Fred Olsen has recognised the achievements of 12 managers who participated in its first Women’s Leadership Network course, designed to develop their leadership skills in their respective businesses.

A graduation ceremony was held on November 6 at the Woburn Hotel, in Bedfordshire, to mark the conclusion of the six-day residential course, between August and November 2018.

The 12 managers came from a range of Fred Olsen companies in the UK – Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Fred Olsen Travel, Fred. Olsen Renewables, Natural Power and SeaRoc.

The course was held over three two-day modules and led by StudyFlex’s managing director, Rachel Lambert, and focused on areas such as personal development, organisational culture, the role of leadership, effective teams and affecting and managing change.

The course was funded by Fred Olsen and supported by management development consultancy StudyFlex.

Nick Emery, chief executive officer of Fred Olsen, said it was “a very proud moment” to be celebrating the group’s achievements.

“We know that, in order to succeed in an ever-competitive marketplace, we need to have the best staff in our business, reflecting the full diversity of the global environments in which we operate,” he said.

Susanna Frost, human resources director of Fred Olsen, said: “This was our first leadership programme designed to enable women to build on their strengths and further develop their own leadership style.

“Creating a network such as this has been both rewarding and challenging and I feel immensely proud of our first group.”

Emery attended the final evening of the course and addressed the graduates before presenting them with course certificates.