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Clore Leadership remembers the life and work of Pauline Tambling CBE (1955-2023)

It is with great sadness that Clore Leadership learnt about the recent death of Pauline Tambling CBE

Pauline was involved in Clore Leadership from the outset and was instrumental in designing its programme alongside Sally Bacon, John Holden and Robert Hewison in 2002. A founding member of the board, she continued to be closely involved with Clore Leadership until 2017, when she stepped down from the role.

Throughout her esteemed career, Pauline held many key positions across the arts and culture sector including at the Royal Opera House, Arts Council England, Creative & Cultural Skills and was a trustee of Roundhouse and the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust.

Her life was truly dedicated to the cultural and creative industries, and the many initiatives she pioneered led her to being awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2014.

Hilary Carty, Director, Clore Leadership says, “Pauline Tambling CBE leaves a remarkable footprint across cultural learning and cultural leadership. Her career steered the path for so many leaders both by example and in practice, through her roles at the Royal Opera House, Arts Council England and Creative & Cultural Skills, where her pioneering spirit marshalled countless new opportunities for learning and development.  At Clore Leadership we will be forever appreciative of her sterling support as both adviser and Trustee, and I am forever thankful for her guidance and support across many years.  RIP Pauline Tambling.  Primus inter pares.”

Moira Sinclair, Chair of Trustees, Clore Leadership says, “Pauline was pivotal in setting up Clore Leadership and designing the bedrock principles of the early Fellowship programme.  She remained a true and supportive friend to Clore Leadership throughout her life. She gave her lifetime of service to the cultural, and also the education, sector, touching so many lives.  Her passion, energy and wisdom will be missed, but her incredible legacy in the arts will live on.”

Pauline gave a lifetime of service to the cultural sector and Clore Leadership wishes to extend its condolences to all her family, friends and colleagues at this sad time. She will be missed by many.