22 September 2020


The annual lecture event will include discussions on the reset after lockdown, lessons learnt from the coronavirus pandemic, cross-sector governance, mental health, digital transformation, genomics, the economy, culture, the enlightenment, black lives matter, the cost of poverty, environmental sustainability, biological cognisance, artificial intelligence  and choices for young people. 


Today we introduce our panellists, who will be ready and waiting to answer questions ‘retrospectively,’ while considering a future that is fairer and better for all. 


Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), ENO Harewood Artist Nadine Benjamin, Dame Janet SmithBaroness Glenys Thornton, and Stephen McCulloch, Head of Corporate Communications at Ofwat. And JunkBot, Digital Transformer (pronouns: it, their, they and them). 


We hope you are ready for some time travel as we stop, pause, fast forward, rewind and play through good governance past, present and future.

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Programme of the day 


Morning session


10:00 - 11:00       Collaborative communication workshop

                             Stephen McCulloch, Head of Corporate Communications, Ofwat

Afternoon session


16:00 - 16:15       Welcome

                             Nadine Benjamin

16:15 - 16:45       Breakout sessions

                            1. NHS Reset

                            2. Covid-19 lesson learnt 

                            3. Mental health

                            4. Digital transformation

                            5. Coronanomics

                            6. #ichoose

                            7. Environmental governance

                            8. Cognisance

                            9. Systemic racism

                            10. Cross-sector governance

16:45 - 17:15        Lecture

                             Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA

17:15 - 17:45        Questions for the panel

                             Rob Whiteman, Nadine Benjamin, Dame Janet Smith, Baroness Glenys Thornton, Professor Andrew                                       Corbett-Nolan and Stephen McCulloch


17:45 - 17:55        GGI award 2020

                             Baroness Glenys Thornton to award the prize to Dame Janet Smith


17:55 - till late     Skull session

                             Jaco Marais, Festival Director, GGI

Chillout - 29 September 2020 (10:00 to 11:00)


One week after the festival annual lecture, we will host a festival chill out where we will have had time to reflect on the event. We would hope to gather feedback as well as thoughts for the coming year

Dress code:


The dress code for the festival annual lecture, will be pink

We want to encourage cohesion and solidarity with all people who are in minority groups. Pink is the colour bringing all traditionally marginalised people together. The Guardian also ran a story in January when Pantone chose to rename PANTONE 13-1520 from Rose Quartz to Millennial Pink. Previously the colour was called Serenity and parallels through history are drawn that in times of stress, the colour features in art, fashion and advertising as a calming colour. The reason we chose this colour is because of the energetic properties of Rose Quartz time pieces. It is pivotal and we hope you and your household, who are all very welcome at this year’s festival annual lecture, will join in some creative fun.


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