AIM Hallmarks Leaders and Enablers programme – further speakers confirmed

With the application deadline fast approaching for the next round of the AIM Hallmarks Leaders and Enablers programmes, we are delighted to be able to confirm more of our speakers. One of the programmes’ distinctive strengths is that they bring new insights, from the charity sector and beyond, to help people who lead and support museums think differently about the challenges we all face and we’re looking forward to a strong line up of speakers in the new round of the programme.

John Thompson is the Chief Executive, St Martin of Tours, a leading provider of community forensic mental health services in London. He also chairs the board of Wandsworth and Westminster Mind. Speaking to the Leaders programme in Round 1, he spoke about turning an organisation round by redefining the charity’s core purpose and focusing on doing one thing really well, and stopping other areas of service delivery. John helped the Leaders think through the reality of implementing a strategy which saved a failing organisation and delivered great public benefit but also necessitated some very difficult decisions and was personally extremely arduous. Although John’s world is very different to ours, the Leaders programme participants found his insights very powerful.

We’re also delighted to confirm Steve Wyler, who brings experience of supporting community-led organisations, as the former CEO of Locality and Martin Stott, who chairs the William Morris Society as well as having a distinguished career in local government. For more on our other speakers, including Janet Barnes and Sarah O’Grady, see last week’s blog.

The application deadline is Monday 16 January at 9am and full details of the programmes and how to apply are at If you want to discuss your application or find out more about whether the programmes are for you, please call Helen Wilkinson on 0771 966 7102, and Helen is happy to take calls over the Christmas and New Year break.

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