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Winter School 2018 - more information

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

How much does it cost?

£500 + VAT. This includes:

  • access to the full Winter School learning programme
  • delegate pack
  • accommodation (Tuesday 6 February to Thursday 8 February 2018)
  • breakfast, evening meal and lunch during the event

You must meet any personal incidental costs, such as, travel to and from the event. Bursary places may be available to third and voluntary sector organisations on request.

Please note: If you are awarded a place and later decide to withdraw from the programme, Academi Wales reserve the right to charge your organisation for the full cost, please see our website for further information.

Accommodation options - including discounts

We can offer limited accommodation that provides multiple occupancy, the rooms are fitted to an exceptional standard, are open plan and are spacious. The rooms are in a newly built accommodation block, and all rooms have tea and coffee facilities and are light with a modern decor. All other rooms are single occupancy.

Large rooms

Large rooms, comprising of a lower and mezzanine floor, 3 single beds on each floor, a shared bathroom with toilet and separate toilet and washbasin situated on the lower floor.

Twin rooms

Twin rooms, comprising of 2 single beds and a shared bathroom with shower and toilet.

We are therefore offering limited sharing accommodation at a reduced rate and the following discounts would apply.

Our suggested rates for multiple occupancy are:

Single occupancy £500.00 per delegate
Double occupancy £350.00 per delegate
Triple occupancy £200.00 per delegate

You may wish to consider this as an option when selecting and identifying those who you would like to put forward for a place at next year’s event. Please note that allocation of these rooms will be considered as part of the selection process for Winter School.

For further details please contact the Winter School mailbox by emailing

How do I pay? What information is required?

If your application is successful, we will contact the authorising officer listed below to provide us with a purchase order number once a place has been confirmed (for external applicants).
As Academi Wales is a part of Welsh Government internal applicants will be asked to provide Profit Centre and Activity codes so internal journal transfers can be actioned. Invoices will be sent and fees collected after the event.
Your organisation will be invoiced for the relevant amount following your attendance at Winter School.

Within your application you must send us the following information:

WG delegates

  • Name of billing officer
  • Email address for billing officer
  • Profit Centre code and the WBS/Activity code
  • Payroll number (available from HR Self Service)

Non-WG delegates

  • Organisation (or host organisation if an agency) name & address
  • Name of billing officer
  • Email address for billing officer
  • Email for billing officer contact (email that invoice is to be sent to)
  • PO number (if available)

Please use information noted below if your organisation needs to set up their own purchase orders to cover these costs:

Welsh Government
Crown Buildings
Cathays Park
CF10 3NQ

Contact: Academi Wales
Telephone: 03000 256687

Do I have to stay for the duration of the event?

Yes – delegates must attend the whole programme. It's been purposefully designed and you will not realise the full benefits unless you complete all aspects.

What if I live locally to the venue – can I commute?

Yes – however, we encourage you to take advantage of the residential part of the programme. If you live locally you may commute to and from your home - please let us know as soon as possible if you don't need accommodation. Non-accommodation delegates must still pay the £500 + vat contribution.

Child care / crèche facilities

There are no child care or crèche facilities available. You will be expected to make your own child care arrangements.

Special dietary or other medical/access requirements

Please note on your application form if you have any medical or specific dietary needs. If necessary we will contact you to discuss nearer the event.

Welsh language

Winter School is delivered in English. However, delegate packs and materials are provided bilingually on request.

Meals and refreshments

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

  • Breakfast: between 7.30 and 8.30 am
  • Dinner: 7.30 pm.

There is a cash bar and coffee shop on site. Please note: there is no cash machine at or near the venue. Please withdraw cash in advance if you plan to use these facilities.

General timetable – opening and closing of event

Tuesday 6 February

  • 11 am: registration and accommodation allocation (if you're arriving before 11 am please let us know)
  • 12 pm: lunch
  • 1 pm: programme begins

Friday 9 February

  • 1 pm: programme ends

Mobile/internet connections

  • Please be aware that because of the remote location, mobile phone and internet signals may be patchy and could be affected by weather conditions. You will be able to access a landline.
  • Internet access is available in some personal accommodation - to access this you will need to bring an Ethernet cable. Please ask at reception when you register to see if your room has this facility.
  • Wi-Fi is available in the main hall.

What’s useful to pack?

