Training & Events

Chair Matters

Mihaela Bodlovic, 2019

Established by Culture & Business Scotland in partnership with Creative Scotland, Chair Matters aims to bring together and provide a valuable network for the Chairs of Creative Scotland funded organisations. 


2023 autumn events:

This autumn we will be running two Chair Matters events with the theme of Negotiating the New Funding Landscape. With the new Multi-Year Funding just around the corner, Chairs and board members of Creative Scotland funded organisations are no doubt wondering what it might mean for their organisations. Will it provide the security they are looking for, or will it require a re-think about the future? Facilitating both sessions will be culture and heritage strategic leaders Jeanie Scott and Reyahn King of Culture Radar.


Managing Change – broaching challenging concepts around aligning to new funding priorities while managing the discomfort of uncertainty.

Date: Tuesday 12 September 2023

Time: 5.15pm – 7.45pm

Location: Edinburgh


Managing Risk – planning for the unknown with confidence in our reputational, financial and environmental decision-making.

Date: Thursday 23 November 2023

Time: 5.15pm – 7.45pm

Location: Glasgow


Chair Matters provides Chairs with the opportunity to explore topics and to share common issues and experiences relevant to their role. 

Please note that these events are invitation-only and aimed at Chairs of arts organisations funded by Creative Scotland. To check if you are eligible, receive more information or register to take part in our Chair Matters forums, please contact Catriona Reynolds, Head of Board Development, by emailing


Looking for more governance information? Follow the link to our Governance resources. 

It was an absolute pleasure to be part of the session and to learn from others and their valuable insights.
Session participant, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre 

Meet the trainer

Catriona Reynolds

Head of Board Development, Culture & Business Scotland

Joining Culture & Business Scotland in 2007, Catriona’s role is to support capacity building in the culture sector, particularly in the areas of governance and management, through specialist skills training and engaging business organisations to share skills with arts and heritage organisations.

Head of Fundraising and Sponsorship at Scottish Opera for 10 years prior to joining us, Catriona also worked with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, with a range of membership responsibilities. A graduate in History of Art from the University of Aberdeen, she began her career as a paintings valuer with Philiips Fine Art Auctioneers. Catriona is a formidably experienced board member in the charitable sector and is currently a Trustee of the The Royal Society for the Support of Women in Scotland, a Director of Bloody Scotland (Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival) and Chair of Kelvin Choir.

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