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Clore announces 2014/15 Fellows and new partnership with the BBC

This item was last updated on
20 June 2014

Creating a new culture of leadership

  • 20 UK Fellowships awarded for 2014/15
  • New association with BBC announced
  • Bursaries introduced on Short Courses to address barriers to participation in leadership development

The Clore Leadership Programme today demonstrated its commitment to promoting diversity in leadership when it announced the names of the exceptional individuals from across the UK who have been awarded Fellowships on the programme for 2014/15; an association with the BBC to support its new senior leadership development programme for people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds; and the availability of bursaries on this autumn’s Short Courses for independent artists and those with caring responsibilities.  

New Fellows

The 2014/15 Fellows begin their individually tailored programmes of personal and professional development in September 2014. With mentoring support from a senior cultural leader, a professional coach and the Clore team, and a secondment in the UK, each Fellow undergoes a period of intense learning adapted to their aspirations, needs and circumstances.

This year’s cohort is entrepreneurial, resilient and collaborative. They come from very varied professional backgrounds: some work for major organisations such as the Barbican, English Heritage and the National Records of Scotland, others are committed to developing stronger, healthier communities through initiatives like Valley Kids in Wales, the Great North Run Culture and the Cornwall Museums Partnership. All share a belief in the value of culture and the difference it can make in today’s society.

Sir John Tusa, Chair of the Clore Leadership Programme, commented: "We welcome the new cohort of Clore Fellows. Chosen from a highly competitive field – they are clever, fun, energetic, brave and curious. We look forward to watching them take their places in the nation's vigorous arts leadership scene. They show that the wish to lead, the need for arts leaders is as healthy as ever. The Clore Leadership Programme is proud of being part of this process.

Partnership with the BBC

Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, announced today that he was launching his own senior leadership development programme for talented people from BAME backgrounds who will receive training and support from the Clore Leadership Programme. Tony Hall said: “I’m delighted that successful candidates on our new leadership development programme will benefit from Clore’s expertise. I’ve seen first-hand what the Clore scheme achieves - and they’ll be learning from and with the best in the industry.”

Sue Hoyle, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, said: “The Clore Leadership Programme encourages individuals to play to their own strengths, to learn from one another’s difference and to welcome diversity. We don’t impose a fixed style or a particular approach to leadership, and we share with the BBC a commitment to developing the broadest possible range of talent and enabling people to reach their potential as leaders.

Short Course Bursaries

The Clore Leadership Programme is introducing two types of bursary for the Short Courses it is running this autumn: the Caring Support Fund and the Independent Artist/Practitioner Award. Up to 12 individuals will be awarded Short Course bursaries this autumn across these two schemes, almost 25% of participants. The bursaries have been introduced in response to a survey on leadership development needs, commissioned by the Clore Leadership Programme on behalf of the cultural sector in England, and undertaken by Trends Business Research. The survey identified cost and caring responsibilities as some of the most significant barriers to participation in leadership training.

Founded in 2003, the Clore Leadership Programme is a pioneering initiative to develop and strengthen leadership across cultural and creative sectors in the UK. The Programme awards its flagship Clore Fellowships, and runs a choice of programmes tailored to leadership needs of arts professionals at different stages of their career. In the last 10 years, 280 Fellowships have been awarded and nearly 1000 leaders have attended the Short Courses. The Programme was initiated by the Clore Duffield Foundation, and is sustained by a partnership between private philanthropy and public funding. The names of 4 international Fellows for 2014/15 will be announced in early July.

The major funding partners for the Clore Leadership Programme in 2014/15 are: the Clore Duffield Foundation, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Creative Scotland, Dancers’ Career Development, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region through the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the Linbury Trust and the Wellcome Trust.

