Leadership Masterclasses

In collaboration with Cadenza and as part of Alcemi: People Potential, we’re offering a series of free masterclasses to support aspiring leaders.

Interested? Apply online here.


A key priority in our corporate plan is to equip members to be fit for the future. Earlier this year we launched our Alcemi programme to support this area of work. 

The People Potential strand of Alcemi aims to develop the workforce of the future, and we are delighted to offer this series of leadership masterclasses in partnership with Cadenza. 

Cadenza have a passion for helping organisations that work in the public service space. One of their aims is to identify and create shared and safe spaces for leaders to come together to explore how they can collectively better serve their staff and the communities in which they work. 


There are four masterclasses in this series and they will help aspiring leaders develop their behaviours and thinking around building better connections and positively influencing agendas and people - both in and outside of the housing sector.  

They will focus on:

  • The importance of inclusive, relational and outward-looking, wider public service focussed leadership across housing organisations in Wales

  • How to improve the knowledge and skills required to develop into an inclusive, relational and outward-looking leader


We have 15 places up for grabs and are encouraging applications from aspiring leaders:

  • Reporting directly to someone in typically (but not exclusively) a Head of Service/Director level role or the equivalent for your organisation
  • Aspiring to be in a more senior role, Head of Service or Director level role within the next two years.
  • Currently leading a middle management team or an area of work, providing strategic direction with some guidance from their line manager


  • Online via Zoom  
  • Up to 1.5 hours each 
  • Opportunity for peer discussions and learning in between workshops. 
  • Evaluation throughout 


27 January 2021 - The One Public Service Leader

Learning outcomes

  • Understand drivers for/how to build and protect a shared space with leaders across the public service
  • Understand how to move from collaboration to connecting
  • Understand how to promote relational equality and distributive power across agendas and organisations

24 February 2021 – Relationship-centred decision-making 

Learning outcomes

  • Understand broad history of leadership theory
  • Understand how to enhance affiliating behaviours
  • Understand what relationship-based decision-making looks like

24 March 2021  – The consciously unconscious leader

Learning outcomes

  • Understand unconscious bias and how our biases impact decision-making and culture
  • Understand how being more unconscious bias aware can impact empathy and its implication for leadership

21 April 2021 – The inclusive leader

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the key benefits of leading inclusively
  • Understand behaviours that promote inclusion
  • Devise an action plan to enhance inclusive leadership

How do I apply?

To apply we need you to do two things:

Register via the online form

AND record a short video (max 60 seconds) outlining why you want a place and how you intend to use what you’ve learned - both for yourself and others. Be as creative as you want! 

Please share your video with Julia-sorribes@chcymru.org.uk via https://wetransfer.com/ on or before the closing date of noon December 2 2020. Successful applicants will be informed by December 11.

Who are Cadenza?

Cadenza’s missions is to ultimately inspire leaders and influencers from different disciplines to improve wellbeing for all citizens through responding to complexity creatively and collaboratively - read more here www.cadenzaonline.com

Our team is currently working with a range of partners on designing and delivering leadership programmes that focus on the one public service agenda. Our diverse professional backgrounds (NHS, Housing, Social Care, 3rd Sector, Private Sector) help us to shape these programmes to reflect that agenda.

Our team includes professional coaches, learning and development experts and engagement/facilitation experts.

Why do they want to work with the sector?

Hugh Irwin from Cadenza said: “We are very excited to be offering these masterclasses.  We see the housing sector as being awash with creative talent and goodwill.  We are excited to help aspiring leaders develop into inspirational, outward facing leaders of the future that are committed to improving the lives of citizens in Wales through the forging of new and diverse relationships with other sectors”