Saxton Bampfylde has been engaged in finding the leaders to drive forward the UK’s thriving arts and culture scene for the past 30 years. This work has involved advising and partnering with a huge cross-section of organisations and institutions, from the iconic and world leading to the small and distinctive. It is with this in-depth knowledge of the sector and a keen eye on its future and those people who will lead the way forward that we have undertaken this research into leadership and succession planning in arts and culture.
This sector is thriving, both domestically and internationally, and subsequently its leaders are increasingly placed on a world stage. In a time of global uncertainty however, the sector is facing a myriad of challenges. Financial, political and social pressures are mounting, bringing with them a stronger desire for change to the sector than has been seen previously.
With challenge there comes opportunity, particularly for those emerging into leadership roles. Our aim with this report was to gather the opinions of those who are currently driving the sector forward, asking them to consider where the future leaders will come from, the skills and attributes they will need to bring to the role, and what challenges and opportunities they will be faced with.
We are passionate about continuing to support arts and culture organisations into the next generations. The issue of finding the leaders of the future is fundamental to the sector’s success and that is why we have chosen to explore the topic through this piece of research.
We hope that you will find this insight piece thought-provoking and an initiator of conversation. We have thoroughly enjoyed conducting this piece of work and would warmly welcome any feedback on this fascinating subject.
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