CGA Event

Governance Now 2020

16:00 – 18:00
Clore Leadership and Cultural Governance Alliance

How to book


Join Clore Leadership and the Cultural Governance Alliance for Governance Now, the flagship national conference for cultural sector trustees and professionals, and be part of a positive culture change, becoming more aware, connected and empowered to address the challenge of achieving good governance.

Returning after a sell-out success in 2019, this year’s conference will be hosted via Zoom, bringing together a wide range of expert speakers to share insights and best practice to help you explore approaches to good governance in the context of an uncertain world.

Governance Now 2020 will be delivered across two-hour sessions every Thursday in November, enabling you to take in keynote speeches, panel debates and practical breakout sessions in bite-size format and around other commitments. We will also be running breakfast networking sessions and offering opportunities to engage in deeper conversation with other trustees from across the sector. Our key themes this year include: responses to crisis; adaptive governance; engaging with diverse communities; reappraising organisational values; and the future of governance.

Please save the Dates:

  • Thursday 5 November 2020

  • Thursday 12 November 2020

  • Thursday 19 November 2020

  • Thursday 26 November 2020


Thursday 5 November – 16:00 – 18:00

The rest of the sessions will be taking place from 11:00 – 13:00.

We will also be hosting breakfast networking sessions taking place from 08:30 – 09:30 on the 12, 19 and 26 November.

Programme highlights:

We’re pleased to announce Nina Simon (CEO of the non-profit organization OF/BY/FOR ALL) as the first of our keynote speakers.

Further speakers and sessions will be announced here in the coming weeks

We are working with Cultural Governance Alliance partners who will be hosting breakfast sessionson a range of topics: Good Governance Institute (12 November); Voluntary Arts (19 November). We are also delighted to be presenting artistic content promoted by Alliance members, including an exhibition from Shape Arts (19 November).

This year’s conference will also see us take advantage of the online format to give delegates the opportunity to participate in Small Group Conversations. These discussions are designed to enable peer support for trustees and the first of these will be facilitated by Ruth Lesirge, Honorary President of the Association of Chairs.

Sector and governance experts sharing advice, tips and case studies on:

  • Diversity and Community: Does your board reflect the communities your organisation seeks to serve? How should we define civic purpose and what is a board’s role in ensuring greater diversity and relevance?

  • Adaptive Governance: How does the approach taken by boards need to shift as the world evolves? What might we learn from other sectors and international examples?

  • Values and Risk: How do boards prioritise responding to multiple, sometimes competing, values? What approaches are being taken to mitigate for the multiple threats to arts and culture organisations and how do responses to environmental sustainability and equity maintain resonance during a global pandemic?

  • The Future of Governance: What do post-pandemic outcomes look like? How will boards support executive teams in an increasingly digital world with less human contact? What next after dipping into, or exhausting, reserves in order to stay viable? Are existing governance structures still viable?

Join the Cultural Governance Alliance for free and receive a 10% discount on all tickets.

It takes two minutes to sign up!

Governance Now 2020 is sponsored by Saxton Bampfylde and promoted by the Cultural Governance Alliance, a network of sector agencies led by Clore Leadership.

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