ITP Manager Claire Messenger Attends Clore Leadership Short Course

Written by Claire Messenger, International Training Programme Manager

From 26 November to 7 December 2018 I will be taking part in a Clore Leadership Short Course organised by the Clore Leadership Programme which aims to develop and strengthen leadership across the cultural and creative sectors.

The Programme, which was started in 2003 by the Clore Duffield Foundation and is sustained by a partnership between private philanthropy and public funding, aims to run ‘a choice of programmes tailored to the leadership needs of culture sector professionals at different stages of their career. Clore believes in investing in individuals, drawing on their creative potential to raise the game of the arts and creative sectors. From freelancers and entrepreneurs to heads of established institutions, the Clore Leadership Programme nurtures dynamic and diverse leaders’.

The programme, through a series of workshops and sessions, will focus on three key strands – Leadership Style; Leading Others and Managing Resources and Leading Change – and topics being covered over the two weeks will look at:

  • Resilience
  • Coaching for Leaders
  • Finance
  • Introduction to Authentic Leadership
  • Governance
  • Rights, Risks and Reputations
  • Leading Change
  • Leadersmithing
  • Difficult Conversations
  • WISDOM and Reflection


During the course I’ll be based in Hexham, a historic town in the Tyne Valley very close to Newcastle.  While I’m there, I hope to have the opportunity to visit Hexham Abbey built around 675 AD and very excitingly, as I’ve never been before, Hadrian’s Wall!!!

I’m very much looking forward to the course which I hope will enable me to learn from, and share and network with, colleagues from around the museum, cultural, education and commercial sectors and afterwards to sharing some my learning with you all.  I also hope that the experience can feed into the ITP programme that we deliver for each year’s cohort of ITP fellows and through legacy projects, to the wider ITP network.

Looking at the schedule, I think the long days, the need to think creatively, to network and share with new colleagues across the sector, will give me a little taste of the ITP summer programme!!!