Katherine Cultural PrecinctThe Interim Board of Management for the Katherine Regional Cultural Precinct has contracted Positive Solutions to assist in completing the Business Plan for the purpose-built Katherine Regional Cultural Precinct. We have been associated with this project for the past seven years and it is exciting to see the work of a dedicated group of individuals in the Katherine Region now coming to fruition.
Work has started on the first stage of the Precinct, which will open in 2012.
TopologyContemporary performance ensemble, Topology, engaged Positive Solutions to assist with organisational development of the company. The aim is to support Topology's evaluation as an ensemble that offers sustainable employment to its artists.
ACT Cultural Facilities CorporationFollowing on from a recent board review of the Corporation, Positive Solutions is assisting the board and senior management with their strategic planning process - both for the Corporation as a whole and for the constituent elements - Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra Theatre Centre and the several historic properties which are the responsibility of the Corporation.
New Models New Money: A Foundation for the ArtistIn June 2010, the Centre for Social Impact and Arts Queensland released a Discussion Paper, New Models New Money, proposing the establishment of a Foundation for the Artist - the first of its kind in Australia - to bring together public, private and corporate funding for artists and the creation of new work.
A full feasibility study into the Foundation for the Artist has recently been completed funded by the Australian Government and matched by State and Territory Governments and independent sources. This process was managed by Positive Solutions, with a team of arts, finance and legal consultants. The final report has recently been submitted to the Office for the Arts and the findings from the research will shortly be available. The recommendations will be considered in the context of the proposed National Cultural Policy and the Harold Mitchell Review into private sector support.
Hong Kong Performing Arts FundingA discussion document with draft recommendations has been prepared as the next step in the review of funding for major performing arts companies in Hong Kong. Positive Solutions Director David Fishel will lead sector consultation during the next stage of the project, gathering responses to the proposed model to inform the final report. The project has been commissioned by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Government.
BoardConnect Launches into 2011 with a New IdentityAfter two and a half years as a program within Positive Solutions, BoardConnect is in the process of cutting the umbilical cord. In December 2010, it became an independent company limited by guarantee with its own board of directors.
While still housed in the office of Positive Solutions, BoardConnect is expanding its operations beyond Queensland. It has already presented a pilot program on behalf of Arts Victoria and discussions are continuing with regard to further work with them in the next few months. BoardConnect will also support the Australia Council for the Arts' objective of strengthening the boards of arts organisations nationally.
Building and maintaining high standards of governance is a long-term task, calling for dedicated resources. Accordingly, BoardConnect has appointed a Business Development Manager, Merryn Carter, who will work with the team to ensure a sustainable future for the company. Merryn starts with BoardConnect in July and will continue to be based in Melbourne, working with BoardConnect clients and stakeholders nationally.
Visit www.boardconnect.com.au for more information.
Breakfast Briefing - Thursday 28 JulyHow did you feel about your last CEO appraisal? Who was involved? Was it constructive? Or is it a long time since a CEO appraisal occurred?
Put this date in your diaries now so you don't miss BoardConnect's Breakfast Briefing on the topic of Appraising the CEO, something that CEOs often request but many board members, particularly voluntary board members of organisations that are responsible for professional staff, are not confident about undertaking.
An effective CEO evaluation process benefits both CEO and board by providing clarity, scope and direction.
Join David Fishel and Theodora Le Souquet to garner some ideas on how to make your next CEO appraisal process efficient, effective and mutually rewarding.
Visit www.boardconnect.com.au for details.
OTHER NEWS Positive Solutions' Office Manager, Megan McCormack, has left after four years with the company to take up a new challenge with AECOM, global provider of professional technical and management support services, as Project Administrator - Marketing, Design + Planning. We wish Megan every success in her new role.
Positive Solutions' casual administrator, Sara Bannon, has been appointed to a permanent part time role as Company Administrator, four days a week, commencing in May.