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Powerful Influencing and Advocacy:

Leadership Development Workshop for the Scottish Archives Sector

The Scottish Council on Archives organised two workshops, one in Edinburgh and one in Glasgow, in Spring 2016.

Overall Aim: The workshop was specifically designed to enable archive sector leaders in Scotland to improve and sustain organisational and personal resilience through a proactive approach to influencing and advocacy. This will help the people and organisations to thrive, even within the most challenging environment.

The workshop comprised a collection of practical activities designed to help delegates develop new skills, behaviours and plans relating to effective influencing and advocacy. These exercises were supported by explanations and group reflection.

Goals of the Workshop: Delegates left the workshop with the following:

  1. Insight to the concept and components of influencing and advocacy
  2. An influencing and advocacy plan
  3. Enhanced capability to implement the above plan
  4. Enhanced self-awareness and commitment to continual personal development

Delegates also had the opportunity to build their network of peers, potentially leading to mutual peer support and collaborative working in the future.

Workshop Resources: To download the resource pack in .pdf format, please click here.

Who Attended? This workshop was aimed at all leaders within the archive sector, including first line, middle and senior managers and project managers, and aspiring leaders. 

Facilitators: This programme has been developed for the Scottish Council on Archives by STAR CIC, a not-for-profit community interest company dedicated to driving resilience and excellence in the cultural heritage sector. Find out more at: For this work we have brought together a team with unique experience and expertise relating to leadership development within the heritage and cultural sector:

Steve Wood is a professional Organisational Coach, NLP Practitioner and Facilitator, with a 20-year track record specialising in three niche areas: Development of leadership thinking, skills and behaviours; Organisational resilience, improvement and innovation, and; Personal resilience in the workplace.

Steve holds a Diploma in International Coaching and is an NLP Master Practitioner, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and UK Excellence Award Senior Assessor.  He is an LGA accredited peer trainer for the Peer-Supported Improvement Programme. Over the last 20 years Steve has supported hundreds of leaders, teams and organisations from a wide variety of sectors, including projects for The National Archives, Scottish Council on Archives, CyMAL, the MLA and many heritage service providers.

Graham Wyles is a Leadership Development Coach, working at all levels within and outside of organisations. He specialises in supporting people to become more effective and resilient, using a unique fusion of acting and performance, behaviour change and leading edge personal development techniques (e.g. Mindfulness).

Since 2008, Graham has worked extensively within the culture and heritage sectors across the UK.  This includes delivering unique and highly regarded workshops on Influencing and Advocacy, Creativity, Harnessing Charisma, Mindfulness, Personal Confidence & Energy and Peer-Supported Improvement.