Leading the Sector is a professional development course in Digital Leadership for a cohort of 16 leaders from medium-to-large heritage organisations across the UK. It’s funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund for Digital Skills for Heritage and is led by Culture24.
Now more than ever before, CEOs, senior executives and trustees of heritage organisations need digital leadership skills. They need to be informed about the opportunities and challenges of digital in order to build resilient and successful heritage organisations. Leading the Sector provides the opportunity for leaders to focus on this critical strategic area – whatever their current understanding of digital leadership.
The course began in May 2020 and runs until early 2021. Our first cohort of senior leaders is drawn from a wide range of heritage organisations working across the UK:
Leading the Sector gives leaders in heritage organisations a cohort-based opportunity to:
- explore the characteristics of digitally literate leadership in a small, friendly community of like-minded peers
- apply learning, with support, to build their organisations’ digital maturity and capacity
- understand what ‘digital’ means in a heritage context and where most value lies for their teams, organisation, communities, wider audiences and the heritage they work with
- build personal digital literacy, skills and understanding
The cohort of 16 leaders is being taken through a collaborative learning process, over ten months, that balances strategic and practical guidance and includes:
- Four virtual and in-person workshops across 10 months
- A structured mentoring process, helping leaders to apply learning in their settings
- Being part of a friendly, supportive group of peers all facing similar challenges
- The support of a highly experienced and supportive team of expert coaches.
The course combines strategic and practical guidance and is rooted in a range of approaches developed over the last three years to inform and support digital transformation in the cultural sector, including One by One, Let’s Get Real and the Digital Culture Compass.
The course is led by Anra Kennedy, Partnerships Director at Culture24, with partners Golant Innovation/The Audience Agency and specialist advisors including Professor Ross Parry, University of Leicester and Dr Nick Winterbotham.
Support and resources
As the course develops we will share learning, resources and case studies.
In September 2020 Anra Kennedy wrote Developing digital leadership in heritage, a blog post reporting on the common challenges that Leading the Sector course participants were facing and the experiments they began carrying out to make meaningful change happen.
Our colleagues at The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Digital Skills for Heritage initiative, of which our course is only one strand, offer a range of other digital skills support and opportunities. We’d recommend you sign up to their newsletter (https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/email-updates) to keep informed.
Finally, Culture24’s Digital Pathways resource bank on digital skills for museums and heritage organisations is slowly building. We will be adding more over the coming months, with an immediate focus on remote working and communication. These three resources might be of particular interest to you:
A guide to digital leadership:
Two case studies on developing digital leadership within museums: