The Clore Leadership Programme came from an inspirational idea of Dame Vivien Duffield, and was set up in order to help develop a generation of exceptional cultural leaders.
(The Clore Leadership Programme's 10th Birthday Celebration at the Natural History Museum, 2014. Photography: Nick Harvey 2014)
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. 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 was made to the Clore Duffield Foundation by John Holden and Robert Hewison, (see HERE for their report, or HERE for an Executive Summary) and includes workshops and residential courses, an extended placement, individually-selected training, mentoring and coaching.
Since it was first established, the Clore programme has been a pioneer in leadership development, a source of expert advice and an inspirational example for other initiatives in the UK and beyond, including the Clore Social Leadership Programme.
Developments in the Programme since 2004 have included:
- Intensive fortnight-long residential Short Courses
- A Board Development programme, to strengthen governance in the cultural sector
- The extension of the Fellowships to international participants
- One and two-day follow-up courses (Clore Plus)
- An association with the University of Hong Kong to create Asia’s first Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme
- One-week courses for Emerging Leaders
- The creation of consortia of large-scale national cultural organisations, to support the Fellowship programme
- The introduction of leadership development days, run in partnership with other organisations