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Sue Hoyle to step down as Director of the Clore Leadership Programme

Sue Hoyle OBE, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, announced today that she will be stepping down as Director at the end of the summer 2017.

Sue Hoyle OBE, Director of Clore Leadership, announced today that she will be stepping down as Director at the end of the summer 2017. 

Dame Vivien Duffield DBE, Chair of the Clore Duffield Foundation and Founder of Clore Leadership said: “Since 2004 Clore Leadership has been developing the talents of outstanding leaders across the cultural sector, and this could not have happened without the terrific leadership of Sue Hoyle. From working alongside Chris Smith to set up the Programme in 2003, to becoming Director in 2008, Sue has been an inspiration to our 334 Fellows, over 1400 course participants and our wider network of partners – nationally and internationally. She has played no small part in building the skills and resilience of our sector and we will always be grateful.” 

Under Sue Hoyle’s direction Clore Leadership has become the gold standard for developing cultural leaders, inspiring similar initiatives in the UK and internationally. Her characteristic ‘quiet leadership’ has set the tone for all of Clore’s programmes, offering participants the encouragement, confidence and skills to play to their strengths and make a crucial difference in the arts and beyond. Sue has encouraged the UK’s cultural sector to be more outward-facing, and under her leadership the Programme has developed a stronger international focus. 

Sue Hoyle has been a champion for excellence and diversity, introducing new initiatives such as the Clore Emerging Leaders’ Course and working with organisations across the UK to run Leadership Development Days. Sue has been instrumental in building Clore’s relationships with a wide range of partners and collaborators across the cultural and heritage sector: bringing together consortia of national organisations to support Clore Fellowships; working in partnership with the BBC on an initiative to promote greater diversity in the leadership of broadcasting; and co-operating with Hong Kong University to run an advanced cultural leadership programme in South East Asia. 

Sandy Nairne CBE, Chair of Clore Leadership said: “Sue Hoyle has been an outstanding Director for Clore Leadership. She has steered the Programme with great distinction and creativity and the arts and heritage sector is much the richer for the many Clore leaders who now hold positions of influence and authority. We wish her all the best as she embarks on the next part of her leadership journey.” 

Sue Hoyle OBE says, “Leadership is essential for the success of our creative and cultural life, more than ever before in these challenging times. I feel very honoured to have been given the opportunity to work with so many talented leaders and to have the support of Clore Leadership’s expert Board and experienced team. I’m confident that Clore Leadership will continue to go from strength to strength.”  

The Trustees of Clore Leadership will start the process of recruiting a new Director in March 2017.

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