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Announcing the Clore Fellows 2015/16

We are very excited to announce our 2015/16 Fellows, the twelfth cohort of cultural leaders to go through our eight month tailored leadership development programme. 


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15 July 2015

We are very excited to announce our 2015/16 Fellows. 

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The 2015/16 Fellowships at a glance:

  • The Clore Leadership Programme has awarded 24 Clore Fellowships for 2015/16 to individuals from across the visual and performing arts, museums, libraries, cultural policy, film and broadcasting
  • The 20 UK and Ireland based Fellows come from 11 towns and cities across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland
  • We have 4 International Fellowships, awarded to exceptional cultural leaders from Egypt, Brazil, India and Hong Kong
  • Two Fellows supported by the BBC were announced in April as part of Senior Leaders Programme
  • Peter Todd, founder of urban music company No Hats No Hoods, is awarded the first ever Fellows’ Fellowship supported through a crowd funding campaign by Clore Fellows to mark the Programme’s 10th anniversary.
  • The 300th Clore Fellow is Suzanne Gorman, Artistic Director of Maya Productions which creates and supports theatre that celebrates diversity (Theatre Fellowship supported by the Gatsby Charitable Trust) 

Today the Clore Leadership Programme demonstrated its continued commitment to strengthening leadership in arts and culture by announcing the exceptional individuals who have been awarded 2015/16 Fellowships on the programme. We again received a very high number of strong applications, highlighted the incredible breadth of talent, ambition and desire to lead amongst the cultural community, with roughly 10 applicants competing for each Fellowship.

Peter Todd, founder of urban music company No Hats No Hoods and the first ever Clore Fellows’ Fellow said:

“As I soon as I heard about the Clore Fellowship I knew I wanted to take part in such a unique opportunity, but never expected it to become reality. I couldn't believe something like the Fellowship existed and I am genuinely ecstatic to have been chosen. It gives me a massive opportunity to grow as a leader, develop my organisation and continue to develop young musicians.” 

This year’s cohort comes from a particularly diverse range of backgrounds from across the private, public and charity sectors. Some work for major national organisations such as the BBC, British Library, Scottish Opera or the Southbank Centre.  Others are committed to developing stronger, healthier communities through initiatives like Common Wealth and Light Box Project. They are innovative, entrepreneurial and resilient, essential qualities for leading a sustainable sector in a changing environment. All share a passion for culture and a belief in the difference it can make to our society.

Sandy Nairne, Chair of the Clore Leadership Programme, commented:

“I welcome this new generation of creative leaders, each of whom will have a positive impact on the cultural sector in the future. Whilst each Clore Fellow follows a unique path, we encourage them all to challenge themselves and each other, to test new ideas, and to work better and smarter.” 

The 2015/16 Fellows will begin their programme of personal and professional development in September 2015 with an intensive two-week residential retreat. With mentoring support from the Clore team, a senior cultural leader and a professional coach, each Fellow undergoes a period of accelerated learning over eight months adapted to their aspirations, needs and circumstances. This includes a secondment in an organisation different to their own, and opportunities to build the necessary skills required of cultural leaders today.

Fellows have gone on to grow or transform the organisations they lead, or set up vibrant new cultural enterprises up and down the country and beyond. Recent appointments include Reyahn King to run York Museums Trust and Laura McDermott at the Attenborough Centre in Brighton. Maria Balshaw has just been awarded a CBE for her role in contributing to the cultural life of Manchester through the successful redevelopment of the Whitworth Art Gallery which won Museum of the Year last night. A Fellow from India, Pooja Sood, was inspired by the Clore model to set up an arts management training initiative across South Asia which is now in its 6th successful year.

