A city’s largest employer has held a training programme for its future leaders in the not-for-profit sector.

The American Express Foundation, in partnership with international leadership development organisation Common Purpose, held its third Leadership Academy to support the development of new bosses.

The four-day programme brought together 25 delegates from across the UK including five managers from the Brighton Dome and Festival and the Sussex Beacon.

The American Express Leadership Academy is for people who hold a manager-level position, have dedicated themselves to a career in the not- for-profit sector and have built strong momentum in their field.

The programme’s agenda included how not-for-profit companies can work effectively with private enterprise, how to market not-for- profit businesses and how delegates can build their profiles as influential business leaders.

Colin Walsh, the UK manager of American Express and the host of this year’s academy, said: “We appreciate the impact that talented leaders can have on business and society as a whole and at American Express we dedicate significant resource to attracting, developing and nurturing talented employees.

“Through the academy, we are working with not-for- profit organisations to foster this ethos and harness the personal and business skills needed to run a successful non-profit organisation.”