Wellcome Trust - Case study

Wellcome Trust - Case study


Wellcome Trust



Interweaving Leadership and Organisational Development


The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in health.


The values of the Trust externally are well known and highly respected.  MaST was engaged to help develop a leadership culture and internal values appropriate to this remarkable organisation.  As well as employing many leading scientists, its investment team regularly outperform other city institutions and fund their ground breaking research.  Providing a deep sense of common purpose across such talented specialists was a key part of our task.


We are working with the Trust to create a leadership culture that will enable the organisation to thrive and achieve its strategic objectives, vision and purpose. We met with executives and senior leaders to hear their stories of perceived strengths, opportunities and aspirations.


From this firm backbone, we are supporting the development of every level of leader within the Trust. Programmes are designed in 4 modules (2 days, 1 day, 1 day, 2 days) with each module occurring approximately every 4 weeks.  In addition to pre-work and identification of live case materials, participants also form Action Learning Sets of 6 people who meet at least once between each module. 


In the second phase we have integrated their Business Principles (Values) in to their Leadership programme for its 150 leaders. 


Programmes have had an impact on the relationships, communication and coaching culture in the Trust, participants tell us that they feel more empowered to make decisions, have positive performance conversations and are able to influence at a senior level.  The impact of the programme is extending way beyond leadership development and is providing the organisation with vital data for ongoing cultural change initiatives.


In 2015 we were asked to design, develop and deliver Phase 2 - Leading High Performing Teams. This focused on helping the trust to embed its four core business principles with the leaders living and breathing these, moment by moment. The workshop also focused on the Success Model, which was used to plan, implement, evaluate and motivate team performance.


In 2016 we have been asked to create and deliver a change manage programme for Leaders. This programme has now been designed and is being rolled out to the organisation.





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