Clore Leadership Programme
Clore Leadership Programme



Board Development


“I had always been told Clore courses were a cut above in terms of relevance, freshness, pace and not patronising, and indeed this was.  Thank you for the opportunity.  Beyond just things learned, just to be able to tell trustees and other colleagues that we now know what’s best practice is going to be so helpful.  You have strengthened our instincts considerably!”  (CEO)


The CLP’s Board Development Programme helps individual Board Members, CEO/Artistic Directors, Chairs and Board teams to:

  • Address the particular challenges of working together in the cultural sector
  • Challenge perceptions of best practice
  • Harness creativity and clarity of thought, and
  • Realise their aspirations for their organisation through actionable and measurable outcomes that will develop sustainability and resilience.

What’s On

28th February 2019, London – Achieving and Retaining a Diverse Board

Achieving and Retaining a Diverse Board draws on the experience and expertise of key sector professionals to create a bespoke and stimulating day of ideas and strategies to skilfully navigate and champion the diversity agenda.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Sue Woodford-Hollick OBE, businesswoman and trustee
  • Tony Heaton OBE, Sculptor and Chair of Shape Arts
  • Matthew Xia, freelance theatre director and trustee
  • Sarah Weir OBE, CEO, Design Council
  • Joanna Moriarty, Director of Green Park recruitment

There is much evidence to show that a diverse Board makes for a better Board. The programme will include ‘surgeries’ with keynote speakers, opportunities for peer learning and shared examples of best practice, ensuring that attendees will be actively supported to develop targeted and strategic responses to this critical area of Board performance.   

Applications for this programme have now closed. Subscribe to our Governance mailing list below to recieve updates when we launch new events.

How you learn

The Board Development Programme addresses a range of governance development priorities through focussed seminars, workshops, talks and training covering issues such as artistic risk, financial information, legal responsibilities, strategic planning, diversity, recruitment and succession planning. 

Expected outcomes for participants will be as follows:

  • A firm grounding in the principles and legal requirements of governance
  • Addressing of specific issues connected with their organisation
  • An opportunity to work with other Trustees
  • A practical action plan which they will use to strengthen governance in their organisation

Who can apply

The Board Development Programme is funded by Arts Council England and is available to staff and trustees of arts and cultural organisations, libraries and museums based in England. 


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Other Governance Development Activities:

The Clore Leadership Programme has been working on a range of resources to help promote better governance.  Other work includes: 

Achieving Good Governance: A Challenge of Our Time
An independent review of the governance development needs of arts organisations and museums, authored by Hilary Carty, David Bryan and Anne Murch from Co-Creatives Consulting Ltd, supported by a consortium of Trusts and Foundations.

Governance in the arts and museums: a practical guide
In 2017, the Clore Team and Governance Associates Prue Skene, Tom Wilcox and Keith Arrowsmith published a free online toolkit of useful resources for trustees and staff who work with Boards, supported by Arts Council England.

Cultural Governance Alliance

The Cultural Governance Alliance is a light-touch collective of agencies, organisations and advocates working strategically to champion, share and promote best practice in the governance of culture. It aims to support cultural organisations boards, trustees and sector professionals to be effective and resilient, and perform at their best.

Governance Now

The Clore Leadership Programme in partnership with the Cultural Governance Alliance presents Governance Now: a national conference on November 13th for arts and culture sector professionals in engaging with good governance, bringing together over 25 expert speakers who will share a medley of insights, and best-practice to help you stay attuned in the art of delivering good governance.


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