The first cohort of the Creative and Cultural Leadership Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has been announced.

The initiative is being led by the University of Plymouth and Cultivator, which is one of Creative Kernow’s core programmes which supports the development of the creative sector in Cornwall.

Its quest is to discover a new generation of leaders who can promote and demonstrate the value of the creative economy of Cornwall and Scilly.

Jane Sutherland, director of the Cultivator programme at Creative Kernow, explained: “We’re excited to be empowering participants to recognise themselves as leaders and realise their potential – and to demonstrate how people can build creative careers in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

“Together we can increase recognition of the value and opportunity of the creative sector for the local economy.”

The leadership programme is being delivered by Golant Innovation (the enterprise arm of The Audience Agency) along with programme director, Mandy Berry.

Patrick Towell, executive director of Golant Innovation, said: “This is a great chance for me – as a creative entrepreneur who grew up in Cornwall – to return here and support others like me to stay and build their businesses here.

“Our first cohort are living proof of the interconnectedness of the arts, culture and heritage with the commercial creative industries and tourism sectors.”

Berry added: “I am so pleased to be part of designing and delivering this important initiative for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as I am passionate about strengthening Cornwall’s position as the leading rural creative economy. The programme’s participants will make a real contribution to helping Cornwall’s creative sector demonstrate what it can contribute both to Cornwall, the wider UK and internationally.”