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Welcome to Lead On – the new quarterly Newsletter from the Clore Leadership Programme, which seeks to explore, stimulate and share perspectives on the issues impacting the leadership of culture in current times. For this edition, our theme is governance as leadership.

What are those issues, I’ve been pondering? Are they universal to us all, or do the specifics of sector, geography, resources or mission bring different resonances and impact? The world of politics throws up deep uncertainties; so much of the economy appears fragile; and societal and technological evolutions are rapid and persistent. Where best to anchor our ambitions? We are all seeking ‘resilience’ but where does that search take the independent artist, the organisational leader, or the sector activist? Is there common ground? And what leadership navigation tools will help us find it? 

With our ambition to strengthen the leadership of culture, these questions are at the core of our thinking at the Clore Leadership Programme. We want to ensure we are embracing the most pertinent issues, questioning current norms and creating the next paradigm – it’s our business to be engaged, to stimulate, and to explore.

Engaging in leadership development is certainly not for the faint-hearted... 



Brain fuel

In this still relevant blog from last year David Jubb of the BAC discusses the board's role in artistic risk through the case study of Artistic Director Emma Rice and The Globe theatre. 

Whilst its focus is on corporate governance there are plenty of useful gems in this HBR piece on What Makes Great Boards Great. 

Russell Reynolds Associates investigate changing expectations of UK culture boards in Assuming a professional mantle: UK arts boards examined. 



Spotlight on: Cornwall Museums Partnership

Left: Fun Palaces at Falmouth Art Gallery, photography Matt Chivers

Formed in 2015, Cornwall Museums Partnership (CMP) is a CIO run by Clore Fellow Emmie Kell. It exists to help museums in Cornwall to thrive. For the last 18 months, supported by HLF and ACE, it has delivered a series of programmes to support improved governance in museums, culminating in a tailored programme to help cultural organisations put the best practise of modern governance into action. Based on the Charity Governance Code, CMP’s new Leadership KitemarkTM has been informed by the 12 principles of collaborative change leadership developed by Cornwall’s Change Maker, Dr Tehmina Goskar. To find our more contact
News & Reports

Achieving Good Governance: A Challenge of our Time, an independent Strategic Review of the governance development needs of arts organisations and museums.

Governance in the Arts and Museums: a Practical Guide, Clore Leadership's Governance Associates Prue Skene, Tom Wilcox and Keith Arrowsmith have created this toolkit of useful resources for Trustees and staff who work with boards.

Leading with Intent: the 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices tracks trends in US nonprofit board leadership since 1994. 

Programmes & Events

Clore Short Course June 2018 

4 - 15 Jun, 2018

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Clore Chair/CEO Training Days 

Jan 25, Feb 13 and Mar 15, 2018

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Governance & Managing Artistic Risk: Trustee Week Live Twitter Chat with Prue Skene & Lady Sainsbury

Tue, 14 Nov, 4:30pm - 5:30pm GMT

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Meet the current cohort of 2017-18 Clore Fellows.
Fellowship applications for 2018-19 will open in December.
Chair of the Board, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

BALTIC is seeking a new Chair to lead the Board, Executive Team and organisation into and through the next critical stages of its development. It is expected that the new Chair will have a proven and impressive track record of strategic leadership, business acumen, effective communication and representational skills, empathy and enthusiasm for BALTIC’s vision and an ability to command respect amongst regional stakeholders and national decision makers in the public and private sectors. The Trust is looking for an individual who has the skills and interests to help us identify and exploit new opportunities, as well as the ability to support the Director and senior management team to take BALTIC to the next stage of its development.


Chair of Trustees, Corali Dance Company

Corali Dance Company is seeking a new chair of trustees to join its board in early 2018. Corali is a sector leader in learning disability-led arts. Our collaborative practice is well-established and highly regarded.  Now is a really exciting time to be part of Corali. We are growing in lots of ways and in April 2018 we join the Arts Council's National Portfolio for the first time. We are looking for a chair to provide strong leadership and support during this next stage of our journey. If you are interested, please visit the homepage of our website for an information pack. We'd love to hear from you!


Chair, Maya Productions

Maya Productions are looking for someone to lead our board of trustees and help us make diverse theatre that creates change; socially, politically and culturally. Our vision is of a world where people of all ages, abilities, culture and classes have the opportunity to experience theatre and we are looking for someone to champion this ethos. A successful candidate will have experience of working in one or more of the following: the creative industries; heritage; fundraising; business; governance; education; and strategic management sectors.


Share Your Views

Do you currently sit on a Board? Do you plan to in the future? Fill out our quick poll now! Results will be published in the next edition of Lead On. 

Graphs and a breakdown of governance training available in England and Wales give a helpful overview in our recent strategic review of governance. Download here.

Lead On is edited by Petia Tzanova. Click 'reply' if you have comments, enquiries or suggestions for future editions. 
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