  • A torch: Nant Gwrtheyrn is a small site but, because of its location, moving between the function hall and accommodation (especially later at night) can be particularly dark, so you may wish to bring a torch.
  • Toiletries, hairdryers etc
  • Cash (please note: there are no cash points or shops in the close vicinity)
  • General supplies may be useful tea, milk and biscuits, as some of the cottages have kitchen areas (however, all other food and refreshments are provided during the event)

Dress code

  • Classroom sessions - casual dress code.
  • Walk - we recommend that you bring suitable warm, comfortable clothes, outdoor weather gear and sturdy footwear with you. The weather will be unpredictable and can get very cold.

Photography/video recording

We reserve the right to take photographs / video footage during the event which may be used for publicity purposes and for the production of learning information.

Personal preparation

Where applicable, you must complete all pre-work set by the speakers.

Any other questions

Contact us 03000 256687 or email


Winter School Team
03000 256687

Nant Gwrtheyrn - Venue
Llithfaen, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 6NL
Tel: 01758 750 334


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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Dr Naomi Stanford

Dr Naomi Stanford is an organisation design practitioner teacher, and author. She is the author of a number of books: Organization Design: Engaging with Change, Organization Design, the Collaborative Approach, The Economist Guide to Organization Design, Organization Culture: Getting it Right and Organizational Health: An Integrated Approach to Building Optimum Performance. Her new book 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 organizations in the government, non-profit and private sectors and provided consulting services to many organizations including, 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.

Additionally, Naomi writes articles, speaks at conferences, and tweets regularly on organisation design.

She is on the Advisory Boards of the CIPD, European Organization Design Forum, Organization Design Community, and Organization Design Forum (US) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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

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

His research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals including Academy of Management Executive, Academy of Management Learning and Education, British Journal of Psychology, Business Ethics Quarterly, Human Relations, Journal of Occupational & Organizational Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Organization Studies, etc. His research has featured in The Times as well as on BBC Radio 4 and the Insight TV Channel.

He is the author of a number of books including Inside Intuition (Routledge, 2008) and The Intuitive Mind (John Wiley & Sons, 2010). He has published a number of articles and chapters on hubris in business and management, he is member of the research advisory group of The Daedalus Trust, and his latest book, Hubristic Leadership, will be published by SAGE in 2019.

Jonathan Stebbings, Senior Associate, Olivia Mythodrama

Jonathan is a leadership consultant and workshop leader focusing on the implementation of development and change initiatives. Jonathan also acts as an executive coach at CEO and Director Levels.

He specialises in the areas of learning and development, individual and organisational communication, management and leadership, innovation and creativity. Jonathan has an MA in English Literature and has taught Shakespeare extensively. He also has a broad commercial background, having worked as a commercial solicitor in London and Oxford, and for ICI.

He holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and is a certified Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming; Practitioner in Time Line Therapy & Hypnotherapy. He is certified in MBTI, SDI, Relationship Awareness Theory and TMSDI’s Team Management Profile & QO² Opportunity Orientation Profile.

Over the past ten years, he has trained with and delivered programmes for Olivier Mythodrama, globally.

Robert Holden

Robert Holden, Ph.D., is Director of Success Intelligence and The Happiness Project. His services as a consultant and coach are employed worldwide by organizations and brands such as Dove, the Body Shop, IBM and Virgin. His innovative work on success and happiness has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, a PBS special Shift Happens! and in two major BBC-TV documentaries, The Happiness Formula and How to Be Happy.

He’s the author of Happiness NOW!, Authentic Success (formerly titled Success Intelligence), Shift Happens!, Loveability, Holy Shift! and Life Loves You (co-written with Louise Hay). He is a Fellow of the Leadership Trust. Robert also hosts a weekly show on Hay House Radio called Shift Happens!

Dame Louise Casey DBE CB

Over the last 17 years Dame Louise has been instrumental in the development of a number of bespoke social policy programmes for Government. Drawing on her experiences leading homeless charity Shelter, Dame Louise has consistently delivered brave and innovative solutions to long standing social problems ranging from homelessness to anti-social behaviour to troubled families.

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.

At the request of the Prime Minister, she is now leading a review into opportunity and integration in some of our most isolated communities.

Dame Louise was awarded the Companion of the Order of Bath (CB) in the Queen's birthday honours list, 2008 and made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the Queen's birthday honours list, 2016.

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