One Welsh Public Service Leaders’ Winter School 2023

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

7 to 10 February 2023 Residential
Closing date: 7 December 2022

£500 + VAT

'Supporting leaders today to create a brighter tomorrow for Welsh Public Services - a celebration of 10 years'


For the thirteenth successive year we are delighted to announce the annual One Welsh Public Service Leaders' Winter School, which will be returning as a live residential event to be delivered in the beautiful setting of Nant Gwrtheyrn, North Wales.   

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 will focus on 'supporting leaders today to create a brighter tomorrow for Welsh Public Services - a celebration of 10 years'.

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Benefits to you

This unique 4 day ‘stretch’ programme will provide an opportunity to review and refresh your current skills and gain insight into cutting edge leadership practices. You will explore innovative ways to ‘deliver the business’, using a wealth of global knowledge and experience.

As part of the Academi Wales 10 year celebration, the theme for Winter School 2023 captures the highlights of the Winter School programmes over the past 10 years.

Thoughts from delegates of Winter School 2022 were:

"It was an intense course, and I was out of my comfort zone a number of times but still really enjoyed it and found it thought provoking. it was also nice to network after so long of not doing so, albeit online."

"Despite being virtual, the Academi Wales Winter School was a brilliant learning experience. They really thought about the programme and how to craft a unique learning experience. As a senior leader, it was reenergising to spend time away and to focus on my leadership."

"I was concerned about being out of the business for 4 days, however, being out of the business and working on the business helped enormously"

Speakers include

Find out more about the sessions and the speakers. Further speakers will be announced in due course.

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 senior leadership from across the public and voluntary sector in Wales (for example, senior civil servants, chief executives, executive directors, non-executives or equivalent).

There are limited places available for this opportunity and they are awarded through an application process.


The cost for attendance at Winter School is £500 + VAT. This covers a contribution towards the learning costs for the event. The cost of accommodation and food is fully subsidised and is included within this fee. Your travel costs will not be met by the 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. Places will be awarded to those applicants who provide strong objectives for participating in the Winter School and can evidence their return on investment.

Demonstrating return on investment has never been more important than in today’s climate. Return on investment is not simply about financial gain. It's the sustainable impact of the learning for both you and your organisation and how this links to services provided for the people of Wales. It is particularly relevant for those who are working through challenging times and seeking to make significant improvements to their organisational outcomes.

To apply for a place you will need to complete this online application form stating your objectives for attending the event by 7 December 2022.

Please hold the dates in your calendar until we confirm the outcome of your application.

Applications are now closed.

More information

To find more details, please see our detailed information.