Training & Events

Board Matters | Introduction to being a Board Member

Do you have new trustees on your Board or have you taken on a trustee role yourself? If so, this is an essential course for launching or refreshing your Board career.

C&BS Head of Board Development, Catriona Reynolds, takes new trustees and Board members through their paces in two information-packed, hands-on sessions.

Session 1: Wednesday 9 October 2024 | 4pm-7pm
Session 2: Wednesday 16 October 2024 | 4pm-7pm

What will you learn?

Over the two three-hour online sessions, you’ll explore:

• duties of charitable trustees/board members
• different roles and responsibilities of board members and staff
• meeting management and decision-making
• advocacy and fundraising responsibilities
• the trustee’s role in strategic planning
• understanding the finances

Who is it for?

New trustees and Board members seeking an introduction to their roles and responsibilities. Each session will be a blend of slide presentation, practical exercises carried out in smaller groups, and whole group feedback and discussion.

A reading list, with all material available online, is provided in advance of each session to give you background information on different topics. Copies of any exercises will also be sent out in advance so that you can read them and, where appropriate, print them out before taking part.

Highly recommended. Take time to read the material and around the subject and make the most of the opportunity. You'd be very fortunate to get on the course.
Course participant, Pier Arts Centre, Orkney

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 Phillips 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 and Chair of Bloody Scotland (Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival).


Date: Wednsay 9 October 2024 & Wednesday 16 October 2024
Time: 4pm-7pm
£120 + VAT for C&BS members,
£190 + VAT for non-members
Category: Training Courses


Catriona Reynolds



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