For Organisations

Would you like to develop your approach to governance to be more inclusive? Do you want to be part of a community of learning to improve diversity on boards in the arts, culture and heritage sectors? Are you ready for your organisation to lead change and influence others?

The Future Boards Accelerator programme offers opportunities for both individuals and organisations in the West Midlands to be part of making change in the cultural sector with a focus on board diversity and inclusive governance. 
The programme will run from the end of August to December 2024.

The offer...

For organisations the offer is simple:

  • Be part of a community of learning with 23 other organisations in the West Midland

  • Take part in workshops, peer learning and training focussed on inclusive governance, with no financial cost attached

  • Meet and network with 24 young aspiring leaders taking part in a parallel development programme

  • Develop your inclusive practice to ensure your board is fully representative of the voices you want to place at the core of your organisation, in line with your values and vision

The programme will include contributors, speakers and facilitators from within and beyond the West Midlands who bring a range of experiences and perspectives. 
We are looking for 24 organisations to take part in the programme, running from the end of August to the end of December 2024. We strongly encourage that each organisation commit one member of senior leadership and one trustee to take part in this programme. 
We are looking for organisations that:
  • Are based in the West Midlands Combined Authority areas (Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton)

  • Have demonstrable experience of developing or improving access and inclusive practice in their organisation

  • Are committed to professional development for leaders and trustees

  • Are seeking to expand or diversify their board or governance in the next two years

  • Have leaders who self identify as Global Majority/ Black/ Asian Heritage; a person living with a disability; experiencing socio-economic disadvantage


We will also look to offer places to organisations from a range of geographical locations, organisation size and art forms. 

How To Apply

In order to apply for the programme please visit complete the online form below. Or you can respond to the questions below by video or audio and email your recording to Clare Thurman To read the questions in a word document please click below.
We kindly request that you also complete an equal opportunities monitoring form as part of your application. This data will be held separately to your application 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 complete the equal opportunities form
Click here to view the application questions

Key Dates

Application deadline                           19 July

Successful candidates notified        30 July

Access Support

We are committed to making this programme application process accessible to everyone.
If you need assistance completing your application or have any questions about this programme, please contact Clare Thurman at
This programme is made possible with support from the West Midlands Combined Authority.