Sue Hoyle, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, said:

“The Fellowship’s practical and tailored approach is one of its greatest strengths. Our experience has shown us that Fellows learn more about cultural leadership from each other and other leaders, by doing and by reflecting on their learning, than from any conventional course.“ 

Introducing the 2015/16 Fellows on the Clore Leadership Programme:

Bill Campbell (Arts Council England Fellowship)

Lives in Salford. Founder and Director of Islington Mill, a leading independent space for artists to live, create and showcase their work, based in Salford. Islington Mill produces innovative inter-disciplinary public arts programmes and artist residencies alongside studio spaces. William has held a number of advisory roles including Board Member of Sounds from the City, an annual live music and performance festival. In 2011 William was awarded the Master of Arts Honoris Causa by the University of Salford in recognition of outstanding achievements as a Salfordian and contribution to the creative industries within the city of Salford. 

Ellie Collier (Arts Council England Fellowship)

Lives in Devon.  Programme Manager for the Cornwall Museums Partnership, a charity which coordinates collaborative working to help museums thrive, based on the principle that every organisation has a strength from which others can benefit. Ellie manages the Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst Programme for Cornwall, working with over 70 museums and heritage organisations. She has 10 years’ experience in museums and heritage, including being Project Manager at Salisbury Museum where she managed an extensive £2.4 million HLF capital and activity project; Project Development Officer at Croome, National Trust where she managed a successful £4.8 million bid to HLF; and HLF Project Officer, Limestone Journey for Creswell Heritage Trust. 

Nasheed Qamar Faruqi (Arts Council England Fellowship)

Lives in London. Nasheed is a film-maker, writer, director and producer whose most recent film was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Her career to date has included directing and writing roles for film and theatre. In 2007 she was given the Milos Forman Award at Columbia University. 

Samantha Holdsworth (Arts Council England Fellowship)

Lives in London. Samantha is the Founder and Director of Nimble Fish, a leading cultural producing company that specialises in creating high-quality, arts-led events that foster social change. Nimble Fish was awarded the 2007 Scotsman Fringe First and 2007 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Samantha has also worked with a range of arts and community organisations delivering creative projects with young people who are at risk, young offenders and refugees. She is also the founder of an international arts organisation which creates performances and workshops for children living in crisis throughout the world.

Louise Hutchinson (Arts Council England Fellowship)

Lives in Sheffield. Louise is Artistic Director of S1 Artspace, Sheffield and has worked in contemporary visual arts for over a decade. She is a trustee of Sheffield’s newly established Creative Guild and collaborates with a city-wide consortium to deliver the biennial Art Sheffield Festivals. Louise has previously developed projects for the British Council, Istanbul Biennial and ICA, London. She has commissioned solo exhibitions with leading international artists including Haegue Yang, The Boyle Family and Jennifer West to some of the most talented young British artists including Michael Fullerton, Jessica Warboys, Nicolas Deshayes and Eva Berendes. 

Ottilia Ordog (Arts Council England Fellowship)

Lives in Old Trafford, Manchester. Ottilia is the director of Beat Bazaar, a not for profit music development company providing projects, events and festivals for the community. Until recently she was the Youth Music Project Leader for Gorse Hill Studios Trafford MBC, a youth arts and music centre dedicated to the development of young people through high quality cross-arts provision. She has also worked as a music business lecturer in Manchester and Budapest. Ottilia is a Radio Presenter with Unity Radio 92.8FM. Her background includes various roles in the music industry as a promoter, artist manager and in label development. 

Rhiannon White (Arts Council of Wales Fellowship supported by Arts Council of Wales)

Lives in Cardiff. Rhiannon is a theatre director and outreach leader. She is Co - Founder and Co-Artistic Director of her own company Common Wealth, which creates work with and for communities across the UK. She has worked extensively with National Theatre Wales as a community coordinator and more recently as an emerging director. Rhiannon is also a Board Member of Imayla, a charity that offers learning opportunities for young people, families and groups, combining creative arts and environmental activities inspired by the natural environment. 

Michelle Williams (Creative Scotland Fellowship supported by Creative Scotland)

Lives in Glasgow. Michelle is Artists’ Manager at Scottish Opera where she is responsible for managing guest singers and conductors, and leading the Emerging Artists Programme. She previously held a number of roles at Scottish Opera, including Interim Touring Manager and Assistant Company Manager. She was also the co-founder and producer of MJ-UK Music and Arts, which produced musicals and operatic performances with children and young adults. 

