The 2023 Annual Lecture will be delivered by our 2023 Good Governance Award winner, Jane Davidson, who has made an outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability.

Throughout her professional career, Jane has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to sustainable development, creating the Future Generations act in Wales, and working towards the One Planet Standard. Her unique approach to governance, focusing on evidence-based decision-making rather than rhetoric, has led to meaningful and lasting change, improving things step by step.

Jane's tireless efforts in championing environmental sustainability serve as a powerful reminder of the festival's central theme, "good governance because scarcity is real." With natural resources under threat and the challenges of climate change becoming increasingly pressing, it is essential that governance is directed towards sustainable solutions that address these critical issues.

Jane's work embodies this spirit, and her recognition with the 2023 Good Governance Award is a testament to her contributions to the field. As a professor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Jane continues to inspire and educate the next generation of leaders in sustainability and governance, ensuring that her work has a lasting impact.

Previous Years Speakers

Dr Anjali Mazumder

Professor Jaideep Prabhu

Rob Whiteman CBE

Lord Patel of Bradford

Rt Hon Jacqui Smith

Professor Andrew Corbett-Nolan

Caroline Clarke

Lord Bob Kerslake

Professor Judge Mervyn King