Symeon Ververidis

I bring over fifteen years’ experience of working within education, heritage and educational management. In my current role at the London Metropolitan Archives I oversee all educational programmes and monitor their success. I co-curate exhibitions, lead on externally funded projects, mentor colleagues, oversee work experience students and interns, and lead on strategic meetings on cultural policy, partnerships and major events.

I am also the chairman of the board at the Old Church in Stoke Newington, an arts and performance venue in East London. This includes responsibility for strategic leadership and development, effective governance of the board, oversight of staff, and management of budgets.

I am very experienced when it comes to offering consultation on cultural policies, leading youth and community projects and raising awareness about career prospects in the cultural and heritage sector.

Finally, I am a qualified executive and life coach and a certified LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitator.

How the Fellowship impacted me

The Fellowship is self-guided and areas that I have improved include: Advocacy and influence, Authentic leadership, Entrepreneurship and new business models, International/cultural relations, Measuring impact, Resilience and handling risk.

How I am using my skills for change

The Fellowship made realise how important is for a leader to create a culture that promotes a supportive and collaborative environment that is based on mutual trust and sharing of ideas. I’m now working on changing the organisational culture from the inside. My priority is keeping my team happy and motivated, by doing the little things that allow them to do the great things they are meant to do.