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Future Boards Accelerator – Want to get more involved with leading arts & culture organisations?

Client:  WMCA Cultural Leadership Board

Thought about being a Board Member?

Then the Future Boards Accelerator is the short course for you

What will you learn?

  • Why boards exist
  • How organisations make decisions at board level
  • What’s expected of Board Members
  • How you could contribute to a Board


The course will run from 17th February to 17th March 2023

This is a FREE course but to take part you will need to be available, in Birmingham, from 12.00 till 5pm on Friday 24th February and for an online Zoom session on Friday 3rd March from 3.30pm – 6pm

There will also be 3 personal 1-hour online coaching sessions – at times to suit you


A bursary of £500 to cover time away from paid employment/ other commitments.

The bursary will be paid in two payments:

£50     when you start on the course

£450   when you complete the course

Who are we looking for?

  1. Six people who would like to join a board
  2. People with some experience within the cultural sector (around 1-2 years’ experience)
  3. Aged 20 – 30
  4. Ideally, self-identify as any of the following: – Global Majority/ Black/ Asian Heritage; a person living with a disability; experiencing socio-economic disadvantage 

To Apply:

Please apply by 12.00 noon, Monday 13th February, by either:

  1. Video – Zoom recording, Loom or similar – maximum 3 minutes OR
  2. Written Form – maximum 300 words

Please let us know if you have any access needs. We are open to any other form of application, please contact us at to tell us how you would like to apply.

This training will be delivered by Dr Samina Zahir, a consultant, trainer, producer & curator who has been working in the arts & creative industries for over 20 years.  

This training programme is commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and initiated by the WMCA Cultural Leadership Board. 

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