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Meet the 2016/17 Clore Fellows

We are thrilled to announce our 2016/17 Fellows, the 13th cohort of cultural leaders to go through our eight month tailored leadership development programme. 

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23 September 2016

Photography: Hugh Hill 2016

Creating a new culture of leadership

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The 2016/17 Fellowships at a glance:

  • The Clore Leadership Programme awards 25 Clore Fellowships for 2016/17 to exceptional individuals from across the visual and performing arts, museums, archives, cultural policy, film and media.
  • UK Fellows come from ten different towns and cities across England, Scotland and Wales.
  • First ever Independent Film Exhibition Fellowship supported by Creative Skillset and first Visual Artist Fellowship supported by a-n, the Artists Information Company.
  • Six Chevening-Clore International Fellowships awarded to outstanding cultural leaders from Egypt, India, China and, for the first time, Mexico and South Africa.
  • Two Fellowships awarded to Fellows from Hong Kong supported by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region through the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
  • Two additional Clore Fellows supported by the BBC will be announced later this summer as part of the BBC Clore Leadership Development Programme.

Today the Clore Leadership Programme demonstrated its continued commitment to strengthening excellent leadership in arts and culture by announcing the exceptional individuals who have been awarded 2016/17 Clore Fellowships. The demand for places highlighted the breadth of talent, ambition and desire to lead amongst the UK’s cultural community, with roughly ten applicants competing for each Fellowship.

This year’s cohort of Fellows

This year’s cohort comes from a wide range of backgrounds across the entire spectrum of the arts and cultural sector. Some are working for major national organisations such as The National Archives, The Royal College of Art, National Theatre Wales and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Others represent beacons of excellence within their artistic disciplines such as the Whitworth in Manchester (Museum of the Year 2015), the Gate Theatre in London or Islington Mill in Salford.

They are collaborative, resilient and entrepreneurial, all essential qualities for leading a sustainable sector in a changing environment. They are experts at bringing different people and contexts together through their passion for culture and a belief in the difference it can make to our society.

Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:
“We recognise that the future of arts and culture in this country is dependent upon not only excellent leadership, but an engaged younger generation to continue it, and international links to stimulate it. This first-rate cohort of Fellows will become role models to inspire, ambassadors to engage, and leaders who will work to make the future of our industries a place of diversity, resilience and excellence.”

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

“I am delighted that a new group of potential leaders are announced as Clore Fellows. The Clore Fellowship Programme is demanding and creative, and will offer each of these individuals their best route to future success as excellent leaders in the arts.”

The 2016/17 Fellows begin their programme of personal and professional development in September 2016 with an intensive two-week residential retreat at Bore Place in Kent. With mentoring support from the Clore team, a senior cultural leader and a professional coach, each Fellow undergoes a period of accelerated learning adapted to their aspirations, needs and circumstances. This includes a secondment in an organisation different to their own and training and professional development opportunities to build the necessary skills and knowledge required of cultural leaders today. The Fellowships are awarded at no cost to the individual. Fellows have gone on to grow or transform their organisations, or set up vibrant new cultural enterprises up and down the country and beyond.

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

“I am thrilled to welcome our 13th cohort of Fellows today. The Clore Fellowships provide an intensive and challenging programme of personal and professional development which is crafted to suit each individual, and adapted in response to the changing demands that cultural leaders face today.  Each Fellow gains the confidence, skills and practical experience to lead strategically.  They join a peer network of talented leaders who will sustain them throughout their career. We look forward to getting to know them and working together to strengthen our cultural life.”

Introducing the 2016/17 Fellows on the Clore Leadership Programme:

Open Fellowships supported by Arts Council England and the Clore Leadership Programme

Charlotte Nicol

Lives in Leeds.  Charlotte is National Manager: Learning and Participation for Drake Music, the leading national organisation working in music, disability and technology. She was previously Drake Music’s London Regional Programme Manager. Charlotte also works for One to One Development Trust and Safe Ground, organisations that use the arts to promote community cohesion and social justice. Previous positions also include music facilitation for a community engagement charity, a start-up business and visitor experience co-ordination for the Natural History Museum.

