A self-sustaining generation of future leaders

We are creating a self-sustaining generation of future leaders by providing experiences and opportunities within a safe and supportive environment for people:

The sharing of experience and expertise from international organisations and specialists will equip our programmes with a truly global scale of innovation and excellence – to set the bar of aspiration, to challenge and provoke thinking and doing.

We’re bringing together diverse, talented and curious people from across Wales to expose them to leading-edge ideas and create opportunities for cross-pollination and break-through innovation, forming a group like no other with super-charged chemistry, giving them unprecedented access to pioneers at the forefront of their game. Climb is an opportunity to huddle and hustle around our biggest societal challenges and delegates will be challenged and supported by seasoned leaders. In September 2021, our first programme brought 30 individuals together to become pioneers of the future and now we’re searching for our second cohort to join them.



What is Climb?

Climb is a 10-month programme which combines world-leading teaching with the opportunity to build your own leadership practice.  With a focus on innovation in health and care you will learn new skills, forge networks and build relationships that will support you as your career progresses.

During COVID-19, a time of unprecedented challenge, we witnessed the emergence of brave and bold people who were prepared to walk towards the fire and try to make a difference in whatever way they could.  Uniting around a common purpose, building bridges and forging relationships between individuals, institutions and countries.  They achieved the extraordinary.

Climb is building an international community of Pioneers, people with open hearts and critical minds who will step forward, when the call comes again. Upon completion of our flagship Climb programme, you will progress to membership of the Pioneer community – a peer to peer network that will give you the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing growth of the programme and community and to participate in further development opportunities for yourself and your organisations

The Climb programme has been designed to develop the skills, capabilities and mind-sets you will need to navigate disruptive change and the changing landscape in which you are operating.  Our programme supports the development of skills that will build a sustainable group of leaders, able to navigate this uncertain terrain and ready to meet the future:

Emotional intelligence & courageous, compassionate leadership: willingness to step outside comfort zones, to have the difficult conversations, to not fear failure or reputational damage, and to bring others along.

Trend-spotting and horizon scanning: capabilities and a methodology to analyse signals and extrapolate beyond the now – as well as the commitment to maintain the up-and-out focus as a leadership practice.

Tolerance for ambiguity: as well as engaging headlong in unmapped terrain, leaders need to support development of a range of options where interventions are unlikely to have a direct cause-effect relationship.

Entrepreneurial mindset: drawing on the approaches used by serial entrepreneurs including testing small bets/affordable loss, drawing on available means, capitalising on surprises and building a network of collaborators.

Cognitive flexibility: the ability to rapidly understand complex concepts outside of one’s professional domain, and how to apply those insights across different settings.


What does the programme consist of?

Climb is a ten month programme broken down into six modules that has group work, mentoring and individual reflective learning running through it.

Mid way through the programme, an immersive experience takes place, provoking your thinking through broadened experience.

You will begin engaging with the Pioneer community from day one.  Drawing on the insights and experience of others and contributing their own through regular TedX style seminar sessions.

The programme concludes with the Summit conference where we showcase the brilliant work and learning across the programme and our Pioneer community.


Who is teaching the course?

You will be taught by international and UK experts in their field. Climb offers unique opportunities to learn from the very best from across the world. The principle faculty includes Hahrie Han, Director of the SNF Agora Institute and Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, Professor Sir Muir Gray, Honorary Clinical Researcher at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-based Medicine, and Mark Prain, Founding Director of the Hillary Institute of International Leadership.




Programme dates

The dates for Climb 2022/23 have been scheduled as follows.

  • 30 – 31 May 2022: Climb Cohort 1 Summit event
  • 26 – 30 September 2022: 5 days residential
  • 5 – 6 December 2022: 2 days virtual via Zoom
  • 23 – 27 January 2022: 5 days residential
  • 6 – 7 March 2023: 2 days virtual via Zoom
  • 3 – 4 April 2023: 2 days virtual via Zoom
  • 8 – 9 May 2023: 2 days virtual via Zoom
  • 5 – 6 June 2023: Climb Cohort 2 Summit event

There will be occasional evening talks and some individual work required outside of these dates.


Applying to Climb

Applications for the second year of Climb are opening on Friday 21st January 2022 and will close on the 4th February 2022. Candidates are urged to apply as early as possible as we reserve the right to close the application process early if we receive an overwhelming number of applications.


What are we looking for?

We are less interested in your professional background, years of experience or prior development. We are more interested in how you can contribute to creating a vibrant, diverse, bright and inquisitive cohort.

The sort of things we’re looking for include:

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

What is the selection process?

The selection process is broken into two stages:

  1. Submit a completed application form and supporting video by the 4th February 2022. If successful in this first round, your will be invited to book a place on one of our selection days.
  2. Attend a selection day. Our selection days will take place on the week commencing 14th February 2022 and will last for around 6 hours. you will have the opportunity to meet people involved in the course and others who are also applying to the programme. In small groups, you will undertake different activities.


What does it cost?

The fee for the course is £9,950 + VAT. Individuals who work in health and care in Wales will have their course fees covered in full by a bursary provided by the Welsh Government.


Ready to apply?

If you want to know more and submit an application, click here to download an application information pack. 

Applications for Climb 2022/23 open Friday 21st January 2022.