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Arts and Business Scotland: Together at the top - the Chair and CEO relationship

Date 27 September 2022
Time 15:30 - 18.15
Venue Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR
Organiser Arts & Business Scotland





£20 + VAT

About the Event

Who plays what role, and how can you create a mutually supportive environment to help your organisation thrive?

The CEO and Chair relationship – how can you create a mutually supportive environment to thrive? This event is for chairs of Scottish heritage & mixed arts/heritage charities.

Arts & Business Scotland’s Building Capacity: Developing Skills programme is providing fantastic opportunities for Chairs of heritage or mixed arts/heritage organisations to network and learn from experts and peers in a mini-series called ‘The Heritage Chairs Network Exchange’.

The sessions focus on challenges chairs might be facing having come out of lockdown, and the wider context organisations need to respond to. The sessions will bring together chairs to allow participants to expand their peer networks and share experience.

We will cover:

A good Chair/CEO relationship is crucial to a successful organisation and requires openness and honesty on both sides. Catherine Holden will examine the leadership role played by each and how to develop an effective professional relationship. Open and confidential discussion will enable exploration of different approaches to this sometimes sensitive issue. At this event you’ll understand what the respective roles are of the chair, board and CEO, and what you can do to create a working environment that is mutually supportive.

Governance and strategy expert Catherine will facilitate this learning event and workshop, bringing her own experience as chair of Craft Scotland and Trustee for Clore Leadership, Art UK and Fruitmarket in Edinburgh.

Joining Catherine, to share insights on the 'Chair and CEO' dynamic and how they can successfully work together will be:

  • Irene Kernan (Director of Craft Scotland)
  • Ruth Plowden (Chair of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust)
  • Ali Bowden (Director of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust)
  • Jude Barber (Interim Chair of Glasgow Women’s Library)
  • Sue John (Director of Operations, Resources and Enterprise at Glasgow Women’s Library)

This is a Chair-only event.

Places are filling up fast, so register today to avoid disappointment.

Networking and presented material

This is an interactive session – you will have the opportunity to share ideas and network with fellow chairs of Heritage and Mixed Arts/Heritage organisations before the session, during the workshops and afterwards. An attendee list will be distributed prior to the event.

Materials presented will be made digitally available after the event.

The agenda:

Content will include:

  • Registration and networking from 15.30
  • Start at 16.00
  • Welcome by Arts & Business Scotland
  • Presentation by Catherine Holden
  • Break-outs
  • Presentation by guest speaker/s
  • Q&A
  • Networking at 17.45
  • Event ends at 18.15

Coffees and teas will be available throughout.

Register online