Women Cultural Leaders East

WOMEN CULTURAL LEADERS EAST (WCLE) is a new membership network for experienced women professionals working with museums, galleries and heritage, with a focus on the East of England.

WCLE is part of a wider network of regional development groups and will maintain links with up to 200 other members who are part of the CONFIDENCE – CHOICE – CONNECTIONS initiative.

Who are we?
We are a regional development group initiated by the Women Leaders in Museums Network, with start-up support from DCMS and ACE, to inspire confidence, choice, and connections. The aim of this initiative is to help improve the gender balance of  leadership and governance in  museums and heritage organisations across the UK. You can find out more about the origins of the network here: https://youtu.be/jEZ_T-uFooI 

Who is it for?
Membership is targeted at women who are already influential or ready to take on more senior leadership roles or with ambitions to make a greater contribution in their chosen field. In addition to leading within an organizational hierarchy, we embrace a  broad definition of leadership that includes a distributed model which may include leading through ideas or influencing action and change.

Our Aims
WCLE’s purpose is to run a leadership network that provides:

  • support to develop and sustain leadership potential
  • space to think, reflect and build personal resilience
  • opportunities for continual professional development

The founding WCLE members have recently increased and diversified our membership through  inviting self-nominations from individuals that met the following criteria:

A minimum of 5 years professional experience
Lives  or works in the cultural sector or in the East of England, or in near proximity
A desire to share expertise and knowledge
A desire to develop leadership potential
Membership is limited to one person per institution

Values statement
Women Cultural Leaders East promotes inclusivity, mutual support and honesty. Members must be willing to be discrete with sensitive information shared through the group and honour trust placed in them by not disclosing such information. There is an expectation that members are proactive in supporting and helping to deliver the aims of the group.

Method of operation
We have secured funding to sustain our network until autumn 2016 and we are likely to introduce a membership fee in future. Members subsidise their own travel costs for meetings. We will work to organise a minimum of two full day meetings per year, one of which may be a residential.