Esme Ward

Works in Manchester. Esme is Head of Learning and Engagement at the Whitworth and Manchester Museum, the University of Manchester. Alongside her work at the Whitworth she is Strategic Culture Lead for Age Friendly Manchester at Manchester City Council, and teaches a postgraduate Creative Learning programme at the University of Manchester. Prior to starting with the Whitworth, Esme worked as a freelance museum and gallery educator and creative practitioner for organisations including The Wallace Collection, the V&A and the National Trust. She is a member of the steering group for Arts Council England’s Museum Learning Review (England) and the Advisory Committee of the National Alliance of Museums, Health and Wellbeing. 

Dr Harriet Harriss

Lives in London.  Senior Tutor in Interior Design & Architecture at Royal College of Art, leading the Architecture and Interior Design PhD Programmes. Harriet is a published author on the subject of design education. Prior to joining the RCA Harriet was Head of the Masters in Applied Design in Architecture Programme at Oxford Brookes University.

Victoria Amedume

Lives in London. Victoria is the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Upswing, a contemporary circus company which she founded in 2004 after a career as an aerialist.  Upswing has grown to become an Arts Council England RFO in 2008 and NPO in 2012. She is the creative lead for the organisation, and also works on fundraising, planning and producing alongside the Executive Director. Victoria is also a Trustee of the Albany, Deptford and Improbable Theatre.

Jerrel Jackson

Lives in Sandwell, West Midlands. Chief Executive Officer & Creative Director of Creative Academies Network, a multi-layered educational charity for Children, Young People and Adults within the Black Country and Birmingham. Jerrel currently holds the role of Creative Producer as mac Birmingham’s Next Generation Associate. He was previously on the Board of Trustees for Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) Black Country Touring. 

Sholeh Johnston

Lives in London. Sholeh is Head of Creative Programmes at Julie’s Bicycle, a global charity bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries.  Julie’s Bicycle delivers a national and international programme of events, research, resource development, training and mentoring for the cultural sector. She has previously worked as Arts Project Manager at Visiting Arts, and is currently a member of the Board of Kinetika, an organisation focusing on participatory programmes, workshops and artist training schemes. She attended a Clore Short Course in June 2014.

Sue Smith

Lives in Totnes, Devon. Sue is Executive Director of Dance in Devon, the county development agency for dance, and is also an independent dance artist. Her current practice includes participatory dance projects in health and social contexts. Sue was Choreography Lecturer at Dartington College of Arts (2007-2009) and she has recently completed a PhD at Falmouth University. Sue toured internationally with CandoCo Dance Company 1992-9 and returned as Associate Director 2003-5. Sue is a trustee of Wheelfever, a community dance project for disabled and non-disabled young people in Plymouth.


Consortia-supported Fellowships 

Archives Consortium Fellowship supported by the British Library, London Metropolitan Archives & National Archives

Symeon Ververidis

Lives in London. Symeon works as Development Officer at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA). Alongside his work developing and managing new partnerships and funded projects, he leads the learning programme at LMA, including a community engagement project for young adults interested in volunteering. Symeon’s background is as a teacher, with more than 15 years of experience in education. 

Museums Consortium Fellowship supported by the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum

Hannah Clare

Lives in Richmond, Surrey. Hannah is Conservation Manager – Research & Development for The National Archives, leading the expansion of TNA’s portfolio of preventive conservation strategies and a team of preservation specialists. She has previously held roles in collection care at the National Trust and completed an internship for Museum of London.  Hannah has been an active accredited member of the Institute for Conservation (ICON), the professional body for the sector in the UK, acting as Treasurer on the committee for the Gilding and Decorative Surfaces Group (2011-2014). Prior to her career in conservation, Hannah worked in the hospitality industry, managing a hotel with a turnover of £1 million per annum.


