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Application guidance

How specific should my personal/organisational objectives be?

Download our 'Guidance on personal and organisational outcomes and objectives' document to find out more and see examples. Objectives should be a maximum of 100 words. Places are limited so making your objectives as specific as possible will strengthen your application.


To be updated

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If you have any other questions, please email Summer School.

Detailed information

How much does it cost?

£500 + vat (please note, this does not include costs for the optional accreditation)

This includes:

  • access to the full Summer School learning programme
  • delegate pack
  • accommodation (nights of Monday 25 to Thursday 28 June 2018)
  • breakfast, lunch and evening meal during the event

You must meet any personal incidental costs, such as, travel to and from the event, newspapers, bar bill and so on.

Please note: if you accept a place at Summer School and then withdraw your organisation may be required to pay the full cost.

How do I pay? What information is required?

Your organisation will be invoiced for the relevant amount following your attendance at Summer School.

Non-Welsh Government applicants

When you complete your application we will ask you for the following information:

  • name of organisation who is paying for you to attend
  • name and address of billing officer
  • email address of billing officer

If your application is successful, we will contact the billing officer to provide us with a purchase order number once a place has been confirmed. If you do not know your billing officer, please insert your own details and we will contact you for these details. Invoices will be sent and fees collected after the event.

If you need any further details on the invoicing requirements please contact our Finance Manager by emailing

Welsh Government applicants

When you complete your application we will ask you for the following information:

  • WG finance manager email address

If your application is successful, we will contact your finance manager who will supply activity and profit centre codes. Journal transfers will be issued and course fees collected after the event.

If you need any further details on the transfer requirements please contact our Finance Manager

General timetable – opening and closing of event

Monday 25 June

9.30 to 11.30am: registration and accommodation allocation
12pm: lunch
1pm: programme begins

Friday 29 June

12pm: programme ends

Do I have to stay for the whole week?

Summer School has been developed as a week long immersive learning experience. You will only get the full benefit of this opportunity by completing the whole week.

Also, if you are planning to get your learning accredited, you will need to attend each day as part of the accreditation. Find out more in our ‘Accreditation options’ section.

What if I live locally to the university? Does it have to be residential?

We encourage delegates to see the course as residential. However, if you live locally you may prefer to commute to and from your home. All delegates are expected to attend every day to make the most of the learning. Please let us know as soon as possible if you don't need accommodation.

Are child care or crèche facilities available at Summer School?

There are no child care or crèche facilities available at the University. Delegates will be expected to make their own child care arrangements.

Meals and refreshments

Meals and refreshments are included within the programme (however alcohol, bar or café purchases are not covered).

  • Breakfast: between 7 and 8.30am
  • Dinner: 7pm

What do I do if I have a special dietary or other medical requirement?

We will gather this information as part of the application process. Please advise as directed if you have a medical or specific dietary need. With regard to dietary preferences, please note that the University serves a variety of food. There is also a supermarket within walking distance of the campus.

Mobile/internet connections

  • Please be aware that because of the location, mobile phone and internet signals may be patchy and could be affected by weather conditions.
  • Wi-Fi is available in the main hall.

What’s useful to pack?

  • Toiletries, hairdryers etc
  • Flip flops to wear in the accommodation blocks
  • A mirror
  • General supplies may be useful tea, milk and biscuits, as the accommodation has kitchen areas (however, all other food and refreshments are provided during the event)

Dress code

  • Smart casual

Photography/video recording

We will be taking photographs and seeking feedback and quotes throughout the event and the materials produced may be shared on our website and social media or used for future Academi Wales’ event marketing and training purposes. You will have the opportunity to agree to be featured in these materials or to opt out when you complete the application form.

Personal preparation

You must complete all pre-work set by the speakers. This will be shared on our Summer School 'hub' - a network on our website which all delegates will join. If you're awarded a place we will give you more information about how to access the hub.


Summer School Team
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Travelling to the Venue

Arriva Trains


Car sharing

Once the delegate list is confirmed, with your approval, we'll share contact details. You can then make your own car sharing arrangements for travel to and from the event.

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Accreditation options

To be updated

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Speakers 2018

Professor Eugene Sadler-Smith, BSc, PhD, FCIPD, FRSA, FAcSS

  • Eugene Sadler-Smith is Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, UK. His current research interests are intuition and hubris in organisation, management and leadership.

Dr Naomi Stanford

  • Dr Naomi Stanford is an organisation design practitioner teacher, and author. She is the author of a number of books. Her latest book entitled 'Organization Design: A Practitioner's Guide' will be published in Spring 2018. During her earlier UK career she was a corporate employee of large multinational companies, including Price Waterhouse, British Airways, Xerox and Marks & Spencer where she was Head of Organisation Design and Development.

She then moved to the US working as an organisation design consultant to a range of organisations in the government, non-profit and private sectors and provided consulting services to the American Red Cross, Shell, Gap, Commonwealth of Virginia, State of Maryland, World Bank, and the Federal Government General Services Administration. She has now returned to the UK to work as a lead organisation designer in the UK government sector.

