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Announcing the 2013/14 Clore Leadership Fellows - Press Release

Press Release 9 August 2013

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17 October 2014

28 Fellowships for 2013/14 announced in the tenth year of the Clore Leadership Programme 

  • 21 Fellows from the UK and Ireland
  • 7 international Fellows
  • Support from 28 funding partners 

The Clore Leadership Programme has announced today the names of the 28 Fellows for 2013/14. 21 of this year’s Fellows come from across the UK and Ireland. 

They are joined by seven international Fellows: four from Egypt, India and China, who are funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Scholarships; two from Hong Kong, who are supported by the Government of Hong Kong; and one from Singapore. 

The Clore Fellows are working in areas as varied as theatre, opera, dance and music; museums and visual arts; libraries, literature and new media; arts and science; and archives and heritage. 

This year’s Fellowship Programme is supported by 28 different funders, in a unique partnership bringing together public funding, private philanthropy and the cultural sector. 

Earlier this year, Clore’s contribution to the development of cultural leadership was recognised by Arts Council England through the Developing Resilient Leadership award. In partnership with the Clore Duffield Foundation and other funders, this grant will support 21 Fellowships over 3 years and a range of other activities tailored for diverse leaders at different stages in their careers.

With more than 13 candidates applying for every place, competition for Clore Fellowships is fierce. The team at the Clore Leadership Programme works closely with each selected candidate to design a learning experience which suits their individual needs, aspirations and circumstances. In addition to taking part in residential courses, conferences and study visits, each Fellow receives mentoring from a senior leader, is given support from a professional coach and is seconded to an organisation which is very different from their normal area of work. Fellowships run from January to July 2014, with an initial fortnight-long leadership course this September. 

Now in its tenth year, the Programme has built a strong reputation, with 259 Fellowships offered since 2004 and over 1,000 individuals participating in Clore’s short residential courses. 

Sue Hoyle, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme says “Yet again we were bowled over by the quality of applications for the Clore Fellowships.  What is particularly remarkable about this year's Fellows is their commitment to engaging more people in culture, and their belief in the difference that culture can make.” 

Sir John Tusa, Chair of the Clore Leadership Programme says “The need for skilled, visionary, cultural leaders is as great as ever. Fortunately the flow of people from all quarters of the cultural scene who wish to face the challenges of arts leadership also continues to be strong. We look forward immensely to working with this the tenth cohort of Clore Fellows.”     

Notes to Editors: 

Founded in 2003, the Clore Leadership Programme is an initiative of the Clore Duffield Foundation, which aims to strengthen leadership across a wide range of cultural activities. This includes the visual and performing arts, film and digital media, heritage, museums, libraries and archives, creative industries and cultural policy. It offers Fellowships and Short Courses for individual leaders, and training days for Boards of cultural organisations. Since September 2004, 259 cultural leaders from the UK and abroad have been awarded Clore Fellowships. 

The major funding partners for the Clore Leadership Programme in 2013/14 are: the Clore Duffield Foundation, Arts Council England, Arts Council Ireland, Arts Council of Wales, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Creative Scotland, 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, the National Art Gallery, Singapore, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.

Arts Council England selected the Clore Leadership Programme as the national delivery partner for the Developing Resilient Leadership commissioned grant.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 will be available this autumn.

The Consortia Fellowships for 2013/14 are supported by 15 different cultural partners: 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 Archive 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.

For Further Information please contact:

Sue Hoyle, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme


Tel: 020 7420 9432


Fellowships on the Clore Leadership Programme in 2013/14 have been awarded to: 

General Fellowships supported by Arts Council England

 Jenny Rutter

Lives in Preston.  An experienced local authority officer, delivering a range of cultural and creative projects, particularly related to creative industries, economic development and regeneration.  Now working independently, mainly across the North West, including developing training schemes for small creative businesses, and leading projects in higher and further education and for Manchester International Festival, Blaze Young People’s Cultural Olympiad, Nesta and others.

Abdul Shayek

Lives in London.  Theatre Director and practitioner, Artistic Director of Youth of Creative Arts (which he founded) and former Creative Associate for National Theatre Wales.  Abdul has worked as a theatre director with a range of organisations including Contact Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Old Vic. 

Robin Norton-Hale

Lives in London.   Artistic Director, OperaUpClose and Associate Artistic Director, King’s Head Theatre.  Previously Theatre and Opera Director for a range of organisations including Southwark Playhouse and Malmo Opera House and Marketing and Press Officer at English Touring Opera. 

