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Governance Now 2021

Event details

  • 18 Nov - 19 Nov 2021
  • Individual: £40 (Young/Aspiring Trustee discounted option available)

    Organisation: £55 - £100 – sliding scale dependent on size of organisation

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.

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


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.



10am – 10:30am Opening Address with Darren Henley, ACE Chief Executive and Moira Sinclair, Paul Hamlyn Foundation CEO & Chair of Clore Leadership

10:30 am – 11:30am Keynote Panel: ‘Curating the Civic Space in Climate Emergency’

Chaired by Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey OBE (Crossbench Peer & Chancellor of the University of Nottingham). Panel includes: Jenny Gilruth MSP (Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development), Alison Tickell (Founder, Julie’s Bicycle) and Angharad Wynne-Jones (CEO, Tipping Point Australia).

11:40am – 12:30pm Sustainability In-Practice Presentations
Delegates are invited to choose one of three sessions to explore the specific challenges and opportunities they want to engage in for a civic role in the climate emergency. Sessions include: ‘Climate Resilience’, ’Pioneering New Practice’ and ’Civic Spaces and Partnerships’

13:30pm – 14.30pm  Keynote Address: ‘Re-designing Cultural Governance to Challenge Ableism’ with Professor Tom Shakespeare CBE (Professor of Disability Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).

14:30 – 15:30pm Ableism In Practice Presentations

Sessions include: ‘What does a board meeting look like?’ with Tom Ryalls (writer & thought-leader on governance and ableism) and Jo Verrent (Senior Producer at Unlimited).


10:30am – 11:15am Keynote Address: ‘Listen and Act: De-colonising Cultural Governance’ with Dr Priya Singh (Chair of NCVO) and Amanda Parker (Founder and Director, Inc Arts UK)

This keynote explores the part governance plays in that systemic picture and what it would take to de-colonise governance in the cultural sector.

11:30am – 12:45pm Justice, Equality and Democracy: When Boards go Bad with Inc Arts UK

You can’t afford to ignore racism, but how can you ensure your board approaches the issue as part of good governance?

12:45pm – 1:00pm Closing Address with Anisa Morridadi (Founder & CEO of Beatfreeks and Clore Leadership board member)

1:30pm – 3:30pm Action-focused workshops: ‘Your Governance Matters’

Following the formal conclusion of the conference delegates will be able to take next steps in their own governance development by signing up for one of the practical workshops on offer, led by governance experts to help you problem-solve, plan and action your own governance journeys.

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</strong>; 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 at 08:30am on Thursday 18 November 2021.


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.”

As a result, we will be providing Live Captioning, British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation, and audio description for all sessions on the main stage.

•    Live Captioning – provided for all main stage sessions (via StreamText). StreamText URLs will be shared with attendees prior to the conference and also throughout the conference. We will be making transcripts of all sessions available to delegates.
•    British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation –BSL interpretation at all session on the mainstage.
•    Audio Description – all speakers will provide audio description of themselves, as well as any images, slides and materials used throughout the conference.

If you require any other access support put in place to help you better engage with the conference, we will try out best to accommodate requests – please let us know at the point of booking.

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 [email protected]

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 Green Park 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*

*CGA discount was available until 7 October

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

Themes Climate Leadership Digital Innovation Governance Hard Skills Inclusive Leadership Practice Sector Insights