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Clore Leadership Programme

The Clore Leadership Programme is the first initiative of its kind in the UK aimed at developing and strengthening leadership across the cultural and creative sectors. The Programme was initiated in 2003 by the Clore Duffield Foundation and is sustained by a partnership between private philanthropy and public funding. The organisation invests in individuals, drawing on their creative potential to raising the game in the arts and creative sectors.

The Programme awards its flagship Clore Fellowships annually to exceptional individuals drawn from across the UK and beyond, and runs a choice of programmes tailored to the leadership needs of arts professionals at different stages of their career. The participants are drawn from a range of specialisms including the visual and performing arts, film and digital media, libraries, museums, archives and heritage, and cultural policy. In the last 10 years, over 250 fellowships have been awarded and nearly 1000 leaders have attended the Short Courses, enabling the participants to form a well-networked and connected arts leadership sector. Graduates of the scheme dot the salient points of the cultural landscape.

The Programme has inspired other initiatives in the UK and beyond, in particular the Clore Social Leadership Programme.

Initiated by the Clore Duffield Foundation, and sustained by the Foundation's generous support, the Programme is the UK's first cross-disciplinary leadership programme for the cultural and creative sector. It was established as an independent organisation in 2004, after Dame Vivien Duffield had instigated research into the need for leadership training in the cultural programme. That research discovered that leadership development was often a question of accident rather than design, and that – without getting in the way of serendipity – it was time to put some of the design in place.

Inspired by the vision of its Founding Director Chris Smith, the Programme focused initially on the Fellowship Programme, aimed at shaping creative leaders through in-depth learning, and tailored as far as possible to the needs, aspirations and circumstances of between 20 and 30 individuals a year. The structure of the Fellowship programme is based on recommendations which were made to the Clore Duffield Foundation by John Holden and Robert Hewison, (see their report, and the Executive Summary). The course is unique outside the US, and includes workshops and residential courses, an extended placement, individually-selected training, mentoring and coaching, as well as opportunities for research and the development of skills.

Fellows and Course Participants Former/Current Position Clore Year/ Course
Tom Andrews Role when Applying: Chief Executive, Music for Change

Now: People United, Chief Executive

Fellow #Clore1 – 2004-05
Mark Ball Role when Applying: Director, Fierce Earth Ltd

Now: Artistic Director, London International Festival of Theatre

Fellow #Clore3 – 2006-07
Richard Beecham Role when Applying: Freelance Theatre Director

Now: Founding Artistic Director of Threshold Theatre

Fellow #Clore4 – 2007-08
Jessamy Carlson Role When Applying: Casework Advisor and Liaison Officer for Wales, The National Archives

Now: Senior Advisor to the 20 Years Programme, The National Archives

Participant #CloreShortCourse – 2010
Neil Darlison Role when Applying: Deputy Director Warwick Arts Centre

Now: Director - Theatre, Arts Council England

Fellow #Clore3 – 2006-07
Ciara Eastell Role when Applying: Principal Assistant Librarian for Somerset County Council

Now: Head of Libraries, Culture and Heritage, Devon County Council and President-Elect of Society of Chief Librarians

Fellow #Clore1 – 2004-05
Alice King-Farlow Role When Applying: Freelance consultant

Now: Director of Learning, National Theatre

Fellow #Clore3 – 2006-07
Gill Hart Role when Applying: Outreach and Access Officer, Fitzwilliam Museum

Now: Head of Adult Learning, National Gallery London

Fellow #Clore6 – 2009-10
Jonathan Lloyd Role when Applying: Associate Director, Soho Theatre

Now: Artistic Director/CEO, Pegasus Theatre

Fellow #Clore2 – 2005-06
Dr Nick Merriman Role when Applying: Director of Museums & Collections, University College London

Now: Director, Manchester Museum, University of Manchester

Fellow #Clore1 – 2004-05
Tonya Nelson Role When Applying: Museum Manager, UCL, Petrie Museum

Now: University College London, Head of Museums & Collections

Fellow #Clore8 – 2011-12
Toby Norman Wright Role when Applying: Freelance Dance Artist and former Birmingham Royal Ballet Dancer

Now: Relationship Manager, Dance, Arts Council England - West Midlands

Fellow #Clore4 – 2007-08
Julia Potts Role when Applying: Head of Education, Ambassador Theatre Group

Now: Executive Director of the Almeida Theatre

Fellow #Clore3 – 2006-07
Gavin Reid Role When Applying: General Manager Manchester Camerata

Now: Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Fellow #Clore1 – 2004-05
Annie Rigby Role when Applying: Resident Director, Northern Stage

Now: Founder, Unfolding Theatre

Fellow #Clore4 – 2007-08
Roxana Silbert Role When Applying: Associate Director, RSC

Now: Artistic Director of the Birmingham Rep

Fellow #Clore6 – 2009-10
Moira Sinclair Role When Applying: Director, Vital Arts

Now: Executive Director, London, Arts Council England

Fellow #Clore1 – 2004-05
Pooja Sood Role When Applying: Director, KHOJ

Now: Director, Khoj and Programme Director, ARThink South Asia Arts Management Fellowship

Fellow #Clore6 – 2009-10
Chris Stafford Role When Applying: Projects and Development Manager, Shakespeare's Globe

Now: Executive Producer, Curve Theatre

Fellow #Clore6 – 2009-10
Emma Stenning Role when Applying: Executive Director, Battersea Arts Centre

Now: Joint Chief Executive & Executive Director, Bristol Old Vic

Fellow #Clore2 – 2005-06
Kenneth Tharp Role when Applying: Freelance performer, teacher, choreographer, director

Now: Chief Executive, The Place

Fellow #Clore2 – 2005-06
Despina Tsatsas Role when Applying: Associate Producer, Mark Rubinstein Ltd

Now: Executive Producer, Frantic Assembly

Fellow #Clore9 – 2012-13
Neil Webb Role when Applying: Director Arts, mainland China and Hong Kong, British Council

Now: Director of Dance and Drama at the British Council

Fellow #Clore3 – 2006-07
Willie White Role when Applying: Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Project Arts Centre

Now: Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Dublin Theatre Festival

Fellow #Clore5 – 2008-09
Sheena Wrigley Role when Applying: Head of Theatre, Arts & Festivals- City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Now: Chief Executive, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Fellow #Clore4 – 2007-08
Erica Whyman Role when Applying: Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Gate Theatre

Now: Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Fellow #Clore1 - 2004-05

  • Clore Duffield Foundation: The Foundation is a grant-making charity which concentrates its support on cultural learning, creating learning spaces within arts and heritage organisations, leadership training for the cultural and social sectors, social care, and enhancing Jewish life. The Foundation is chaired by Dame Vivien Duffield DBE.
  • Clore Social Leadership Programme (CSLP): The CSLP develops leaders in the social sector so that they can transform their communities, organisations and the world around them.
  • Cultural Learning Alliance (CLA): CLA is a collective voice working to ensure that all children and young people have meaningful access to culture.
  • Clore Learning Spaces: The Clore Duffield Foundation has funded museum, gallery, heritage and performing arts learning spaces across the UK for over 15 years, ranging from £2.5m Clore learning centres in national museums, to donations of less than £5,000 for single rooms in local history heritage buildings.
  • Clore Prize Fund: To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Clore Duffield Foundation Foundation is making a £500,000 anniversary Prize Fund available to all Clore Fellows.


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