In Governance We Trust Programme

Thursday 2nd February 2023


10.00am: Tea/Coffee & Networking on arrival


10.30am: Opening Address

Alex O’Toole, Chair, Arts Lancashire

10.45am: Keynote 1: ‘How to take governance from fit for purpose to inspired leadership in 4 basic steps’

Stella Kanu, Executive Director, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT)

11.15am: Panel Discussions around Governing against ACE Investment Outcomes and Principles

Panel and delegate Q&A facilitated by Jonathan Mayes (Clore Leadership) with David Gaffney (Arts Council England), Roddy Gauld (Chair of The Dukes), Tina Redford, (CEO LeftCoast), and speakers from the programme


12.15pm: LUNCH


1pm: Developing Diverse and Inclusive Boards

  • Keynote 2: Inclusion in practice – youth voice and representation

JJ Tatten, CEO, The Warren


  • Keynote 3: Inclusion in practice – global majority voice and representation

Lara Ratnaraja, Trustee of Derby Theatres, Vivid Projects and Coventry Biennial and the Advisory Group for SHOUT Festival. Representative on the Equality Monitoring Group for Arts Council Wales, and a Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre Industry Champion


  • Keynote 4: Inclusion in practice – disabled voice and representation

Craig Ashley, trustee of DASH Arts


1.45pm: Breakout Sessions

  • 3 x breakout discussion groups with Chairs / Vice Chairs led by each of the three keynote speakers around their keynote provocations
  • Jonathan Mayes to facilitate discussion with CEO’s focused on best practice around how to service a board, prepare board papers and get the best out of board meetings




2.45pm: Breakout Session Feedback


3.05pm: Keynote 5: How good governance has impacted the development of Curious Arts.

Phil Douglas, CEO at Curious Arts


3.40pm: Closing Remarks

Arts Lancashire


3.45pm: CLOSE



In Governance We Trust is designed to support and encourage inclusivity across cultural governance in Lancashire.

We’ll be providing British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation, and audio description for all sessions on the main stage.

  • Live Captioning will be provided for all main stage sessions (dependent on audience requirements)
  • Transcripts of all sessions will be made available to delegates after the event.
  • British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation will be in place at all session on the main stage.
  • Audio Description of all speakers will be provide by each speaker as well as descriptions of any images, slides and materials used throughout the conference.

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




Tickets are available to Lancashire organisations only.

The event is free to attend, but you must book in advance.