How it all began
The Clore Duffield Foundation has funded and worked with the social sector for many years, and is committed to supporting and developing its leaders. In 2007, following the success of the Clore Leadership Programme for the cultural sector, the Foundation commissioned research into what training provision exists for those with leadership potential working in large and small charities, social enterprises, social housing and community groups.
What we discovered
This independent research revealed there was very little provision for aspiring leaders committed to social action. Where leadership investment does exist, it focuses on those already in very senior positions. The UK’s social sector is vibrant and pioneering in many ways, but trails behind other sectors when it comes to developing leadership potential.
What happened next
After extensive consultation the Clore Social Leadership Programme was established in October 2008 with Dame Mary Marsh founding Director, offering personalised and flexible learning and development tailored to meet the needs of individuals from across the sector.
As the current economic climate continues to present the sector with unprecedented challenges, effective and courageous leadership is becoming ever more critical. We are committed to working collaboratively across the sector to meet these challenges head on.