One Welsh Public Service Leaders’ Winter School 2022


Top 3 levels of leadership from across the public and voluntary sector in Wales


1 to 4 February 2022
Closing date: 11 January 2022




No delegate fee


Applications are now closed.

For the twelfth successive year we are delighted to announce the annual One Welsh Public Service Leaders' Winter School.

Building on its success since 2011, the programme has been specifically designed in response to the key development needs of Wales’ most senior leaders, and those working within the top three tiers of Welsh public service and voluntary organisations.

Drawing upon the knowledge and expertise of a renowned community of international speakers, the overarching theme for Winter School this year is ‘Leading for All – Renew, Recover, Regenerate - a path towards the emergent future’.

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Benefits to you

For many senior leaders Covid-19 continues to present challenges unlike any other we have faced in recent times and continues to lead to prolonged uncertainty.

This 4-day programme will focus on the future of leadership within public services in Wales, and what this means in terms of leading out of a crisis, managing change and future proofing public services. It provides an opportunity for leaders, public servants and development practitioners to explore new approaches, as we build a public service that is more confident, whilst instilling strong leadership values to create a shared pathway out of this crisis to an emergent future.

The overarching theme for Winter School captures the essence of the experience we’re seeking to create for leaders so that they are able to; Renew, Recover, and Regenerate – create a path towards the emergent future.

Thoughts from delegates of Winter School 2021 were:

"Excellent and thought provoking two days, covering a wealth of different topics to allow us to become better leaders across Wales." NYAS

"First time, won't be the last time, it was all invaluable." Welsh Government

"It was a privilege and an honour to spend two days with 90+ other leaders from different organisations throughout Wales. The opportunity to network was very entertaining. I felt very lucky to listen to people like Emmanuel Gobillot, Andrew Goodall and Sophie Howe. The status of the training is very high and the standard and quality of speakers is also very high"

"Winter School was a developmental experience in terms of leadership and holding up a mirror in a safe environment with the support of public service colleagues in an unprecedented time of challenge, that will help to improve the way in which we all work in partnership.” NHS Wales

Chairs and speakers

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

Winter School has been specifically developed for the top three levels of leadership from across the public and voluntary sector in Wales (for example, senior civil servants, chief executives, executive directors, non-executives or equivalent).

We are happy to receive applications for this year’s Winter School from individuals working in non-devolved government organisations based in Wales. We will do our best to respond positively, although as places for Winter School are limited, priority is given to applications from individuals working in devolved government organisations, third / voluntary sectors in Wales.


In recognition of the unprecedented times and challenges created by Covid-19, Academi Wales will be providing a 100% bursary for those who successfully secure a place on this programme.

Please note that should you be awarded and accept a place at Winter School and then withdraw from the programme, your organisation may be required to pay an administration charge.

How to apply

There are limited places available for this event which will be offered through a competitive selection process.

To apply for a place you will need to complete this online application form stating your objectives for attending the event by 11 January 2022.

We will notify applicants whether they have been awarded a place by 15 January 2022.

Applications are now closed.

More information

To find more details, please see our detailed information.