In 2013 Arts Council England selected the Clore Leadership Programme as the national delivery partner for the Developing Resilient Leadership commissioned grant from 2013 - 16.The purpose of the grant is to support the personal and professional development of cultural leaders. It aims to foster a strong national network of individuals who work collaboratively for more resilient cultural organisations and deeper local engagement. Further details of activities supported by the grant are available on the website:

The Consortia Fellowships for 2014/15 are supported by 17 different cultural partners: Archives Consortium Fellowship – National Archives, the British Library and London Metropolitan Archives; Heritage Consortium Fellowship - English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Trust; Museums Consortium Fellowship - the British Museum, Imperial War Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum; National Archives Institutions Consortium Fellowship - National Archives, National Records of Scotland and Public Record Office of Northern Ireland; Performing Arts Consortium Fellowship - the Barbican Centre, National Theatre and Royal Opera House; and the Theatre Consortium - the Ambassadors Theatre Group, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd and Royal Shakespeare Company.

The international Fellowships for 2014/15 (to be announced in early July) are supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region through the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

The 2014/15 UK Fellows on the Clore Leadership Programme are:

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

Lives in London. Production Co-ordinator for Matilda The Musical, Royal Shakespeare Company. Previously General Manager, The King’s Head Theatre and Leader of Emerging Artists Projects, AFTEC, Hong Kong.

Jeanette Bain-Burnett (General Fellowship supported by Arts Council England)

Lives in London. Freelance Creative Producer and Facilitator. Trustee of Foundation for Community Dance. Previously Director of the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora; Visiting Lecturer at the University of East London; Work-based Learning Administrator, Middlesex University; Company Administrator, Springs Dance Company.

Miranda Ballin (Arts Council of Wales Fellowship)

Lives in Rhondda Cynon Taff. Artistic Director of ArtWorks, Valley Kids, a community development charity operating in the South Wales Coalfields. Previously a theatre director, performer and youth arts development worker.   Miranda has worked with a number of theatre companies including the TIE Company, Welsh National Opera and Red Ladder Theatre.

Beth Bate (General Fellowship supported by Arts Council England)
Lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. Director, Great North Run Culture and freelance curator and visual arts consultant. Previously Co-Director, Press Play Festival, Newcastle upon Tyne; Chair of the Board of Wunderbar Festival; Co-Director, Platform Projects; and Assistant Curator at The Public.

Hannah Bird (Wellcome Trust Fellowship)
Lives in London. Hannah is a freelance project manager whose clients have included Southbank Centre, What Next?, University of the Arts, London, Cultural Learning Alliance, Ackroyd & Harvey and TippingPoint. Previously Hannah has worked for Cape Farewell and Arts Council England.

Alison Diamond (National Archives Consortium Fellowship supported by the National Archives, National Records of Scotland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland)
Lives in Dunblane. Curatorial Officer, National Records of Scotland. Alison’s role includes responsibility for education and the Scottish Register of Tartans. Previously Project Manager, ‘A Union for a’ That’ schools education project, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland; and Scottish Representative, Access to Mineral Heritage Project.

Claire Dow (Creative Scotland Fellowship)
Lives in Dundee where she is a freelance theatre producer and project manager. She is currently working with Dundee Rep Theatre on their Culture 2014 project In My Father’s Words, and on their Spring co-production of Blood Wedding with Graeae Theatre Company and Derby Theatre. Previously she has worked with Crossover Scotland, Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker, Imaginate Festival, and as General Manager and Project Manager at Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland.

Mark Dunkley (Heritage Consortium Fellowship supported by English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust)
Lives in Salisbury. Maritime Archaeologist, English Heritage. Mark is a team manager with national responsibility for the protection of underwater cultural heritage. Previously an Archaeologist with Wessex Archaeology and the Museum of London Archaeology. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and member of the Council of Experts providing strategic policy advice to National Historic Ships UK and the public sector.

Malgorzata Dzierzon (Dance Fellowship supported by Dancers’ Career Development and the Linbury Trust)
Lives in London. Creative Producer, Choreographer and Administrator with New Movement Collective Ltd. Previously a dancer with Rambert and the Gothenburg Ballet, Sweden; Royal Danish Ballet and Singapore Dance Theatre.

