A&BNI Cultural Governance Conference 2022 – 1 Mar

We are delighted to present the A&B NI Governance Conference on Tuesday 1st March 2022 at The MAC in Belfast.

During the half day conference, we will challenge and refresh thinking around being an effective trustee, with delegates navigating conversations on ableism, fundraising, sustainability, HR, cybersecurity and more.


The conference will feature a number of plenary talks, with delegates listening to special guests talking on a wide range of subjects.

Countering Ableism in Governance: Unlimited’s experience | Jo Verrent, Senior Producer, Unlimited
Jo will take us through the practicalities of recruiting and retaining an inclusive board and highlight why it is crucial in our current pandemic context.

How Boards Can Support Fundraising | Lucy Beevor, Freelance Fundraiser
Lucy will give you an insight into what it takes for an arts charity to fundraise successfully and how Board members are valuable and integral partners in that process.

Sustainability Goals for Boards | Anne Orr, Founder, Boards123
“If you can’t measure it you can’t improve it.”- Peter Drucker
Anne will demonstrate the Boards123 ESG Dashboard tool. It’s an easy-to-use digital tool that transforms how you set-up sustainable board goals, manage board performance and demonstrate ESG impact to funders and stakeholders.

Stepping Up: Taking the Chair | Rosie Timoney, Associate Solicitor, Carson McDowell
A&B NI Trustee of the Year Rosie Timoney will trace her journey to becoming the Chair of Bruiser Theatre Company, and discuss overcoming the challenges and obstacles encountered since.


Attendees will also attend two out of three practical workshop sessions throughout the day. These breakout sessions are:

The Revised Code of Good Governance | Denise Copeland, Governance & Charity Advice Manager, NICVA, & Denise Hayward, CEO, Volunteer Now
In this workshop, the Developing Governance Group secretariat Denise & Denise will introduce the new principles in the revised Code of Good Governance and suggest ways in which Trustees can use it to review, maintain or improve governance within their own organisations.

Cybersecurity for Boards | Vertical Structure
Digital Security Solutions experts Vertical Structure will take trustees through a practical and interactive session demonstrating the importance of preparing, protecting & persisting with information security.

‘How To’ Handbook | Hilary Copeland, Director, Fighting Words NI, & Bethany O’Neill, HR Consultant, Think People
Hilary & Board Member Bethany will reflect on lessons learned from creating the first Staff Handbook for the organisation, and how this crucial document intersects with employment law, statutory policies, staff-focused procedures and contracts.


Arts & Business NI Members will receive discounted access to the conference, and the opportunity to avail of a further discounted Earlybird ticket for the first week of open bookings.

Member Earlybird Tickets: Before Friday 18th February 2022 at 5pm, members can book their place for £20 + VAT

Member Standard Tickets: From Friday 18th February 2022 at 5pm to Friday 25th February 2022 at 5pm, members can book their place for £30 + VAT

Non-members can access the conference for £40 + VAT until Friday 25th February 2022 at 5pm

Tickets can be bought at the link below.

A&BNI Cultural Governance Conference 2022

Venue: The MAC, 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast BT1 2NJ
Date: Tuesday 1st March 2022
Time: 09:30-13:30
Cost: £20

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New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.