Sour Lemons Creative Leadership Programme 2017

Our pilot programme launched in April 2017 with 12 diverse Young Leaders ready to make their impact on the Creative Industries.

Photos taken by Henrique Wooding – Sour Lemons Young Leader 2017. @henriquejosias


Young Leaders


Over the last eight months the Young Leaders gained the skills, experiences and networks needed to create their own opportunities and career pathways. Across the programme they were exposed to over 20 different organisations, who will taught them skills like budgeting, producing, marketing and fundraising.

We ate dinner together once a month with an inspiring leader at the top of their game, who shared their secrets to success. Every Young Leader was matched with a mentor who worked with them set goals, develop industry contacts and find work expereince and further training opportunities.

We went on over ten creative trips to watch theatre, visit exhibitions and experience festivals. There were three Leadership bootcamps that included creative workshops, public speaking and writing personal manifestos. Halfway through, they collaborated together to design, plan and produce their own event for a live audience. BED FULL OF DREAMS sold out at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and included 14 music and spoken word performers, a mini film festival and a visual art installation.

We can confidentially say that there is nothing else like this out there but what makes this programme so unique is the Young Leaders themselves. They are hungry, talented and passionate individuals who want to make positive change for themselves and for the next generation.

Collectively they are a powerhouse and we are very proud to be a small part of their journey to creative leadership.

Meet The Mentors

Jules Haworth

Education Manager


Shereen Phillips

Community Coordinator 


Yolanda Mercy

Writer & Performer



Zoe Souter

Marketing Manager



Creative Director


Laura Whitticase

Senior Manager


Sam Benjamin

Actor & Playwright


Joe Gray

Creative Consultant & Sour Lemons Trustee

Kane Husbands

Movement Director 


Kazim Kazim

Creative Entrepreneur    


Shem Lawrence

Creative Director