Ceri Gorton (Museums Fellowship supported by Arts Council England)
Lives in Warwickshire. Cultural Development Manager, Oxford City Council. Ceri currently manages the city’s culture services, including the Museum of Oxford. Ceri is a Trustee of Writing West Midlands. Previously Relationship Manager, Literature, Arts Council England; International Officer (North America and South Asia), University of Nottingham and freelance web editor.

Jo Hunter (Theatre Fellowship supported by the Gatsby Charitable Trust)
Lives in London. Co-founder of 53 Million Artists, a national campaign to unlock the creative potential of every human being in England. Jo also works independently with Battersea Arts Centre on strategic development. Previous clients include Julie’s Bicycle, Youth Music and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, among others. Previous roles have included Head of Strategic Development, Battersea Arts Centre; Senior Artistic Associate, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; Funded Programmes Manager, Sing Up (London) and Company Manager, Cirque Bijou (Bristol).

Amelia Ideh (General Fellowship supported by Arts Council England)
Lives in London. Director, Put Me On It, an artist management and development company for contemporary music. Previously Marketing Manager, Accidental Records and Creative Producer and Artist Development Co-ordinator at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre.

Emmie Kell (Museums Fellowship supported by Arts Council England)
Lives in Penzance. Museum and Heritage Consultant, Cornwall Museums Partnership which represents over 70 museums in Cornwall. Previously Director of Learning and Communications, Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum; Pubic Programmes Manager, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester and Head of Education, Somerset House Trust.

David Lockwood (Theatre Fellowship supported by the Gatsby Charitable Trust)
Lives in Exeter. Co-founder, Director and Chief Executive of The Bike Shed Theatre. David is also a member of steering groups for a range of organisations including Extreme Imagination, a children’s literature festival, Animated Exeter and the Laugh Out Loud Festival. He previously worked as a director and performer within theatre and as a film actor. David created and leads Ignite, Exeter’s annual festival of theatre.

Ellen O’Hara
(General Fellowship supported by Arts Council England)

Lives in London. Head of Curriculum at the School for Start Ups. Previously Head of Business Development, Cockpit Arts; Creative Industries Manager, The Prince’s Trust and Development Assistant Officer, Arts Council England, East Midlands.

Emma Ridgway (Performing Arts Consortium Fellowship supported by the Barbican Centre, National Theatre, Royal Opera House)
Lives in London. Curator, Creative Learning, Barbican Centre. Previously Curator, Royal Society of Arts; Curatorial Consultant, Khoj International Artists’ Association, Delhi; Curator, British Council India; Public Programmes and Exhibition Organiser, Serpentine Gallery.

Sam Ruddock (Libraries Fellowship supported by Arts Council England)
Lives in Norwich. Programme Manager, Writers’ Centre Norwich. Sam is also a blogger, critic, prize judge and on the board of independent publisher Gatehouse Press.

Sandra Shakespeare (Archives Consortium Fellowship supported by the National Archives, British Library, London Metropolitan Archives)
Lives in London. Outreach Officer, The National Archives. Previously Arts Development Co-ordinator, East Potential, Stratford; Learning Communities Development Worker, London Borough of Tower Hamlets; Marketing Assistant, Black Women in the Arts; Specialist Education tutor BskyB Ltd and Project Assistant, Ocean Music Venue.

Dan Simmons (General Fellowship supported by the Clore Leadership Programme)
Lives in London. Head of SIF Partnerships atCreative Skillset, overseeing industry partnerships and skills investment into the film, high-end TV, games, animation and VFX sectors. Prior to this he has held a number of other roles at Creative Skillset including Head of Film, Film Partnership Manager and Film Campaigns Manager. Previous roles in the health sector include Membership Manager of the NHS Confederation. He is a Trustee of Wac Arts College.

Laura Wilkinson (Museums Consortium Fellowship supported by the British Museum, Imperial War Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum)
Lives in London. Exhibition Manager, Regeneration, Imperial War Museums. Previously Marketing Manager, Imperial War Museums; Marketing and Events Manager, Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College and Project Co-ordinator, SeaBritain 2005, National Maritime Museum.


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