Creative and Cultural Leadership Development Programme (CCLDP)

Applications for the second cohort of eight to ten participants running from June 2021 to May 2022 are now open.

You will need to be a Cultivator client to apply for this cohort.

If you are not currently a Cultivator client, contact us for how to apply to become one.

If you are freelance – or working in one or more creative businesses or cultural organisations, registered with HMRC and resident in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly you can apply to be a Cultivator client.

Applications to become a Cultivator client must be completed prior to making an application to the CCLDP. The deadline for new Cultivator client applications is Friday 30 April 2021, but this is dependent on demand and is subject to change, so you are advised to apply in good time to ensure your application to the CCLDP can be accepted. If you apply to become a client before the stated deadline, every effort will be made to ensure your application is reviewed in time; however, please note that this cannot be guaranteed if demand is exceptionally high.

Learn more about becoming a Cultivator client and what some of the other benefits include.

About the Programme

Cultivator Phase 2 are working with Golant Innovation and Mandy Berry to design, develop, deliver and evaluate a Creative and Cultural Leadership Development Programme (CCLDP) for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (C&IoS). The programme will be rooted in the needs and aspirations of C&IoS. The initiative is designed to increase the growth, productivity and resilience of the Creative Economy in the South West by bringing together industry and academia through Open Innovation and Knowledge Exchange. The CCLDP will deliver support to two cohorts of beneficiaries between September 2020 and June 2022. The programme will incorporate a range of activities to meet identified need; workshops, mentoring & coaching, peer-led activities and facilitated action-learning sets.

The programme will cover the following topics: 

  • What does leadership mean, different styles of leadership – including freelance and part-time teams.
  • Collaborative and partnership working including leading networks and across different sub-Innovation and creativity, experimentation, R&D, design thinking, understanding risk and learning from mistakes.
  • Entrepreneurship, setting up ventures, adaptability focused on revenue and funding.
  • Business models - mixed income streams, hybrid funding public and private, assets and resources and IP, different ways of creating value.
  • Digital leadership – understanding the implications of digital as opposed to being good at tech.
  • Governance, corporate and project structures – including working with your chair and board, decision-making and compliance.
  • Organisational structures and design – to enable effective leadership and management, accountability, and performance.
  • Leadership in uncertain times – vision setting, futures thinking, agility and adaptability, strategic planning for short-, medium- and long-term.
  • Advocacy and representing the sector and region – telling the story, setting the agenda and harnessing the opportunities.


Themes of resilience, inclusion and diversity, evidence-based decision-making and data-driven innovation, communications for effective leadership and environmental sustainability will be woven throughout the programme. 

Whether you see yourself as an entrepreneur, creative, cultural practitioner or other kind of innovator – this could be the next stage of your professional development. More information on the programme and applying.


As well as the Creative and Cultural Leadership Development Programme, The University of Plymouth is leading the following activities within the Cultivator project:

  • Knowledge Exchange Programme
  • Showcasing Scheme

Find out more about Cultivator.

For other opportunities supported by the University of Plymouth.

Meet the first cohort

Verity Anthony
Visitor Experience and Collections Manager, Bodmin Keep: Cornwall’s Army Museum
www.bodminkeep.org
Twitter: @BodminKeep @VerityJEAnthony

Alessandra Ausenda
Artist and Director, Tough Dough
www.ausenda.com
www.toughdough.co.uk
Instagram: @ausendaalessandra @tough_dough_cic

Megan Beck
Director, Grays Wharf
www.grayswharf.co.uk
Instagram: @grayswharfstudios

Jonny Dry
Film Director, Studio Erma
www.jonnydry.com
Instagram: @_jonnydry

Hannah Irwin
iMayflower Project and Knowledge Exchange Manager, University of Plymouth
Twitter: @_hibby
https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-irwin-344a7663/

Bethany Lyne
Project Manager, Cornwall 365
https://cornwall365.org.uk/
https://cornwall365.com/

Anna Renton
Director, Penlee House Gallery & Museum
www.penleehouse.org.uk

Emily Sorrell
Peddlar of Design Innovation in the Heritage Sector
www.emilysorrell.uk
Twitter: @emdoesdesign
Instagram: @emilydoesdesignsometimes

Robin James Sullivan
Artist/Producer
www.robinjamessullivan.com
Instagram: @Bro_Mate

Cerisia Ta’Torin
Poet & Illustrator, Cerisia Ta’Torin Illustrations
Instagram: @tatorin_illustrations
https://www.linkedin.com/in/cerisia-ta-torin-9b71b61aa/

Joe Turnbull
Founder, Bull & Wolf Film Co.
www.bullandwolf.co
Insta: @bullandwolffilm
Facebook: @bullandwolf