Oxford Cultural Leaders: an international programme for museums, arts & heritage

Oxford University Museums, in partnership with colleagues from the Saïd Business School are delighted to announce that its highly successful residential programme,  Oxford Cultural Leaders, will be running again in April 2016.

The programme was created in response to the clear message from governments across the globe that cultural organisations need to look beyond the state for their income, demonstrating their commercial acumen and ability to deliver successfully new business models.

Oxford Cultural Leaders addresses the need for cultural organisations to reinvent themselves as businesses, albeit not-for-profit, with entrepreneurial ways of thinking and behaving, by developing a cadre of leaders who are able to skilfully and confidently tackle these challenges.

“I firmly believe that the success of the sector is reliant on a new type of leader – one who embraces change; is entrepreneurial in outlook; who continually looks outwards to learn new things and yet is rooted in a strong sense of values, core purpose and public service.” Diane Lees, Director General, Imperial War Museums

Having access to expertise from across the cultural and business sectors has enabled Oxford to develop a programme that is unique within the museum and cultural sectors internationally. The programme was held for the first time in March 2015, successfully bringing together a group of dynamic leaders to experiment and take risks with new business models and to explore new ways of working and creating organisational cultures that encourage new ideas.


The programme faculty comprises of cultural sector leaders and business school experts including;

 Diane Lees (Director General, Imperial War Museums)

Richard Evans (Director, Beamish, the Living Museum of the North)

 Janet Barnes (CEO, York Museums Trust)

 Jonathan Lloyd (Director, Pegasus Theatre, Oxford)

Tracey Camilleri (Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford)

 Pegram Harrison (Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford)

Keith Ruddle (Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford)

Oxford Cultural Leaders is for dynamic and reflective CEOs, directors, heads of department, and senior managers who want to challenge and redefine their identity as a leader and their vision for their organisation at a time of great challenge and complexity for the cultural sector.

Recruitment will be through a competitive process, with a panel of faculty members carefully considering applications based on what they can contribute to the programme, as sharing knowledge and expertise, and providing peer consultancy and support will be core to its success.

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Further Information

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 30 November 2015

Participants (both Home/EU and International) will be asked to contribute a fee of £2,500

You can download the information sheet here: Oxford Cultural Leaders Information Sheet

For more information please contact: Lucy Shaw Programme Director, Oxford Cultural Leaders Oxford University Museums

Email: lucy.shaw@museums.ox.ac.uk

Telephone:  01865 613783

Website:  www.oxfordaspiremuseums.org/



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