The International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)

INTO Heritage Leaders

Developing leadership skills across the global heritage community

A new global leadership programme

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We are excited to offer the INTO Heritage Leaders programme to the staff and volunteers of our member organisations.

Applications for the first round closed on 22 March. Please use the form to register interest for the next cohort.

We are very grateful to the Helen Hamlyn Trust for supporting this new initiative and to our partners Cultural Associates Oxford with whom we are developing the curriculum.

Register your interest for the next cohort

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The practicalities

The programme will run over a period of three months, offering a combination of live online workshops, pre-recorded material set out in modules, networking sessions and action learning sets.

The first cohort will be divided into two groups. We hope that some participants will also be able to meet in person at INTO Conference in December 2024.

Participants will bring experiences and career aspirations from their senior management responsibilities across the global national trust movement.

The programme will cover a variety of business and leadership topics, including:

  • Understanding ourselves as leaders
  • Understanding the global context
  • Making an impact
  • Creating effective organisations
  • The business of heritage
  • Building relationships
Above all, leadership is from the heart. My advice to young leaders would be to know what you’re leading for. Know yourself and where you’re going. Whether you’re leading a team of one or two, or you’re at the top of an organisation, the key is having a personal passion for what you are trying to achieve.
- Dame Fiona Reynolds, Chair of INTO

Why is INTO Heritage Leaders important?

INTO Heritage Leaders is a new programme responding to needs identified amongst our members.

Firstly, many of the organisations we work with have evolved organically, often due to the incredible energy and passion of a single individual.  As these organisations move forward into the next phase of development, there is a need for grow leadership skills amongst the next generation.

Secondly, we heard from existing leaders that they are not always able to access the skills training that they need.  And as they often do not have peers in their own country, they are eager to align their skills with those of the rest of the INTO family.

Lastly, there is great opportunity for INTO to expose participants to an international network of colleagues.

More about INTO Heritage Leaders

Who should apply?

INTO Heritage Leaders is designed for individuals who are, or who aspire to be, leaders within the global national trust sector, with responsibility for the strategic leadership and direction of their organisation.

It is suitable for current and future senior leaders who have the ability within their role to be strategic in planning and delivery. They don’t necessarily need to line manage other staff directly but need to have a role where they provide direction and are responsible for the work of other internal staff and or the work delivered by external partners.

How is the programme structured?
  • May 2024: Pre-course activities
  • June 2024: Online live workshops
  • June/July 2024: Self-guided learning
  • June/July 2024: Networking sessions
  • July/July 2024: Action Learning Sets
  • August 2024: Evaluation
  • December 2024: INTO Conference
How much time commitment is required?
  • Pre-course: 3-6 hours of pre-course preparation
  • Core programme:
    • 9-12 hours of live session delivery
    • 2-3 hours of additional course materials
    • 1-2 hours of personal reflection
  • Modules:
    • 3-6 hours to complete each module
    • 4.5-6 hours in total for live sessions (90 mins)
  • Action Learning Sets: 6 sessions (90 mins)
  • INTO Conference: 1 day
  • Duration
    • Approximately 2-3 months
    • 1st week: 3-4 days online live sessions
    • Modules then released each week for the next 6-8 weeks (depending on the number of modules)

There will be further personal time needed to complete the work, so this is a large commitment for both the INTO member organisation and the individual and should not be underestimated.

Who are Cultural Associates Oxford?

Cultural Associates Oxford is a management consultancy that draws on years of experience from across the cultural, creative, business, and higher education sectors. CAO has significant experience designing bespoke training and development programmes for individuals, teams and organisations that focus on creating innovative and entrepreneurial thinking; and coaching – at both executive and governance levels. Some of their other clients include Oxford Cultural Leaders and the Saïd Business School.

How much does the programme cost?

Some of the programme costs are covered by the Helen Hamlyn Trust grant.

However, we are asking small organisations to contribute £150 towards the cost of participation and large organisations £800.

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