Tees Valley Programme Launch

Doors open for tea and coffee from 1.30pm. Event runs from 2.00-4.00pm.

Clore Leadership are delighted to invite you to the launch of a new regional leadership programme supporting arts & culture leadership and change making across the Tees Valley region.

The launch will include a welcome from Hilary Carty, Executive Director, Clore Leadership; and a representative of the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

We’ll be joined by guest speakers, including project manager Anna Byrne and creative director Liam Slevin from The Auxiliary in Middlesbrough who will offer reflections on their leadership approaches, and the notion of working within a place.

Followed by an opportunity to hear more about the programme of leadership development, and how to get involved from Clore Leadership Associate Amanda Smethurst. 

Clore Leadership are grateful to Tees Valley Combined Authority for funding to support this event and leadership development programmes in 2023 and 2024 through their Network and Sector Skills Development Challenge Fund.


Liam Slevin is an artist, curator and artistic director of The Auxiliary Project Space & Middlesbrough Art Weekender. He is interested in artist communities, diy/t cultures and building physical and digital spaces for culture and artists to thrive within.
Having worked with about 600 artists and creatives throughout his career, Liam has founded and directed gallery spaces theSPACE, TACTIC and The Auxiliary Project Space and several festivals, including Sonic Arts Week and BRICK Day. As an artist he has taken part in residencies in Iceland, Detroit and Berlin and exhibited internationally. 

Anna Byrne is the managing director of The Auxiliary Project Space and Middlesbrough Art Weekender. Before coming to the Tees Valley, Anna worked in film and theatre. Anna focuses on the strategic vision and daily management of both organisations, including the purchase of The Auxiliary warehouse and its NPO application. She is currently working with New Writing North as an associate artist.

Chenine Bhathena was the Creative Director and Architect of the UK City of Culture in Coventry 2021.  She had overall responsibility for the creating the strategic vision, developing programmes, co-creation and community engagement and the development of national and international partnerships. Through the City of Culture programme she shed a light on both local and global issues, utilising the power of culture to make change happen and ensure ‘culture for all’ is a core priority in the years to come. Chenine was a Senior Officer at the Greater London Authority where she led the Mayor’s Cultural Placemaking Team and conceived, designed and delivered the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture competition. As London 2012 Creative Programmer for the Olympics/Paralympics she led London’s biggest ever outdoor festival, and at Arts Council England (London and national offices) she led strategic programmes for Outdoor Arts, producers, local authorities, young people and disability arts.