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2024 Cultural Governance Alliance Webinar Series

Event details

  • 10:00 - 11:30, Wednesday 31 January 2024, Wednesday 28 February 2024 & Wednesday 27 March 2024
  • Online, via Zoom [Zoom links to be sent a few days prior to each webinar]
  • Payment for each webinar is Pay What You Decide (minimum contribution £1, suggested minimum £5/webinar). A limited number of free tickets are also available per webinar - contact [email protected] for more information and a free code.

Clore Leadership and the Cultural Governance Alliance presents its 2024 Spring Governance Webinar series to address areas of sector support.

Clore Leadership and the Cultural Governance Alliance presents its Spring 2024 Governance Webinar series to address key areas of support for the arts and cultural sector.

The three-series webinar topics being explored stem from participant feedback at previous CGA events responding to the governance challenges you’ve told us about.

The webinar series will cover:

  • Governance 101 – Wednesday 31 January 2024
  • Socioeconomic diversity and governance – Wednesday 28 February 2024
  • Restitution, repatriation & colonial heritage – Wednesday 27 March 2024

We are delighted to announce the Chair and Panel for the upcoming Socioeconomic diversity and governance webinar on Wednesday 28 February:


Della Hill, Trustee with Spread the Word, Jerwood Foundation WJCB Toolkit Associate, Operations & Social Impact Manager at National Theatre Wales

Panel Speakers
Michelle McGrath, Founder, Museum as Muck, Head of Creative Engagement at Brixton House

Marie Nixon, Director, Sunderland Empire Theatre Trust

Speaker Biographies

Della Hill
Della (she/her) specialises in project management and business development to improve the strategic & operational direction of a range of organisations across the UK.

She is currently the Operations & Social Impact Manager at National Theatre Wales, Consultant and Speaker at people make it work, Trustee at Spread the Word and a WJCB Toolkit Associate.

Della has used her previous experience of delivering large-scale initiatives to address structural inequalities alongside advocating for high-level social change within the Creative, Arts & Culture, Education and Equalities Sectors.

Michelle McGrath
Michelle has been a Learning, Engagement, and Inclusion specialist in the cultural sector for 16 years. She is currently Head of Engagement at Brixton House and has previously worked at Bow Arts, The British Museum, and Royal Museums Greenwich to develop and deliver learning programmes focused on under-represented audiences. Alongside this work, she founded Museum as Muck in 2018, through frustration at the lack of people from low socio-economic backgrounds in the sector. She now leads the network to provide support for members, consultation for organisations and advocacy for structural change. Michelle was a Trustee for the Museums Association 2021-2023.

Marie Nixon
Marie Nixon is the Theatre Director at the Sunderland Empire. The Empire is a Baroque 2,000 seat Edwardian theatre in the heart of Sunderland’s culture quarter and Riverside regeneration area. From Sunderland, Marie has worked in the arts, culture and charities for thirty years in a range of roles, starting out as a musician and moving on to roles in artist management in the commercial music industry, as a funder at Arts Council England, as CEO with the University of Sunderland Students’ Union and latterly at Ambassador Theatre Group who operate the Empire Theatre on behalf of Sunderland City Council. As well as being proud to be a trustee at MAC Trust and Sunderland Culture. Marie is also a Director of We Make Culture CIC and a Director for Sunderland Business Improvement District.



Governance 101 – Wednesday 31 January 2024

Revisiting the basics of good governance for the cultural sector with a particular focus on smaller orgs/non-NPOs. This first webinar will be presented by Clore Leadership Governance Associates, repeating the in-person governance basics sessions run at our Governance Now conference.

If you have specific areas of governance that you’d like us to address in this session, please email us at [email protected] or tweet us at @GovernCulture


Socioeconomic diversity and governance – Wednesday 28 February 2024

Board diversity continues to be a topic at the top of the list for our participants – with socio-economic diversity in trustees becoming increasingly prominent as an area not yet addressed to a significant degree. Building on discussions with the Jerwood Foundation and their ‘Work in Practice’ toolkit launched earlier this year, the webinar will aim to address:

  • How might boards attract trustees from a wider range of socio-economic backgrounds and what is best practice in quantifying such approaches?
  • What aspects of governance need to shift/evolve to enable those from a wider variety of backgrounds to participate in decision-making processes?
  • The importance of intersectionality and socio-economic background.

MARCH 2024

Restitution, repatriation & colonial heritage – Wednesday 27 March 2024

The final webinar in the series will predominantly focus on the museums & heritage sectors, examining approaches boards are taking to current issues of restitution and decolonisation. This topic will also lead us to exploring fundraising and the links to colonial heritage, which many arts organisations (and indeed, funders) are grappling with. Themes to be covered include:

  • Exploring a cultural organisation board’s role in building on conversations that took place with Nick Merriman (Horniman Museum & Gardens) at Governance Now 2023
  • Examination of issues connected to colonial heritage which go beyond museum collections, funding streams, culture wars and the moments that culture and politics collide.

Refunds on customer cancellations

With regret, once your booking has been made and a place confirmed, we are not able to offer refunds. We are also not able to transfer bookings to other events for bookings made and subsequently cancelled by the customer.

Postponement or Cancellations by Clore Leadership/The Cultural Governance Alliance

Clore Leadership reserves the right to postpone or cancel an event if necessary. This will only be under exceptional circumstances and Clore Leadership will endeavour to provide as much notice as possible.

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