Sync Leadership is a disabled-led programme exploring Deaf and disabled* leadership, founded in 2008 by Sarah Pickthall and Jo Verrent, two disabled leaders based in the UK.

Combining leadership theory with one-to-one coaching, Sync develops Deaf and disabled leadership in arts, culture, heritage and media.

It is particularly important in these changing, challenging times that Deaf and disabled voices and experiences are acknowledged and empowered.

Sync has successfully run programmes in Australia, South Korea, Singapore and the UK.

Check out our archive site that holds some of the history of Sync Leadership.

Sync Canada will be delivering online programmes for Canada in 2020. Delivered in English with all access, language interpretation and formats provided to meet access requirements. We are delivering Sync in Ontario in the summer and Sync in Quebec in the autumn.

*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, those defining as neurodivergent.

Founders and Facilitators

Sarah Pickthall looks to the right of the frame, standing in front of a tree or bush

Sarah Pickthall

Co-Founder Sync. Director SarahPickthall.com

Sarah is an artist, consultant and executive individual and team coach. She is currently studying for an MSc in Coaching and Behaviour Change at Henley Business School, UK. For the last 12 years she has run cuspinc.org – a disability, art and inclusion agency. She has also worked for the last five years as producer for Deaf artist, Chisato Minamimura

Jo Verrent speaks into a microphone at a podium

Jo Verrent

Co-Founder Sync. Senior Producer weareunlimited.org.uk

Jo leads on the delivery of Unlimited full-time, maintaining the workflow of the team and managing the impact the work has both in the UK and more widely. Jo travels nationally and internationally, promoting the programme and the artists. She is responsible for fundraising, financial monitoring and reporting across the programme