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Good Governance Institute This Week
17 August – 21 August 2020

Welcome to GGI’s latest weekly summary of briefings, knowledge-sharing and commentary. Last week we launched the four weekly themes for our thoroughly modern Festival of Governance and this week we’ve started to reveal some of the exciting interactive events we want to invite you to register for.
Diversity in governance and leadership is essential. For the first week of the festival, we’re thinking about all of the protected characteristics and beyond to help ensure that every person is represented across all areas of the public sector and in the communities where we live. No matter your gender, race, religion, disability, sexuality, age – we want the world to be fair to all. In this newsletter you’ll see opportunities to discuss and engage in being an ally as well as the many different groups that help to create the UK today. Thank you for reading.

Festival of Governance

This year the Good Governance Institute hosts it’s sixth annual Festival of Governance to celebrate success in our collective effort to build a better, fairer world through good governance.
This year we’ve gone completely digital! It is a great opportunity for us to experiment with what can be possible online until we meet again. The theme this year aims for a reboot of public services, a renaissance 2.0 for 2020; – Good governance because it’s time to think again – and it will be presented over 4 weeks in a series of webinars and digital posts.
Running from 30 August – 30 September we’ll be highlighting some of the values of the renaissance as they relate to 2020:

  • Diversity (31 August – 4 September)
  • Digital (7 September – 11 September)
  • Community interplay (14 September – 18 September)
  • Modern governance (21 September – 25 September) 

Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing a series of exciting online events to get you and your colleagues thinking about governance. As well as sharing an array of thought-provoking pieces there will be two-three events each week for you to engage with. We’ll share each event in this newsletter as they become available to register for.
Full details of the festival are available here:

  Diversity week - Festival of Governance
  31 August 2020 – 4 September 2020
Stonewall LGBTQ+ Allies Empowerment Session
Tuesday, 1 September 10:00 - 11.30am

This interactive session is a unique professional development opportunity, giving attendees the tools they need to develop their own plans to create a more inclusive environment for everyone.

Places are limited, register for yours here.

Race: a glacial concept
Wednesday, 2 September 10.30 - 11.30am

A webinar and opportunity for Q&A run by the Seacole Group – a network of BAME non-executive directors in the NHS with one vision: that NHS boards reflect the ethnic diversity of patients and communities they serve.

Places are limited, register for yours here.


Actionable allyship in the workplace
Thursday, 3 September 12:00 - 13.30

What does it look like to be an ally not just in words, but in action? How are we speaking up and recognising when privilege and power come into play in the workplace?

Places are limited, register for yours here.


Also, we’re hiring!
GGI has been at the forefront of governance thinking for a decade, working across the public, third and independent sectors. Everyone here shares the same vision: to create a fairer, better world. It’s stimulating, challenging work that makes a real difference. Would you like to join us?
We’re currently looking for the right people to fill the following vacancy:
  • Communications and relationships manager
You’ll find more information and application details here:
Free advisory service
To help boards meet the extraordinary challenge of COVID-19, GGI is currently offering its advisory service free of charge until the end of September 2020 to the boards of all public and third sector organisations in the UK.
The service offers expert and impartial advice, informed by best practice and provided by members of GGI’s experienced senior team.
If you would like to take up this offer, or just find out more about it, please contact us by emailing or call us on 07732 681120. We will do our best to respond within 24 hours.
From this week's webinars
Notes from Professor Mervyn King’s comments:
  • Value creation in a sustainable manner, has the company made its money while having a positive impact on society?
  • In value creation, you have preservation, you also have erosion of value. So, value creation replaced profit.
  • The word profit wasn’t mentioned once I think in two days. Everybody was agreed they had to look as stewards of other people’s money as asset managers.
  • Does this company have the trust and confidence of the community in which it operates and has it got legitimacy of operation?
  • The board should have an agenda item at each board meeting on stakeholder relationships to learn what are the stakeholder’s needs, interests and expectations, to make decisions based on the long-term best interests of the company.
  • The board is the conscience of the company.
  • Countries are collaborating now to find a vaccine, need to steer away from viewing each other as competitors.
NED comments overheard during today’s webinar:
“We teed to design a framework with governance that looks at value added, measuring important social outputs. Collaboration will bring all 17 NHS goals into focus.”
“We are anchor organisations, especially in deprived urban areas. The NHS implants skills in the community, need to be an exemplar for social services across the world.”
“To force the pace, we need silo organisations to be held accountable for shared objectives which relate too how local communities can be resilient in the longer term; and associated with that a set of objectives and PIs with real teeth to measure delivery against outcomes. This has been tried in the past, but not worked. It needs Government to support this.”
“The NHS is dominated by Illness more than health. As a consequence, the outcomes are only 'governed' if they relate to the consequences of services we deliver.”
“The pandemic has brought us together, cut red tape and allowed us to collaborate effectively. Room for us to create value for the economy and the environment.”
Yesterday’s session opened with an insightful conversation about STPs and ICSs and the challenges they can bring. Some of the key questions the group asked themselves included:
  • Do independent chairs have the authority and accountability needed?
  • Are the timescales for transforming STPs into ICSs reasonable given the complex demands they need to meet?
  • Do system partners understand what the NHS does so that services can be effectively designed and delivered?
  • No STPs are the same, but they should still engage with each other to understand what they can learn collectively. How could we do this?
  • What does good governance in these new systems look like?
Overheard during yesterday’s webinar:
“There is a collective responsibility of providers to understand their local civic society and deliver services according to those needs.”
“Positive system relationships have definitely been built during the COVID-19 crisis, but more needs to be done.”
“The importance of building positive and productive relationships with regional offices is absolutely key.”
“Having an effective executive layer for collaboration across the system really helps. This with lean but effective independent oversight with a mechanism for holding them to account supports the broader health system alongside civic society.”
“CCG and ICS leadership can be seen as the same thing, but it’s vital that they aren’t. There must be appointments to leadership teams in ICSs.”
Upcoming events
In other news

Public Health England to be axed:

Sniffer dogs in a trial to sniff out COVID-19:

European countries see second COVID-19 wave:

Data use and privacy challenged during test-and-trace:
GGI Academy

Starting this September
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