MDNW Board Development Programme 2016-17

Museum Development North West have developed this free programme designed to support museum boards to fulfil their potential through achieving, maintaining and improving strong and effective governance to ensure organisational resilience.

If you are committed to developing strategic board improvements, this programme will help through the provision of specialist support from experienced consultants.

The programme will feature in-depth and Independent Governance Assessments which are available to boards of Accredited museums across the North West. These will be completed through:

  1. Background reading of participating organisations, including: business plan; governing document; minutes for previous year and two most recent full board papers; all policies and procedures; any funding agreements
  2. A questionnaire to be completed by all board members to establish the skills and profile of the board; individual views of the board’s strengths and weaknesses and their understanding of the role.
  3. Separate meetings with the chair and CEO.
  4. Observation of a board meeting.

The findings will be presented to each museum as a report and take into account the size and capacity of the organisations involved with realistic recommendations offered. The report will also give the boards information as to whether they meet the standards and expectations of funding bodies, partners, Local Authorities and other key stakeholders.

The reports will be confidential and redacted reports will be shared with MDNW, with board approval, to enable effective evaluation of the programme’s impact. Sensitive information will not be published or shared.

Expressions of Interest forms can be found here, & should be submitted to Kaye Hardyman, Museum Development Officer, by the 29th April 2016. Governance Assessments will be completed no later than March 2017.


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