Arts Council of Wales Fellowship supported by the Arts Council of Wales

Gavin Porter

Lives in Cardiff. Gavin is Creative Associate at National Theatre Wales, leading one of the company’s most significant initiatives, The Big Democracy Project. He has worked in various freelance roles, including as an Engagement Artist and theatre director. In the past, he was Digital Research Manager for Welsh National Opera and Company Director at Community Helps Itself, an arts-based social enterprise. 

Creative Scotland Fellowship supported by Creative Scotland

Jackie Wylie

Jackie is a Glasgow based arts programmer, producer and consultant. She was Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive of The Arches between 2008 and 2015 where she was previously Arts Programmer and has recently completed a research project into the organisation’s legacy, supported by Creative Scotland and Glasgow Life. Other recent projects include Prime Cut Productions and Galway 2020. She has been a Board/Advisory Group Member of the Federation of Scottish Theatre, the Glasgay! Festival and Untitled Projects. She is currently an advisor to the Buzzcut Festival. Her previous experience was in the film and television industry.

Dance Fellowship supported by Dancers’ Career Development and the Linbury Trust 

Anthony Missen

Anthony is Artistic Director of Company Chameleon, a dance-theatre company based in Manchester that creates and tours theatre-based and outdoor productions both nationally and internationally. The Company offers an extensive educational programme, often with a particular focus on young disadvantaged children, young men and children at risk. Anthony is one of the partners who developed and initiated the international exchange programme “Dancing Partners”, now in its third year.  He is also a founding member of New Movement Collective, and works as a Movement Director, Choreographer and Teacher in the UK and internationally.  Previously Anthony was a dancer with Scottish Dance Theatre for five years. 


Theatre Fellowships supported by the Gatsby Charitable Trust

Christopher Haydon

Lives in London.  Christopher has been Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre since 2012. He has combined work as a freelance director with a number of attachments to various buildings and companies: first as resident assistant director at Salisbury Playhouse (as part of their Regional Theatre Young Director’s Scheme) and at Chichester Festival Theatre (as their Heller Fellow), then as Associate Director at the Bush Theatre, and with On Theatre.

Sophie Ivatts

Lives in London.  Sophie is a freelance theatre director and currently associate director of the RSC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2016: A Play for the Nation. She was previously resident director on the National Theatre’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. She is the artistic director of Wonderlust, her own theatre company, with whom she has made original devised and text-based work.


Independent Film Exhibition Fellowship supported by Creative Skillset 

Suzie Norton 

Lives in Pershore, Worcestershire.  She is a Producer and Creative Consultant, previously CEO of Screen West Midlands, the lead development agency for culture and the creative industries in the West Midlands.  Previously, Suzie was Inaugural Director for Film Birmingham, Birmingham’s first film office, where she established ‘Hello Digital’, the region’s first digital festival. She has also worked as a Senior Broadcast Journalist for the BBC and Political Producer and Reporter for GMTV; Board Director of National Film Agency Film Cymru Wales; Ambassador for UpRising, a UK-wide youth leadership development organisation; and has previously held Board positions for Action for Children, Birmingham’s Cultural Partnership Board and Screen England.


Visual Artist Fellowship supported by a-n, The Artists Information Company 

Maurice Carlin

Lives in Salford. Freelance visual artist based at Islington Mill, where he founded Islington Mill Art Academy, an independent peer-led art school, and Islington Mill B&B, an artist-led residency scheme. His work has been shown at The Drawing Center, New York (2015), Creative Time Summit, Venice Biennale (2015), and featured in publications such as Frieze and The Guardian. Maurice co-founded the Sounds from the Other City music festival, and has worked as an artist-curator, and as a guest lecturer at the Royal Academy Schools.


