Sync Leadership Program

The Australia Council invited expressions of interest from Australian cultural leaders and influencers with disability to participate in a leadership development program. The round closed 2 June 2015.

The Opportunity

Sync is a training program that focuses on the interplay between leadership and disability. It provides fresh perspectives and also challenges deep-seated thinking about leadership and disability. Designed to be radically different to any other training program for people with disability, it takes its inspiration and name from syncopation – the emphasis on the un-emphasised beat.

The Sync Leadership Program will be presented by UK-based co-founders Jo Verrent, artist, Senior Producer with Unlimited and consultant with disability, and Sarah Pickthall, consultant, coach, community producer and diversity engineer. 

The Sync Leadership Program is delivered by the Australia Council in partnership with Arts Access Australia.



The Program

Sync residency dates: 12-16 October 2015

Location: Adelaide, venue tbc

Sync leadership is a program for up to 10 people with disability. The program pairs leadership learning and one-to-one coaching:

  • The participants will be given access to face-to-face leadership training over five full days from 12-16 October 2015.
  • Following the residential component each participant will be offered a limited number of personal coaching sessions between November 2015 and March 2016 with Sarah Pickthall.

Selection Process

Expressions of interest were considered against the following selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Commitment to the arts sector
  • Benefits of the training to extend the applicant's leadership career (long and short term benefits)

2015 Sync Leadership Program Participants

The ten participants for 2015 are:

Emma Barrance (VIC)

Sofya Gollan (NSW)

Julia Hales (WA)

Kate Hood (VIC)

Sarah Houbolt (QLD)

Julian Jaensch (SA)

Kirsty Martinsen (SA)

Martin Sawtell (SA)

Eva Sifis (VIC)

Lee Witczak (SA)

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