A Practical Guide to Governance

In these days of uncertainty and change, the governance of arts and culture organisations has risen in importance.

This Practical Guide offers a range of essential information, bespoke resources and downloadable templates that address some of the most frequently asked questions in relation to the effective governance of cultural organisations.

Background

Since 2007 the Clore Leadership Programme has run a board development programme, working with boards and senior management of cultural organisations to improve understanding of the strategic and supportive leadership and the necessary challenge that an effective board provides. Based on this experience, this guide is intended to be a practical aid offering assistance on the more pertinent points of governance and questions that might arise.

Contents

Explore the contents of the online practical guidance by clicking on each section below.

Author Acknowledgements

The Practical Guide is the online version of Governance in the arts and museums: a practical guide, compiled in May 2017 by Clore Governance Associates Prue Skene (who has led the Clore Leadership Programme’s board development programme from its inception), Keith Arrowsmith and Tom Wilcox, who between them provide a broad understanding of governance in the cultural sector through a multitude of perspectives.

Commissioned by the Clore Leadership Programme with support from Arts Council England.

Prue Skene

Prue Skene is an arts practitioner who uses her wide experience as both as executive answering to Boards and a Board member to provide governance support to arts organisations.

Tom Wilcox

Before joining Counterculture Tom was Managing Director at the Whitechapel Gallery where he oversaw a £13m expansion. He was previously at Arts Council England, The Poetry Society and Siobhan Davies Dance Company.

Keith Arrowsmith

Keith Arrowsmith is head of the legal team at Counterculture Partnership LLP, a multi-disciplinary partnership.

Before joining Counterculture Tom was Managing Director at the Whitechapel Gallery where he oversaw a £13m expansion. He was previously at Arts Council England, The Poetry Society and Siobhan Davies Dance Company.

Disclaimer

Please note that the guide has been written for arts organisations and museums based in England and Wales. It aims to provide general information only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice.

We aim to keep the contents as current as possible but the Clore Leadership Programme (and the authors) do not warrant or guarantee the quality, recruitment accuracy or completeness of any information.

Your feedback will be gratefully received so that it may be continually improved and updated. Please email us on CGA@cloreleadership.org

Copies or extracts of the guide may be used by and distributed within not-for-profit organisations. All other rights reserved. If you wish to use the practical guide in any other way, please contact us.

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