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Arts & Public Life Breakfast 'Towards an Ideal Board'
Elizabeth Butcher, former General Manager of NIDA was introduced by Chris Puplick
In 30 years, she said, she had never had the Board she needed, or that answered the needs of an arts institution like NIDA. And this was the common lot of such not-for-profit arts organisations. ‘The fundamental tension between theatre artists and their Boards remains inescapable’, says Butcher. ‘I have begun to question whether our Australian system of governance is the most effective way to ensure artistic excellence. Is there not a better way of organising non-commercial theatre?’