Introduction to being a Board Member Course (sold out)

Registration: 16:00 | Event 16:00 - 19:00


Online course

This essential course for the new board member/trustee is taking place online, with each course run over 2 sessions a week apart.

Wednesday 7 September, 16:00 - 19:00

Wednesday 14 September, 16:00 - 19:00

Do you have new trustees who have joined you in recent months, or perhaps you have taken on a trustee role for the first time yourself? Covering everything you need to get you launched on your board career – and still useful if you would like a refresher – over the 2 sessions the course will include:

  • Duties of charitable trustees/board members
  • The different roles and responsibilities of board members and staff
  • Meeting management and decision making
  • Advocacy and fundraising
  • Your role in strategic planning
  • Understanding the finances


Each session will be delivered with a blend of slide presentation, practical exercises done in smaller groups, and whole group feedback and discussion.

A reading list (all material available online) will be provided in advance of each session to provide participants with background information to support the relevant topic. Copies of any exercises will also be sent in advance so that participants can read them in advance and have them available printed or on-screen.

There will be 12 places on this course.


About the Trainer

Catriona Reynolds is Head of Governance and Engagement at Arts & Business Scotland and has been organising and delivering governance training and support for the cultural sector for over 13 years. She is an experienced board member in the charitable sector herself; formerly a Director of The Merchants House of Glasgow, the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society and Chair of Kelvin Choir (a local community choir she helped to set up in 2009), she is currently Chair of The Royal Society for the Support of Women of Scotland, and a Director of Bloody Scotland (Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival).




£100 +VAT for Arts & Business Scotland members


£140 + VAT for non-members (Culture) - Professionals working in not-for-profit arts, heritage, culture, third & public sectors.

£180 + VAT for non-members (Corporate) - Professionals working in private sector organisations and businesses.

Find out about Arts & Business Scotland membership.

We have a limited number of concessions for people who are unwaged or unemployed. These concessions are subject to availability, and eligibility and proof of concession status must be provided at the point of booking. To enquiry about availability and book a concessionary ticket, please contact us at


Quotes from past participants:

“Broken down into manageable chunks, all areas covered, nice size group, plenty of opportunities to ask questions. The exercises were very helpful.”

“Highly recommend. Take time to read the material & around the subject and make the most of the opportunity. You'd be very fortunate to get on the course.”

“The course has made me far more confident about taking on the role and for that I sincerely thank you.”

“Catriona was great! On a complete mission to help you understand and learn. Her references to her own experience were really good realistic examples.”


Cancellation policy:

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 1 week before the event date with a full refund. After this date a 100% cancellation charge will apply. Substitutions (ie transferring your place to another person) for the course or event booked can be made free of charge at any time.

Arts & Business Scotland reserves the right to cancel any event or course two weeks prior to the event date. You will be entitled to a full refund or given the opportunity to transfer to an alternative date. However, we regret we cannot refund any travel or accommodation costs incurred.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to change the date, time or venue at any time prior to the course or event. If this happens, you will be given the opportunity to cancel or transfer to an alternative date.

Arts & Business Scotland reserves the right to amend the content of the programme of speakers where necessary.