Achieving and Retaining a Diverse Board

Join us for a session exploring practical strategies and approaches to strengthen the diversity of your Board, followed by surgeries​​​​ with the speakers.​

About this Event

Achieving and Retaining a Diverse Board draws on the experience and expertise of key sector professionals to create a bespoke and stimulating session of ideas and strategies to skilfully navigate and champion the diversity agenda.

“The event gave me so much more than I anticipated it would. I have connected to new peers, gained valuable insights that I can take away and also had vital thinking time away from my day job. Brilliant.’’ - 2020 participant

This year’s sessions will be taking place online with the keynote and panel discussion taking place on Monday 29th March and the bookable surgeries* with speakers scheduled for Tuesday 30 March 2021.

*additional fee payable


45-minute surgeries with the speakers will be taking place on Tuesday 30 March. These are bookable from 1 March 2021, and we will be in touch with ticket-holders regarding how to book closer to the time.


Keynote Speakers include:

Dr Priya Singh, Chair of NCVO

Dr Priya Singh’s medical career began in general practice, following which she specialised in legal medicine, ethics and patient safety. She has broad strategic and operational executive experience in healthcare, international member services, professional indemnity, governance and risk.

She joined NCVO as chair in November 2020 and is Executive Director of the Society for Assistance of Medical Families, a Non-Executive Director of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and a member of the London Policing Ethics Panel.


Andrew Miller, UK Disability Champion for Culture

Andrew Miller is the UK Government’s first Disability Champion for Arts & Culture and is Chair of the BFI Disability Screen Advisory Group. In 2020 he co-founded the UK Disability Arts Alliance, #WeShallNotBeRemoved to support disabled artists and organisations through and after Covid-19. He was appointed MBE in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to disabled people in the cultural industries.


Matt Wilde, Executive Director of Blaze Arts

Matt Wilde is a Manchester-based musician, producer and founding Director of Blaze; a youth-led charity that aims to develop the next generation of creative producers. Matt is a Trustee on the board of pioneering music charity Brighter Sound and the international concert venue Bridgewater Hall.


Vicki Amedume, Artistic Director and CEO of Upswing and Associate Director at The New Vic Theatre

Vicki Amedume is Artistic Director and CEO of Upswing and Associate Director at The New Vic Theatre. She initially trained as a research scientist, entering the circus world in 1997. She founded Upswing to bring new artists and experiences to the stage, to tell new stories in extraordinary ways, amplifying and celebrating the skills, creative talents and stories of diverse artists and communities.


Sarah Weir, former Chief Executive of Design Council

Sarah Weir is the former CEO of Design Council. She was previously Executive Producer at the Roundhouse in London, and Chief Executive of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire.

There is much evidence to show that a diverse Board makes for a better Board. The programme will include ‘surgeries’ with keynote speakers, opportunities for peer learning and shared examples of best practice, ensuring that attendees will be actively supported to develop targeted and strategic responses to this critical area of Board performance.


Who is it for?

Trustees (especially those with responsibility to act as champions for diversity) and senior executives working with the Boards of arts and cultural organisations. We are particularly keen to ensure that we are supporting Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations.


This event is sponsored by Green Park.