Strategic expertise and direction for the programme is provided through our Board. Led by our Chair, Stephen Boyce, membership of the group reflects expertise and experience in key areas of priority such as fundraising, natural environment and academic research. The Board meet approximately once a quarter. Through the Rising Arts Agency’s OnBoard programme, we recruited two people under 30 to join our board in January 2023. Our new board members will be supported by Rising Arts Agency for 12 months so that they feel fully able to share their ideas and contribute to strategic decisions.
A few words from our Chair on the role of our Board
The role of the Board is precisely as it says ‘on the tin’ – we aim to guide the work of the team by providing advice that’s informed and strategic. Our primary concern, of course, is to ensure that the needs of the South West’s extensive museum sector are well understood and that they’re fulfilled in the best possible way. This means listening to the sector and helping South West Museum Development add value to what happens on the ground.
We have a passion for history and heritage, a high regard for the work done by so many museums throughout the South West – whether run by volunteers, professional staff or major institutions – and we are all committed to enabling the sector to flourish through the strength and relevance of training, advice and other initiatives.
As a group we bring a wealth of professional experience of museums – large and small – as well as knowledge and expertise in related areas such as the environment, arts practice, higher education, funding and management. As far as possible our focus will be on the bigger picture and on focusing the work of South West Museum Development Programme to help museums thrive – so they can continue to make a major contribution to the region’s economic, social and cultural wellbeing.
Stephen Boyce – Chair