Training Opportunity

Governance 101

New to governance in arts organisations? Or already involved and looking for a refresher? This session will cover the key areas to consider.

This workshop, at The Beehive in Honiton, is aimed at individuals looking to understand more about the governance of arts, cultural and heritage organisations. You may be a Trustee, on an advisory board or steering group, or interested in joining any of those.

The aims of the session are to:

  • Create a better understanding of Governance – and especially Good Governance
  • Review the Charity Governance Code
  • Consider how the code is currently being applied
  • Clarify the role of individual trustees and the collective role of the board
  • Review what’s expected of a Chair
  • Consider board members’ skills and motivations
  • Start to identify any gaps in skills, experience and expertise
  • Begin to create a timeline for any changes needed

Pre-session Preparation

If you have time, please take a look at the following:

Please also consider:

  • Your motivation for being a trustee
  • What skills and connections you bring to the Board

This session will be delivered by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy associate Nicola Nuttall and is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.


Nicola has worked in the wider cultural sector for 30 years, starting in archaeology and the built heritage, before specialising in museum and gallery strategy, governance, advocacy, engagement, and fundraising. A consultant since 1997, Nicola has worked with over 90 clients ranging from national museums and heritage organisations to small volunteer led charities and universities. She is currently the part-time Director of the Charles Causley Trust, a mentor, trainer and advisor to the Association of Independent Museums, Heritage Compass, Cause 4 and the Universities of Exeter, Plymouth, and Falmouth.

A passionate advocate for societal change through culture, Nicola has advised local and national governments on the social and economic impact of culture over many years. She has just started a part-time Masters in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths University, London.


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