Emmie Kell

Emmie has over 25 years of experience within the museum sector including working at the V&A, Somerset House, MOSI Manchester, and Thinktank Birmingham where she held a variety of public engagement roles. Emmie’s field of expertise is fundraising, strategic planning and governance. Emmie is a qualified coach and was the Arts Council England Museums Clore Fellow in 2014/15. She served as a Non-Executive Director of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, a member of the Tate St Ives Advisory Council, and Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Creative Industries Taskforce. In March 2022 she started working at Arts Council England as Director, Museums and Cultural Property.

How the Fellowship impacted me

• Confidence – the programme helped me to feel more assured about my approach and more confident about the skills that I already have and less worried about the ones I don’t have. I learned that I don’t need to ‘do leadership like someone else’ and that authentic leadership is about playing to your own strengths.
• Listening and learning – the Clore Fellowship reminded me how much I love learning. I realised that learning is something that really motivates me. I enjoyed developing my listening skills and improving my ability to reflect. I prioritise listening and learning more now.
• Creativity and inspiration – I was inspired in so many ways by my Clore Fellowship. I have come to realise that actually I am a creative thinker. I have noticed that I often approach tasks in a different way to others and that this can be a good thing. I feel confident about my place in the cultural sector as a result.
• Connections – I wrote my provocation paper about ‘fellowship’. For people like me working in rurally isolated places, the ability to connect with and learn from such a diverse and inspiring group of people has been invaluable. I feel much less isolated – even though I am working in the same place! Clore has helped me to put renewed energy into the development of new networks and I have consciously sought out contacts in other sectors since returning to work.
• Resilience – I have developed my personal resilience through developing the tools to listen better, knowing where to go for help and focussing on my own wellbeing. I
• Commitment –I have a renewed sense of enthusiasm and dedication to the cultural sector. I have a clearer sense of purpose.
• I have raised my profile in the sector and I am very grateful for the national recognition involvement in the programme has given me.