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Stonewall LGBTQ+ Young Leaders Programme

Are you LGBTQ+, aged 20-30 and interested in developing your leadership practice?

Whether you’re already working in a leadership role, hoping to in the future or leading outside of work in a community or network group setting - Stonewall would love to hear from you.

For over a decade, the Stonewall Leadership programme has been a beacon of support, equipping people with the knowledge, networks and confidence to become authentic leaders. This year, with the generous support of UPS, they are offering a free to attend programme specifically designed for people aged 20-30.

Over three days, 24-26 July 2024, at Ansty Hall, you’ll have the chance to grow your professional network, hone your leadership skills and explore what you want from your career.

You can find more information below, or read it and apply via the programme website 

The deadline for applications is 9 June 2024.

As LGBTQ+ people aspiring to leadership roles, sometimes we don’t quite fit the moulds we see around us. This programme is about reimagining our leadership and is built using the knowledge and expertise of all the leaders who’ve participated before. You'll have time and space to consider what leadership means to us, play with new ideas and challenge yourself.

The cohort will spend three days together in the beautiful countryside of Ansty Hall near Coventry. Working as a whole group and in smaller facilitated spaces, you’ll explore your journey as leaders, consider what authentic leadership looks like for our community, and help you develop the next steps in your career.

You’ll also have the chance to network and build connections with 40 other LGBTQ+ people. There will be plenty of social and downtime to develop connections with other professionals who share some of your experiences.

The programme begins with a three-day residential programme, which offers a range of activities aimed at helping you develop your leadership. All food and accommodation are included, allowing you focus on getting the most out of the programme. There will also be a series of well-being activities alongside the main content. More information on the catering and accomodation can be found in the access statement for the event.

During the programme, you’ll work in a smaller learning group of around ten people led by a learning set facilitator. This will give you the chance to build stronger connections and dig deeper into your learning. Ahead of the programme, your learning set facilitator will call you and will be there to support you throughout.

There will be a reconnection event at the Stonewall offices six months after the residential programme. This will be a chance to come back together, share your wins and reflect collectively on any challenges.

The programme is for LGBTQ+ people aged 20-30, who wish to develop their leadership practice. This includes people who are already in a leadership role hoping to expand their skills and those hoping to do so in the future, whether this is leadership within the workplace or in community or network group settings. 

Leadership looks different for everyone and a range of barriers can make it harder for our community to access traditional leadership positions.

This programme approaches leadership differently. Here, you'll be discussing your opportunity to influence the spaces and people around you.

This could be through your work, it could be through your LGBTQ+ network group, it could be a project you work on outside of work, or it could be that leadership is something you’re thinking about in the future. There’s no set level or criteria to meet to attend the programme. 

All LGBTQ+ people who meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply. 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 marginalised members of our community.



The programme is free to attend. All accommodation and food costs for successful applicants are covered through the kind support of 
UPS. You’ll have dinner on the Wednesday night, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday. You’ll have two nights of accommodation on the Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Please note that travel to and from the event is not covered. For future years, we will explore the possibility of central funding to cover this, but for this year this will either need to be covered by individual attendees, or by their department where possible. 

If the cost of travel is a barrier to you participating in the programme, please email Stonewall and they will do their best to support you.

Read the full access statement for this event. This includes information on the accessibility of rooms and accomodation and facilities, catering information, details on how to reserve accessible parking, and more. 

If the information you need is not outlined in the statement, or if you have any further questions, please email, or call on 020 7593 1850, and someone will get back to you. 

Access statement from Stonewall

We are taking measures and efforts to ensure that we organise events that are accessible to all. We are committed to ensuring that as far as possible we work with you to accommodate any adjustments that you require. We will take feedback on access issues seriously and work to ensure that we improve and develop after every event.

To be considered for a place on this year’s programme, please complete the application form by clicking Apply Now on this page. If you need to complete this in a different format, please email Stonewall.

The application form will ask you more about your approach to leadership, what you’re hoping to get from the programme and what you’ll bring to the group.

The deadline for applications is 9 June 2024.

Please discuss with your line manager the time to support your participation in the programme if you are successful. If line managers would benefit from discussing this with us, please email 

Stonewall anticpate a high number of applicants for the programme, and have limited spaces. If you are accepted and for any reason cannot attend, please let Stonewall know as soon as possible so that the place can be offered to someone else: