Coordinator's Message



Welcome to Centre of Intercultural Leadership and Action (INTERACT). The centre was established to support innovative engagement within the diversity within cities and across the countryside. Globalisation has created world-cities in which one finds ethnic community groups from around the world, living in an intricate and delicate mix, each protective of their cultures, yet interacting in different ways. INTERACT is working to promote and enhance positive interaction.

Centre's Objecives



To inspire and motivate a leadership culture that will be intentional about intercultural interaction in the city and local communities through:


  • creating spaces for meaningful and productive dialogue.
  • fostering understanding of intercultural competencies through training courses, workshops and open forums.
  • encouraging and evaluating innovative and creative specific intercultural projects.
  • the application of intercultural principles and values in different contexts such as the workplace, faith communities, the arts and sport involving different generations and genders.


Centre's Mission & Goals


Envisioning and encouraging the development of dynamic and integrated intercultural cities and communities.



To promote a positive unders-tanding of diversity advantage through:

  • helping shape equality based on cross-cultural dialogue.
  • recognising the importance of leadership in the development of a shared intercultural societies.
  • cultivating transformative models of interculturalism for effective community engagement.


Interactive Diversity Engagement

Inter-Cultural Festivals * Building Bridges * Connecting Diversity


Hope for the Nations


Hope for the Nations is a street world cultures festival, celebrated in Leeds that brings more than 70 nationalities together to celebrate diversity in the city from a Christian perspective.

Leeds Inter-Cultural Festival


Celebrated in summer, the festival brings together the diverse ethnic communities in Leeds to interact and make friends through cultural performances, music and dance. It focus is world cultures from a secular perspective.



Strengthening Leadership Capacity

Intercultural Leadership Training

ILM Accredited Professional Leadership Qualifications

The Intercultural Leadership & Management Courses will:


Provide unique and exciting opportunity to gain professional leadership & Management status.


Equip those in leadership, or aspiring to leadership roles, in local communities, faith institutions, public services and business sectors with skills to improve services and customer satisfaction.

Three levels of accreditation by ILM are:

Introductory Course (ILM Level 3)

  • Prepares leaders for lower professional management positions and provides Associate membership of ILM.

Advanced Course (Undergraduate Level)

  • This is suitable for leaders at mid-career level in public services, third sector or business. It is also accredited by ILM and provides membership of ILM or CMI.

Executive Course (Postgraduate Level)

  • Prepares leaders for senior management positions and the privilege of becoming a Fellow of ILM or CMI with top level professional status.




Team Leader

Centre Coordinator

Paul Lancaster leads the strategic direction and management of the Centre for Intercultural Leadership and Practice. He was born in Leeds in England and had his early education in Pudsey. Later he studied for a B.Ed in Biblical Studies, History and Education at Sheffield University. He has taught in various high schools around Leeds and travelled extensively in his involvement with various Christian missional projects.

He has networked and connected many ethnic minority groups through Hope for the Nations (a relational cross-cultural network) which he established in 2007. Paul has published a report, "Directions in Diverse- city?" which highlights cultural diversity within multicultural cities such as Leeds. He is currently studying for an MA in Global Leadership in Intercultural Contexts and has recently joined CODESA to advance intercultural leadership, partnerships and practice.