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SYNC Australia

Online Leadership Program

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Sync Australia – Online is a new online leadership and coaching program exploring Deaf and disabled leadership in arts, culture, heritage and media.


Founded over 10 years ago by Sarah Pickthall and Jo Verrent, two disabled leaders in the UK, this disability-led program combines leadership theory with one-on-one coaching and support for participants to reflect and progress their leadership potential.


Sync Leadership programs have been successfully rolled out globally, including Australia in 2014 and 2015 and now in a new modular format, as an online program is 2021.
Sarah Pickthall pictured in black and white in front of a background of greenery. SHe is slightly off centre, looking at the camera.

‘Sync is not about the job you have but it is about your leadership potential and how to harness it.’

Sarah Pickthall, Co-Founder, Sync Leadership

The Sync Australia program supports participants to reflect on their leadership potential in relation to the diversity of their lived experience of disability, deafness and/or long-term health condition.*


Taking part in Sync Australia will help you develop new awareness and skills, and refresh your confidence to progress your professional arts career. This fantastic opportunity is available to eight emerging and established leaders with disability or who are Deaf across Australia.

Key Dates

Applications Open for Submission: Friday 10 September 2021

Applications Close for Submission: Monday 11 October 2021

Participants notified: Friday 22 October 2021

Program Week One: 1, 3, 5 November 2021

Program Week Two: 8, 10, 12 November 2021

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants must be:
  • A practicing artist, arts worker or producer who identifies as experiencing disability or is d/Deaf
  • an artist or arts manager in the arts, culture or media for at least two years
  • an Australian resident
  • available for all program sessions
  • able to access good WiFi connection


Applicants must submit:

  • a short written 100-word biography
  • one high resolution photograph (portrait orientation)
  • answers to all application questions in writing or on video
  • provide a letter of recommendation from someone who has professional knowledge of the applicant


You are welcome to submit your application in a format that is accessible to you, such as audio, video, printed, dictated, electronic and handwritten.


The following selection criteria will be used to assess your application:

  • Readiness for the Sync programme – being at the right point in your professional career
  • Leadership skills and flair that Sync can help you develop
  • Ideas about how you will develop in and through the arts and culture in the future: with both short term and long-term goals
  • Personal and professional experience of barriers and how these have been managed and overcome
  • Commitment to the 6x workshops and 3x one-to-one coaching sessions
  • Confirmed availability on all session dates and times

*A note on language – the language around disability globally is nuanced and varied, shifting from country to country, community to community. By Deaf and disabled we include all those self-identifying as experiencing barriers due to impairment within the societies in which they live. This includes those with lived experience of learning disability, mental health experiences, and those who identify as neurodivergent.

Australia is presented by Sync Leadership (UK) and Access Arts, supported by Australia Council for the Arts and the British Council UK/Australia Season 2021-22. 

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