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.
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.
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 unique approach for each client .
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.
Everything we do with leaders connects to their organisation’s overall vision; the strategy that they intend to follow to achieve that vision, and the values that should underpin the behaviour of all those in the organisation.
If leaders are to place their trust in us and share their vulnerabilties with us then we must treat all our interactions with them and their personal data with the greatest confidence.
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 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 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, is the Chief Executive of Ceannas. He has had a lifelong passion for learning 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 20 years researching and writing about 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 learning 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.”
Melvin has over 25 years of successful international senior and executive leadership experience spent in customer focused, regulated markets, while meeting the needs of a highly demanding clientele. He has made a significant impact in a range of culturally diverse environments across the luxury hospitality, consulting and private healthcare sectors. As Manager of the Bangkok Oriental Hotel he led 1200 personnel to deliver a remarkable service, that led to it being recognised as the world’s number one hotel during his leadership.
Demonstrating a rare fearlessness, he moved into the world of private healthcare where he translated his experience from the hospitality industry to great effect by contributing towards the transformation of one of the world’s most successful healthcare providers. Throughout his extensive experience Melvin has concentrated on the importance of the role of the leader in making organisations exceptional places. As one might expect from someone with his range of experience and dedication to the needs of the customer Melvin is the perfect person to have beside you when leadership gets tough!