Skip to content
Delia Barker

QuestionWhat inspires you?

AnswerInspirational leaders, great art experiences, the opportunity to create an impact

QuestionWhich leadership development programme did you attend?

AnswerClore Short Course

QuestionWhy did you choose the programme?

AnswerI wanted to find out the mechanics of leadership and was looking for a practical roadmap to help me achieve this. The subjects covered by the course seemed ideal but in addition to this, the philosophy surrounding the course seemed geared towards maximising the peer learning available.

QuestionHow do you relax?

AnswerI relax by reading, watching (good) TV and by doing Salsa twice a week.

QuestionWhat single thing would improve the quality of your work-life?

AnswerLess bureaucracy!

QuestionWhat is your greatest fear?

AnswerNot achieving my potential in life.

QuestionWhat pearl of leadership wisdom would you offer an emerging leader?

AnswerThere is no success without failure. Don’t let the fear of failure stop you succeeding.

QuestionWhat is your guiltiest pleasure?

AnswerAnything that contains double cream and white chocolate!!!

QuestionWhat words or phases do you most overuse?

Answer‘Essentially’ ‘The thing is...’ ‘Really…?’

QuestionWhat has been your most challenging situation as a leader?

AnswerReceiving negative feedback from the team. It highlighted that despite my best efforts in an area that is one of my strengths; I was not successful and had not provided leadership and direction in the way I had hoped to. To take this on board and keep going and continue to foster and atmosphere where the team were able to express their issues honestly without taking it personally was difficult.

QuestionWhat did you learn from that experience?

AnswerThe fact the team could feedback in this way without fear of reprisal was a success. That this was an experience to inform how I would handle the situation next time. That it was not the end of the world!!

QuestionWhat is your idea of perfect happiness?

AnswerAt home, with family having a laugh!

QuestionWhich book(s) are you reading at the moment?

AnswerThe Twin by Gerbrand Bakker

QuestionWhich 'leader' from the past or present day do you most admire and why?

AnswerCeleste Dandeker, ex Artistic Director, CandoCo Dance Company. For taking lemons and giving the world lemonade!!

QuestionWhere would you like to live?


Question Did you experience any eureka! moments during your leadership development programme? If yes, what?

AnswerDuring the short course I talked to my group about the elements of leadership I aspired to having myself and they looked at me with confused looks and said ‘ but you those already!’. That was the first time I really believed it.

QuestionWhat is your favourite smell?

AnswerThe West Indies

QuestionIf you were a super hero, what would your power be?

AnswerThe power to heal.

QuestionHave you found your leadership development beneficial?

AnswerVery much so.

Question Why?

AnswerFor the peer learning opportunity, the chance to do some self analysis and building some key networks.

QuestionFor what cause would you die?

AnswerMy family

QuestionWhat do you consider to be your greatest (professional or personal) achievement?

AnswerGetting my son to University!

QuestionWhat has been your most embarrassing moment?


QuestionWhat would your 'leadership' motto be?

AnswerYes you can….

QuestionIf you were stranded on a desert island what 5 things would you want with you?

AnswerMy Ipod (fully charged) DVD player and the West Wing Box Set (solar powered of course) Mosquito net Sunglasses All my shoes?????

QuestionWhat is your favourite song?

AnswerRedemption Song – Bob Marley

QuestionWhat keeps you awake at night?

AnswerMany, many things…….

QuestionWhat is the most important lesson life has taught you so far?

AnswerThat I have immense willpower when I want or need it!

QuestionDo you plan to do more leadership development? If yes, what area do you plan to focus on?

AnswerYes – putting my learning into practice.


Delia Barker

Name: Delia Barker
Title: Senior Officer, Dance
Organisation: Arts Council England
Location: London

Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artists and artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts and as such supports a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, carnival to crafts.