Cultural leadership scheme open for applications

Geraldine Kendall, 21.06.2011
Leading Learning programme developed with MA input
The National Culture Forum (NCF) is calling for applications to its 2011/12 Leading Learning Programme.

The programme, originally funded by the now disbanded Cultural Leadership Programme, is tailored for local government cultural services managers and aims to help participants tackle strategic and operational issues and develop their leadership skills through training and mentoring.

This year, the programme is also welcoming leaders of cultural organisations from both the charitable and commercial sectors.

The programme offers participants a 360 degree personal development report with detailed one-to-one feedback; three interactive residential sessions covering topics such as strategic financial management; one on one mentoring; and five action learning set sessions.

Running across an academic year, the programme has so far trained over 40 participants. It was developed with help of Museums Association (MA) director Mark Taylor.

Taylor said: “The fact that this scheme has been a great success is revealed by the fact that we are proposing to run it for a fourth year and without the financial support of the Cultural Leadership Programme.

"I have attended a number of the sessions. What we are doing is no less than helping the current generation of cultural leaders be the next leaders of local government.”

This year the full cost of the programme is £4,000 for local authority and charitable trusts and £5,000 for commercial and non-departmental public body participants. Bursaries and two-year repayment plans are available.

There is an early bird discount for those applying by 15 July. The final closing date is 8 August.

For more information contact Sue Isherwood, director of the Leading Learning Programme, on 01749 871110 or 07919 540803, or email