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Wales Public Service Winter School 2018

  • Audience:
    Top levels of leadership from across the public and voluntary sector in Wales
  • Date:
    6 to 9 February 2018, Residential
  • Location:
    Nant Gwrtheyrn, North Wales

Winter School Brochure (455KB)


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

The event will focus on ‘Leading by Choice – bravery, leadership on the line’.

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.

Speakers for 2018 include:

  • Dr Naomi Stanford
  • Professor Eugene Sadler-Smith
  • Jonathan Stebbings
  • Robert Holden
  • Dame Louise Casey DBE CB

Find out more about them in the Winter School 2018 speakers section.


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.


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. 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

The number of applications we receive for the Winter School well exceeds our expectations in terms of standard and volume. To address this, and help organisations with their in-house selection processes and the possible demand for places, for next year’s event we are able to offer the following options to increase the allocation of places.

How to apply

There are limited places which will be awarded through a competitive selection process.

To apply please complete your application form by Friday 24 November 2017. You will find out if your application has been successful by Friday 8 December 2017.

If you have any queries please email us or call us on 03000 256687.

More information

To find more details, please see our detailed information.

Feedback from leaders

"Rewarding, thought provoking, enjoyable, optimistic - I have found myself and connected with like minded colleagues across public service"
Flintshire Council

“Fantastic! A brilliant practical course that provides opportunities to network with others to reinforce or challenge your ideas”
Senior Auditor Denbighshire County Council.

"I found Winter School an individual insight into leadership and an opportunity to reflect and refocus."
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

Main image courtesy of Debbie Olivari (Whitchurch Camera Club)