For Individuals

Would you like to shape the work of your local arts, culture and heritage organisations? Do you want to build your skills and confidence to support you in your next steps? Do you want your voice to be heard?

The Future Boards Accelerator programme is open for recruitment, and we want to hear from anyone who is interested in finding out more about organisational leadership, steering groups and governance in the cultural sector, and how to make sure you have a seat at the table.
The programme will include a series of workshops, training sessions, masterclasses and visits as well as individual coaching and mentoring.  It is being delivered by people make it work and will include contributors, speakers and facilitators from within and beyond the West Midlands who bring a range of experiences and perspectives. 
The programme will run from the end of August to December 2024.

What will you get out of doing this programme?

  • Grow your professional networks through meeting a range of people from different organisations
  • Gain skills to support your future career
  • Learn about how organisations work and how you can get involved
  • Meet a group of other people on a similar development journey and benefit from peer learning
  • Gain clarity on what you want to do next with support from coaching and mentoring

Who is it for?

We are looking for two cohorts of 12 participants to take part in the programme, running from the end of August to the end of December 2024. 
We are looking for people who:
  • Live or work in the West Midlands Combined Authority areas (Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton)
  • Have some experience in the cultural sector (1-year minimum)
  • Would like to help shape and influence the work of arts, culture and/or heritage organisations in a role outside of core paid work 
  • Committed to professional development
  • Age 20-35
  • Have not previously been on a board in the cultural sector
  • Self identify as having experienced barriers to progression in the arts, culture and/or heritage sectors or identify with a protected characteristic: Global Majority/ Black/ Asian Heritage; a person living with a disability; experiencing socio-economic disadvantage
We will also look to offer places to people from a range of geographical locations and with a range of types of experiences in the cultural sector (eg. producers, artists, administrators, freelancers and employed individuals).


Each participant on the programme will receive a £500 bursary to support their participation. This will be in addition to travel and accommodation expenses for the residential and organisation visit. 

Finding Out More

There will be a Webinar held online on 12th July 9am-10.30am. It is not compulsory to attend this event in order to apply for the programme. 
Click here to sign up to the Webinar

How To Apply

To apply for the programme please complete the online application form below.


You can also choose to respond by video or audio recording and these should be sent to Clare Thurman at  The questions to respond to can be viewed by following the link below.


We also kindly request that you complete an equal opportunities monitoring form as part of your application. This data will be held separately to the applications and will help us to ensure that we recruit a diverse range of participants.
Click here to complete the Online Application Form
Click here to view the Application Questions (for audio and video applicants)
Click here to complete the Equal Opportunities Form

Interview Process

We will invite shortlisted applicants to attend a group online interview. The group interview is intended to reflect the group dynamic of the programme, however, if you think that interviewing in a group will not work for you please let us know and we will find an alternative. Questions will be shared in advance.

Access Support

We are committed to making this programme application process accessible to everyone.
If you need assistance completing your application due to a disability or other access need, we can help.  Please contact Clare Thurman at to register for a support session.

Key Dates

Recruitment webinar:                       12 July

Application deadline:                        9 August

Interviews:                                                TBC

Successful candidates notified:    TBC

Residential 2 days:                             29/30 August

The rest of the programme will involve attendance at a half day or whole day event, either online or in person, roughly once a week throughout September, October and November. Half day in person events will be in the West Midlands.
If you have any questions about this programme please contact Clare on


If you are an organisation interested in developing more inclusive governance we are also recruiting for an organisation development strand of Future Boards Accelerator.
Find out more here
This programme is made possible with support from the West Midlands Combined Authority.