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Driving improvement and efficiency in culture services trust workshop
Driving Improvement and Efficiency in Culture ServicesTrust Workshop

The Dome, Doncaster

17th March 2011

Welcome and introductions
Welcome and Introductions

Project supported by:

Structure of the workshop
Structure of the Workshop

1:30pm Welcome and Introductions

1:40pm Overview of the Improvement and Efficiency Project and discussion on the landscape of sport and leisure trust provision

2.00pm John Sherburn, Leisure Services, Doncaster Council

2.30pm Michael Woodward, Commercial Director, York Museums Trust

3.00pm Shirley Collier, Chief Executive, Scarborough Museums Trust

3.30pm Alternative service delivery models – considerations, problems and pitfalls

4.00pm Questions to the panel

4:15pm Next Steps and Close

Driving improvement efficiency in culture services project
Driving Improvement & Efficiency in Culture Services project

Project Remit:

To drive the improvement and efficiency agenda;

To increase understanding and demonstration of the value of culture services;

To identify long term improvements in culture services and cost reductions;

To research and share good practice and solutions for long-term improvements; and

To identify quick wins, long-term improvements and opportunities for joined-up service delivery.

Driving improvement efficiency in culture services project1
Driving Improvement & Efficiency in Culture Services project


Establishing shared museum services

Establishing shared library services

Establishing shared arts services

Establishing or extending a leisure trust

Driving improvement efficiency in culture services project2
Driving Improvement & Efficiency in Culture Services project


Update consultation with councils on their priorities and aspirations for culture services

Research on national emerging practice and models

Generic workshop for councils held in January 2011

Culture Network meeting held in February 2011

Bespoke assignments with a number of councils, including:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council & Hull City Council (shared museum services)

Calderdale Council (sport and active recreation)

Yorkshire Libraries and Information (shared library services)

Dissemination of guidance documents

Driving improvement and efficiency in culture services trust workshop

The Landscape for

Sport and Leisure Trusts

A brief history of leisure trusts
A Brief History of Leisure Trusts

  • A Trust is a non profit distributing organisation (NPDOs)

  • May or may not have charitable status

  • First Leisure Trust was in Harlow in 1960

  • A small number of others followed but most local authorities preferred to keep direct control of the services

More recent activity
More recent activity

  • As a response from some authorities to CCT more Trusts created in the 1990’s

  • Reasons – as a response to difficult financial times

  • Reason – preserve a social welfare orientation as opposed to commercialisation of leisure services

  • Often small covering one local authority area

Why a trust
Why a Trust?

  • Financial benefits

  • NNDR and VAT

  • Growth of income, less reliant on Council subsidy

  • Transfer of risk

  • Community benefits

  • Trustees and local connections

  • May access grants not accessible to councils and provide additional funding

Trusts in the 21 st century
Trusts in the 21st Century

  • Trusts emerging with wider service remit

  • Trusts growing in number

  • Trust operating over multiple sites increasing

  • Private sector providers offer Trust vehicles

  • Financial climate encouraging development of more facilities managed by trusts

A bigger future for trusts
A Bigger Future for Trusts?

  • Opportunities for new and expanded trusts

  • Quality standards and positive partnering track record built up

  • What are the key issues and procedures?

  • Pitfalls

  • Benefits

  • Over to our presenters!

Trust models
Trust Models

Partially externalised service- some aspects of a service are contracted out to a private contractor or trust (e.g. single arts venue or leisure centre)

Fully externalised service- all culture and sport provision is transferred to a private contractor or trust at one go. This can include buildings and assets as well as services such as sports development and arts development

Hybrid model- formation of a trust who then partially or fully contract out the service to an external management company for an agreed contract period.

Independent voluntary trust- similar to partially/fully externalised service but may focus on managing and delivering services and projects rather than a building

Considerations problems and pitfalls
Considerations, problems and pitfalls

Trusts as a panacea? Is in-house still feasible?

Focusing on finance v focus on quality services

Customer insight and responding to demand & need

Length of Council funding agreement

Proliferation of Trusts within a Council boundary

Cross boundary competition and delivery

Trust rationalisation, merger, collaboration and sharing

Does the community understand/care about the distinction between Council and Trust?

Driving improvement and efficiency in culture services trust workshop

Communities of Practice, www.communities.idea.gov.uk

MLA Research and Evidence database http://research.mla.gov.uk/case-studies/

Arts Council case studies www.artscouncil.org.uk/browse/?content=casestudy

Yorkshire and Humber Improvement and Efficiency Partnership www.yohrspace.org.uk/

Nalgao www.nalgao.org/news.php

CLOA www.cloa.org.uk/

Society of Chief Librarians www.goscl.com/

Museums Association www.museumsassociation.org/home

The Institute for Sport, Parks and Leisure (ISPAL) www.ispal.org.uk/

Sporta www.sporta.org

From each other…..

Where do I find out more?

Next steps
Next Steps

  • Production of guidance document on Trusts

  • Facilitating sharing of practice across the region

  • LGYH programme 2011/12

Contact details

Contact Details

Andy Parkinson Colin Mitchell

ERS Transforming Culture

Milburn House 1 Ayton Court, Bedlington,

Dean Street Northumberland

Newcastle upon Tyne NE22 6NS


Tel: 0191 244 6103 Tel: 01670 827598

E-mail: aparkinson@ers.org.ukE-mail:colin@transformingculture.co.uk