Applications now open for 2024-25

Both England and Wales face significant challenges over the coming years. Whether it’s closing the north-south divide and levelling up, the energy transition to net zero or rebuilding communities, arts and culture, leadership is required at all levels of society.

Join us for a 10-month leadership development journey that equips and encourages Christians like you to intentionally and strategically take the lead so that you can make a difference wherever you are.

The Public Leader programme is for young professionals and emerging leaders serving in a variety of vocations or roles, because we want to see every aspect of our culture transformed by the good news of Jesus. Whether your interests lie in the community, creative arts, civic life, finance or elsewhere – as long as you want to know Jesus more deeply, serve Him more fully and see His kingdom come wherever you are – we want to hear from you.


There will be two concurrent programmes for participants in England and Wales this year:

  • Public Leader: England & Wales (North) programme will take place in the Manchester area, and is recommended for those based in the north of England and north Wales.
  • Public Leader: England & Wales (South) programme will take place in the Bristol area, and is recommended for those based in the south of England and south Wales.

Dates for the three 24-hour retreats for each programme are still to be confirmed.

Each retreat will focus on different aspects of discipleship, leadership and cultural analysis.


In addition to the residential weekends, participants will be invited to take part in visits to various cultural, business and political institutions throughout the programme. These visits allow you to meet leaders in their context, and to understand some of the spheres that shape both English and Welsh culture.

We will also hold online evenings together with Public Leader participants from across the four nations, hearing from and engaging with Christian leaders across different sectors. They will take place on the following dates:

  • 1 October 2024
  • 14 January 2025
  • 15 April 2025


All participants are paired with a mentor for the year. Throughout the year, participants will have the opportunity to delve deeper into all aspects of the programme through one-on-one conversations with their mentor.

Alumni network

After the programme, participants will be invited to join our wider alumni network – a community of all those who have been involved in the programme as participants, mentors and speakers. The network has a number of different online and in-person events each year, bringing leaders together locally and nationally.


Standard fee: £695

We encourage participants to consider approaching their workplace or church for support. A limited number of bursaries are available to help those who need financial help. Please discuss this with us at the interview stage.

More information

For more information about Public Leader: England & Wales, please email publicleadership@​eauk.​org

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