CEANNAS

Ceannas - (pronounced keyannas) - the ancient scottish Gaelic word for leadership

OUR FOCUS

Ceannas® is an exclusive leadership development service reserved for the top two tiers in high performing organisations and those identified to be in succession or high potential categories.

To maximise leadership value in businesses by identifying and enabling positive changes to leaders’ behaviour, through rigorous analysis and positive engagement. 

To consistently do the ‘right’ thing – where ’right’ is ethical, authentic, sincere and understated, which enables us to build long-term trusted relationships with senior leaders.

THE CEANNAS PROPOSITION

Our logo is based upon the Golden Spiral, which often appears in nature where the spiral grows at an exponential rate without losing its shape. The Ceannas proposition mirrors this phenonemon by identifying small changes to leadership behaviour that can have an exponential effect upon an organisation – without distorting its shape.

SMALL & HIGH LEVERAGE CHANGE

Small, observable and achieveable changes in leadership behaviour can have an exponential impact upon a leader’s effectiveness. Ceannas allows the leader to focus on changes to their behaviour that will have the greatest value.

SINGULAR DESIGN FOR EVERY CLIENT

Every company is different and what works with one company won’t always transfer to another. The Ceannas leadership design process takes those differences into account and generates a singular approach for each client .

ALIGNING WITH CULTURE

Leadership behaviour must align with the company’s values or it cannot be consistent or effective. Ceannas help to make a company’s leadership culture explicit and enables leaders to align their behaviour with that culture.

CEANNAS LEADERSHIP ANALYTICS

Ceannas have designed and developed a suite of integrated analytical tools that provide a foundation for a personal leadership change strategy

CEANNAS LEADERSHIP SONAR®

The Ceannas Leadership Sonar measures the extent to which a leader behaves in line with their organisation’s values as seen through the eyes of those they lead. It identifies blindspots; opportunities for change; elements of improving behaviour; and definite leadership assets.

CEANNAS LEADERSHIP RADAR®

The Ceannas Leadership Radar gathers the opinion of peers and seniors relating to the extent to which the leader has delivered against the key leadership behaviours identified by that organisation as being critical to its success.

CEANNAS TEAM INDEX®

The Ceannas Leadership Team Index is based on an Effectiveness to the Power of Team® score that shows a leadership team’s capacity to work in productive synergy. The individual and collective scores can be used to plan productive changes to team behaviour.

THE CEANNAS LEADERSHIP INDEX

The Ceannas Leadership Index® has been developed over a 25-year period and has been used productively with over 1000 senior leaders from around the world. It applies the power of seven inter-connected lenses on leadership that together create a profile of an individual leader at a particular point in time – it is not a psychometric test. The Index focuses in on those aspects of leadership behaviour that are the key elements in a personal leadership change strategy, and which add real value to a leader’s performance and their impact upon their organization.

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ENGAGING WITH CEANNAS

CEANNAS CONVERSATIONS

We work with individual leaders on a one-to-one basis making full use of the suite of Ceannas Analytical tools to identify productive personal leadership change strategies.

LEADERSHIP TEAM EVENTS

We co-design and deliver a range of leadership team/away day programmes all focused upon adding value through positive individual and collective change to leadership behaviour.

VISION/MISSION/VALUES

We assist companies to design and deliver coherent vision, mission and values statements that translate and connect to productive leadership behaviour.

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PEOPLE

GEOFF AITKENHEAD

CREDIBILITY - RELIABILITY - TRUST

Geoff Aitkenhead is a Director with Ceannas and has a long track record of successful leadership in industry. From 2002 to 2016 he was a member of the Group Board and Executive Leadership Team of Scottish Water, playing a significant leadership role in the remarkable transformation of the water industry in Scotland. During the 2002-16 period Geoff oversaw the successful delivery of c£8 billion of capital projects, accounting for a third of all civil engineering in Scotland. Geoff chaired the Boards of two plc companies established as special purpose vehicles for the delivery of capital investment programmes.

