Collaboration: Place: Change Developing Leaders
A new professional development programme for developing cultural leaders in Norfolk & Suffolk
Applications for this opportunity have closed.

Develop your leadership skills and use your experience to create real positive change in the community.

Collaboration: Place: Change Developing Leaders is a cultural leadership development programme open to cultural leaders or senior managers with 5+ years’ experience who are living and/or working in Norfolk or Suffolk. The ten-month experience is designed to complement your day-to-day work. Through a combination of short residentials and online learning, you will significantly enhance your professional understanding and take your career to the next level.

Apply by Monday 21 September 2020

‘The opportunity to reflect on what matters to you, on what you want to achieve through and for the cultural community is a huge gift’

‘The opportunity to reflect on what matters to you, on what you want to achieve through and for the cultural community is a huge gift, particularly at this moment when so much has changed in the world. Most people are worried that everyone else is brilliant and that they aren’t – don’t let impostor syndrome put you off!’ – Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Programme Facilitator

Benefits of taking part

  • Better understand your leadership style and potential
  • Develop your business and governance skills
  • Become an active part of a regional peer support group of creative professionals
  • Become confident in speaking up for positive change in your organisation and region

‘Now more than ever we need a well-skilled, confident and diverse leadership’

‘Now more than ever we need a well-skilled, confident and diverse leadership to lead us through the huge challenges the cultural sector is facing. It is vitally important that the next generation of cultural leaders are more fully representative of the communities they serve and the CPC programmes are here to support that process.’ – Nicola Naismith, CPC Project Manager

Programme partners

The Collaboration: Place: Change programme is managed by the National Centre for Writing on behalf of the New Anglia LEP Culture Board, and delivered in partnership with the Achates Philanthropy, Clore Leadership and the University of East Anglia.

Course content

Through practical exercises, group discussions and advice from guest speakers you will explore:

  • Personal growth – how to enact change for yourself, your organisation and region
  • An audience-first approach – who are your working for? What motivates you? Placing audiences at the heart of your thinking
  • The latest research in cultural leadership


The ten-month programme includes two short residentials, three networking days and a series of online discussions. The fees cover all training materials, expert speakers, a course facilitator, private room residential accommodation, food and some travel. The fees are heavily subsidised by Arts Council England and the LEP Culture Board.

For organisations with 11 or more employees, the fee is £1250 per participant

For organisations with 10 or fewer employees, the fee is £750 per participant

There is no charge for freelance or sole-trader participants. We are also able to offer four bursaries of £2000 each to support freelancers to participate in the programme.

What to do next

Step one: Read more about the programme and decide if it’s a good fit for you and that you meet the eligibility criteria of living or working in Norfolk or Suffolk. Download the key information document.

Step two: Decide who will be your nominator (normally a line manager or senior colleague, for freelancers this may be a recent client or another individual who knows your work). Send them the nominator form and ask them to email it to [email protected] by 10am Monday 21 September.

Step three: Complete the application forms and email them to [email protected] by 10am Monday 21 September.

Apply by Monday 21 September 2020


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