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April 2024 Lead On – New Perspectives on Sustainability

In this edition of Lead On, inspired by the spirit of Spring and April’s World Earth Day, we delve into Climate Leadership and Sustainability.

Welcome to Lead On – the newsletter from Clore Leadership, which seeks to explore, stimulate and share perspectives on the issues currently impacting the leadership of culture.

After what was officially the wettest Winter on record, clocks have switched to British Summer Time and it looks like Spring has finally arrived, in all its glory.  

In this edition of Lead On, we take our cue from the positive energy of Spring and April’s World Earth Day to share a range of resources and insights on the themes of Climate Leadership and Sustainability. Read how British Museums are taking a lead in sustainability; and explore Julie’s Bicycle and the Gallery Climate Coalition to find practical tips on being more environmentally active. We are thrilled to have secured support from The Linbury Trust to establish a Culture & Climate Fellowship, and look forward to welcoming our inaugural Fellow later in the year.

July 2024 marks the 21st Anniversary of Clore Leadership! Back in 2003, Dame Vivien Duffield and the Clore Duffield Foundation, responded to the lack of pipeline for UK cultural leaders by creating the Clore Fellowship Programme, and have retained this investment in strengthening the leadership of culture in each of the 21 years of our existence – a game changing commitment! Sally Bacon, former Director of the Foundation, shares the origin story charting the year of research, consultation and programme design that led to the announcement of the first cohort of Fellows in 2004. Just fascinating to see how many of that cohort, and indeed the 19 cohorts that have followed so far, have gone on to lead key cultural institutions, forge new creative practice, and fulfil our keen ambition to cultivate excellence and innovation in the leadership of culture.

Our Leadership Courses began in 2008, and have supported over 2000 Leaders to make their mark on the sector. Learn more about the impact of our alumni on our website, where you will also find an expanded range of research, resources and diverse perspectives on leading culture. Our work in Governance is underpinned by our collaboration with the Cultural Governance Alliance to create a unique Practical Guide and first-port-of-call for governance in the cultural sector.

Across the past 21 years of leadership learning we have regularly engaged in research, reviews and interactive communication with sector leaders and other industries, to ensure our programmes resonate as relevant and topical. Building on their long-term investments in Clore Leadership, we were delighted to be joined by key industry partners Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to explore the World of Work today. This critical series of Assemblies and formal research will enhance our understanding of sector needs, practices and perspectives, as new ways of working emerge in the aftermath of the poly-crises of recent times. We are busy crunching and analysing the data, and look forward to sharing these findings in the months ahead, underscoring the contribution of our cultural and creative sectors to a healthy ecology, a thriving economy and a vibrant society.

Our Clore Leadership Trustees are the driving force behind our ambitions, and we are delighted to welcome three new members to the Clore Leadership Board: Suzann McLean MBE, actress and Artistic Director of Theatre Peckham; Jonathan Reekie CBE, Director of Somerset House; and Kate Varah, Executive Director at the National Theatre. ‘As leaders, employers and champions of new talent, their impressive range of skills will help us remain forward-thinking and agile in how we effectively support leaders from the sector in these increasingly volatile times.’ Moira Sinclair, Chair, Clore Leadership.

So thank you to everyone who has been part of this journey of leadership over 21 years. With our World of Work Series, we are refreshing our understanding, updating markers for our own sustainability agenda, and percolating new thought leadership for the dynamic times ahead. Come with us…

Hilary Carty, Executive Director, Clore Leadership

Themes Climate Leadership Hard Skills Sector Insights