Brilliant Alliance: Steve Douglas & Susan Pui San Lok

At a time when the arts and social sectors are moving ever closer, Brilliant Alliance bridges the gap by bringing together Black, Asian and ethnically diverse arts leaders with their social leadership counterparts through a partnership between Clore Leadership and Clore Social. There is a greater need for a more creative approach to social development and for culture to better engage with social agendas. These sessions will offer a chance for values-led cultural and social leaders to share their leadership journeys and explore the purpose that guides their practices. They will also bring cultural and social leaders together for cross-sector networking and conversations.

About the Sessions
  • Who is this event for?

All Brilliant Routes sessions are for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse leaders only.

  • Price

Payment is Pay-What-You-Decide. Suggested amount £18, minimum £5.

  • Who are Clore Social?

Clore Social Leadership develops leaders with a social purpose so that they can transform their communities, organisations and the world around them. We help make social change happen by supporting and investing in people – people who can become leaders with the resilience, self-awareness and capabilities to tackle the social challenges of the 21st century. Find out more information about Clore Social Leadership

The Programme

Previous: October 22: Ruth Ibegbuna & Kully Thiarai
Social leader Ruth Ibegbuna & Creative Director Kully Thiarai have both worked with, alongside and for marginalised young people and communities in the North and across the country. Rooted in a desire to create inclusive environments across race and class and raise ambitions in young people, these leaders will share insights into their development as leaders, how they discovered their purpose and use that purpose to create opportunities for those in most need.

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December 9: Steve Douglas & Susan Pui San Lok

  • Steve Douglas, CBE Chief Executive, St Mungo’s

After a long career in social housing,  including leading a number of social housing providers, Steve took over as CEO of St Mungo’s in July 2020, having also been Chair and Trustee of the social justice charity, Commonweal.

St Mungo’s is a leading homelessness charity, and each year provides services to almost 33,000 clients. During the pandemic the charity ran 30 hotels and supported almost 4,000 clients, working with local authority and health partners to provide accommodation and support to those who at risk of rough sleeping.

Steve has also been the Chief Executive of the Housing Corporation. He was awarded a CBE in 2019, for his services to housing and diversity.

  • Dr Susan Pui San Lok

Dr Susan Pui San Lok is an artist, a Professor in Contemporary Art and Director of the Decolonising Arts Institute at University Arts London. The Decolonising Arts Institute seeks to enhance the visibility, understanding and impact of postcolonial, decolonial and intersectional thinking and practice and has recently secured funding for a multi million pound research project. 

Prior to UAL, Susan was a Reader then Associate Professor in Fine Art at Middlesex University. She was also Co-Investigator on the Black Artists and Modernism project led by artist Sonia Boyce. She has also taught at the University of East London, Goldsmiths College and guest-lectured widely.

Susan’s artistic practice ranges across moving image, installation, sound, performance and text and her writings have been widely published.


February 24 (info coming soon)

Refunds on customer cancellations

We do not offer refunds and are not able to transfer bookings to other events for bookings made and subsequently cancelled by the customer.

Postponement or cancellations By Clore Leadership

Clore Leadership reserves the right to postpone or cancel an event if necessary. This will only be under exceptional circumstances and Clore Leadership will endeavour to provide as much notice as possible. In this instance your place will either be automatically transferred to another course or a refund will be issued.