Hoyle to leave the Clore

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Sue Hoyle, director of the Clore Leadership Programme since 2007, is to stand down in the summer, it was announced today.

The announcement comes as AI publishes an appraisal of the programme following the appointment of an alumna from its first cohort, Maria Balshaw, as director of Tate.

Hoyle was deputy director under Chris Smith, the former culture secretary, when the programme was founded by Dame Vivien Duffield in 2004, and became director in 2008. “Sue has been an inspiration to our 334 Fellows, over 1400 course participants and our wider network of partners – nationally and internationally” Duffield said today. “She has played no small part in building the skills and resilience of our sector and we will always be grateful”.

Under Hoyle’s guidance the programme has become a gold standard for developing cultural leaders, with similar initiatives following both in the UK and overseas.

Sandy Nairne, chairman of the programme, said of Hoyle: “She has steered the programme with great distinction and creativity and the arts and heritage sector is much the richer for the many Clore leaders who now hold positions of influence and authority”.

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