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, experiences and natural leadership skills are acknowledged and developed.

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

In 2020, Sync re-designed its accessible programmes to run online in French and English and ASL with support from British Council, Canada Council and VibrafusionLab.

In 2021, as part of the British Council UK/AU season 2021-22 and in association with Australia Council and Arts Access, Sync is delighted to return to Australia with a new programme for Sync leaders online.

*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, chronically ill folk and those defining as neurodivergent.

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

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 coach working with individuals and teams globally. She is currently completing an MSc in Coaching and Behaviour Change at Henley Business School, UK. Sarah is a digital inclusion specialist working in arts, and culture and screen. Sarah produced the work of Deaf digital dance artist Chisato Minamimura from 2015-2019

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 works nationally and internationally, promoting the programme and the artists. She is responsible for fundraising, financial monitoring and reporting.