Uganda Leadership Pioneers is a unique seven-day executive leadership programme based in Uganda, followed by an opportunity to provide ongoing support to Ugandan colleagues on leadership challenges once international participants are back in their home countries. The next course will run from Saturday 15th September to Sunday 23rd September 2018. 

You will not only develop your leadership skills, with a focus on systems leadership, influencing, collaborative working, relationship building and deepening personal cultural awareness, but you will also work alongside and support Ugandan healthcare leaders to make real social impact in a way that is meaningful and sustainable, by helping your peers to solve leadership challenges at community health facilities.  The immersive nature of this course means you don't just learn about leadership, you experience it.  

This course is aimed at international senior leaders from the public sector, private sector and charity sector who are seeking to better understand and continuously assess their personal strengths and weaknesses, adapt and improve their leadership skills, and identify new ways to deliver results in complex and challenging environments.


  • Learn about Uganda and what it is like to work in a complex and challenging developing-world environment
  • Develop your leadership capabilities, increase your confidence and expand your comfort zone
  • Leverage your skills and experience to bring about sustainable change in a resource-limited setting
  • Create a strong international leadership network

This programme provides participants with hands-on experience of working in Uganda. It partners you as UK public, private and voluntary sector professionals with leaders and peers from the Ugandan health and local government sector.  We create joint teams who work together to improve service delivery at health centres in some of the most remote and deprived regions of Western Uganda.

Building relationships with Ugandan colleagues whilst applying rigorous academic leadership training brings learning alive.  Working outside your comfort zone in this challenging environment whilst thinking about leadership concepts deepens the learning.  On this fast-paced course, both theory and new ideas are immediately put into practice during visits to the health centres where your team will be immersed in community life. Then back in the training room, leadership skills are further tested as participants work together to plan for impact. After the seven day immersion, you will continue to work together with your peers remotely for six months.



To date 12 leaders from the UK National Health Service, local government and private sector have joined the programme. Their feedback includes: 

"A fantastic experience that will stay with me forever. An extreme course that doesn’t take you to the edge of your comfort zone, it smashes well beyond it. An assault on your leadership that you can’t help but learn from. A full on intensive leadership experience with theory to back it up, a long way from the traditional theoretical courses."

                     - Mike Stredder, Director, NHS Blood and Transplant

“This was a completely immersive and testing learning experience; we saw the importance and power of leadership and cross system thinking in a country facing extraordinary challenges.”

                       - John Davidson, Deputy Director of Communications, NICE

 “Learning collaboratively with Ugandan colleagues was an amazing experience – I learnt more from them than they will ever know”  

                        - Anthony J. Clarkson, Assistant Director: Organ Donation and Nursing, NHS Blood and Transplant



Closing date for applications: Friday 20th July 2018

Initial call for programme introductions: Tuesday 7th August, 10am - 11.30am

Preparation meeting in central London: Thursday 30th August 2018, 10am - Midday 



Saturday 15th September: Arrive in Entebbe and travel to Kampala, meet Pepal in-country team with optional tour of Kampala.

Sunday 16th: Travel to Western Uganda and meet Ugandan staff from Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation.  CSLE introduces theoretical cultural models and participants prepare to meet their Uganda counterparts.

Monday 17th: Training Centre - International and Ugandan participants form project teams, CSLE introduces theoretical leadership tools on Systems Leadership, Stakeholder Mapping, Influencing and the Learning Organisation.  Participants prepare for visits to community health facilities.

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th: Turning Theory into Action - Participants travel in project teams to districts and test ideas developed in the classroom at community health facilities, alongside volunteers and health workers.

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st: Planning for the Future - Project teams feedback their ideas to district government leaders and politicians, reflect on their learning and work on post programme planning, followed by a closing ceremony and celebration.

Saturday 22nd: Reflection and relaxation, including an optional R&R activity.

Sunday 23rd September: Travel back to Entebbe for night flights back to the UK.



£2,900 per participant (NHS and third sector fee. The fees for participants from private companies may vary please contact sarah<dot>galvin@pepal<dot>org for more information)  

The fee includes food and accommodation whilst in Uganda, local transportation, and on-going support from Pepal during the six-months following the immersion visit. The fee excludes travel to and from Uganda. The fee also subsidises the participation of Ugandan health workers on the programme.

 Mike Stredder, Director, NHS Blood and Transplant, works with Ugandan colleagues.

Mike Stredder, Director, NHS Blood and Transplant, works with Ugandan colleagues.


To register your interest in this course or future courses, please contact Sue Hopgood: 

Email: sue@csleuk.org

Tel:  +44 (0) 7590 353 005



Uganda is a landlocked country set on the equator of East Africa with a population of 42 million. Known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ for its rich natural beauty and fertile land, Uganda is now a peaceful country after decades of political turmoil and conflict

Nevertheless, poverty remains an acute problem with 63% of the population living on under $2 a day. The healthcare system is severely stretched:

  • Maternal mortality rates are 360 per 100,000 live births (compared to 8 in the UK).
  • 1.5 million people are living with HIV.
  • Average life expectancy is 59 (compared to 81 in the UK).



To deliver this unique programme, Pepal is collaborating with The Cross Sector Leadership Exchange (CSLE) and Baylor-Uganda.


Pepal designs and delivers executive leadership programmes that bring together business, NGO and public sector leaders on projects that create sustainable and scalable social change in developing countries. Pepal programmes combine project work, world-class management and leadership training, and field exposure. Pepal consolidates learning, embeds partnerships and ensures change on the ground by supporting project implementation and remote working.


Set up by a consortium of like-minded public and voluntary sector professional leaders, CSLE aims to develop existing, future and aspiring leaders to better deliver services to the public. CSLE brings together delegates from a range of sectors and organisations to address real problems with real partners and come up with real solutions. Through its programmes, CSLE encourages collaborative working and provides particpants with the skills and networks they need to drive effectiveness across the public sector.  For more information, visit: www.csleuk.org


Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation-Uganda (Baylor-Uganda) a registered Ugandan not-for-profit child health and development organization. Baylor-Uganda provides child-focused and family-centred paediatric HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services, health professional training, and conducts clinical research. For more information, visit: www.baylor-uganda.org