Strategic Planning for an Uncertain Future

"Amazing course presentation by a trainer who was clearly on top of the subject, taking full advantage of the small group size to explore the application of the concepts to our individual contexts."


Organisations have a duty to look to the future and try to establish how they will need to operate in 5 or 10 years’ time. However many organisations fail to do this because they don’t really know where to start. This course provides a clear model for looking at your organisation and establishing what the future may hold. We will look at a number of angles including: the legal and regulatory framework, changes in society and technology, workforce and economic considerations, global trends and UK changes including Brexit.

This short face to face course will include case studies of where strategic planning has worked well, and where it has been ignored with negative effects. There will be an opportunity for delegates to start thinking about strategic planning within their own organisation.

Strategic Planning for an Uncertain Future is from our popular Accountability & Governance series. At the Civil Service College, we tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisations, ensuring that each participant gets the most out of the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible. 

Key Training Features

Who Can Attend

Learning Outcomes

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Key Training Features:

  • Models of strategic planning to use within your own organisation
  • Key areas for consideration, e.g. economy, workforce, regulation & law, technology, culture
  • How to plan for the unexpected
  • Tools & resources for strategic consultation

Who Can Attend:

Managers or board members who want to use strategic planning in their own role, or introduce it to the whole organisation/board. Suitable for local authorities/councils.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will gain a clear understanding of strategic planning and will have the opportunity to start thinking through the impact on their own organisation. Participants will also be provided with the tools needed to spread the strategic planning methodology within their own organisation or board setting. 

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10:00 - 13:00


£595 + VAT


Westminster, London

Lead Trainer

Jo Clift

Jo Clift

Jo has held senior roles in the UK Government for over 20 years, across a range of disciplines including communications, strategy, policy and legislation.

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Jo Clift

Jo Clift

Jo is an expert on central Government and personal development.  She works as a Non-Executive Director, consultant and coach.

Jo had senior roles in the heart of the UK Government for over twenty years, across a range of disciplines including communications, strategy, policy and legislation. 

Jo has a particular interest in personal development, and helping people to bring their whole selves to work, including dealing with the Imposter Syndrome.

She has worked closely with many ministers over the years, and has also worked at Number 10 in the Prime Minister's Press Office. Other Government roles included leading the Coalition government's ICT strategy, Head of Communications for the BSE Inquiry and creating a new model for corporate shared services across Whitehall. Jo also gained private sector experience as a senior change consultant at Deloitte Consulting.

She currently works as a consultant with organisations who need to understand and engage with the UK Government.  She is also an executive coach, and a Council member for the Institute of Osteopathy. 

Jo is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a published writer on the Civil Service and Brexit.


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