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21 Jul 2016 Feature

In these rapidly changing times, what new skills and attributes do our cultural leaders need? Sue Hoyle and Robbie Swale share the thoughts of Fellows on the Clore Leadership Programme.

In July 2005, 27 cultural leaders were coming to the end of their year as the inaugural Fellows on the Clore Leadership Programme. Brought together for a residential course at Bore Place, an organic farm in Kent, they had no internet access, mobile phone signal or television, so it took a while for the news to seep through that London had been selected as host for the 2012 Olympics.

Cause for celebration indeed, as the Fellows imagined the opportunities the games might present for the... more

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