Board Development programme
22 October 2008
The Clore Leadership Programme announces continuation of its Board Development programme
The Clore Leadership Programme, in partnership with the Cultural Leadership Programme, today announced a new programme of development work for Boards of Trustees of cultural organisations across the UK.
During 2007/2008 the Clore Leadership Programme very successfully provided eleven Board Awaydays which offered organisations an opportunity for the whole Board, together with the senior executive team, to spend a day discussing and considering how they were operating as a Board, how their relationship with the Executive had developed, how they were tackling issues such as recruitment, succession planning, diversity, financial information and analysis, legal responsibilities, and strategic planning.
Building on the success of this programme, a further twelve Board Awaydays are to be offered in 2009. This programme will continue to sit alongside the existing Clore Fellowships and Short Courses. Further Board Development initiatives will be announced in January 2009.
Sue Hoyle, Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, commented: "We have been delighted by the success of our first Governance programme and the eleven organisations involved have all spoken warmly of the help the Board Awaydays gave them in addressing specific issues. We are grateful to the Cultural Leadership Programme both for giving its support to further Board Days and for the chance to develop the programme into other, vital areas. We know there is great demand for governance work of this kind and we are delighted to have the continuing opportunity to supply it".
Hilary Carty, Director of the Cultural Leadership Programme, said: "Governance is repeatedly being raised as a key element of cultural leadership development and we are responding with a number of activities to help Boards and their senior leaders meet the significant demands of their roles. Drawing on the proven expertise of the Clore Leadership Programme, these Board development activities offer valuable opportunities for organisations to work and develop together".
Applications for the Board Awaydays will be invited from interested organisations and Boards from 22 October 2008, and applications will close on 8 December 2008.
Further details and full information on how to apply can be found in the Board Development section of the Clore Leadership Programme website.
Note to editors:
The Clore Leadership Programme is an initiative of the Clore Duffield Foundation
The Cultural Leadership Programme is jointly led by Arts Council England, Creative & Cultural Skills and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council www.culturalleadership.org.uk
Fiona Ballantyne, Chair, Museums Galleries Scotland:
"The opportunity to take time out for the Clore Day and to focus on governance and our responsibilities was extremely valuable and has helped us to adopt a slightly different mind-set as trustees. There were team building benefits from spending time together in this way and a chance to acknowledge what we are good at as well as those things we need to improve. Importantly, we now have a common understanding of our role collectively as a board and individually as trustees."
David Penn, Chair, Lanternhouse:
"Our CLP Awayday came at an important point in the company's development. In many ways we're lucky to have a strong and experienced board with a diversity of skills but we still knew that we needed to step back and take a hard look. The CLP Awayday created both the impetus and the opportunity for us to do this, and fed in valuable insights and expertise from people whose experience and perspectives (mostly metropolitan) were complementary to our own. We followed up the CLP Awayday with a further, catalytic, company and board awayday and that in turn has led onto a great deal of in-company development work with board support as necessary. We always believed that the day would be useful (or we wouldn't have applied for it!) but it's good to be able to say it considerably exceeded our expectations."