Governance Now 2021

About The Conference

2021 sees the return of Governance Now for its fourth annual conference for cultural sector trustees and professionals, presented to you by Clore Leadership on behalf of the Cultural Governance Alliance (CGA) in association with Inc. Arts and Arts Council England. 

We currently have an exclusive 15% discount for CGA members  – available until midnight on 30 September for any organisation or individual who is signed up to CGA membership. Take 5 minutes and sign up to the Alliance now

Register to book your ticket now. Scroll below for more information about the conference contents, registration, tickets and access.

Plenary Topics

As the annual conference for cultural governance, this year we are inviting delegates to navigate through conversations on Race and Decolonisation, Sustainability and Climate Emergency, and Ableism and Disability in relation to their governance priorities, practices and cultures. 

We are offering 3 plenary sessions and a closing session across the 2 main conference days. The main conference activity takes place between 10am and 5pm each day, and the Hopin site will be open from 9am to 5:30pm throughout each day for delegates to network and browse resources. 

Coming up:

  • ‘Curating’ the Civic space in Climate Emergency

- What does good governance look like for our emerging futures in climate emergency?

- What does preparedness look like for our hyperlocal environments and how far does our wider responsibility extend to civic and systemic spaces? 

- What kind of creativity and cultural work will make any difference and who needs to belong to that?

- We hear from colleagues in Melbourne, closer to the frontlines of climate emergency, who are cultivating interventions in the civic space engaging with intergenerational, systemic and activist approaches.

- We invite Ali Tickell (Founder and CEO of Julie's Bicycle) to offer a synopsis of what the outcomes of COP26 mean for ongoing sustainability work in the cultural sector, and we are joined by senior managers and creative pioneers currently navigating this complexity with their boards, sectors and publics.

  • Re-designing cultural governance to challenge ableism

- Have we allowed ableism to dominate our governance spaces for too long? Why are there not more people with disabilities leading and participating in governance? 

- How could we re-design our governance cultures, mindsets and practices to be more inclusive to deaf, neurodiverse and disabled people?

- We invite keynote speakers and presenters who have lived experience of ableism in its many guises in their work across strategy, policy, design and activism in the governance space.

- We will address assumptions and take the next steps to challenging and changing ableism in our cultural governance.

  • Listen and act: De-colonising cultural governance

- What would it take to de-colonise governance in the cultural sector; who needs to engage, and what difference does that process need to make?

- Dr Priya Singh (Chair, NCVO) offers her keynote provocation: What is the ‘Now’ that we are talking about in relation to race and what part does governance play in that systemic picture? 

- In partnership with Inc Arts, we invite a range of cultural professionals working at the heart of these current issues to share their insights, journeys and lived experiences.

Attending the Conference

Please register for a Hopin account when purchasing a ticket rather than selecting ‘Checkout as a guest’ as this will allow you to create a full profile for the event and allow access to our networking areas pre and during the event. Hopin recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox as the browser when accessing the event. Full tips about how to engage with a Hopin event can be found here

Each ticket gives 1 person full access to all live conference activity, including the main conference on 18th and 19th November, the ‘fringe’ events produced for Restore, Restart, Renew throughout November (details to be published in early autumn) and any available recordings after the event. There are no tickets available for individual plenary sessions for the main conference.

We do not offer refunds or ticket transfers directly; you can transfer your ticket to a colleague at your own discretion if circumstances prevent you from attending (you will need to transfer all your login details to your colleague).  Conference registration closes on 11th November.


Governance Now 2021 is designed to support and encourage inclusivity across cultural governance in the UK. 

The Governance Code states that “diversity, in the widest sense, is essential for boards to stay informed and responsive and to navigate the fast-paced and complex changes facing the voluntary sector.” This year we have added various ticket options to reduce barriers for organisations and individuals who would like to attend. If you would like to discuss any options further, please do get in touch

We recognise that some organisations might not be in a position to fund their Chair/Trustee/Aspiring Trustee, etc. – so we have introduced a rate for individuals paying independently. In addition to the regular rates, below, we are providing: 

Individual Ticket Young Person – for young people (30 and under) engaged in or aspiring to engage in governance.
Get Into Governance tickets – supported by Arts Council England and reserved for those who are currently underrepresented on boards. We’re keen to engage people who identify as LGTBQIA+, working-class, D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent, and those from Black, Asian and Global Majority backgrounds. 

Governance Now 2021 Partners

Governance Now is designed and produced by Clore Leadership on behalf of the Cultural Governance Alliance. CGA is an affiliation of sector-leading influencer organisations and funders  (including Good Governance Institute, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Cause 4 and the National Lottery Heritage Fund) and this year the conference benefits from partnerships with Arts Council England and Inc. Arts.   

As a partnership, we are committed to leading, steering and resourcing the sector to make the changes needed for more equitable, diverse, inclusive and relevant cultural governance and progress the ‘Civic Role of the Arts’ initiative to drive systemic and intersectional approaches for arts and culture.

Ticket Types

We currently have an exclusive 15% discount for CGA members  – available until midnight on 30 September for any organisation or individual who is signed up to CGA membership.

Tickets purchased by organisations

  • Ticket for one person from a large organization (100 or more full time employees)

CGA Members: £85 + VAT     Full Rate: £100 + VAT

  • Ticket for one person from a medium organisation (16-99 full time employees)

CGA Members: £63.75 + VAT     Full Rate: £75 + VAT

  • Ticket for one person from a small organisation (1-15 full time employees)

CGA Members: £46.75 + VAT     Full Rate: £55 + VAT

Tickets purchased by Individuals: please name the organisation you are representing in your registration

  • Individual Ticket regular rate

CGA Members: £34 + VAT  Full Rate: £40 + VAT

  • Individual Ticket Young Person (aged 30 and under)                                               

CGA Members: £12.75 + VAT  Full Rate: £15 + VAT