What is good governance for theatres?

Part of the Resilient Theatres: Resilient Communities project, this webinar will provide an introduction or refresher on the topic of governance.

How are decisions made in your theatre organisation, and who is held accountable for them? How well does your organisation deliver its objectives and how is its performance optimised?

Understanding what good governance is and how to practice it helps answer these questions. Governance is a systemic approach rather than a single activity or function, and when it’s done well it supports the organisation and its employees. It helps manage risk and major challenges like economic shortfalls or government policy changes, and ensures your organisation is operating legally, ethically, sustainably, and successfully.

In this first year of the Resilient Theatres: Resilient Communities project, nine Theatres at Risk groups participated in group training on governance delivered by expert facilitator and consultant, Laura Norris. During this webinar Laura will talk about some of the governance topics covered during the training, such as trustee recruitment.

Training participant Samantha Kelly, chair of Victoria Theatre in Salford, Greater Manchester will share how her views about governance have changed as a result of the training and how Salford Victoria Theatre Trust is approaching equality, diversity and inclusion.

Siân Eagar, Theatres at Risk Advisor and Resilient Theatres: Resilient Communities Programme Manager will provide an overview of governance principles such as leadership, decision-making and risk. Siân will offer practical tools to help focus your governance practice on fulfilling your organisation’s purpose and vision.

The webinar will be hosted and chaired by Claire Appleby, Architecture Adviser.

Who is this webinar for?

The webinar will provide an introduction to governance and will also serve as a refresher for those who are familiar with it. It will be suitable for trustees, HR professionals, newly appointed chief executives, campaign groups and anyone in a leadership role in a not-for-profit organisation.

You can reserve your free place now.

Speaker biography

Laura Norris has 25 years’ experience of working in the heritage sector and a double degree in Architectural History and Psychology from University of Edinburgh. She has worked as CEO of two major building preservation trusts and during that time, has overseen several mergers, creations and terminations of charities. As an experienced heritage consultant, Laura has assisted numerous charities and delivered contracts funded by Social Enterprise Academy and Theatres Trust.

Thanks to our funders

Resilient Theatres: Resilient Communities is made possible thanks to a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund as well as funding from the Pilgrim Trust and Swire Charitable Trust.

Series of logos from National Lottery Heritage Fund, Pilgrim Trust, Swire Charitable Trust, Theatres Trust

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