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Wales Public Service Winter School 2016

  • Audience:
    Winter School has been specifically developed for top levels of leadership from across the public and voluntary sector in Wales
  • Date:
    2 to 4 February 2016
  • Location:
    Nant Gwrtheyrn, North Wales

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We’re delighted to announce our fifth annual Wales Public Service Winter School - designed specifically for those leading at the top of the public service in Wales.

The theme is ‘Leading with Purpose, Passion and Perseverance’.

This unique ‘stretch’ programme is 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.

This residential immersive learning event takes place at Nant Gwrtheyrn, the Welsh language centre in North Wales.


Winter School has been specifically developed for top levels of leadership from across the public and voluntary sector in Wales (for example, senior civil servants, chief executives or equivalent). There are limited places available for this opportunity and they are awarded through an application process.

Speakers 2016

Clive Wilson

  • Clive is a director of Primeast and an author, speaker, facilitator and executive coach. He is a Fellow and Tutor for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow and Ambassador for the Chartered Management Institute. He is also a member of the United Nations Association and an advocate for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Clive facilitates the purposeful alignment and leadership of strengths in individuals, teams, organisations and communities. He has been engaged in consultancy since 2000 following 27 years in the electricity industry, the last ten of which were associated with leading change.

Clive works one-on-one with leaders and in groups of absolutely any size and in recent years he has spoken at conferences and facilitated workshops in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas, the Middle East and Australia.

In 2015, Clive is principally engaging with audiences and clients on the topic of his new book. He is also supporting Primeast’s work to serve Change Agents and Social Entrepreneurs in their work to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, mainly in Africa from Primeast’s Malawi office.

Clive is no stranger to Wales, having undertaken assignments previously with the Wales Audit Office and the Welsh Development Agency.

Nick Obolensky

  • Nick’s speciality is improving organisational-wide effectiveness, based on empowering forms of leadership, strategy and change.

His experience includes:

  • Practitioner: Army Major; Property Director/ COS of FTSE 100 firm; CEO Tomorrow’s Company; CEO of green energy technology start-ups.
  • Consultant: Executive Strategy Consultant of Ernst & Young; Managing Partner of The Vth Dimension; CEO Complex Adaptive Leadership Ltd.
  • Academic: Professor of Leadership Nyenrode; visiting leadership professor: LBS, INSEAD, EHL, CEDEP and Thunderbird.
  • Author: “Complex Adaptive Leadership – Embracing Paradox and Uncertainty” (Gower best seller) and “Practical Business Re-engineering – Tools and Techniques for Achieving Effective Change” (Kogan Page).

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Roz Savage, MBE

  • Ocean Rower, Author and Environmental Campaigner

'Heroic, epic, inspiring, historic.' — Sir Richard Branson

There is no better way to acquire advanced expertise on self-mastery, resilience, and stress management than to spend up to 5 months alone at sea on a 23-foot rowboat, thousands of miles from land and humanity, at the mercy of winds, waves and currents. Since 2005 Roz has become the world's foremost female ocean rower, having rowed - solo - across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

An Oxford-trained lawyer, Roz spent the first 11 years of her career working as a management consultant, braving nothing more intrepid than rush hour on the London Underground, before an environmental epiphany led to a radical personal transformation into a world class adventurer.

On the ocean Roz had to redefine her comfort zone on a daily basis, and reach deep into her inner sources of strength, self-discipline, and commitment to her goal. She discovered the vital importance of keeping a cool head in life-endangering situations, to optimise her capacity for smart decision-making, accurate risk assessment and creative problem-solving. Throughout her voyages, her insightful and inspirational blog posts garnered an enthusiastic worldwide audience. She now combines her self-taught life skills with principles from neuroscience, psychology, personal development and leadership theory, to inform and inspire corporate audiences. She has spoken to tens of thousands of people across six continents, including Google, eBay, National Geographic, the Royal Geographical Society, TED and TEDx, plus numerous schools, universities and corporations.

In 2010 she was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic. In 2012 she was selected from 3,000 candidates to be one of 16 World Fellows at Yale. In 2013 she was appointed an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Feedback from leaders

‘It was stimulating, structured head-space which I really valued, and the networking was a bonus!’

‘I felt privileged to have attended the event and personally feel reinvigorated. Thank you’

‘A very positive, rewarding experience which has been thought provoking and given me a chance to think’

‘Wow, inspirational and motivating to see that a “will” can make the “way”’

‘Stunning location that encourages attendees to spend time with each other – this allowed me to meet some truly inspirational people’

Main image courtesy of Debbie Olivari (Whitchurch Camera Club)