Young Professionals on Arts Boards

What is the Young Professionals on Arts Boards programme?

The Young Professionals programme places the best up-and-coming talent that the Northern Ireland business sector has to offer on the boards of leading local arts charities.
You will work closely with the A&BNI team, discussing your personal passions and career goals, which will allow us to ensure that you are placed in the right organisation, where you can  work with maximum personal impact and get the most satisfaction.  
The programme provides training and support to ensure Young Professionals  in the early stages of their careers (aged 21-35) will truly benefit from this practical, hands-on strategic leadership experience.

What is included?

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

3 x 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 & orientation within the arts organisation. This individual may be a successful Young Professionals 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 businessand art sector knowledge.


£450 + VAT per participant (Arts & Business NI Member rate)                              


£500+ VAT per participant (non - A&BNI Member rate) 

Costs are payable only upon acceptance into the programme.

What our Young Professional participants say...

Rosie Timoney: Associate Solictor (Corporate), Carson McDowell LLP & Bruiser Theatre Company

"In terms of why you should apply to the Young Professionals on Arts Board programme, I can say that it has been a incredible experience in my development; it's an opportunity to do something different to the day to day, to develop your interpersonal skills, to add a string to your bow, and also have fun whilst doing it." 

Listen to Rosie's full vox pop testimonial below...




Mark Eaglesham: Commercial Manager, Belfast City Airport & Outburst Queer Arts Festival

"I’ve been blown away by my fellow board members who have a fascinating artistic and activist side, yet a really strong strategic business side. I’ve been able to use these little nuggets of how to think like a board director in my day-to-day role and governance."

Listen to Mark's full vox pop testimonial below...

Ruth McCarthy: Artistic Director, Outburst Queer Arts Festival

"We've had two board members through the Arts & Business NI Young Professionals on Arts Boards programme, and it's need people who have different perspectives sometimes, and have the sort of business know how we need more and more in the arts." 

Listen to Ruth's full vox pop testimonial below...

Neasa Quigley, Senior Partner, Carson McDowell

“Carson McDowell have seen first-hand the benefit of placing their young professionals on this programme. The programme offers a practical way for young professionals to develop their skills, build up their network and support the arts sector in Northern Ireland. We commend this year’s participants for getting involved and supporting the arts, a community and sector that Carson McDowell believes enriches our society as a whole.”

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.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed for the Young Professionals on Arts Boards 2020 programme. Please follow our social media channels to be updated when the 2021 programme opens.

Let's talk

For further details and any questions, please contact Maeve McKervey  


Arts organisation seeking board member?

Please fill in our Board Matching form here. We will use this to understand the skillsets you require, and we will be able to ascertain if we can facilitate a candidate match that fits your needs. 

More established in your career?

Take a look at Board Bank, our placement programme for more experience business professionals here.


Funders & Supporters

We would like to thank Carson McDowell for their ongoing support of Young Professionals on Arts Boards through pro-bono expertise and training.    

This programme is subsidised by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland


Download the Young Professionals 2020 flyer

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Our Funders & Partners

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