Guess who’s delighted?

Richard Watts, founder of people make it work is beyond delighted to be announcing with Sandeep Mahal, that she has joined the company as Director of Sector Change. 

Sandy will bring her extraordinary skills, experience and leadership talent to people make it work, where she will be developing our ‘Office for Leadership Transition’ designed to support Execs and Boards across the UK to implement the deep shifts in their leadership that so many of them have been discussing and committing to over recent months and years. The Office for Leadership Transition will work with them to realise their transformational intentions with consultancy, protocols, workshop programmes and 1:1 tailored support. 

Sandy is a highly experienced, collaborative and inclusive leader with over ten years’ experience of working at senior levels in the arts, libraries and cultural sector. She is combining her role as Director of Sector Change with her role as Leadership Associate at the RSC. She is the Founding Director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature where she oversaw the development and growth of Nottingham as a vital place of creative exchange and celebration for literature, building the organisation from a fledging arts organisation into an important cultural provider and key part of Nottingham’s cultural fabric. She was previously seconded to The Space as a Clore Fellow and spent ten years in public libraries in Sandwell, in various roles, working as Race Equality Librarian, and later as Outreach Services Librarian. In addition to libraries, she has many years of experience in the UK publishing environment, transforming the way UK publishers collaborated with the UK public library network. 

Richard said; “Can you imagine how delighted I was when Sandy agreed to evolve her relationship with us from freelance associate and collaborator, to permanent leader? It is such a great moment for people make it work (a community of 60 freelance cultural leaders with a shared commitment to support the cultural sector to change and develop) that Sandy is joining us to help lead the company as a whole, as well as to develop and grow the office for leadership transition – an essential systemic intervention that is urgently needed to help promises and good intentions translate into long term change and opportunities for leaders who have been kept outside the cultural sectors’ rooms of power for too long. Sandy is an amazing human and I can’t wait to sit beside her as we lead the company together with our other brilliant colleagues. I’m so excited – I’ll calm down one day, but not for a while yet – watch this space to see what Sandy makes happen next…”

Sandy said; “I am delighted to be joining people make it work as Director of Sector Change. Now is the time to champion new voices, embrace risk and advocate for new ways of working, recruiting, and collaborating. I am passionate about creating inclusive cultures and pathways for organisations and diverse leaders to excel and much look forward to working with Richard, the team, and partners to continue their excellent work supporting the cultural sector to change and develop.”

Sandeep Mahal – Director of Sector Change and the Office for Leadership Transition at people make it work