These companies involved a variety of utility, engineering and construction companies as shareholders and delivery partners. He is currently Chairman of Scottish Water International and former Chairman of WaterAid (Scotland), an organisation dedicated to the provision of clean water and sanitation in the developing world. Geoff is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a member of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management, and a graduate of Newcastle University. He is the father of three daughters and likes nothing more than walking in his beloved Cumbrian hills.

MARY HORSBURGH

HONESTY - COMMITMENT - DELIVERY

Mary Horsburgh is Business Manager at Ceannas Ltd.  Mary has a long career in administration, having worked in both the public and private sector for many years, with a proven background in delivering a high standard of administrative and personal support to senior executives.  She has been fortunate to work with individuals with true leadership values and this has greatly influenced her thinking.       

Mary embarked upon an Executive MBA later in life, juggling a high pressure working life and personal responsibilities, and this has enabled her to further develop her passion for leadership, motivation and organisational development while at the same time honing her business and management skills to a deeper level. 

SONYA HOTSON

EMPOWERING – INTEGRITY - RESPECT

Sonya Hotson is the Managing Director of Ceannas. Before joining Ceannas she was Head of Strategy and Planning with Standard Life, the FTSE 100 company with an annual revenue of £1.43 billion. Over her twenty year multinational career with leading blue chip companies in financial services and technology sectors, she has exemplified a passion for leading through core values. Sonya is a Chartered Management Accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Throughout her career she has held a variety of finance and strategy positions with Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies and then Standard Life.

Sonya’s senior posts were focused and accountable for the commercial performance of the organisation. She has worked across continents, including a significant period in California’s Silicon Valley with Hewlett-Packard where she was immersed in the ‘HP way, the management culture which has contributed to the success of Apple and Google. Her positivity quickly engages all in the opportunity to make significant personal and organisational impact through strong leadership values. She is Chief Executive of the Scottish Leadership Trust, and member of the Children In Scotland Fund raising panel.

DON LEDINGHAM

SERVICE - TEACHING - CREATIVITY

Don Ledingham, is the founder and Chief Executive of Ceannas. He has had a lifelong interest in education and leadership. It led him earlier in his career to become a teacher, university lecturer, headteacher, and executive director of education in two local authorities. As his career progressed his interest in the learning process connected with this natural curiosity about the behaviours that translate into great leadership. He completed an MPhil in leadership and then spent two decades researching the characteristics of successful leaders.

Emerging from his own leadership experience; research into high performing organisations; and personal innovation came the Ceannas methodology, which allowed him to focus on his twin passions of teaching and leadership. He is the author of ’A Small Step to Wise Leadership, (2017) and an honorary professor of leadership at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. He subscribes to the words of T.S Elliot, who said,“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”  

MAIRI O’KEEFE

AUTHENTIC - RESILIENT - INNOVATIVE

Mairi O’Keefe MBE is a Director with Ceannas, and has a mission to change people’s lives for the better. As Chief Executive of Leuchie House, the national respite centre, she averted its closure when funding was suddenly withdrawn leaving 450 families without access to specialist respite care. Undaunted, she set up an independent charity, established a board and advisory group, and took on the employment of over 90 staff. Over the course of seven years she and her remarkable team delivered 33,457 nights of respite care for people with a wide range of long-term conditions including MND, MS and stroke.

Through her vision to ensure that people with such conditions are not just a “disease in a wheelchair”, she has inspired people and communities and raised over £6 million to translate the vision into a reality. An innovator at heart she is highly sought after by government and other organisations for advice. Mairi combines a very strong practical perspective with an energy, passion and enthusiasm, that, in the words of one chief executive, “lights a fire that cannot be extinguished”. Mairi’s leadership abilities have been recognised by an MBE in 2014 New Year’s honours list.

CONTACT CEANNAS

We build our business through conversations. We do not advertise or promote our services. Our client list is deliberately restricted and exclusive thereby allowing us to dedicate our service to maximise value. If you think that we might be a suitable partner for your business then please contact our business manager, Mary Horsburgh, at maryhorsburgh@ceannas.com.