‘Mind the Gap’ around the Country

Leadership and Succession Planning in the UK’s Arts and Culture Sector

In 2018 we took our thought piece Mind the Gap: Leadership and Succession Planning in the UK’s Arts and Culture Sector out to leaders in the arts, culture and heritage sectors across the UK. Throughout the year Ed Bampfylde and Dr Jennifer Barnes, Partners in Saxton Bampfylde’s Arts and Culture practice, hosted a series of dinners to look at leadership and succession planning in the sector, and consider the themes, challenges and opportunities that these present.


Arts & Culture Directors’ Dinner, May 2018

The reception at our events has been very encouraging and has generated a considerable amount of conversation – both on topics covered in the piece and in other areas that are of particular and increasing interest in the identification and nurturing of leadership talent. Topics covered have included: the need for greater diversity, the importance of funding – public, commercial and philanthropic; the increased need for improved and varied communication to raise awareness; as well being able to create genuinely new and exciting experiences through a variety of mediums to maintain a current and vibrant approach. These areas were keenly discussed as part of the fundamental focus points for leaders as they chart new territories for the sector and drive forward its success for the future.

We will continue to share our thoughts and plan to produce a follow-on piece next year. If you would like to be involved please do let us know.

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