Leadership Roles

Project leadership plays a crucial role in driving the success of any organisation's initiatives.

These leadership roles involves a dynamic and multifaceted group of individuals who contribute their expertise and guidance to ensure that projects are completed on time, within budget, and in alignment with organisational strategic goals.

Leadership roles that are pivotal in project management and governance are listed below, be sure to take advantage of the free resources available to you!

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non-exec Director

Senior Responsible Owner (SRO)

The Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) plays a pivotal role in ensuring the successful delivery of a programme or project, with ultimate accountability for meeting objectives, achieving projected outcomes, and realising the intended benefits, all within the framework of policies established by government ministers.

As the owner of the business case, the SRO bears responsibility for all aspects of governance.

The SRO is a senior executive or leader responsible for ensuring that a project or program meets its objectives and delivers the desired outcomes.

Executive Sponsor

An Executive Sponsor is a senior leader within an organisation who champions and supports a specific project or initiative.

Their role involves providing high-level guidance, advocating for the project's importance, securing necessary resources, and removing any organisational obstacles to ensure the project's success.

Executive Sponsors play a critical role in aligning the project with the company's strategic goals, maintaining stakeholder engagement, and holding project teams accountable for achieving objectives.

Their influence and authority are instrumental in driving project success and fostering a culture of accountability within the organisation. 

Non-Exec Director

Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) hold a vital governance role on an organisation's board, usually in a part-time, non-managerial capacity. 

They maintain independence from day-to-day operations and focus on offering impartial guidance, oversight, and strategic counsel.

NEDs are central to decision-making and risk management, ensuring the company's alignment with stakeholders' interests.

Their diverse experience and external perspective foster accountability, transparency, and long-term sustainability, while also overseeing the executive team's performance. 


  • Governance 
  • Strategic Leadership 
  • Business Case alignment to the organisational strategy 
  • Stakeholder Management 
  • Business Change & Implementation 
  • Budgeting & Cost Control 
  • Risk & Issues Management 
  • Benefits Management 
  • Resource Management
  • Reviews & Assurance 

Exec Sponsor

  • Stakeholder Management 
  • Leadership 
  • Vision and Policy 
  • Communication 
  • Business Change & Implementation 
  • Benefit Management 
  • Business Case 
  • Review & Assurance 
  • Risk & Issue Management 
  • Budgeting & Cost Control

Non-Exec Director Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Oversight
  • Financial Oversight
  • Governance
  • Policy Development
  • Accountability
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Compliance
  • Risk Management
  • Performance /objective Evaluation