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About us Cultural Governance Alliance

Cultural Governance Alliance

The Cultural Governance Alliance was formed in response to the recommendations of the report “Achieving Good Governance: A Challenge of Our Time”, (the original report was commissioned by Clore Leadership in 2016, together with a consortium of trusts and foundations including Clore Duffield Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation).

A speaker at the 2023 Governance Now Conference

The ‘Achieving Good Governance’ report acknowledged a number of key strengths in the sector, but also called for a step change in governance practice, addressing the need for improved infrastructure and coordination of efforts as well as creating culture change through improved sector practice. 

The Cultural Governance Alliance (CGA) was subsequently convened by Clore Leadership, to operate as a light-touch collective of agencies, organisations and advocates working strategically to champion, share and promote best practice in the governance of culture.  The CGA’s vision is for a resilient and relevant cultural sector, with highly performing cultural organisations whose boards and trustees are supported to perform at their best: to be stronger, better informed and better equipped to demonstrate excellence in governance.

As well as signposting governance development opportunities across the sector (including the weekly ‘Trustee Tuesday’ Twitter thread for board opportunities), CGA hosts the “Practical Guide“, commissioned by Clore Leadership & created by our Governance Associates Prue Skene, Tom Wilcox and Keith Arrowsmith.  Based on our experience of supporting governance development since 2007, the Practical Guide offers a range of essential information, bespoke resources and downloadable templates that address some of the most frequently asked questions in relation to the effective governance of cultural organisations.

Find out more about the Cultural Governance Alliance and join the mailing list here.