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Clore Leadership, the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority are pleased to be launching a programme of place-based leadership interventions for the cultural sector in the Tees Valley.

This programme will help nurture, connect and inform our creatives at every level, giving them the tools they need to grow, collaborate and be successful for years to come.
Annabel Turpin
ARC’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director and co-chair of the Combined Authority’s Creative Place Advisory Group

Working collaboratively with key organisations, cultural practitioners and networks across the region since the summer of 2022, Clore Leadership has developed a new strand of programming that responds to leadership and workforce development needs in the Tees Valley cultural sector. We will be supporting progression routes for arts and cultural leaders in each of the five local authorities, strengthening peer networks, driving cross-sector collaboration, diversifying the workforce and supporting cultural venues and freelancers.

The programme has two strands – connecting and learning. Through opportunities to connect and learn we will create space to explore what leadership means; and to develop some of the essential leadership skills we all need in our toolkits.


Connecting with peers is a vital part of developing networks, exchanging knowledge and experience and seeking support. A mentoring scheme; and opportunity for action learning for will offer chances to connect and share leadership experiences with peers.

  • Action learning sets for D/deaf/disabled/neurodivergent or global majority cultural professionals – launching summer 2023
  • Mentoring – applications opening spring 2023
  • Gathering 6 March 2024 – sign up from January 2024. These Annual Gatherings will be a space to connect with peers and to dive into themed conversations around leadership.


The learning strand offers a chance to learn with and from leaders and peers, and to develop some of the skills that are fundamental to leadership within the cultural sector.

Leadership Experiences 2023

A series of facilitated conversations where leaders will share their stories and experiences. Sign up to book your place – these quarterly events will take place either online or in person.

  • Linda Bloomfield 22 March 2023, 11.00-12.30 via zoom – booking now closed. 
  • Jamie Beddard 13 June 2023 - sign up online
  • Kirsten Luckins 26 September 2023 - sign up online
  • Vici Wreford-Sinnott 8 December 2023 - sign up online
  • Asma Shah 08 February 2024
  • Katy Weir 11 June 2024
  • Vicky Holbrough 17 September 2024
  • TBC December 2024 
  • Rhiannon White 06 February 2025

Leadership skills sessions 2023 – apply from March 2023

Over two years we are offering an opportunity to join focused sessions to hone and craft your leadership skills. These sessions will be in person, and you can sign up via application for the 2023 sessions, which will open in March 2023.


  • Leading From Who You Are, Emma Haughton and Prince Taylor 3 May 2023
  • Coaching Skills, Isabel Mortimer 25 May 2023
  • Governance, the Basics, Keith Arrowsmith 13 July 2023
  • Artist as Leader, Fearghus O’Conchuir 16 October 2023
  • The Art of Change, Claire Antrobus 15 November 2023
  • Finance for leaders, Tom Wilcox 8 May 2024
  • Strategic Planning, Anna Dinnen 17 May 2024
  • Governance, the Basics, Keith Arrowsmith 11 July 2024
  • The wellbeing choice 17 October 2024
  • Confident Communications, Sarah Cartwright 12 November 2024

Facilitation skills  – a specialist skills development strand focused on training and development in facilitation skills, starting with Facilitation Skills training 3 October 2023-  sign up in summer 2023

Leadership with Care - two online events, each taking the theme of leadership with care as their focus: 

  • Embedding care in your leadership Jo Verrent Unlimited, Jo Hunter 64 Million Artists, 18 January 2024  - sign up in winter 2023
  • Governance with Care Jo Verrent and Anna Starkey Unlimited, 1 November 2024 – sign up summer 2024


To receive more information about applying for this activity, including dates when strands open for applications, sign up to our mailing list. For any questions related to Tees Valley, contact us programmes@cloreleadership.org

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The project is being funded by Local Authority partners in the Tees Valley, the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority; Middlesbrough Council; Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council; Darlington Borough Council.