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

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.

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


Tickets for surgeries are now on sale!

The 45-minute surgeries are designed as an opportunity to explore the ideas discussed in the session on 29th March and help you translate them into targeted strategies for your organisation. 

Surgeries are facilitated by the expert speakers from the 29th March in a small group format so that tangible examples and strategies can be shared to help increase diversity on your boards.. Each group will comprise 5 people and the facilitator and will focus on specific protected characteristics, as follows:

• Sarah Weir OBE  - Socioeconomic Class and LGBT+ Issues 

• Matt Wilde - Young Trusteeship 

• Vicki Amedume - Ethnicity & Gender 

• Andrew Miller – Disability 


All Surgeries will be taking place on Tuesday 30 March 2020

Sarah Weir OBE 

Surgery 1: 10:00 – 10:50

Surgery 2: 11:05 – 11:55

Surgery 3: 12:10 – 13:00

Matt Wilde 

Surgery 1: 10:00 – 10:50

Surgery 2: 11:05 – 11:55

Surgery 3: 12:10 – 13:00

Vicki Amedume 

Surgery 1: 14:00 – 14:50

Surgery 2: 15:05 – 15:55

Surgery 3: 16:10 – 16:50

Andrew Miller 

Surgery 1: 14:00 – 14:50

Surgery 2: 15:05 – 15:55

Surgery 3: 16:10 – 16:50

How to book

Delegates attending the session on the 29th March will receive an access code for surgeries in their confirmation of booking email. Delegates should input this ‘Promo Code’ on the Eventbrite ticket page for Achieving and Retaining a Diverse Board in order to view available surgery slots.

Due to high demand, we are limiting each delegate to one surgery space. Please ensure that you only purchase a ticket for one surgery for a single speaker.


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 OBE, former Chief Executive of Design Council

Sarah Weir OBE, the first female appointed as Chief Executive of Design Council stepped down on 29 October 2020, after three and a half years at its helm. This brought to a close an illustrious career spanning 45 years. Her decision follows her diagnosis of a rare lung disease. 

Having left school at 16, Sarah started her career as a broker at Lloyd’s of London. Over a 15-year period, she went from being the office junior to the first female Managing Director in the Lloyd’s market. A passionate advocate of the creative economy, much of Sarah’s career since then has focused on arts, culture and design. Before joining Design Council, Sarah was previously Executive Producer at the Roundhouse in London and Chief Executive of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. Her other past roles include Chief Executive of The Legacy List, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park charity (now called Foundation for Future London); Head of Arts and Cultural Strategy for Olympic Delivery Authority; Executive Director, Arts Council England; London and Executive Director of the Almeida Theatre. 

Sarah has a History of Art BA from Birkbeck College (1993-7), was awarded an OBE for services to the arts (2011), First Woman Awards for public service (2013) and is a Fellow of Birkbeck College (2013). Sarah was awarded an honorary doctorate from University of the Arts London for services to design in 2019 and she has served on the board of the Alzheimer’s Society since 2013. 



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.