Prue Skene CBE

Head Governance Associate

Prue Skene is Chair of Cardboard Citizens, Vice President of the Nureyev Foundation and a Trustee of the Rosie Kay Dance Company. 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 Clore Leadership and in 2007 initiated a Board Development programme for that organisation which she has subsequently led, delivering Board awaydays for over 120 organisations throughout Britain and training days in which around 300 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. She is co-author of Governance in the arts and museums: a practical guide which can be downloaded here: and her book, Capital Gains: How the National Lottery transformed England’s Arts was published in October 2017.