Executive Management Programme

Key facts

Programme fee:

£15,000 + VAT (including residential costs)

Programme length:

Module 1: 5 days
Module 2: 5 days

Programme format:

Delivered through two 5-day residential modules, typically spread over 3-4 months.

This programme was formerly known as Advanced Management Practice and has been re-designed for 2020.

Upcoming dates

Programme Overview

Develop your management skills, enhance your self-confidence, and make an impact within your organisation

The Henley Executive Management Programme (EMP) is an advanced management and leadership development course programme for senior executives.

Practical and relevant, it will challenge your thinking and give you the strategic knowledge and skills needed to drive your performance as a leader.

Programme features

  • Combine research-based insights with real-world application
  • Personalise your EMP through 1:1 coaching based on 360-degree feedback, electives, and by gaining insights into the specific challenges you are facing from the workshops.
  • Practice strategy and leadership through workshops and a live consultancy exercise
  • Develop your leadership mindset through sessions on well-being, mindfulness and resilience

Who is the EMP for?

  • Senior executives (e.g. directors, heads of department) about to transition into roles with greater responsibility for driving their organisation's success
  • Those already in a general or senior management role who want to expand their capabilities and leadership skills

We welcome participants from the private, public and third sectors.

Programme structure

Pre-programme tasks

  • Collect 360 degree feedback on your strengths and development needs as a manager
  • Identify a learning partner within your organisation
  • Discuss your learning objectives with the Programme Director
  • Choose your elective topics:
    • Module 1: Managing Business Risks or Managing Business Finances
    • Module 2: Driving Innovation or Building Market Focus

Module 1 (5 days)

Topics include:

  • The changing world of leadership and management
  • What neuroscience can teach us about leadership, decision-making, and how to deal with uncertainty and complexity
  • Strategy as an organisational learning process
  • How mindfulness can improve your focus and help you remain calm under pressure
  • How to boost your own and others' resilience
  • Planning and practicing for difficult conversations

Content is delivered through workshops, role-play activities, 1:1 coaching, and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.

You will also learn about the relationship between heart rate variability (HRV) and wellbeing, and can choose to monitor your HRV over 4 days.

Module 2 (5 days)

Topics include:

  • What effective organisations look like, and how to mobilise an organisation towards a chosen course of action
  • Skills for complex problem-solving
  • How to engage, inspire, and influence others

You will also take part in a real-life consultancy exercise within a host organisation (typically a social enterprise, charity, or NGO).

Post-programme activities

  • Return to your role with new skills and ideas
  • Follow up with your learning partner and Programme Director
  • Access resources from the virtual learning portal for up to 12 months
  • Join the Henley Business School alumni network



For participants

  • Build advanced management skills and gain a fresh perspective on your business challenges
  • Understand yourself as a leader
  • Increase your confidence and operate outside your comfort zone
  • Become more self-aware and resilient, helping you to manage uncertainty and complexity
  • Prepare for a more significant general management role or challenge

For your organisation

  • Training and developing your people into motivated, effective and innovative leaders who will drive the business forward
  • Gain insights into the latest thinking on strategic business topics
  • Build a strong leadership pipeline
  • The design of the Henley EMP deliberately includes collaboration between Henley, the participant and their organisation (via a company sponsor or learning partner). This ensures maximum return on the programme investment for both the individual and organisation

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 Greenlands

When 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.

Offers & Discounts

Alumni discount

  • 10% reduction on the programme fee for Henley alumni
  • 10% reduction on the programme fee for members of The Henley Partnership

For more information please contact exec@henley.ac.uk

Multiple bookings

When booking multiple open programmes which are paid for upfront, the following discount structure may apply. Please enquire to discuss eligibility.

  • 2-4 people = 10% reduction
  • 5-9 people = 15% reduction
  • 10+ people = 20% reduction

A 50% discount is available to registered charities - please note that the discount is applied at Henley Business School's discretion; to confirm eligibility please contact exec@henley.ac.uk

Please note: Only one discount can apply.

One-day HR Masterclasses do not qualify for this multiple bookings fee reduction.



The Henley Experience

Helping you become exceptional is at the heart of everything we do. The Henley Experience 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 Experience 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.


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Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the programme, please contact our programme advisors by email at exec@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)1491 418767.