1. Skip to content

Leadership and Skills Development

Leadership for the Future

A two-year capacity building programme for up to 20 arts and cultural organisations or museums with arts activity throughout the East Midlands.

Organisations wishing to apply should have an annual turnover of £40,000 or more. The cost for participation over the two years will be on a scale of £500 for organisations with a turnover of £40,000 to £150,000; £750 for organisations with a turnover of £150,000 to £400,000; and £1000 for organisations with a turnover over £400,000.

​We would particularly welcome applications from organisations with a rural, coastal or diverse focus.The deadline for completed applications is 15 October 2014 with the first seminar with DeVos Institute Chairman Michael M Kaiser taking place on 20 November 2014.

Financial support may be available in certain circumstances. To discuss this, or to check eligibility or any other aspect of the progamme, please contact Vanessa Rawlings-Jackson at vanessa@cultivate-em.com or Fred Brooks at fred@cultivate-em.com.


Cultivate facilitates and delivers skills development for professionals and volunteers in the sector, custom-designed for individuals, groups and organisations, to meet identified current needs and new developments.

Our leadership and skills development programmes include:

  • Action Learning
  • Diagnostic interview and needs analysis
  • Go & See / Come & Talk
  • Change management including HR
  • Mentoring & coaching
  • Placements & secondments
  • Senior Management Induction
  • Training – delivery and signposting
  • Building organisational skills and capacity


Capitalise was a three year leadership development programme funded by Arts Council England, working with CEOs and Directors from 18 arts and cultural organisations across the East Midlands. The programme consisted of core and optional modules and included Go & See visits to Philadelphia (USA), and Montreal and Toronto in Canada.

Capitalise suceeded in building a network of leaders who value the opportunity to learn about and support one another's work. It has provided the basis for collaborative working between the organisations involved, as well as developing individual leaders' skills and confidence.

A key strength of the programme was that it allowed participants to benchmark their own organisations and performance against that of others – in some cases reminding people what they are already doing well, and in others giving them higher standards to aim for as well as the confidence to do so.

If you are interested in finding out more about our leadership and skills development work contact vanessa@cultivate-em.com or call 0115 947 6202.