Lois Stonock

Lives in London.  Philanthropy, Bloomberg LP and responsible for Bloomberg SPACE, a contemporary art gallery.  Previously Manager Memberships and Public Programmes, Contemporary Art Society and Associate Director, V22 gallery and studios.

Artist Fellowship supported by Arts Council England 

Leon Patel

Lives in Manchester.  Artistic Director, Global Grooves, a multi-regional carnival arts and culture charity which delivers training, performances and events for professional artists and the wider community. Leon is also Director of BangDrum CIC, a social enterprise delivering education, training and production in international music, dance and visual arts. 

Museums Fellowship supported by Arts Council England

Penelope Sexton

Lives in Leamington Spa. Curator at Compton Verney. Previously Curator of Exhibitions and Assistant Curator of Art, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter; and Curator of Art (Modern and Contemporary), Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

Libraries Fellowships supported by Arts Council England

Anna Matthews

Lives in Exeter. Development Officer, Devon Libraries where she leads on service modernisation, including the recent £3 million redevelopment of a Grade II listed building into a library, adult learning centre and service for adults with learning disabilities. Previous experience at Oxford University Said Business School, Devon Music Service, Department for Work and Pensions and Devon County Council. Anna is also a practising composer and founder member of the Exeter composers collective.

Sandeep Mahal

Lives in Rugby. A Reading Activist and Librarian, Sandeep is Partnerships Manager at The Reading Agency, having joined in 2007 as Project Manager. Previously, Sandeep was Outreach Services Manager and held various library assistant roles at Sandwell Libraries and Information Service. In 2006, she was chosen as one of the top 10 Young Librarians of the Future. She was named Events Manager of the Year at the Publisher’s Publicity Circle awards and The Bookseller’s Rising Star in 2012.

Arts Council of Wales Fellowship 

Yvonne Murphy

Lives in the Vale of Glamorgan.  Freelance Theatre Director and Producer who works regularly with the Royal National Theatre (education). Yvonne is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Omidaze Productions which produces theatre, tours and educational workshops and projects. Organisations she has worked with include Welsh National Opera, ShermanCymru Cardiff and the English Shakespeare Company.

Creative Scotland Fellowship

Thomas Small

Lives in Dundee.  Artistic Director, Smallpetitklein Dance Company which tours nationally and internationally, supported by a learning engagement programme.  He was previously Choreographer in Residence at Dundee College. Tommy is particularly committed to the Scottish arts sector and holds a number of trustee roles including Chair of the Advisory Board for Performing Arts at Dundee College, a Chairing Panel Member in Dundee of the Children’s Hearings Scotland and Board member for Woodend Arts Limited, Banchory, Aberdeenshire.

Dance Fellowship supported by the Linbury Trust and the Clore Leadership Programme 

Cathy Marston

Currently lives in Bern, Switzerland where she is Director of the Bern Ballett until this summer. Director and Choreographer of her London-based company, the Cathy Marston Project. Previously Dancer with companies including Arc Dance and Henri Oguike; Associate Artist, the Royal Opera House and choreographed for companies such as English National Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre, Ballet Boyz and Danza Contemporanea de Cuba.

Jerome Hynes Fellowship supported by Arts Council Ireland

Mags Walsh

Lives in Dublin.  Executive Director, Children’s Books Ireland.  Previously Programme Officer, Children’s Books Ireland and Theatre and Performing Arts Programmer, The Ark, Children’s Cultural Centre in Dublin.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Fellowship in Arts Participation

Amy Golding

Lives in Tyne and Wear. Amy has a strong background in participatory theatre.   Currently Artistic Advisor for Company TSU, a theatre company based in Teesside that empowers young people through theatre. Founder and Artistic Director, Theatre Auracaria, a producing theatre company based in the Northeast with a deep commitment to engaging communities. Previously Director and Drama Worker at Live Theatre, and has also worked freelance for a number of companies including Open Clasp Theatre Company, Them Wifies and Nabokov.

Theatre Fellowships supported by the Gatsby Charitable Trust 

Rachel Grunwald

Lives in London.  Director, SPID Theatre Company.  Based on a west London housing estate, SPID combines a professional theatre company, a youth theatre and community outreach programmes. Rachel was previously at the Tricycle Theatre and was Artistic Director of ‘Act for Darfur’ festival, where she remains as Chair, and Assistant Director of 'The Great Game: Afghanistan’; also Tutor, MA Text in Performance, RADA.  Rachel has an extensive background as a Theatre Director, working with organisations such as Royal Shakespeare Company, Soho Theatre and the ICA.

