Good governance means paying attention to the structure and systems that make venues sustainable and flexible.
The governance of a cultural venue offers opportunities for the board or strategic management team to be accessible to the public and to ensure that the value of their venue is clearly communicated.
Even more importantly, good governance involves a continuous review of governance documentation, structure, policies and procedures to ensure that the organisation is meeting or exceeding best practice.
The board of a well-governed cultural organisation:
- is focused on strategy and not day to day operations
- is engaged and enthusiastic, and contains a strong mix of diverse and relevant skills
- is prepared to restructure itself to manage and implement change
- publishes a simple but inspirational vision
- plans towards implementing this vision and reviews plan progress on a rolling basis
- ensures that the decisions of the board and their relationships with senior management are well-informed and well-documented
- sets realistic but ambitious, achievable but stretching targets for the organisation
- is porous and as transparent as possible
- welcomes external perspectives and is involved in the wider community
- engages in healthy, structured and well-directed debate