Baroness Rennie Fritchie DBE

  • Baroness Fritchie is an Independent Crossbench Peer, and a Consultant on Board Development, Strategy and Leadership working out of Mainstream Development. She is Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, Chair of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, and also a member of the Advisory Board on the Public Sector for Penna.

For seven years until May 2017 she was Chair of Nominet, an Internet Company. Former Chair of Council and Pro Chancellor of Southampton University she Chaired the JINCHES
year long Review of Higher Education Finance and Pay Data.

In 1999 she was appointed Commissioner for Public Appointments for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and the Civil Service Commissioner. She held both posts for seven years.

Dr. Margaret J. Wheatley

  • Margaret Wheatley writes, speaks, and teaches how we can accomplish our work, sustain our relationships, and willingly step forward to serve in this troubled time. She is co-founder and President emerita of The Berkana Institute, an organizational consultant since 1973, a global citizen since her youth, and a prolific writer. She has authored eight books, including the classic Leadership and the New Science, and, most recently, How Does Raven Know?: Entering Sacred World | A Meditative Memoir (2014).

Professor Michael A. West

  • Michael West is Head of Thought Leadership at the King’s Fund, London and Professor of Organisational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School. He provides regular policy advice to many UK National Health Service organisations and lectures widely both nationally and internationally about compassionate leadership for health services and the results of his research and solutions for developing effective and innovative health care

Dame Louise Casey DBE CB

  • Dame Louise has consistently delivered brave and innovative solutions to major long standing social policy problems for the Government ranging from homelessness, anti-social behaviour and troubled families to the lack of integration in the UK. Throughout this, Dame Louise has maintained her commitment to the charity sector and has been a driving force in the establishment of the Institute for Global Homelessness, with the aim of delivering an international solution to homelessness across the world.

Robin Alfred, BA (Oxon), PGCE, M.Phil, Olivier Mythodrama

  • Robin is an organisational consultant, facilitator, trainer and executive coach – and a Senior Associate and Lead Presenter for Olivier Mythodrama. Robin worked as a trainer, educator and social work manager for 15 years in London, before moving to Scotland in 1995 where he founded the Findhorn Consultancy Service. He has extensive experience of leading and developing groups and individuals across all sectors – corporate, public, and third sector. Robin is trained in a wide variety of approaches to personal and organisational development including: Appreciative Inquiry, the Frameworks for Change Coaching Process, Process Work, Spiral Dynamics and Tools for Corporate Transformation.

Helen Russell

  • Helen Russell is a British journalist and bestselling author. Formerly the editor of, she now lives in Denmark and works as a Scandinavia correspondent for the Guardian, as well as writing a column on Denmark for the Telegraph and features for The Times, The Observer, Stylist, Metro, Grazia and The Independent. She is the author of The Year of Living Danishly, now published in 20 countries worldwide, as well as Leap Year and Gone Viking.

Richard Varey

  • Richard Varey has been a leader in education for eighteen years. His company, Fearless Leadership, deliver training and leadership consultancy in organisations based around his model ‘The Fearless Approach’. He is the author of 'Fearless Leadership – unlock success using the secrets of the brain'. Richard retains his role in education and is a successful secondary school headteacher.

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Leading by Choice – bravery, leadership on the line

Why is ‘Leading by Choice – Bravery, leadership on the line’ important to create success?

As leaders, we continue to face great challenges to transform our public services and make them more relevant and of a higher quality for the people of Wales. Often this challenge is exacerbated by reduced resources, whether that means people or funding. In the context of re–structuring or organisational change, we need to be able to shape the behaviours and create the cultures and systems that help staff and citizens to adapt and thrive.

Helping to create a culture of collaboration and purpose that enables people to be the best they can be is of critical importance.

In the future, we will need to understand the deep pattern and structure underpinning the way services are designed and delivered throughout Wales. We will also need to identify opportunities for developing new collaborations and partnerships, while delivering strategic approaches to innovation and change. This will involve enabling others to perform beyond expectation, taking creative risks and trying out new solutions that harness the cultural and professional diversity within and across organisations. We must also have greater focus on the communities our organisations serve.

Great leaders are often defined by their successes. These successes often cannot be achieved in isolation, they are only achieved by:

  • working with others to understand and motivate and to build skills and confidence being authentic, driven by purpose, true to their values and the passions they convey to others
  • being aware of their own strengths and also, some of the self-imposed barriers that can arise in the course of their work and interactions
  • using their emotional intelligence to work most effectively with teams and individuals, and
  • being resilient in terms of challenge and change.

Ultimately there is no prescriptive formula for leadership success but there are key skills, crucial knowledge and critical behaviours which help build, enable and drive the type of leadership needed for the future.

The Summer School 2018 learning programme has been developed to help you identify your own formula for leadership success. We will focus on surfacing how you lead by choice, are brave in your decision making and are willing to be adaptable in your approach - potentially even risking your own significance and putting your leadership on the line. The week will provide learning that will add value and help you create success in your role, with your team and for your organisation.

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Main image courtesy of Debbie Olivari (Whitchurch Camera Club)