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13-15 November 2024 | Ansty Hall

The 2024 LGBTQ+ Leadership Programme

The Stonewall LGBTQ+ Leadership Programme provides you with six months of specialist development and support.

Be Inspired

Join an inspiring retreat to explore and develop your leadership practice.

Learn New Skills

Enjoy ongoing interactive skillshares and a reunion.

Build Your Network

Develop a powerful and supportive network of LGBTQ+ leaders.

As LGBTQ+ leaders, we know the impact our identity has on our leadership.

We also often feel a drive to create more inclusive workplaces. Taking place 13-15 November 2024, at Ansty Hall, this programme provides you with a space to nurture your leadership development. It also creates opportunities to consider your power to transform the workplace around you.

Developed by and for LGBTQ+ leaders, the programme balances expertise and peer learning to support you and 39 other leaders from different organisations to develop together. You’ll also build a supportive network to continue to collaborate and share opportunities.

The deadline for applications is midnight 29 September 2024.

Well designed, brilliantly facilitated, great location, excellent content ... the best course I've ever been on in my professional career.

Delegate, 2023

Such a special three days ... and exceeded my expectations of what a leadership retreat should be.

Delegate, 2023

Who should attend?

This programme is open to both aspiring and existing LGBTQ+ leaders.

Leadership looks different in every organisation. Many of us are leaders in our network groups and not our day jobs, and some leadership positions can be inaccessible to LGBTQ+ people.

There’s no set level or type of leadership you have to achieve in order to access the programme.

How does the programme work?

This six-month programme kicks off with a 2.5 day retreat, 13-15 November 2024, at the beautiful Ansty Hall in Coventry. We’ll leave behind the everyday of work to create a safe and supportive space to learn and share expertise.

After the retreat you’ll be invited to join three digital skillshares on topics chosen by the group. These interactive sessions, facilitated by Stonewall facilitators will take place between January and April.

The programme will round off with a reunion event in May to reflect and celebrate as a network of leaders.

What does the agenda look like?

Learning set calls (Nov 2024)

Your learning set facilitator will give you a quick call to tell you more about the programme, answer any questions and understand your goals for the coming six months.

Retreat (13-15 Nov 2024)

Day one (PM only):

  • Introductions, programme outline and contracting
  • Informal dinner with Stonewall facilitators

Day two:

  • Reflecting on your journey as a leader
  • What drives your leadership, what does authentic leadership look like for you
  • Understanding how identity, power and privilege shape us as leaders
  • Reception and dinner as a group

Day three:

  • What does it mean to be an inclusive leader, how does solidarity shape our leadership?
  • Driving change at work, what can we learn from the wider movement and what can we contribute?
  • Selecting skillshare themes
  • Round up and goodbyes

Skillshares (Jan–April 2025)

The themes for three digital skillshares will be selected by the group. Stonewall’s content design team will then shape interactive two-hour workshops on the key topics you’d like to know more about.

Reunion (May 2025)

For the final part of the programme, we’ll come together again to reflect on what we’ve learnt and find collective solutions to remaining or new challenges. This will be a supportive and affirming space to share openly with one another and set the foundations for the continued development of the network.

We’ll also make time to celebrate together as we close off the programme.

How do I apply?

To be considered for a place on this year’s programme, please complete the below application form. If you need to complete this in a different format, please email us.

The deadline for applications is midnight 29 September 2024.

The application form will ask you more about your approach to leadership, what you’re hoping to get from the programme and what you’ll bring to the group.

We’ll be running a webinar about what to include in your application on Wednesday 31 July, 12:00-13:00. Please sign up here. Don’t worry if you can’t make it, we’ll be uploading the recording shortly afterwards.

We particularly welcome applications from people who are underrepresented in LGBTQ+ leadership, including People of Colour, trans people, working class people and people with disabilities. We take steps to ensure that the programme is an inclusive, safe and welcoming space for more marginalized members of our community.

We welcome applications from LGBTQ+ people based outside of the UK but we know that experiences vary around the world. If you'd like to join this programme from outside the UK, please get in touch, so we can make sure that the programme is relevant and inclusive for you.

Diversity Champions get discounted places at this event:

  • Non-Diversity Champion Rate: £2,300 (+VAT)
  • Private Sector Diversity Champion Rate: £2,150 (+VAT)
  • Public and Third Sector Diversity Champion Rate: £1,900 (+VAT)

The cost includes food and accommodation for the retreat as well as access to three skillshares and an in-person reunion event.

Please note that applications wholly or mostly generated by AI will not be accepted onto the programme. If you need to submit your application in a different format, please reach out to the team and we'll be more than happy to talk this through.

If you need support securing funding from your employer we have a template business case you may find helpful.

We have a limited number of fully-funded places on this year’s programme, thanks to a grant awarded by S&P. These places are for candidates from UK civil society organisations without available resource to fund a place on the programme. Please email us if you'd like to know more.

Access statement

We want our events to be accessible to everyone. All delegates should expect to feel safe, welcome and included at our events.

Read the full access statement for this event.

If you would like a more detailed version or have any questions, please email us at, or call us on 020 7593 1850, and we will get back to you.

If you have any access needs, please email and we will accommodate these.