Leading Systemic Change: Scale & Complexity

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A vital change leadership programme commissioned as a direct response to the volatile circumstances and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Cultural leaders today face the acute challenge of navigating an increasingly complex and uncertain world. Undeliverable expectations and relentless demands place significant constraints on decision-making and critical thinking. Yet the need for clear leadership remains critical.

Text reads: After the profound challenges of the past two years, support to manage change and build the resilience of our most able cultural leaders has never been needed more urgently. This course speaks to the deep requirement across the cultural sector that we invest in and care for our leaders so that our cultural organisations thrive. By - Dr Maria Balshaw CBE, Director  of Tate

Senior/experienced leaders of mid/large-scale cultural organisations, who are seeking to steer their organisations against the backdrop of constant change.

We will bring together this select cohort of sector leaders, working collectively and in small groups to address the dynamic array organisational, systems and sector challenges currently faced in the arts, museums, heritage and wider cultural industries.


Leading Systemic Change is a blended-learning change leadership programme.

The imperative to envision an inspiring future, build effective teams, create positive working cultures and show credible ways forward, remains top of the agenda, and 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.  

Connecting and collaborating provides the valuable opportunity for collective experimentation, co-created exploration and cross-sector solution finding, which is critical for cultural, civic and societal impact.


We will provide a secure framework to build and apply change theories, and offer multiple opportunities to practice their application.

Participants will become:

  • more confident and skilled to engage with change as part and parcel of leading their organisations;
  • more empowered to choose and operationalise approaches confidently, and with agility;
  • part of an inspiring and resourceful peer network with a collective understanding, creative empathy and practical support borne of shared experiences.   

The programme consists of 4.5 days of tutored/facilitated learning, including a 3-day residential and ample opportunities for practice and peer-supported learning and development.

  • Module 1: 15th July 2022 - Half-day: 9 – 12:30, Online via Zoom
  • Module 2: 4th – 6th October 2022 - Face-to-face residential (including accommodation and all meals), Norton Park nr Winchester
  • Module 3: Autumn 2022 - Self-directed case studies & collaborative learning
  • Module 4: 11th or 12th January 2023 - Full-day: Face-to-face in London (venue tbc)

Full Programme fee:

  • £3,995 + VAT per person
  • £4,995 + VAT for 2 persons from the same organisation working collectively

Subsidised Places:   

A limited number of subsidised places are available for applicants facing financial challenge:

  • £2,995 + VAT per person 
  • £3,995 + VAT for 2 persons from the same organisation working collectively

Please outline your need for a subsidised place in your application.  If the programme fee is an obstacle to attending, please contact us on courses@cloreleadership.org so that we can understand your circumstances. We know the sector is facing exceptional challenges currently and we will try our best to support where possible.


About the Course Leaders

This pilot programme is devised and led by highly respected and experienced leaders Vyla L. Rollins, Strategic Organisational Effectiveness Practitioner and Executive Coach; and Kathryn Gordon, Executive Coach, Organisational Change Practitioner and Coach & O/D Supervisor.


Our course venues have been access audited and we are able to share details with you to help prepare for attendance on the course.

We take an individual approach to supporting the access needs of those attending our courses and any support you might need will be discussed with you prior to the course. As examples the support provided might include supporting the attendance of a PA, providing a notetaker, captioners or sign language interpreters or support with the costs of childcare.


Clore Leadership will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation in the period up to the course dates.  Our residential planning incorporates the latest Government guidance as well as consideration of how best to ensure a safe and inclusive learning space for our cohorts and staff team. Your health wellbeing and quality of experience while on your residential is paramount to us. Full details of the Covid safe guidelines in place for the residential will be provided to you in advance of your residential. 

For any additional queries, please get in touch: courses@cloreleadership.org