Cultural Organisation Leadership – Exploring the dynamic between Chairs & CEOs

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A bespoke and pragmatic session which will help to give the Chairs and CEOs/Artistic Directors of organisations the tools they need to work effectively together, ensuring that their organisations can navigate the waters of artistic risk, strategic planning, financial control, and succession planning. The session will also be responding to the unique governance challenges faced by organisations as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The session will provide a grounding in the best practise of modern governance, with content tailored to the specific circumstances of participating organisations. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore the unique dynamics of the relationship between Chairs and CEOs/Artistic Directors, led by our experienced trainers and in discussion with sector colleagues.  By the end of the session you will:

  • Have plenty of best-practice examples of effective governance from across the arts and culture sector
  • Be sign-posted towards online resources that will help develop your mutual understanding of governance and the specific dynamics of the Chair and CEO/Artistic Director relationship
  • Have received specific guidance and advice from governance experts
  • Have considered the relationship between the Chair and CEO/Artistic Director, reviewed what is working well, and taken first steps in addressing any areas of concern


The timings of the session is from 10:00 – 12:00 and 16:30 – 17:30.

After the morning session from 10:00 - 12:00, the Chair and CEO have the opportunity to have a 1:1 conversation picking up on the learning before reconvening for the afternoon session which will be taking place from 16:30 - 17:30.

Who is it for?
This course is a priority for Chairs and CEOs/Artistic Directors of arts and cultural organisations who are interested, as a pair, in learning more about the principles of effective governance, and who are ready to interrogate their own practice in order to improve it. We are particularly keen to ensure that we are supporting Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations.

Due to the nature of the session, please be aware that a maximum of 12 organisations will be selected to participate.

Course Leaders:
Governance Associates Prue Skene and Tom Wilcox will be running this session. 

The fees are £50 - £100 per person depending on organisation size. Organisational members of the Cultural Governance Alliance receive a 10% discount. Successful organisations will be invoiced for this fee upon being accepted onto the course. The fee is non-refundable.

Fee Structure:

  • Band A: Large Organisation (200+ staff): £100+VAT per person
  • Band B: Mid-size Organisation (16-199 staff): £75+VAT per person
  • Band C: Small Organisations (1-15 staff): £50+VAT per person

The closing date for all applications is 5pm, Monday 14 June 2021.

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