Managing Organisational Change

Creative United present a webinar with business consultant Ellen O’Hara who will share tools and techniques for taking a more dynamic approach to managing organisational change in heritage settings.

This webinar was updated and distilled into a written resource in 2022 – read it here.

Virtually every organisation will, at some point, undergo a transition or change in order to remain relevant and viable. The last 12 months have been a time of unprecedented uncertainty and volatility for the heritage sector, requiring rapid shifts and new approaches to managing organisational change in heritage. Changes in working practices, changes to the needs of our audiences and communities, and the possibility of rethinking core purposes have all brought new challenges for organisations to respond to.

The need for more dynamic approaches to planning has been acutely highlighted. Yet working in a more dynamic way, without fit for purpose tools, can increase pressure on personal and organisational capacity.

As the heritage sector reopens and re-establishes itself it will be important to look at how we can embrace change in a way that is manageable and that can lead to productive, rather than destructive, outcomes.

In this webinar, Ellen will share how to take a more dynamic approach to change by exploring:

  • Personal and organisational capacity for change
  • Tools for planning in a more dynamic and flexible way
  • Tools for implementing, managing and delegating change

The session will consider the importance of organisational culture alongside more tangible approaches, and will provide you with a toolkit of ideas that will allow you to approach change with more confidence.

Meet the Speaker

Ellen O'Hara

Coach, creative facilitator and strategist

Ellen O’Hara is an independent coach, creative facilitator and strategist with a background in cultural, creative and social entrepreneurship and 20 years’ experience spanning the private, public and third sectors. She has designed and delivered enterprise and business development programmes for Nesta, Arts Council England, Innovate UK, British Council and Creative United. Ellen delivers coaching, consultancy and training in emergent strategy, enterprise, business model innovation, income diversification and access to alternative finance. Recent clients include National Theatre Wales, Warwick Ventures, Turner Contemporary, Theatre Centre, Stop Gap Dance Company, Metal, Coney and Transform. Ellen previously held roles at School for Startups, award-winning craft incubator Cockpit Arts, the Prince’s Trust and Arts Council England; she began her career in management consultancy at Arthur Andersen. She is a published researcher, SFEDI accredited coach, holds a degree in Economics & Econometrics from the University of Birmingham and a postgraduate diploma in Administrative Management. Ellen is the current chair of the board of regional theatre company Little Earthquake. She works internationally and is based in the Derbyshire Dales, UK.

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