News: Cultural Leadership Programme

Friday 13 November 2009

The Cultural Leadership Programme has launched a search for the sector’s top 50 future female leaders

Nominations are being invited for a prestigious new list which will celebrate the achievements of some of the most ambitious and talented women in the cultural and creative industries.

Established leaders (Director level figures and senior independent consultants) from across the UK are being urged to nominate women who have already made a noticeable impact within the sector, and have the potential to rise to the top, for inclusion on the Cultural Leadership Programme’s inaugural ‘Women to Watch’ list for 2010.

Submissions are invited from across the creative and cultural sectors, including advertising, archives, crafts, dance, design, libraries, literature, museums, music, performing and visual arts, the historic environment and other creative businesses.

The list will be announced in March 2010, to coincide with International Women’s Day, and the achievements of the 50 selected women will be celebrated at an evening reception.

The high profile judging panel, chaired by Jenni Murray OBE, Presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, will include figures from the cultural and creative industries, the media and popular culture.

Jenni Murray, said: “There are nowhere near enough women in positions of power and influence, whether it be in the cultural and creative industries or other sectors. We need to do everything we can to enable and encourage the next generation.”

Hilary Carty, Director of the Cultural Leadership Programme, said: “We firmly believe that an important part of the drive to tackle under-representation is to recognise and celebrate good practice and, crucially, to support and encourage emerging and mid-career women leaders in the sector. By launching this list, we are hoping to engage a variety of senior leaders in supporting the advancement of talented women across our industries.”

Nominees should be emerging to mid career leaders – women who have the potential to make a national impact in senior leadership roles such as artistic director, chief executive, managing director, chair or organisational lead. Women working within the creative or cultural sector within the UK are eligible to be nominated for inclusion on the list.

The deadline for entries is 29 January 2010. *Nominations can be completed online or forms can be downloaded at

Pictured: One to watch – Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company

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