Cultural Consulting Network provides professional consultancy services to the heritage and arts sectors. Through challenge and support, we work closely with clients to understand their particular needs so that we can offer intelligent and workable solutions that bring lasting benefits.

Cultural Consulting Network provides professional consultancy services to the heritage and arts sectors. Through challenge and support, we work closely with clients to understand their particular needs so that we can offer intelligent and workable solutions that bring lasting benefits.

Severndroog Castle

Client: Severndroog Castle

Severndroog Castle is a tower situated on Shooters Hill London in Oxleas Woods. It is an impressive 18th century building with fantastic views over London. It runs an events programme and has a popular café.

Project

through an HLF grant the organisation was funded to improve its governance and to create a new business plan to ensure its survival as a heritage charity.

• To examine their current governance structure to see if it could be better operated to meet the needs of a heritage and preservation charity with very limited resources.
• To increase the skills and experience of Trustees through new recruitment and training.

How we helped:

• Marilyn Scott worked with Trustees and staff to examine the current Trustee composition, she carried out a skills audit and training in current best practice for Trustees and governance.
• Marilyn provided facilitation and support for the Chairman and helped to clarify ideas and aspirations in a friendly and non threatening environment.
• Marilyn helped Trustees to examine their skill base and make decisions on the need for new Trustees to be brought in to take up new roles including fundraising and finance.
• Marilyn worked with the Chairman and Heritage Manager to resolve significant financial issues in the management of charitable funds and to introduce new financial management systems.
• Marilyn produced a good governance handbook and a guide to recruiting new Trustees and an induction programme.

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