Training & Events

Introduction to being a Board Member

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

Catriona’s course covers everything you need to know to launch your Board career. Over two three-hour online sessions, you’ll explore: 

  • Duties of charitable trustees/board members 
  • The different roles and responsibilities of board members and staff 
  • Meeting management and decision making 
  • Advocacy and fundraising 
  • Your role in strategic planning 
  • Understanding the finances

A reading list (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. Each session will be a blend of slide presentation, practical exercises carried out in smaller groups, and whole group feedback and discussion. 

Ideal if… you have new trustees who have joined your Board recently, are taking on a trustee role for the first time yourself or are simply looking for a refresher. 

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

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.
Session 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 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.


Date: Thursday 7 & Thursday 14 September
Time: 4pm–7pm
£110 +VAT for members (Culture),
£180 +VAT for members (Business),
£180 +VAT for non-members (Culture),
£300 +VAT for non-members (Business)
Category: Board Matters


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