Season 2: “Remaking”
Episode 5: Enhancing board oversight to transform cultural impact
Thanks for listening to The Gathering, a podcast for artists and creatives from Arts Lancashire.
This season is all about remaking and remodelling the role and work of artists and creatives in a Covid world, and the practicalities of creating and delivering at a distance.
We talk about working within the new restrictions, where the opportunities are, how to rip up the rule book and why it’s more important than ever to ensure that our artistic practice, our places and spaces, and opportunities to make and participate are consistently inclusive and representative.
In Episode 5 of Series 2, we’re joined by Jonathan Mayes from Clore Leadership’s Governance Alliance and Matt Wilde, Director of Blaze Arts, to explore how the pandemic, and the many issues around social injustice, has impacted on the work of trustees and the relationships between boards and the operational teams of cultural organisations.
It’s never been more important to have good governance, but now that the pressure is on for boards to provide real time responses to the challenges brought by Covid, how does that affect decision making?
As we dive into the nuanced issues facing trustees in this moment, we consider how board structure impacts on attitude to risk and influences strategy and programming. We look at how a more considered approach to board recruitment can ensure more diversity and a better representation of the community it serves. We talk about how the alignment of individual motivations with organisational objectives creates space for all parties to grow and tackle we the age old question of whether board members should be paid and what it might mean if they were.
Jonathan Mayes from Clore Leadership’s Governance Alliance
Matt Wilde, Director of Blaze Arts
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