Prospering Boards governance support programme


Whether its reviewing basic good practice or dealing with complex challenges, AIM’s Prospering Boards governance support programme offers the opportunity to work with one of our experienced and expert consultants.

“Having an outside expert opinion was most useful. Having to think about and explain the successes and problems to an outsider with no for-knowledge was also a useful exercise. The resulting guidance and support was invaluable and will stand the trust in good stead for the future.”

You can apply for two days of online support focused on the following areas:

  • Planning for the future – skills auditing and succession planning:
    Get help identifying skills strengths and gaps, reviewing current recruitment and succession practices and developing a recruitment and succession plan for bringing in new trustees and managing succession longer term.
  • Recruiting new Trustees or recruiting a Chair of Trustees:
    We can help by advising on and supporting the development of role descriptions and person specification, recruitment pack, advert and sources, criteria for selection and interviewing
  • Sharing the load – trustee roles and responsibilities:
    Introducing trustee roles and responsibilities, reviewing individual roles and drawing up role descriptions.
  • Sharing the load – effective delegation:
    Developing a consistent delegation framework to sub-committees and museum staff and accountable reporting structures.
  • Health check – is your governing document up to date?
    Support to review whether your governing document fit for purpose for your current organisation.
  • Supporting the Chair:
    Coaching and individual support for a Chair of Trustees

We can also provide more bespoke consultancies so if your Board of Trustees would like help in any other way then please get in touch.

The programme is open to AIM member museums in England as this work is funded by Arts Council England. We may be able to support AIM members outside England who can demonstrate that they urgently need support so please do get in touch.

Applicant museums will usually either be Accredited or working towards Accreditation. We are also able to offer support to non-Accredited museums where they can demonstrate that the support will enable them to move forward to apply for Accreditation. We give priority to museums that are not NPOs.

How does it work?

Museums considering an application should contact Margaret Harrison for a preliminary discussion:

If we can support your request, we will put you in touch with one of our consultants for an initial exploratory discussion, after which we’ll ask you to fill in a short application form. In addition to basic details about your museum we will ask you:

  • What is the main area of focus for developing your Board?
  • What is the main outcome you would like to achieve?
  • The agreed scope of work with the consultant and timetable for this
  • How will you ensure that all Trustees are engaged with this process?

We will expect all applications to be supported by the Chair of Trustees and that they will participate in the consultancy.

Successful applicants will be required to confirm that they accept our Terms and Conditions.

At the end of the project, the consultant will assist you to write a short end of project report, including actions you plan to take. We will also ask you to take part in any evaluation we may carry out and if possible, share your experiences through a case study. We recognise that this may not always be possible if there are confidential issues involved.

Our consultants:

We work with experienced consultants, based across England, with a diverse range of skills and experience. If you would particularly like to work with a specific consultant, do let us know.

Click here to see the list of Prospering Boards consultants>>

Applications are now closed but check back for news of the Prospering Boards programme in 2022. You can see what other AIM grants are open for applications here. And click here to sign up for eNews to be the first to hear about all aspects of AIM support. 

Applications will be assessed by AIM staff and referred to AIM Council if appropriate. We will also discuss your application with colleagues in Museum Development, if appropriate.

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