The Confident Conservation Champions Programme

The ARA's Section for Preservation and Conservation is excited to announcethat it has teamed up with Julie Hutchison of Think Be Do Leadershipto bring to you The Confident Conservation Champions Programme.

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This is a unique opportunity to take part in a six-month online programme to develop the confidence and capability to step up and advocate for yourself and conservation within the archive sector.  It is a training and coaching programme with peer support which enables you to learn, grow and act, rather than passively watching from the side lines. 

The conservation profession is often not front and centre of business even though it is a key function, and we want to create confident, capable, and impactful advocates for the profession and the value that it brings. This will strengthen the position of conservators and their colleagues, and also make conservation relevant, exciting, and useful to those around them. 

This programme will focus on how we can change our behaviours to achieve our goals over a six-month period. The six modules include:

  • Understanding and articulating your value
  • Understanding people
  • Developing communication for maximum impact
  • Speaking up so people listen
  • Dealing with difficult conversations
  • Putting it all together

Taught in six 1.5 -2 hour virtual training sessions, two 1.5 hour group coaching sessions and peer support buddy systems, the programme enables you to join in from wherever you are. The modules are all recorded so if you can’t attend one, you won’t miss out.   The programme will start in March 2021.

Katie Proctor, Conservator at West Yorkshire Archive Service, comments: ‘I’m very excited to begin the Confident Conservation Champions Programme. I work with a small team of conservators within a very large organisation. I think, particularly during these turbulent times, having a voice that can be heard and understood is important. Unfortunately, I fear that further cuts to budgets are on the horizon and having new and innovative ways of generating income will be really important. I not only want to be able to feel confident in voicing my ideas, but I also want to confidently deliver programmes I feel strongly about. I want to feel like my voice as a conservator is valued not only at my place of work but also within the wider archive profession and I feel that this course will help me to achieve that.”

If you would like to discuss the programme further, please contact Julie Hutchison at Think Be Do Ltd on 07947 823 842 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..