A vital change leadership programme

Leading Systemic Change, is a vital change leadership programme commissioned as a direct response to the volatile circumstances and challenges of leading cultural organisations today.

Cultural leaders today face the acute challenge of navigating an increasingly complex and uncertain world. Fluctuating expectations, sectoral fatigue and relentless demands on creativity, resources, people and time, place significant constraints on decision-making and critical thinking. Yet the need for clear leadership in orchestrating change remains critical. 

The most impactful and rewarding development course I have undertaken in my career to date

Participant, 2023

Programme Details

Who is the programme for:

This programme is aimed at senior/experienced leaders of large/mid-scale cultural organisations, who are seeking to steer their organisations and teams against the backdrop of constant change. 

Senior leaders face the imperative of envisioning an inspiring future, building effective teams, creating positive working cultures and navigating credible ways forward – amidst critical uncertainties and ever narrowing options. This programme will enable leaders to build their capacity to face into adaptive challenges and offer key learning, tools and perspectives to reduce the overwhelm of the current environment.

Participants will be required to bring a live change challenge they are engaged with/about to start, for applying the programme concepts. We particularly encourage organisational pairs who can work together to attend Leading Systemic Change. This builds in-house partners to accelerate and embed the learning throughout and beyond the programme.

Dates & Venue

  • Module 1: January 2024. Pre-course reading, virtual.
  • Module 2: Monday 19 – Tuesday 20 February 2024. Evening & full day residential, Missenden Abbey, Buckinghamshire.
  • Module 3:  March/April 2024. Self-reflection & collaborative learning, virtual.
  • Module 4: W/C 22 April 2024.  Three day residential, Roffey Park, West Sussex.
  • Module 5: Spring/Summer 2024.  Self-directed case studies & collaborative learning, virtual. 
  • Module 6: Friday 19 July 2024.  Full day, learning outcomes, Wallacespace, Clerkenwell Green, London.
  • Module 7: Friday 17 January 2025. Full day, reunion and learning, Wallacespace, Clerkenwell Green, London.

It is essential to attend ALL Face-to-Face programme elements. Virtual elements are self-directed and can be self-managed.

A graphic which shows the seven modules of Leading Systemic Change

Costs & Funding


  • £4125 + VAT per person
  • £5500 + VAT for 2 persons from the same organisation working collectively

We understand that financial challenges may be a concern for some applicants. Therefore, we have a limited number of subsidised places available:

  • Subsidised place: £3125 + VAT per person
  • Subsidised place: £4500 + VAT for 2 persons from the same organisation working collectively

Applications Closed

Applications for Leading Systemic Change: Scale & Complexity programme have now closed.