Henny Finch

Lives in Barnet, Hertfordshire. A theatre producer and currently Executive Producer at Headlong where she has produced projects including The Effect, Enron and Earthquakes in London.

Wellcome Trust Fellowship 

Astrid Alben

Lives in London.  Co-founder of the Pars Foundation, an organisation which explores the link between arts and science.  Astrid is a poet and writer with a background in theatre and as a curator. Previous roles have included co-curator of the Vedute Art Foundation and Head of Production, Saatchi and Saatchi.

Fellowships supported by Consortia Organisations:

Heritage Consortium Fellowship supported by English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust

James McQuaid

Lives in Bristol.  Currently Visitor Experience Consultant for National Trust and works for other organisations in a freelance capacity.   Previously National Learning Advisor, National Trust , researcher and co-producer for Teachers’ TV and teacher of modern foreign languages.

National Archive Institutions Consortium Fellowship supported by the National Archives, National Records of Scotland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland 

Janet Hancock

Lives in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.  Currently Deputy Head of Public Services, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.  Past roles in PRONI include education, Learning and Outreach Officer; Project Manager; Exhibition Curator and lead on website/online resources development.  Northern Ireland representative on the Archive Accreditation Workstream.  Previously researcher at Derry Genealogy Centre and Heritage Library.

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

Philippa Ouvry

Lives in Reading. Head of Friends and Planned Giving, Victoria and Albert Museum. Previousroles at the V&A include Head of Friends and Patrons, Head of Planned Giving, Head of Legacies and Bequests and Patrons Manager. Philippa is also a Trustee and Director of The French Hospital Charity in Kent and is an active member of the Worshipful Company of Weavers.

Performing Arts Consortium Fellowship supported by the Barbican Centre, National Theatre, Royal Opera House

Angus Mackechnie

Lives in London. Producer and Programmer of the National Theatre's Watch This Space Festival and Platforms series. Previously Angus was a director of Terra Firma Theatre Company, a member of the National Youth Theatre and also worked as an actor, theatre writer and producer.

Theatre Consortium Fellowship supported by the Ambassadors Theatre Group, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, Royal Shakespeare Company

Frazer Hoyle

Born in Lancashire, currently living in London. Area General Manager, Ambassadors Theatre Group (ATG). Previously Theatre Manager, Piccadilly Theatre, ATG and Senior House Manager, Barbican Arts Centre.

International Fellowships:

International Fellowship supported by the the National Art Gallery, Singapore 
Sze Wee Low

Lives in Singapore. Currently Director (Curatorial and Collections) National Art Gallery, Singapore.   Previously Deputy Director (Arts and Heritage Division) Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, Singapore and Deputy Director, Singapore Art Museum.

International Chevening Scholarships supported by the

Foreign and Commonwealth Office:

Yang Yang Tao

Lives in Beijing. Creative Director of participatory theatre company Hua Dan Ltd. Yang Yang is particularly committed to community arts and developing arts education in China.

Mohamed Elghawy

Lives in Cairo. Founder and CEO of AFCA for Arts and Culture, an independent organisation with a mission to educate children and young people through a multidisciplinary programme which favours children’s creativity and encourages their ability to use foreign languages from an early age. Mohamed has a background as a Theatre Director and cultural activist and in 2011 established the Hakaway International Arts Festival for Children.

Reem Kassem

Lives in Alexandria. Founder and Director of AGORA Arts and Culture, an independent arts organisation connecting arts practice and non-formal education with social development. Reem is also Head of Arts Programming at the Bibliotheca Alexandria.

Meena Vari

Lives in Bangalore.  Meena is currently Dean of Contemporary Arts and Curatorial Practice and Co-ordinator for the Centre of Experimental Media Arts at the Srishti School of Art and Technology, Bangalore. She is a specialist in the area of contemporary arts and has worked internationally with organisations including the Goethe Institute, Arts Catalyst (London), and Transmediale, Berlin. 

Hong Kong International Scholarships supported by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region through the Hong Kong Arts Development Council 
Dominique Chan Shiu Tung

Lives in Hong Kong.  Exhibition Curator at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, an independent non-profit organisation which hosts over 180 programmes annually in Hong Kong.   Previously an arts consultant for Ltd;  Assistant Curator, The University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong; and Archives Assistant, Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. 

Eric Ng Man Kei

Lives in Hong Kong. Currently Project Manager of the Centre for Community Cultural Development, based in Hong Kong with a focus on empowering people with disabilities, migrant workers, ethnic minorities and others through culture. Eric has a background as an actor, workshop facilitator of theatre, circle painting and community music.




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