Applications for cohort 4 are now closed.

Create the possible alongside your peers

Climb brings future leaders together for a 10-month programme. This course energises multigenerational networks, confronts our greatest societal challenges, and provides access to researchers, professors and leaders at the forefront of change.

Applications for cohort four of Climb are now open until midnight on Sunday, February 11th.

Create the possible alongside your peers

Climb brings future leaders across Wales together for a 10-month programme. This course energises multigenerational networks, confronts our greatest societal challenges, and provides access to researchers, professors and leaders at the forefront of change.

“We need a revolution in leadership; not another reorganisation but a revolution. Climb is developing the revolutionaries.”

Professor Sir Muir Gray, Founder of the National Library for Health and inaugural Chief Knowledge Officer of the NHS

What to expect

This is a highly select programme with a very limited number of places. We choose candidates who show aptitude in the following areas:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Courageous and compassionate leadership
  • Hunger for innovation
  • Tolerance for ambiguity
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Cognitive flexibility

If you are accepted, the course will hone these competencies in you so you can walk into the fire, navigate disruptive change, and achieve the extraordinary. You’ll also become part of a community of like-minded leaders supporting you to make an impact on the landscape.

Climb is accredited by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. Completion of the course can also count towards a Post-graduate Certificate in Advanced Management at Swansea University.

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Requirements to apply
Requirements to apply

Requirements to apply

To apply, you will need to be able to attend the dates of the programme. These include virtual and in-person events, concluding with a summit conference where we showcase work and learning across the programme and the Pioneer community of Climb alumni.

All applicants will need to ensure they receive the support of their organisations in a variety of ways, including the provision of study leave, travel and accommodation expenses, and opportunities to implement their learning in the workplace (alternatively you may wish to explore sponsorship or self-fund). 

Application process for Cohort 4

Step One

Applicants for the Climb programme will be required to submit a 90-second video application. Applicants will need the support of their organisation at this point in the application process. Applications are now open until midnight on Sunday 11th February.

Step Two

If shortlisted, you will be asked to attend an immersive assessment day in North, West or South-East Wales where you will have the chance to meet other applicants and participate in group activities and exercises together. A final cohort of 30 will be selected following these days.

  • North Wales Assessment Day – Llandudno, 10th April 2024
  • South-east Wales Assessment Day – Cardiff, 25th April 2024
  • West Wales Assessment Day – Carmarthen, 29th April 2024

Applications are now closed.

“I no longer feel disillusioned. I feel hope. I feel like we are starting something with Climb that we can use to make things better.”

Dr Mark Knights

Meet your teachers

Hahrie Han - DHI

Hahrie Han

Director of the SNF Agora Institute and Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University

Muir Gray - DHI

Professor Sir Muir Gray

Honorary Clinical Researcher at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-based Medicine

Mark Prain - DHI

Mark Prain

Founding Director of the Hillary Institute of International Leadership


Programme dates

The dates for Climb Cohort 4 have been provisionally scheduled as follows.

  • 2024
    • 10 April – North Wales Assessment Day
    • 25 April – South-east Assessment Day
    • 29 April – West Wales Assessment Day
    • 11 June – Cohort 3 Summit
    • 9 September – Virtual Introduction Meeting
    • 8 -10 October In- person residential and orientation session
    • 3 – 4 December – In-person 2-day learning session
  • 2025
    • 28 – 29 January – Virtual 2-day learning session
    • 3 – 4 February – North Wales 1:1 coaching sessions
    • 10 – 11 February – West Wales 1:1 coaching sessions
    • 17 – 19 February – South-east Wales 1:1coaching sessions
    • 24 – 25 March – Virtual 2-day learning session
    • 29 – 30 April – In-person 2-day learning session
    • 21 April – Submission deadline for presentation
    • 20 – 22 May – In-person 3-day immersive residential session
    • 24 June 2024: Climb Cohort 4 Summit

“This was the moment that things changed for me… it is like no other leadership programme. This network has become the necessary scaffolding that I needed.”

Anita Pierce, Deputy Medical Director MHLD and Consultant Psychiatrist

Programme fees

Individuals who work in health and publicly-funded social care in Wales will have their course fees covered in full by a bursary provided by the Welsh Government.

The fee for candidates from outside of health and care in Wales is £9,950.

All applicants will need to ensure they receive the support of their organisations in a variety of ways, including the provision of study leave, travel and accommodation expenses, and opportunities to implement their learning in the workplace (alternatively you may wish to explore sponsorship or self-fund). 

Applications are now closed.

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