I joined the Audit Committee at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in 2014 and was elected as Chair of the committee in 2017. BALTIC is a major international centre for art and has a prominent place in the North East’s cultural community.

The Audit Committee plays a key role in the governance of the BALTIC and its activities include scrutiny and overview of the external audit process and risk management. Through my role I have developed a number of skills including leadership, corporate governance, effective communication, and risk management. It also offers the opportunity to be part of a dynamic and growing arts organisation and to use my skills and knowledge to make a positive difference in the local community.

The firm has been very supportive of my role at BALTIC and I use employee volunteering days to attend meetings. Local charities benefit hugely from volunteers in the business community who bring experience, expertise and commitment to enhancing the success of such organisations. I would strongly urge others to become involved!

Ruth Wintersgill