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The LGBTQ+ Leadership Programme

22-24 November, 2023
De Vere Latimer Estate, Chesham

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

Be inspired

Join an inspiring leadership retreat 22-24 November, 2023.

Learn new skills

Enjoy ongoing interactive skillshares and a reunion.

Build your network

Develop a powerful and supportive network of LGBTQ+ leaders.

Applications for this programme are now closed.

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

We also often feel a drive to create more inclusive workplaces. 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.

Meet your facilitators

Liz Ward

Liz Ward

Director of Programmes

Facilitating the Leadership residential is my highlight of the year. For three days, we get to immerse ourselves in leadership theory, deep discussions and a whole load of self-discovery along the way.

We can’t wait to share the space with you!

Ash Brook

Ash Brook

Empowerment Delivery Manager

Our LGBTQ+ Leadership Programme is a highlight of my year.

The opportunity to experience such a supportive and nurturing space, where LGBTQ+ peers can come together to reflect on how they can feel more empowered and confident as leaders, is just magic!

Leah Buckle

Leah Buckle

Senior Empowerment Officer

The Leadership Programme is my favourite event to be a part of working at Stonewall.

To partake in sharing such an open and honest space with a group on LGBTQ+ leaders, driven to create long-lasting change in their workplaces, is incredibly heart-warming and empowering!

Leah Buckle

Ruby Kwong

Resources & Quality Manager

It’s rare to have the opportunity to reflect, explore, and take action on the relationship between our identities and our roles as leaders.

Seeing how much delegates grow during the LGBTQ+ Leadership Programme is an incredible experience and a privilege to facilitate.

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.

Applications for this programme are now closed.

How does the programme work?

This six-month programme kicks off with a 2.5 day retreat 22-24 November at the beautiful De Vere Latimer Estate in Latimer, Chesham. 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.

How do I apply?

Applications for this programme are now closed.

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.

Applications close on 25 October.

If you need support to get buy in from your organisation to attend this programme, you can use this business case template.

Diversity Champions get discounted places at this event:

Non-Diversity Champion Rate: £2,250 (+VAT)

Private Sector Diversity Champion Rate: £2,000 (+VAT)

Public and Third Sector Diversity Champion Rate: £1,800 (+VAT)

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

A limited number of subsidized tickets are available for LGBTQ+ organisations. Please email us if you’d like to know more.

What does the agenda look like?

Learning set calls (Nov 2023)

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 (22 Nov - 24 Nov 2023)

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 2024)

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 2024)

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.


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.

Applications for this programme are now closed.