Clore Leadership Programme
Clore Leadership Programme

Clore Chair/CEO Training Days

Join us for a day of Chair-CEO/Artistic Director Board Development

Apply here.

“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

Chair/CEO Training Days

We are currently accepting applications for our upcoming series of board development days for Chairs and CEOs/Artistic Directors coming as a pair. The days will be held on:

  • January 25th at Friends House in Euston, London;
  • February 13th at Manchester Art Gallery;
  • March 15th at Friends House in Euston, London.

There are places for ten organisations available at each event. Organisations will be selected on the merit of their applications and every effort will be taken to ensure a good mix of experience, cultural expertise and regional representation.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 30h November 2017.

How you learn

“Extremely informative, mutually supporting including good opportunities for peer learning.

Good balance between presentations and breakout sessions.  Practical, informative and good-humoured.” (Chair)

The training is very practical and break-out groups are encouraged to identify action points. The training covers issues such as:

  • artistic risk;
  • financial information;
  • legal responsibilities;
  • strategic planning;
  • diversity;
  • recruitment;
  • succession planning.

The Clore Team for the day will consist of Prue Skene, an expert in governance, and Tom Wilcox, whose specialties include financial and business planning and strategy.

Prue Skene

Clore Leadership Governance Associate, Board Development

Prue Skene is Chair of Cardboard Citizens, Vice President of the Nureyev Foundation and a Trustee of the Athena Dance Trust.  An experienced arts manager, she has been chief executive of both Ballet Rambert and the English Shakespeare Company and Director of the Arts Foundation, a charity that gives Fellowships to artists in all disciplines.  More recently she has worked as a freelance consultant for, amongst others, Dance UK, the Rayne Foundation and Arts Council England. 

Her non-executive appointments have included President of the Theatrical Management Association, Trustee of NESTA and Friends of the V&A, a non-executive Director of Royal United Hospital NHS Trust and of Bath Theatre Royal, and Chair of the Arvon Foundation, Rambert Dance Company, Free Word and the Stephen Spender Trust.  From 1992-2000 she was a member of the Arts Council of England, chairing its Dance and then Lottery Panels. She was awarded a CBE in the 2000 Birthday Honours List for services to the arts, especially dance.

Prue is a Governance Associate of the Clore Leadership Programme and in 2007 initiated a Board Development programme for that organisation which she has subsequently led, delivering Board awaydays for over 50 organisations throughout Britain and training days in which around 170 Chairs, Board members and CEOs of cultural organisations have participated.  She also gives governance sessions on the Clore Short Courses and to many individual arts organisations.

Tom Wilcox

Partner, Counterculture

Tom Wilcox is Senior Partner at Counterculture, a specialist strategic and financial consultancy providing finance/accounting, governance, business and strategic planning, capital projects, HR, fundraising and IT services to the arts, creative enterprises and charities. Tom’s clients include Tate, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, De La Warr Pavilion, Rambert Dance Company and the Lakeland Art Trust.

Tom started his career in higher education, before moving to PriceWaterhouseCoopers' charity/public sector department. He has subsequently worked in the arts including at Arts Council England, The Poetry Society, Siobhan Davies Dance Company and Whitechapel Gallery; where he spent almost seven years in the role of Managing Director, completing a £13m expansion of the gallery in April 2009.

Tom is a Fellow Chartered Company Secretary and qualified accountant. With a strong interest in the arts and the public realm, Tom is a trustee of Gallery Estates Trust. He is also a Clore Governance Associate, and a musician/producer.

What difference will the course make to you?

“Very rewarding and insightful.  Invigorating.” (Chair)

By the end of the day, participants will::

  • Be up-to-speed on current developments in governance;
  • Have plenty of best-practice examples of effective governance from across the arts and culture sector;
  • Have considered the relationship between the Chair and CEO/Artistic Director, reviewed whether it is working, and whether anything could be changed;
  • Have received specific guidance and advice from governance experts;
  • Have a practical toolkit to respond to the issues facing your board/organisation.

“Right pace, relevant; good presentations; excellent stories; time to reflect with other arts organisations.  Investing in board training is time well spent.” (CEO)

Who can apply?

The Board Development Programme is funded by Arts Council England and is available to National Portfolio organisations based in England including those awarded National Portfolio status in the latest round of funding (2018-2022).

How to apply

You can fill in our application form here. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 30th November 2017.

Governance Guide

Earlier this summer, 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. You might be interested in downloading it here.


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