Governance is a way of collaborating safely within a structure to allow us to do things that are too important to fail and too big to do alone.

A festival brings like-minded people together to participate, imagine and connect with those who want to make the world a better, fairer place. There is freedom within a structure, but we endeavour to expand the boundaries of what can be possible.

This year’s theme is: Good governance because we can flip the script. It’s a theme that resonates strongly in this extraordinary year, as our friends in the NHS, local authorities, third sector and higher education are tasked with revolutionising how public services are integrated and structured.

Outcomes is the new focus for place-based governance but this intent is nothing without revolutionising mindsets, systems and cultures that make them work. The Festival of Governance celebrates this work and brings together the people who flip the script on public sector governance.