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 member of the Institute of Fundraising, a qualified coach and was the Arts Council England Museums Clore Fellow in 2014/15. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, a member of the Tate St Ives Advisory Council, a fellow of the RSA and Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Creative Industries Taskforce.

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.

How I am using my skills for change

Cornwall Museums Partnership is helping to change the culture of museums, helping them to be more open and connected to the people they serve.