Ben Wright (Dance Fellowship supported by Dancers’ Career Development and the Linbury Trust)

Lives in Peacehaven, East Sussex. Ben is an independent choreographer and director working in contemporary dance, opera and theatre. He is also currently Associate Artistic Director of Skanes Dansteater, Sweden’s largest independent dance company. Ben trained at the Rambert School and directs his own ensemble Ben Wright/ bgroup. Recent choreographic work includes working in opera and theatre including Washington National Opera, Brisbane Festival, Teatro Madrid, English National Opera, Michael Grandage Company, Glyndebourne Opera and The Metropolitan Opera, among others. As a dancer he performed with Adventures in Motion Pictures, London Contemporary Dance Theatre and Richard Alston Dance Company.

Dylan Haskins (Jerome Hynes Fellowship supported by the Arts Council of Ireland)

Lives in Wicklow. Dylan is a broadcaster, documentary maker and event producer working primarily in Ireland, but also developing links between Ireland and Britain. He co-hosts and produces the podcast and live event series Soundings and works with Other Voices festival, an internationally acclaimed multi-platform music series and arts event taking place in Dingle and Derry. Dylan contributes to and presents various arts, culture and entertainment shows on radio and television for Irish national broadcaster RTÉ, and online for The Guardian. He is a member of the board of Project Arts Centre in Dublin and serves on the newly formed Arts & Culture committee of the London Irish Centre and Science Gallery Dublin’s Leonardo Group. In 2011 he stood as a non-party independent candidate in the Irish General Election. He recently joined the curation team for Festival of Writing & Ideas at Borris House in Carlow. 

Suzanne Gorman (Theatre Fellowship supported by the Gatsby Charitable Trust)

Lives in London. Suzanne is Artistic Director of Maya Productions, which creates and supports theatre that celebrates diversity. She was previously Education Director at Soho Theatre; Artistic Associate at Derby Live and held a range of associate artist and associate director roles with a number of organisations including Sheffield Theatres, the Young Vic and the Barbican. 

Michael Salmon (Theatre Fellowship supported by the Gatsby Charitable Trust)

Lives in Cardiff. Michael is the Founder and Executive Producer of Waking Exploits Theatre Company, one of Wales’s leading small-scale touring theatre companies which brings the best of UK contemporary writers to the Welsh stage, often for the first time. Previous roles in theatre and film have included Associate Producer with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru; founding member, Assistant Producer and Company Assistant with National Theatre Wales where he worked for 4 years and Project Administrator, Film Agency for Wales. 

Lucy Duggan (Wellcome Trust Fellowship supported by the Wellcome Trust)

Lives in Bristol. Lucy is a Company Director and Head of Business Development for Light Box Project CIC which promotes mental well-being through artistic, evidence –based workshops with the community. She was previously Information Project Assistant at Bristol Mind and is committed to the development of society’s well-being through culture. 

George Weyman (supported by the British Library)

Lives in Cambridge. George is Head of is Head of Digital Operations for the Qatar Foundation Partnership at the British Library, working to develop a globally influential digital resource on the history of the Gulf region from the library’s primary sources. Previously he was Director of Products and Programs at Meedan, a social technology non-profit focused on enabling cross-cultural communication in partnerships with educational and cultural institutions such as Qatar Foundation International, Cambridge Inter-faith Programme, The Guardian, UNESCO and The Elders. George began his career managing a digital journal, Arab Media & Society, at the American University in Cairo. He has also worked in international journalism at APTN, ITV and C4.

Cliff Lauson (Performing Arts Consortium Fellowship supported by the Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Royal Opera House)

Lives in London. Curator at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre developing and delivering a range of large and small scale exhibitions, installations, projects and exhibition tours. Previously Cliff was Assistant Curator at Tate Modern for 5 years and Education and Public Programmes Co-ordinator for the UBC Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Cliff also lectures at a range of universities, art colleges and residency programmes. 

