All Wales Public Service Leadership Virtual Summer School 2020


Now in its 15th year, we are delighted to announce this year we will be hosting a virtual Summer School, looking back at the wealth of talented inspirational keynote speakers from past events, to create a Summer School designed to support our leadership and learning needs in the current situation.

The virtual Summer School starts at noon on Monday 22 June and ends at noon on Friday 26 June. You can access the virtual event via the Academi Wales website free of charge.

The daily programme will mainly consist of pre-recorded sessions, so you won’t need to apply as in previous years and the session numbers aren’t restricted; you’ll be able to access the content at a time that’s convenient for you and there’s no obligation to take part every day or to watch every session. Each keynote session will include a pre-recorded introduction by a member of the Academi Wales advisory board.

We welcome the opportunity to support our colleagues from across the Welsh public and third sector, and we hope you find our first ever virtual Summer School both enjoyable and insightful!

Benefits to you

Our virtual Summer School is designed to give you the opportunity to review and refresh your skills, build new knowledge and gain insights into your leadership practice. You will get the chance to explore innovative ways to ‘deliver the business’, drawing on a wealth of global knowledge and experience.

Virtual speakers

Virtual Summer School speakers for 2020 will include:

Find out more about the speakers in the virtual Summer School 2020 speakers section.

Leadership behaviours

This learning programme will help you to develop your leadership behaviours in the following areas:

Learning and self-awareness

Drive and resilience

Focusing on citizens and quality

Championing innovation and change

Building collaboration and partnership

Political awareness and skill

Sharing leadership

Strategic orientation

Target audience

This event is aimed at all public and third sector staff in Wales. You'll get the most out of Summer School if you are a senior manager or leader who influences and shapes the delivery of services, and who is engaged in leading change.

Some of our speaker sessions are available to the public through our YouTube channel.


Monday 22 June

  • Thimon de Jong - The Trust Pendulum & Nurse Mentality in (Post) Corona Times
  • Julie James MS – Minister for Local Government and Housing

Tuesday 23 June

  • Sharon Turnbull - Surviving, Thriving and Sustaining in Turbulent Times
  • Emmanuel Gobillot – From Efficient to Exemplary

Wednesday 24 June

  • Keith Grint – Wicked Problems and Leadership
  • Naomi Stanford – Exploring Workplace Bravery

Thursday 25 June

  • Richard Varey – Raising the capacity of your organisation through ‘A Fearless Approach’
  • Amy Brann – Building Potential, Developing and Inspiring Others

Friday 26 June

  • Margaret Heffernan – Wilful Blindness


There is no cost for this event.

How to apply

You’ll need to sign up to the Academi Wales website to view most of the Summer School sessions. You can sign up if you work in a public service organisation or registered charity operating in Wales.


Do I need to apply?

You don’t need to apply for this year’s virtual Summer School. Just sign up to our website to create an account and you’ll be able to watch our pre-recorded sessions as we publish them each day.

We’re also running some live online sessions during Summer School – you can find them on our upcoming events page. You’ll need to sign up for an account and then apply for each of the sessions that you’d like to join.

Our live sessions have limited spaces, and we’ll accept applications on a first-come first-served basis.

What's the timetable?

There isn’t a strict timetable – each day we’ll list several curated sessions linked to the conference theme, and you can watch whichever sessions interest you at a time that suits you best

There’ll be a mix of new and old sessions - you can already view many of our top keynote speakers in our Learning Resources

Do I need to take time off work to take part?

The Summer School doesn’t require you to take time off work - we have designed it so that you can access it whenever it’s convenient for you