Prudence Skene CBE

Prudence Skene CBE



Prue initiated a Board Development programme for Clore Leadership in 2007 and has subsequently delivered Board awaydays, training days and governance sessions on Clore Short Courses to a myriad of cultural organisations, often with Tom Wilcox and Keith Arrowsmith. Her work with other organisations covers a range of governance facilitation and advice and recent governance reviews for Directors UK and Tate.

Prue is Chair of Cardboard Citizens and a trustee of the Nureyev Foundation. An experienced arts manager, she was chief executive of both Ballet Rambert and the English Shakespeare Company and Director of the Arts Foundation, a charity that gives Fellowships to artists in all disciplines, before becoming a freelance consultant.

Her non-executive appointments have included President of the Theatrical Management Association, Trustee of NESTA, Friends of the V&A, Bath Theatre Royal and the Rosie Kay Dance Company and Chair of the Arvon Foundation, Rambert Dance Company and Free Word. From 1992-2000 she was a member of the Arts Council of England, chairing its Dance and then Lottery Panels. She was awarded a CBE in the 2000 Birthday Honours List for services to the arts, especially dance. In addition to her experience of governance in the cultural sector, she has also served as a non-executive Director of Royal United Hospital NHS Trust in Bath.

Prue is co-author with Keith Arrowsmith and Tom Wilcox of Governance in the arts and museums: A practical guide and her book Capital Gains: How the National Lottery Transformed England’s Arts was published in October 2017.

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