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Wanted: next generation of heritage leaders

This item was last updated on
11 January 2017

Bore Place House, Kent, Photography: Hugh Hill, Clore Leadership Programme 2016

The Clore Leadership Programme and the Heritage Lottery Fund announce a three year partnership to foster future leaders in the heritage sector through a package of Clore training and development opportunities.

Thanks to National Lottery players across the UK, HLF will fund a range of Clore's Fellowships and intensive residential courses which provide training and professional development opportunities to people working across the cultural sector in the UK and beyond.

The £96,000 grant will provide a variety of development opportunities for people working in the heritage sector:

  • Two dedicated Heritage Fellowships on CLP’s flagship Clore Fellowship programme; an in-depth and individually tailored leadership development opportunity comprising residential courses, mentoring, coaching, bespoke training and diverse work placements.
  • A part-funded Clore Fellowship for an exceptional employee of HLF.
  • Four places on Clore’s intensive, residential two-week Short Courses.
  • Two bursaries on Clore’s six day residential Emerging Leaders Courses for people who are in the earlier stages of their careers.

The Clore Leadership Programme, which has been facilitating bespoke leadership training in the cultural sector since 2004, has already supported a number of promising heritage professionals to cultivate their leadership skills.

Former Clore Heritage Fellow Liz Girling (Assistant Director, National Trust Wales) on the impact of the Fellowship:

My Clore Fellowship gave me time to breathe, to take stock, to look around me, to work with others in a similar position and to consider my level of ambition.  It didn't answer all the questions for me, but it helped me know what the questions were.  Having taken a significant step up into a new organisation I regularly look back on my Clore year as being the pivotal time which encouraged me to take off my own arm bands.  I learned a lot about myself and about leadership and I still reflect and build on that learning.  Most importantly, I built a support network which I draw on almost daily.” 

HLF chair, Sir Peter Luff, welcomed the new investment: “We are lucky to have an incredibly rich heritage across our country and a dedicated workforce ensuring it remains open and accessible to all. These grants will allow promising employees access to the support they need to keep this heritage thriving for future generations.”

Clore Leadership's Chair, Sandy Nairne, said: “The Clore Leadership Programme is delighted to be working in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has demonstrated a significant commitment to building the leadership capacity in the heritage sector where there are many potential leaders with ambition and skills. The Clore Leadership Programme welcomes this opportunity to encourage committed change-makers as they join the newest cohort of cultural leaders.”

Are you leading with the heritage sector? Interested in applying for Clore Fellowship? Applications for the 2017/2018 Fellowship Programme are currently open and will close on Monday 13 February 2017.

Applications for the autumn 2017 residential Short Courses and Emerging Leaders programme will open in spring 2017.

Applications are by online form. Full information about the Clore Fellowships and the application process can be found here:


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