One Welsh Public Service Leadership Summer School 2023

  • Audience
    Senior managers and leaders from across the public and third sector in Wales

  • Dates
    26 to 30 June 2023

  • Location
    Lampeter Campus, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

  • Cost
    Delegate charge £750 + VAT

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


Celebrating its 18th year, we are delighted to announce that this year we will be hosting a live Summer School event. Summer School is an intensive, 5 day residential learning experience bringing together leaders and senior managers to address key issues on a specific leadership topic.

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We welcome the opportunity to continue to support our colleagues from across the Welsh public and third sector. The 5 day interactive Summer School programme is both inspirational and insightful! You’ll discover new perspectives and ideas that will enhance your skills and knowledge to take on the challenges your organisations face right now.

Summer School 2023 runs from Monday 26 to Friday 30 June.

The events of the last two years have transformed the way we work, accelerating trends that were already in play and calling into question many things we took for granted. How Welsh public sector organisations balance sustainability with supporting employee needs is key as we create a new normal.  This will see organisations increasing their focus on diversity, equality and inclusion, as well as environmental and social issues.

The Summer School experience will provide you with the opportunity to attend a range of interactive activities delivered by academics, authors and providers who can provide insight and knowledge to support you, your organisations, and the community you serve.

Benefits to you

The One Welsh Public Service Leadership 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. It provides the opportunity to explore innovative ways to ‘deliver the business’, drawing on a wealth of global knowledge and experience.

Thoughts from delegates of Summer School 2022 were:

“An absolutely fantastic experience, learning more than I thought I would in a very supportive, gently challenging and reflective space”.

Local authority delegate

“Summer School was an enlightening three days, where knowledge and wisdom was shared by engaging and interesting speakers who are experts and proven leaders in their fields, to better educate and equip future leaders of public services in Wales.”

 Police delegate

“Since attending Summer School I have really challenged myself to change my ways of working and to use the outdoors and link between physical and mental activity much more. I feel it has really opened my mind to different possibilities.”

Welsh Government delegate

“I found it very motivating, and it gave me a fresh perspective on leadership challenges and how I can tackle them.”

Education delegate

Chairs and speakers

We have developed a full and varied exciting 5 day programme for you. The programme will feature a number of UK based and international speakers who are academics or experts in their chosen field. The programme for 2023 includes:

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 senior level managers and leaders working in the public, third or voluntary sector in Wales. To benefit most from attending Summer School, it is important you are at the right level in your career journey. Summer School is suitable for those leading a team, branch or department in their organisation, with a responsibility for creating an effective working environment for their staff, and for identifying and facilitating any changes needed to deliver their organisation’s objectives.

Please note the Summer School places are limited as the demand for places each year exceeds our capacity.


There is a nominal delegate charge of £750 + VAT for Summer School which covers a contribution to the learning costs for the event.

Close date for applications is Tuesday 9 May 2023.

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

Bursaries for third and voluntary sectors

We are offering a limited number of bursaries of up to 100% towards the delegate cost of Summer School 2023. We encourage applications from underrepresented, minoritised, and disadvantaged groups, where employing third and voluntary sector organisations have limited funds.

To apply for a bursary

Please provide evidence that you meet the eligibility (50 to 100 words). Your response needs to align to the criteria below:

  • You are part of an underrepresented, minoritised, or disadvantaged group within your third or voluntary sector organisation.
  • The size of your organisation.
  • The value of the bursary you are applying for.

How to apply

There are limited places available for this event which will be offered through a competitive selection process and places will be awarded to those applicants who provide strong objectives for participating in the Summer 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.

The recruitment process for Summer School 2023 closes for applications on 9 May 2023.

Your application will need to be validated by your line manager. Please provide their contact details within your application form.

If your organisation is on the following contact list, you may wish to notify the organisational contact to inform them that you intend to apply.

We will notify you whether you have been awarded a place by 26 May 2023.

More information

To find more details, please see our detailed information.