Board Shadowing Programme: Individuals
Our Board Shadowing Programme aims to increase the diversification of boards in mainstream theatres and arts organisations across the UK by bridging the gap between culturally diverse artists and leaders and board of directors.
This exchange learning programme will enable ADF members to develop skills, creative networks and grapple with real case scenarios to test out their executive decision-making skills. As well as enable organisations to assess their engagement, recruitment and board retention strategies.
We have developed a unique package of support, including shadowing time, induction sessions, meet the team days, governance training, networking and evaluation to ensure that our members gain a meaningful, informative, and valuable experience which will lead to positive changes for arts organisations and for the sector as a whole.
After completing the Yorkshire edition (venues), Anthony Almeida was offered trustee positions at 4 theatre venues. He became a trustee for Nottingham Playhouse in 2019. Eileen Bellot completed the London edition (theatre companies) and became a trustee for both Tamasha Theatre and Stage Sight.
The programme has been designed by the founder and artistic director of ADF, Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway who carried out a piloted version in London in 2017, in partnership with artsdepot, The Albany and Finborough Theatre.
artsdepot is delighted to be working in partnership with ADF. By welcoming ADF members to artsdepot and sharing our working practice at senior and Board level we hope artsdepot can continue to support the next generation of artistic leaders.Tracy Cooper, Chief Executive
“The Board shadowing opportunity through ADF was an extremely informative and educational experience. Having access to witness and understand how executive decisions are made within a theatre institution is essential for anyone interested in working in arts leadership and artsdepot has been incredibly welcoming. Shadowing a board and the events leading up to it, has hugely demystified the work of a theatre board for me and the experience has been very accessible all throughout”.Tessa Hart, ADF Member (Executive Director of Bread and Roses Theatre)