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Each year the Institute recognises, through the Good Governance Award, the achievement that one individual has made towards advancing good governance. Previous recipients have been Judge Mervyn King, Sir William Wells, Sir Liam Donaldson and Dame Julie Moore.


We are very glad to announce that Dame Fiona Caldicott has been granted the Good Governance Award 2019 in recognition of her significant and sustained contribution to improving good governance through her work as Chair of the National Information Governance Board for Health and Social Care, Chair of the Caldicott Committee and as the UK’s first statutory National Data Guardian for Health and Care.


Baroness Glenys Thornton, Member of the GGI Advisory Board, will present Dame Fiona with the Good Governance Award at the Annual Lecture 2019 on 5 September.


These are just some of many achievements in Dame Fiona's lifetime of public service in diverse arenas, including as a clinical professional, a Medical Royal College President, as the Chair of an NHS Foundation Trust and as the Principal of an Oxford University college. These are only a selection of the ways in which she has contributed to our own Institute’s mission of helping to create a better, fairer world.

Read more about Dame Fiona Caldicott

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Why host a Festival of Governance?

Governance is not stand-alone or one-off activity but a vital part of an ongoing system which delivers great outcomes for people and communities. Good governance needs a communal approach – a network of individuals and organisations bound by a shared purpose. 

The Good Governance Institute’s festivals are an opportunity to bring clients, partners and contributors from multiple sectors together, to celebrate examples of good governance and to share ideas and experiences with a wide range of colleagues. The Festival is a place where old friends meet and new ones are made.

Individuals bring their own thoughts, behaviours and values to governance. Leaders look at governance through their own lens and experiences; decision-makers need to understand the importance of good governance and question their own and their colleagues’ attitudes. 

Governance in the future will be increasingly about knowing yourself and recognising the often-competing interests for local, regional, national and international community outcomes and so the theme of our 5th Festival of Governance is: good governance because it’s personal.

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1 Great George St | Westminster | London | SW1P 3AA

5 September 2019

Time: 5:30pm (kick off at 6:00pm)

Good Governance Award 2019

Annual Lecture 2019