I’ve found the course incredibly helpful. I wish it was more widely available, and earlier on in our careers…”

‘I’m loving the programme so far. It’s genuinely beneficial to me and I’ve learnt a great deal’

‘I’ve been able to reflect on the recent decisions we hae made as an organisation with our CEO and have a much better understanding of our business plan and how operations and strategy fit together.’

“The huge amount of written resource is amazing and will be invaluable afterwards…”