Original thinking and the sharing of ideas is what our festival is all about. Contributors will want to explore how we can do better as we emerge from the coronavirus crisis. It’s now up to all of us to find creative ways through this crisis towards a brighter future for all.


Each year our festival revolves around a different theme, traditionally announced on Good Friday. 

Good governance because it’s time to think again – relates to the idea of rebirth or renaissance.


It’s a theme that resonates strongly in this extraordinary year, as our friends in the NHS continue with their heroic efforts to treat COVID-19 patients, while citizens do all they can to prevent the spread of the virus. Public sector leaders seek ways to secure a better future with better outcomes for the people they are responsible to. The Festival of Governance celebrates their work. 


We are determined that our annual lecture 22.09.2020, will be an opportunity for old friends to meet and new ones to be made. 


Our keynote speaker for this year’s lecture will be Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). We will publish further details as soon as we can but for now, please put the evening of 22.09.2020 into your diaries.


Right now the future looks desperately uncertain. But many are already looking ahead and seeing the beginning of something new and different – a renaissance of sorts.


GGI is working hard to support the NHS and other public and third sector boards as the crisis develops. Our COVID-19 advice bulletins are published online daily and our advisory service has been made free to NHS and other public or third sector boards. This is situational governance for unprecedented times.


The Renaissance of the fifteenth and sixteenth century marked the rebirth of individual and original thinking in the areas of art, science, culture and politics as Europe emerged from the dark ages.


Let’s work together to emerge from this crisis stronger than ever. 


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