About us

Who are we?

  • The Møller Institute is an agile executive education and research business which enables organisations to transform themselves and be the best they can be
  • We are wholly owned by Churchill College, and support businesses with transformational challenges primarily around the key areas of strategy, leadership, innovation and growth
  • Over the past twelve years, more than 4,000 senior and aspiring leaders from global organisations have attended leadership development programmes designed and delivered by our team
  • We covenant all our profits back to Churchill College

Churchill College

  • An extraordinary record of academic excellence with 32 Nobel Prize winners amongst its Fellowship, past and present
  • Sir Winston Churchill wanted to create a British equivalent of the American MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and this was achieved with Churchill College , constitutionally obliged to take in a minimum of 70% of students (under and postgraduate) in STEM subjects
  • By supporting leadership development in companies, we help grow young leaders for the future

Danish inspiration

  • Inspired by the connection between Sir Winston Churchill and Danish shipping magnate Maersk McKinney Møller founded the Møller Centre in 1992
  • Mr Møller felt Churchill saved Denmark in World War 2 and wanted to contribute a continuing education component to the ‘MIT of the UK’
  • Møller’s vision was to “Bring together business and academia”

Our clients

  • We partner with CEOs, Heads of Learning & Development and other senior executives to design and deliver inspiring, high-impact programmes for current and future leaders
  • We investigate the context and challenges faced by the organisation and co-create truly bespoke programmes to help people fulfil their corporate and personal potential
  • We allow for a mix of learning styles, use context to reinforce learning, stimulate thought and discussion, always with three key words in mind: insight, inspire and achieve

Our network

Our teaching team includes exceptional advisers, world-class academics, practitioners, industry experts and our own team of executive coaches

We have the flexibility to draw upon our strong network of Associates and Contributors who provide input to our customised programmes including:

  • World-class academics from across the University of Cambridge and beyond
  • Practitioners/industrialists in the wider Cambridge eco-system
  • Our own team of leadership development experts, advisers and executive coaches with exceptional track records of teaching senior executives
  • Institutional and international collaborators (e.g. the Institute for Manufacturing)
  • An eco-system of IP rich, deep-innovation companies able to offer non-competing sectoral insight to clients
  • A network of international leadership scholars including a partnership with the International Leadership Association
  • Our leadership resource hub is the home of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership and underpins our research capability

Success stories

We have been extremely successful in China, especially in healthcare and finance (three of the top four state banks and the top 10 commercial banks have had customised programmes with us) as well as in Europe with clients such as Porsche, Marshall Group, Daily Mail and General Trust Group; The British Council; and media companies Global and Metro Newspapers.  Details here.


  • We are practical and curious. Our programmes are designed to deliver what clients need, not just what they want, to achieve their leadership and performance objectives
  • We work with our clients to measure impact and in so doing always aim for beneficial long-term partnerships
  • We equip executives with the cognitive, emotional and behavioural resources required to lead their organisations confidently through the competitive and unpredictable environment of the 21st Century

Centre for Excellence

We have a dedicated collaborative learning space on Churchill College campus, the Møller Centre which was recently voted:

  • Best UK Management and Training Centre
  • Best Academic Venue
  • Best Conferencing and Banqueting Staff

Don’t just take our word for it

Robert Marshall, Group Chief Executive of Marshall Group, a long-term client, officially launched our 25th anniversary year. Mr Marshall explained:

“I have always been struck by the Møller Centre’s founding principles from Mærsk McKinney Møller and his amazing vision of bringing together academia and business. The Centre is very fortunate, by design of course, to be associated with one of the great colleges of Cambridge, a new college, in many ways liberated from old traditions and forward-looking – an enormous asset to Cambridge.

We’ve been going through the great adventure which all companies must go through all the time to survive, which is developing our leaders for the future. To do this we’ve developed, with Møller Executive Education, what I think is a ground-breaking leadership development programme for our aspiring leaders, using the state-of-the-art knowledge that is here in Cambridge, and teaching our people to really take responsibility for constant change to make a real difference and to align that difference with the constantly and evolving strategy and purpose of the company. It’s been an enormous success and has been very hard work to develop but I hope that Møller does develop it for many other companies who can, I think, benefit from it. We’re seeing that benefit in our business with a new openness to change and a new openness to doing things differently in this very rapidly changing environment created by the ‘fourth industrial revolution.”