Wellcome Trust Fellowship supported by the Wellcome Trust 

Damian Hebron

Lives in Cambridge. Damian combines two part time roles: Head of Arts at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH), delivering an integrated hospital arts programme for patients, staff and visitors using visual and performing arts, and Director of London Arts in Health Forum (LAHF), a small Arts Council NPO that develops and supports the role of arts in health through advocacy, advice, networking and producing an annual festival. He was previously Deputy Editor for Arts Professional and Producer/Arts Manager with touring and community theatre companies. 


International Fellowships

Hong Kong International Scholarships

Susanna Chung Yuk Man

Susanna Chung is Head of Learning and Participation at Asia Art Archive (AAA), an independent non-profit organisation in Hong Kong founded in 2000. She has worked at AAA in various roles since 2005, initiating the Learning and Participation Department and has just been appointed Programme Manager to oversee programmes across the entire organization. Susanna was awarded the Starr Foundation Fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council, was a recent recipient of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Arts Administration Scholarship and has participated as a speaker and moderator in a number of art education forums in Hong Kong and internationally.

Victor Fung

Victor is an independent dance artist based in Hong Kong and London. He is Artistic Director of Victor Fung Dance and was a guest choreographer at City Contemporary Dance Company, the leading contemporary dance company in Hong Kong. He has worked internationally as a choreographer, performer, teacher and researcher with organisations including The Place, Dance4, Tate Modern, Middlesex University and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Chevening International Scholarships 


Li Ren
Lives in Changsha, Hunan Province. Li Ren is the Chief Representative in China for Classic Concerts Management GmbH, Germany, developing their touring activities in China. He is also Executive Producer for Freeidea Theatre Company. Previously he worked as Programme Manager at Hunan Grand Theatre, Design & management consultant for Changsha Concert Hall and Europe Tour Manger for Wu Promotion in Beijing.


Heba El-Cheikh
Lives in Alexandria. Heba El-Cheikh is a cultural manager who co-founded Mahatat, a contemporary art company. She also co-founded The “Journey Cultural Group” in Alexandria, aiming to promote youth creativity and critical thinking through culture and arts. Her work experience spans cultural management, facilitation, interpreting, journalism (radio and print media), as well as website editing. Having travelled extensively, Heba published fieldwork-based articles in French and Arabic weeklies, and magazines covering arts and traveling. In 2015, she published her thesis: Community Arts Evaluation Practices in Egypt.

Ahmed Elhawary

Lives in Cairo. Ahmed is the Founder and Director of Bashkatib whose mission is to build and sustain a network of youth-run community media outlets in marginalized areas of Egypt. He also works as a journalist for Al Masry Al Youm Newspaper, and has previously worked as a journalist, editor and producer in the written press, radio and television.


Archana Prasad

Lives in Bangalore. Archana is an artist and founder of, which offers support to creative entrepreneurs, artists and designers. She is a Fellow of ATSA (arts management training set up by Clore Fellow Pooja Sood). She works in partnership with public agencies to run international artists residencies and large-scale public arts projects focused on community engagement, also converting derelict spaces into creative spaces which creates and manages. With, she runs a peer-mentored incubator for technology entrepreneurs.


Maria Garcia Holley

Lives in Mexico City. Maria is Director of the Creative City Strategy at Laboratorio Para La Cuidad (Laboratory for the City), where she is responsible for designing, coordinating and implementing the programme that is consolidating Mexico City as a Creative City. She is also Co-Founder of Andamio, an independent editorial and design research practice where she writes and curates contemporary culture.

South Africa:

Molemo Moiloa
Lives in Johannesburg. Molemo is the Director of Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), which has 7,000 members, working on public and community arts projects, professional practice programmes and support to arts organisations across the country and Africa as a continent. She is one half of the artist collaborative MADEYOULOOK. Molemo was previously Manager of Public Programmes and Development for Market Photo Workshop, which provides low-cost alternative access photography training.


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