The Cultural Leadership Programme’s 50 ‘Women to Watch,’ list was announced last March and celebrated female leaders who were making a huge contribution to the rich cultural life of the UK, and had the potential to rise to the very top.
One year on and the achievements of the women were celebrated at an evening reception at the Royal Festival Hall on 9 March 2011, where they reflected on the impact of their involvement with the programme and celebrated with the likes of guest speakers; Jenni Murray, BBC Radio 4 Presenter and Chair of the Women to Watch Judging panel, David Kershaw, Chief Executive of M&C Saatchi & Chair of CLP and Jude Kelly, Director of the Southbank Centre.
Throughout the year, the ‘Women to Watch’ have benefitted from a leadership development programme of events, workshops, networking and access to inspirational senior leaders. Several of them have moved into more senior positions or different fields, while others have used bursaries to expand their knowledge or taken up coaching opportunities which have impacted their leadership skills. They have also found that links forged through the network have been invaluable to help them face challenges during tough economic times.
We asked some of them to tell us more about what they’ve been up to since being chosen as a ‘Woman to Watch....