Key facts

Programme fees:

£2,995 + VAT (including residential costs)

£1,895 + VAT  (including residential costs) for members of the Henley Centre for HR Excellence

Programme length:

3 days

Upcoming dates

Programme overview

The economic climate has expedited a rapid evolution in what business is looking for from HR and raised needs which challenge both the 'hardware' and 'software' that HR has spent the last few years embedding. There is a risk that some of the structures, skills, processes and tools which have been established could be left high and dry by this shift in the environment.

Those HR professionals both senior and aspiring - who can rise to the challenge; implementing HR strategies that are driven firmly from the business strategy, navigating the political and commercial terrain and finding more pragmatic, flexible and measurable ways to deliver value will potentially gain more credibility in the next two years than they have had in the previous ten.

Who is the programme for?

This programme is designed for senior or high-potential, aspiring HR professionals. It offers a genuine contemporary understanding of what HR is all about and insights that participants can immediately apply to drive their own success and the success of their business.

Programme experiences

Emma Howard, Senior HR Business Partner, UK Finance and Audit, National Grid

Thanzeela Anwar, Senior HR Executive, The Executive Council, Government of Dubai

Benefits to the individual

By the end of the programme you will:

  • Understand how HR is, and could, support and enhance the business imperatives of your organisation
  • Understand how to integrate your functional HR strategy into that of your organisation
  • Understand your own effectiveness and have had the opportunity to develop your own skills and behaviours in key areas with expert and independent coaching
  • Enhance your ability to influence and challenge business decisions
  • Improve personal effectiveness by developing your coaching techniques

Benefits to the organisation

The organisation will gain an HR professional who:

  • Can contribute more effectively to the overall business agenda
  • Can develop an HR agenda that will support business goals
  • Is personally more effective in contributing to business decision-making and supporting the senior team

A highly practical programme that focuses on helping participants operate in a new way for a new environment, ensuring:

  • They have more to say that is relevant to, and makes a difference to, their business
  • They are listened to.

Participants will work on four challenges:

Each day will focus on one of the three outer circles whilst individual coaching, provided throughout the programme, will help participants relate them to their own personal challenge.

Prior to the programme participants will be asked to connect with their own business to understand its key commercial and strategic challenges and to collect 360 degree feedback in order to understand how they are perceived against each challenge. At the end of the programme participants will be asked to present to a 'Board' on how they will address these challenges. This output will enable them to operate in a demonstrably new way from the moment they return to work.

Programme dates

Programme fees:

£2,995 + VAT (including residential costs)

£1,895 + VAT  (including residential costs) for members of the Henley Centre for HR Excellence

Programme length:

3 days

Programme team

Location and facilities

Finding us

We pride ourselves on understanding the need to create an environment which is both relaxing and comfortable enabling work and study to be focused and effective. From our unique riverside location to our impressive amenities, we provide an ideal environment for meeting success.

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Sports facilities

henley business school gym greenlands

Balancing busy work schedules with relaxation and exercise is an important aspect of our approach at Henley. The fully equipped and professionally staffed Fitness Centre with views overlooking the beautiful grounds and River Thames has everything needed to restore a sense of well being. 

Business facilities

Business facilities - rooms

At our Greenlands site we provide a variety of meeting rooms and conference facilities. Our rooms have been designed with an emphasis on practicality with many of our rooms benefiting from the latest presentation equipment to ensure that your meeting runs smoothly.

Conference Rooms

The conference rooms at Greenlands, Henley, all feature air conditioning, natural daylight and excellent acoustics, as well as state-of-the-art AV and presentation technology controlled by bluetooth touch screens, free WiFi access, laptop connections, networked PC and large screens. Our larger rooms also have repeater screens. Each conference room has access to dedicated syndicate and break-out rooms and refreshment areas close by. Stationery, flipcharts, photocopying facilities and whiteboards are included as standard.

Meeting Rooms

All syndicate and meeting rooms at Henley are fitted with a large screen, networked PC, whiteboards and have free WiFi access and laptop connections. River House 1-14 are also fitted with Copycam, allowing users to capture whiteboard notes at the touch of a button. Digital recorders, video and stills cameras are also available on request. All are laid out boardroom style.