Ellen West (Performing Arts Consortium Fellowship supported by the Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Royal Opera House)

Lives in London. Head of Online Content at the Royal Opera House. She previously worked at the BBC as a Content Producer for interactive content across factual and arts programming on a range of projects including Radio 4 current affairs, BBC Two and History. During her time at the BBC she was also responsible for The Culture Show and BBC Four websites and worked on the development and delivery of an online collaboration with The National Gallery, London. 

Jaime Nabeta (Theatre Consortium Fellowship supported by the Ambassadors Theatre Group, Cameron MackIntosh Ltd, Royal Shakespeare Company)

Lives in London. Jaime is General Manager of the Prince of Wales Theatre, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Ltd. He previously held a number of roles as Theatre Manager and Deputy Theatre Manager for the Gielgud Theatre, Deputy Manager of Novello Theatre and Deputy Theatre Manager of Live Nation, following a career in the financial sector in Peru.

Nelson Abbey (BBC Fellowship supported by the Senior Leaders Programme, BBC)

Lives in London. Nelson Abbey has worked in the business sector since 2005 and most recently was the Head of Regulatory Compliance (Europe excluding Jersey, Middle East and US) at Ashburton. He started his career as an Executive at PriceWaterhouseCoopers before joining Insight Investment as a Risk Adviser. Nelson is also a freelance journalist and columnist and has written a fortnightly column for The Voice newspaper since 2010.

Ade Adeluwoye (BBC Fellowship supported by the Senior Leaders Programme, BBC)

Lives in London. Until recently Ade Adeluwoye was Strategy Lead for the Coca-Cola portfolio at advertising agency Zone, where he oversaw the digital marketing strategy in the UK for the Coca-Cola GB portfolio. Ade began his career as a Schedule Manager at ITV before moving to Universal Music Group International as their Head of Consumer Insight. He joined the BBC as Head of Strategic Projects in July 2006 before working at BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and BBC 5Live as Audience lead for four years. Between January 2011 and August 2012 he was the Lead Senior Planner at the BBC for the London Olympics. 

Alex Tam Hok Nang (Hong Kong Fellowship supported by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region through the Hong Kong Arts Development Council)

Lives in Hong Kong. Alex is the Centre Executive of the Centre for Research and Development in Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, which plays an important role as the centre for knowledge exchange and as a community hub for the visual arts in Hong Kong. He took up the role in January 2014 after 9 years as an arts manager with the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the Home Affairs Department of the Hong Kong Government. 

Arundhati Ghosh (Chevening Fellowship supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Lives in Bangalore. Arundhati is the Executive Director of the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), where she previously held the roles of Deputy Director and Head of Resource Mobilisation, over the past 14 years. Prior to this she worked in the corporate sector in advertising and marketing and also co-founded an e-commerce company. She sits on various Boards and Advisory Panels including those of the Beyond Sight Foundation, the Toto Funds the Arts Trust, the Archive of Indian Music, and the Seagull Foundation for the Arts. 

Eduardo Fraga (Chevening Fellowship supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Lives in São Paulo. Eduardo is a creative consultant and curator with a background in strategy, arts marketing and communications. He has worked with a range of cultural organisations and projects including the Brazilian Music Awards from Multishow (a Brazilian cable channel) and Los Bragas, where he was Head of Strategy for the Latitudes project, an Emmy nominee TV web series; and more recently with APEX Brasil, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency at South by Southwest (SXSW). 

Amira Hanafi (Chevening Fellowship supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Lives in Cairo. Amira is an artist, writer and cultural worker. She co-founded a network of youth-run media outlets in marginalised communities of Egypt, and manages an online resource for Egyptian artists. From 2011 to 2013, she held the role of Programme Director and Curator of artewella art space, leading the organisation from an independent artists’ project to a community art space providing workshops, residencies, exhibitions and opportunities for collaboration. She is the author of Forgery, Minced English, and is currently working on A Dictionary of the Revolution, a documentation of the Egyptian revolution in the popular colloquial.


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