AFM is keen to support the development of aspiring, new and more experienced leaders across the mutual sector, and we have a range of programmes designed to help equip members with the tools they need for effective career progression. Below you’ll find a brief outline of each programme, with more detail available in the AFM Development Programmes 2023 Brochure.

Please contact if you have any questions.

Mutual Leadership

Our Mutual Leadership development programme is designed to appeal to busy managers and emerging leaders in AFM member organisations. The programme builds on a well-tested formula operated across the mutual sector globally, via our international sister, ICMIF, and is delivered through a mixture of in-person and remote sessions. Modules cover:

  • the fundamentals of leading with purpose
  • leading teams in a complex world
  • leading strategically in a complex world
  • activating strategy in mutual organisations
  • peer to peer consultancy
  • translating your learning into value

Stepping Up

Stepping Up is aimed at new managers and supervisors, or those facing a big step change in their responsibilities, and is delivered through a series of six 1-day, in-person workshops, that target all the essential elements needed by managers today.

Masters Degree in Strategic Leadership

In addition, we are pleased to offer again the Masters’ degree in Strategic Leadership, an award-winning venture between AFM, the Building Societies Association and the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University.

Since the programme started in 2015, 123 students have joined the MSc and 83 have graduated after three years of hard but rewarding study, many of them with merits or distinctions. A number of BSA and AFM Member firms see the MSc as a valuable part of their leadership development programmes. Many students have gone on to be promoted within their own organisations and have also gained a valuable and lasting network of mutual colleagues.

For more information, download the 2023-26 Brochure


We also want to test interest in a new AFM Mentoring Scheme, to enhance opportunities for learning
and networking across our membership. This will be relatively informal, to fit the needs of participants.

For further information on any of these programmes, or if you have additional suggestions for how AFM can support leadership development in the sector, contact

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