Henley Business School Bedroom

We have 100 rooms including some with disabled facilities. All rooms are en-suite & include a safe, trouser press, laptop connection with free Wi-Fi access, direct dial telephone, satellite TV with radio, Molton Brown toiletries, tea & coffee making facilities and a hair dryer. Photograph of Thames Court accommodation.

Full English breakfast is served in our main dining room, which overlooks the River Thames. Our dedicated staff maintain the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All guest rooms receive daily housekeeping services.


Dining at Henley Business School  GreenlandsWhen it comes to dining, we offer you choice, quality and flexibility. We understand that you also want facilities that are conducive to networking, and dining arrangements that integrate seamlessly with the other aspects of your day. Henley is renowned for both its excellent standards of service and the high quality of cuisine. The chefs and their professional staff are able to offer the sophistication of a memorable evening dinner in the spacious dining room, with its views over the lawns down to the Thames.

Fresh, varied breakfasts are prepared by award-winning chefs and served each morning in the beautiful, riverside restaurant - the Heyworth Room.


Several tea and coffee areas are situated throughout the buildings, the Garden Common Room is situated beside the Heyworth Room and is open throughout the day and evening offering a wide range of Fairtrade drinks and a selection of biscuits. The bar is open each evening serving a full range of drinks.

Henley Conference Centre and Hotel

Set in its own 30 acre estate in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, alongside the River Thames, this magnificent Grade II Listed Building offers excellent conference, meeting and event facilities and provides a spectacular setting for any gathering. For more information about booking our beautiful facilities please visit the Henley Conferences website.

History of Greenlands

Records indicate that there has been a house on our Greenlands site for 500 years, although the house would have originally been much closer to the river.

Greenlands has been home to a series of notable families and individuals throughout its lifetime. These include Thomas Chaucer, son of Geoffrey Chaucer; Robert D'Oyley, Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1573; Bulstrode Whitelock, Oliver Cromwell's Ambassador to Sweden and most recently WH Smith, who bought the existing house in 1871. Queen Elizabeth I is also known to have visited on more than one occasion, most likely when staying at her royal palace in Reading.

The site became the home of a new Administrative Staff College in 1946, first welcoming students in 1948. In 1952, after the unexpected death of Viscount Hambleden from whom the College leased the site, an opportunity to purchase Greenlands' 30 acres arose. The College was renamed Henley Management College in 1991, and following the 2008 merger with the University of Reading became Henley Business School. Today, the world-ranked Henley MBA, The Henley DBA and our executive education programmes are delivered at Greenlands.

Programme Insights



Programme Experiences

Why Henley?

Helping you become exceptional is at the heart of everything we do. The Henley Way is highly practical, collaborative and academically rigorous. We develop confident leaders and professionals who are able to take a fresh perspective and have the energy, capability and resilience to ensure that they and their organisations are successful.


  • Engagement
  • Awareness
  • Alignment
  • Rigour & relevance
  • Trust

The Henley Way is much more than a set of principles. It is ingrained in our spirit and fundamental to our purpose and heritage, characterising the way we can help you to deliver exceptional performance.


We engage with you at the deepest level, fostering a shared spirit of curiosity, exploration, investigation and learning. We collaborate with you in order to challenge assumptions and mindsets, and get to the heart of the real business issues you face.


By creating a safe environment that promotes self-reflection, you are able to ask yourself those crucial questions that allow you to learn more about what informs your strategic business decisions and actions.


We work closely with you to diagnose your strategic individual and organisational aims. We then identify programmes that are best aligned to these goals, or we can co-evolve a learning design specifically aimed at achieving these strategic outcomes.


We draw on world-class research and originate leading-edge thinking – but theory remains theory unless it is applied to real-world business. All of our programmes are delivered by experienced faculty who integrate academic rigour with commercial application. What you learn translates into business results.


Our customers rely on our long history and global reputation for successful executive development. These strengths underlie our responsible and collaborative way of working with you to co-create the very best executive learning experiences and commercial outcomes.

At Henley we know we cannot just be exceptional – we are here to help you become exceptional.