REACH A CERTAIN prominence in public life and you might be welcomed to become a non-executive director. For social eminence, there is absolutely nothing quite like joining the board of a cultural organisation.
“On Board: The Expert’s Guide to Making it through Life in the Boardroom” is a beneficial primer for any board member. “There is no distinction between governance on a corporate board and an arts board,” he states.
The book likewise gives an inside glimpse of the political fights that were fought over the future of venerable organizations such as the British Museum, English National Opera and the National Portrait Gallery. Cultural boards face a constant tension between the requirement to get financing from the government and the artistic aspirations of their executives, an issue made even thornier by the need to fix falling apart or outdated …