Young Leaders on Arts Boards

What is the Young Leaders on Arts Boards programme?

The Young Leaders on Arts Boards programme places up-and-coming talent onto the boards of local arts charities. We provide practical, hands-on strategic leadership experience, training, and support to equip Young Leaders aged 21- 35, with the skills to succeed. Through the programme you will build a network of new connections and we will work closely with you, discussing your personal passions and career goals, to ensure that you are placed in the right organisation, where you can work with maximum personal impact.

If you are more established in your career, we also have a Business Leaders on Arts Boards Programme.

Young Leaders on Arts Boards PDF

Why should you consider joining?

You should join because:

• You have a passion for the arts, and a desire to work with personal impact to help the NI cultural sector thrive

• You want to develop your leadership skills in a totally different, creative environment

• You want to gain non-executive board experience

• Peers in your industry who have participated all agree the experience has been profoundly enjoyable and rewarding

• You want to extend your network and form relationships with likeminded individuals

• Supporting the local arts and culture sector is a crucial part of ensuring that Northern Ireland is an attractive and enjoyable place to live, work and play, both now and in the future.


What is included?

• A one-to-one diagnostic session with the A&BNI team. This consultation will discuss your personal passions and career objectives, capturing SMART data to enable successful board placement.

 Four Good Governance training sessions to provide an introduction to the arts sector and insight into strategies for successful governance, clearly outlining the legal and moral requirements placed upon a non-executive board member. Specifically developed for this initiative, this training allows for peer-to-peer learning and develops confidence to ensure participants engage fully in board business.

 Facilitated opportunities to join the board of an arts or cultural organisation across Northern Ireland.

• A Board Buddy to help with induction and orientation within the arts organisation. This individual may be a successful Young Leaders on Arts Boards alumni who can help advise on the process from personal experience.

 Ongoing support, advice and guidance on governance, board development and changes in charity law for the duration of your board term from the team at Arts & Business NI.

 Access to a full year’s calendar of A&BNI’s cultural and networking events, designed to allow you to form connections and build your business and art sector knowledge. You will be invited to the annual A&BNI Governance Conference, which will include a dedicated break out session for Young Leaders on Arts Boards.


John McElrone Associate Corporate & Banking Law, EDG Legal

"The Young Leaders on Arts Boards programme provided a perfect opportunity to apply and develop my professional skills at an arts organisation. The programme provides an excellent insight into challenges faced by the arts sector and how you can add your voice and input into an organisation from appointment to a board."

Am I eligible?

• Applicants will be aged between 21 and 35.

• Applicants will have leadership experience which may include project management.

• Applicants will be located in Northern Ireland.


Business members of Arts & Business NI can access a preferential rate to participate in our Young Leaders on Arts Boards programme - please speak to us about business membership. 

£650 + VAT per participant (Arts & Business NI Member rate)                              

£750+ VAT per participant (non - A&BNI Member rate) 

Costs are payable only upon acceptance into the programme.

How do I apply?

To be considered for our Young Leaders on Arts Boards programme, please complete the application form below, and return via email to along with your CV by 5pm Monday 15 July 2024. Successful applicants will be invited to attend interview in August 2024.

Arts & Business NI are committed to promoting equality and diversity. Please get in touch to discuss if you require reasonable adjustments for any part of the application or interview process. For further details please contact Maeve McKervey at or 028 90735151

Download the Application Form

Funders & Supporters

    This programme is subsidised by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland


Our Funders & Partners

Arts & Business NI is generously supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.