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22nd May 2019 Jemma Green

Rewiring Leadership

International partnerships / Leadership styles

What is it about?

Last year Dan Bates, CEO of Sheffield Theatres, took time out from the business for three months to create new partnerships internationally and explore different leadership styles across the theatre community of South East Asia and Australia.

During his session, Dan will talk about what he did, who he met, what he learned and what new styles of leadership he has implemented since coming back, to shape and refocus Sheffield Theatres. (As well as how to convince your board to let you go in the first place).

What will I gain?

— Tools for becoming stronger, more resilient and to carve out space to grow

—  Insight into the value of international collaborations and networking

— Advice on how to tackle challenges, large and small

Who is it for?

Leaders, senior delegates and international delegates interested in building international partnerships or delegates interested in finding a new perspective to apply to their role.

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Dan Bates | Chief Executive | Sheffield Theatres Trust

Dan is the Chief Executive of Sheffield Theatres Trust, the UK’s largest regional theatre complex, with 2,500 seats across three theatres, producing bold and brilliant theatre in Sheffield and across the UK.

After his formal training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, he worked at the Theatre Royal in Windsor, Riding Lights Theatre in York and the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. He became Chief Executive at York Theatre Royal in 2004 and joined Sheffield Theatres in 2009.

Alongside his work at Sheffield Theatres, Dan is a Board member of Welcome to Yorkshire, English Touring Theatre, Create Sheffield (LCEP) and the Sheffield BID Company. He also sits on the Sheffield Cultural Consortium.

Dan has recently returned from a three month sabbatical to Asia, taking in Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Singapore, where he undertook a month-long placement at the Esplanade, Theatres on the Bay working with the leadership team.

Dan also a member of the Change Creation Cohort led by People make it Work, working alongside the Ramps on the Moon Consortium.

Sheffield Theatres is passionate about the future of the industry and ensuring a wide range of people have the opportunity to work with us and experience all areas of the organisation.


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