Good governance because fairer is better.

It is the mission of the Good Governance Institute to create a better fairer world through good governance.

Our theme for the Festival of Governance 2022 - Good governance because fairer is better - is central to our mission and resonates strongly in this extraordinary year.

Participation, imagination and connection are what creates a successful festival. The Festival of Governance is an annual opportunity for leaders from across the public, third and private sectors to meet and explore ways to create better and fairer organisations. The festival celebrates their work.

Each year, as the centrepiece of the festival, we host an annual lecture, an opportunity to hear from an excellent speaker and for old friends to meet and new ones to be made. Our keynote speaker this year for the annual lecture will be announced soon. Of course, we will also be announcing the annual good governance award.

These are all questions that must be aired and debated – and our 2022 Festival of Governance will provide a platform for that debate.

In our series of Festival launch videos, we prompt an examination into what the Nolan Principles mean, how they are used and whether fairness should be added to the list.

Join the national debate @GoodGovInst using the hashtags #festofgov #ethicalculture #nolanprinciples and register to be informed of upcoming Festival events as well as our upcoming podcasts on The Public Good.

If you would like to be kept informed about this year’s festival programme, we'd love to hear from you – please register your interest here.


The 2016 festival of governance was themed, “The future is in our hands.” The festival hoped to inspire new ideas that aimed to create a future “better than the one that is inevitable.”

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The first ever Festival of Governance in 2015 allowed our team, associates, clients, partners and supporters to come together in a way where the whole was greater than the sum of the parts.

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