Board Pioneer Event

Board Pioneer Event

A few months ago Stellar Quines put a call out for applications to become a Board Pioneer and sit on our Board for a year to gain experience and see how a Board operates. We received a tremendous response with over 50 applications – all of which were extremely good and it was a hard decision. So hard that instead of one Board Pioneer we appointed two!

Shilpa T-Hyland and Jackie Crichton are our Board Pioneers and we are delighted to welcome them to Stellar Quines.

But what about the rest of the applicants? Jemima Levick decided that she would like to give the other applicants the opportunity to come along to an event hosted by Stellar Quines to learn more about being on a Board.

We hosted the event in The Lyceum rehearsal room with around 25 young women attending. The opening session was presented by Miles Harrison and was a very informative session on what a Board does and the relationship it has with the Artistic Director/CEO of the organisation.

Mary Paulson-Ellis, author & Stellar Quines Board Member, who tackled the subject of pulling together a Business Plan/Strategy to present to a Board, led the second session. She had two willing volunteers in Jenny Gilvear and Shilpa T-Hyland (our Board Pioneer) to discuss the process of pulling together their own business plan for their company Modest Predicament 

The third and final session was a group sharing when Jemima and Miles were joined by a fantastic line-up of Artistic Directors, CEO’s and Board Members including Julie Ellen (Macroberts Arts Centre), Jude Doherty (Grid Iron), Lisa Sangster (Designer/The Envelope Room & Stellar Quines Board member) and Claire Dow (Creative Theatre & Events Producer).

They shared invaluable experiences of working with Boards and also being part of a Board and making difficult decisions but also the rewards of being part of the successes of an organisation.

The event was also attended by representatives from Arts & Business Scotland and Changing the Chemistry and we have been approached by other arts organisations that are interested in introducing the Board Pioneer Scheme. Watch this space.

Meet Jackie Crichton, Board Pioneer