Yorkshire Culture and Yorkshire Forward announced today that they will be supporting a 2017/2018 Yorkshire Fellowship within the Clore Leadership Programme. Together with up to thirty other potential leaders specially selected by the Clore Leadership Programme from across the UK and beyond, the Yorkshire Fellowship will be for an exceptional individual who intends to develop their career as a cultural leader in Yorkshire.
The Yorkshire Fellow will participate in two intensive residential leadership courses; receive professional development through mentoring, tuition and group learning; undertake an in-depth research project, supervised by a Higher Education Institution; and be seconded to an organisation very different from their own, where they will have experience of managing a challenging project.
Clive Leach, Chair of Yorkshire Culture, welcomed the news for the Yorkshire region: “This is a further example of the value of strong partnerships in the Yorkshire region delivering real results for the cultural sector. We are delighted that Yorkshire Forward and the region’s cultural agencies have come together to support the leadership challenge in this way. I am sure that the Yorkshire Fellow will be a great asset to the region”.
Lord Smith of Finsbury, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, said: “This is a remarkable opportunity for an outstanding individual from Yorkshire to develop their leadership skills, talent and confidence within the cultural sector. This Fellowship can provide a major benefit for the successful candidate, for the cultural life of the region, and for Yorkshire’s future more generally”.
The Yorkshire Fellow will follow in the footsteps of other cultural leaders based in the region. Susie Hargreaves, who received a Fellowship in 2006, said:
“Being awarded a Fellowship has been a great honour and a fantastic experience to date. Not only has it given me access to some of the most inspirational people in the cultural sector today, but has also provided me with the means to take ‘time out’ to reflect on my experience to date, to learn from my peers and from leading thinkers and experts, and, finally, to make plans for the future”.
Bev Morton, Chief Executive of Artworks and Yorkshire Fellow in 2005/6 added: “The development and learning you experience as a Clore Fellow exceeds the personal and professional growth that most people achieve in a life-time. If you grab the Fellowship by both hands and aim high, it will change your life, I guarantee it”.
The name of the Fellow will be announced in June.