Dance Woking get mentoring support from Michael Kaiser

Dance Woking is delighted to announce that we were selected as one of 25 arts and cultural organisations throughout England to take part in The Building Resilience: Fundraising and Revenue Programme funded by Arts Council England.

The learning and consultation programme is designed to assist with long-term planning and development, with a focus on financial resilience and fundraising. As part of this 18-month programme Sam McCaffrey, Executive Director, Dance Woking and the Board chaired by Louisa Bartlett-Pestell, will be mentored by Michael Kaiser, Chairman of Arts Management International and previously CEO of Royal Opera House.

We are thrilled to have been selected to go on this programme, which features intensive weekend face-to-face sessions as well as long distance learning; as a small organisation this is ideal as it enables us to participate fully; the regularity of the sessions gets us to focus on our strategy and Board development and keeps us focussed on progress and action. Having Michael Kaiser, as our mentor is a great privilege, he is very open to sharing his experiences and how they can translate in scale to Dance Woking. We are using some of the skills and tools already and hope that there will be some good impact on the way we deliver our work. Sam McCaffrey – Director Dance Woking

The programme aims to provide learning, insight, expertise, skills development and resources that can be shared and used more widely to increase resilience across the sector. Dance Woking will receive one-on-one consultations from Michael Kaiser, attend group seminars, complete strategy planning prompts, and participate in a series of online master classes between seminars. Dance Woking is really excited to be a part of this programme working with Michael Kaiser.

Michael Kaiser

About Michael Kaiser: Michael Kaiser oversees Arts Manager International’s training and consulting programmes, both in the United States and around the world. Mr. Kaiser was President of the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., from January 2001 through August 2014. During his tenure, he expanded the educational and artistic programming for the United States’ centre for the performing arts, oversaw a major renovation effort of most of the Centre’s theatres, and led the nation in arts management training.

Mr. Kaiser previously served as the Executive Director of the Royal Opera House, the largest performing arts organisation in the United Kingdom. During his tenure with the Royal Opera House, it erased its historic accumulated deficit, completed a £214 million redevelopment of the facility, created an endowment fund, and greatly increased its level of support from the private and public sectors.

The programme is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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We are looking for additional Board Members that have skills within fundraising, marketing or higher education, please email Sam McCaffrey at for more information.