Tees Valley Leadership Programme

Clore Leadership, the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority are delighted to be working together on an exciting programme of leadership development opportunities for the cultural sector in the Tees Valley. 

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Leadership Skills Day: Finance for Leaders


Wednesday 8 May 2024, 10 – 4pm, 10 – 4pm, MIMA, Middlesbrough

A vital introduction to the financial processes that we all use in our day-to-day work, be this within an organisation or as freelancer. You will come away with an insight into what makes good financial planning, practical tips on the importance of good organisation, self-management and meeting legal requirements.

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Leadership Skills Day: Strategic Planning


Friday 17 May 2024, 10 – 4pm, The BIS, Hartlepool

You will explore what makes a good strategy and some of the tools and frameworks that can support you. Packed full of useful tips and take-aways you will come away with a clear understanding of the value of strategic working and the impact it can have for you and your work, no matter what the context.

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Leadership Skills Day: Governance, the basics


Thursday 11 July 2024, 10 – 4pm, The Redcar Palace (Tees Valley Arts)

An essential skills day to help build your leadership toolkit. It aims to demystify what governance means, what’s involved and why effective governance is so important. Relevant to a variety of roles and experience the day will be full of practical advice and tips that you can take-away and apply to real world situations.

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Overview of the Tees Valley Leadership Programme in BSL

Programme overview 

Stimulating conversation, developing skills, building confidence and creating space for peer-to-peer connection and collaboration is at the heart of our leadership programme in the Tees Valley. We are working collaboratively with a diverse mix of cultural organisations, practitioners and networks in the region to deliver a range of programming for leaders and change-makers in the Tees Valley cultural sector.

The programme is for anyone living or working in in the arts, cultural or creative sectors in the Tees Valley. If you work for an organisation, independently or as a freelancer this programme will support you to explore different qualities of leadership, enhance your skills, and expand your local and national network. 

Through opportunities to connect and learn the Tees Valley programme creates space to explore what leadership means; and to develop some of the essential leadership skills we all need in our toolkits. 

We recognise that everyone learns differently. The programme reflects this by offering different types of events and activities for you to engage with. These vary from leadership skills days packed full of tips and advice, to informal talks, practical hands-on group and experimental learning, mentoring and networking. 

Programme fees

Some elements of the Tees Valley Leadership Programme are free, others have a ‘pay what you decide’ fee, with a recommended rate of £10 + VAT for individuals and freelancers and £25 + VAT for organisations.  

“It was inspiring and warming to feel contained and able to discuss aspects of my creative life with other creatives.” 

Tees Valley programme participant 2023

Programme strands

General eligibility criteria

To access the Tees Valley programme you must live and/or work in the Tees Valley as a freelancer or for an organisation in the cultural sector. 

We are looking for a diverse range of participants who will bring a breadth of experience to the programme and animate the group learning. To help us create the best possible mix of people we will be looking for people who can demonstrate: 

  • 3 –5 years’ work experience 
  • A desire to better understand leadership and make change 
  • An ambition to lead, a sense of purpose and vision 
  • Self-awareness, authenticity and openness to learning 
  • A commitment to and passion for the cultural sector 
  • A curiosity as to the wider context of culture

Please note application times for different aspects of the programme vary.

Please see the information under each programme strand above for further details on how to sign up. To receive more information about taking part in this programme or others, including opening dates, sign up to our mailing list. For any questions related to Tees Valley, please contact us at [email protected] 

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