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The Tri-Sector Challenge ("the event") is an all-day management challenge event open to the private, public and voluntary sectors.

The event consists of two modules. Module 1 (The Core Module) is undertaken by all teams and takes place throughout the day. Module 2 (The Specialist Module) has a number of sub-modules depending on the background of the team (Local Government (Tier 1/2), Town/Parish Council (Tier 3), Fire Service, Police, NHS, Housing Association and the Voluntary Sector). This module also takes place throughout the day and is introduced to the teams via their "principal". Due to the complexity, and breadth, of private sector organisations any such team entries (along with those from the public sector not mentioned or wish to choose otherwise) will be allowed free choice as to which specialism they wish to participate as. 

Each event consists of a maximum of 24 teams , each consisting of a minimum of ideally 4 and an absolute maximum of 6 delegates. 


The interactions will consist of a number of planned and unplanned meetings, of varying length, and on a range of differing subject matter with varying levels of seniority. There will also be interactions via e-mail, printed reports and news cuttings. And of course the unexpected!

Each team will have a "principal" who will guide and direct certain tasks. They will be 'role playing' so may not necessarily hold down the job title shown in the real world.

Specialist Module

Principal Position

Team "Leader" Role

Local Government (Tier 1/2)

Political Leader of the Council

Council Chief Executive

Fire Service

Chair of the Fire Authority

Chief Fire Officer


Police and Crime Commissioner

Chief Constable


Chairman of the Hospital Trust

Hospital Chief Executve

Housing Association

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Chief Executive 

Voluntary Sector

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Charity Chief Executive

Town/Parish Council (Tier 3)

Town Mayor

Chief Clerk


Assessment is 'by exception' - in other words it will not be continuous and only happen during set tasks and interactions, thereby allowing free-thinking by teams without constraint. The assessment will focus on 'behaviours' to allow all sectors to be assessed on a level playing field. These 'behaviours' may contribute to more than one of the awards available. Examples of the area to be assessed include (but not limited to!):

  • Assertiveness
  • Compassionate leadership
  • Time management
  • Political awareness
  • Communication skills
  • Honesty
  • Sincerity
  • Emotional intelligence


Joining instructions will be dispatched approximately 3 weeks prior to the event. These will include the passwords necessary to "unlock" the restricted areas of the Team information (accessible 7 days prior to the event).

Broadly speaking, the timeline on the day of the event is as follows:

7.30am - Event Director and Event Co-Ordinator on site.

8.30am - Assessors Arrive.

9.10am - Recommended latest time of arrival for Teams/Delegates.

9.30am - Event Onboarding Brief (aka Event Start).

12.15pm - Nominal Working Lunch Start Time (30 mins)

5.00pm - Event Ends, Bar Opens.

6.15pm - Dinner.

7.30pm - Award Show.

8.00pm - Disperse