The search is on to recruit the Midlands’ brightest young professionals as part of a scheme to help the boards of UK arts and cultural organisations shake off their “male, stale and pale” image.
Young Professionals on Arts Boards is an innovative programme helping to counter the issue of a lack of diversity on boards.
The scheme is run by the organisation Arts & Business which attempts to bring the worlds of commerce and culture together to form partnerships.
The search is now on to recruit eight of the Midlands’ brightest and best young professionals to take part in the 2009/10 programme.
Aged between 18 and 30, each recruit is placed onto the board of a professional arts organisation to gain valuable board experience at an early stage in their careers.
Young Professionals on Arts Boards allows individuals to develop skills in areas such as strategic management, leadership and creative thinking, all of which are desirable qualities to take back into the day job, and at the same time offers an enjoyable and rewarding way of meeting social responsibilities within the region’s vibrant cultural sector.
James Coleman, director of Birmingham-based design agency Supercool, was placed with C&T theatre company through the scheme last year.
“Having worked for clients within the cultural sector, Young Professionals on Arts Boards interested me as it offered a great opportunity to work with an organisation from a different perspective and to understand more about the workings and challenges of a not-for-profit organisation,” he said.
“Initially I had very little idea which sort of organisation I wanted to be placed with but I’m now a proud board member of C&T, a theatre group based in Worcester which works with young people using drama and technology.
“I hope I’ve made a valuable contribution to the organisation so far as well as making some really good friends.
“I’m so pleased to have taken part in the programme as board membership means that you can really make a difference within an organisation using the skills from professional life.
“I had no idea I would be as committed to my paired organisation, but I’m sure I’ll continue my involvement with C&T for years to come.”
Gavin Buckley, regional director of Arts & Business, said: “Very few professionals get the opportunity to add board experience to their CV at such an early stage in their career.
“This is a unique opportunity for eight young professionals to do precisely that.”
To find out more about this opportunity, contact Carolyn Pugh at Arts & Business on 0121 248 1200 or firstname.lastname@example.org