Bath Festivals

Governance at the local festival charity

Bath Festivals
Bath Festivals

Who is your chair?

Jane Drabble, former director of education at the BBC, became chair at the end of 2009. She is director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, a governor of the Royal Ballet Companies, a board member at the Royal Shakespeare Company, a member of the Capability Review Team for the Cabinet Office and chair of the Arts Award Partnership Board for Arts Council England and Trinity Guildhall.

How many trustees are there?

Eleven, all of whom are unpaid.

How often does the board meet?

Six times a year, but with extra meetings when important issues arise. There was also a trustee-only evening, which was independently facilitated, in December. The board broke off into small groups and had time to discuss governance issues; these can get sidelined at our regular meetings.

What did the last governance review conclude?

In a meeting in December the board agreed a set of principles to ensure complete transparency. It concluded that any conflicts of interest should always be declared at the start of every meeting and that members should consider stepping down if the conflict is substantial.

What is the board talking about at the moment?

It is looking to boost fundraising by securing corporate giving as well as donations from individuals. We have already improved our relationships with our stakeholders and raised our profile with local organisations.

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