Diversity in Governance


This seminar will introduce your board members to the business case and benefits from greater diversity on your board or committee of management.


Prior to holding these seminars, art4u.australia invited CEO’s of arts organisations from around Australia to respond to a survey designed to identify diversity in governance. The results of this survey will be presented along with other research from around the world.

We will explore how diversity is much more than gender equality

It is recommended your Chairperson, CEO and one other board member attend as a key reason for having a diverse group of board members is that it sets an example for further diversity in the workforce. As there is a maximum of 50 places at each seminar, attendance is limited to three people per organisation.

Each person attending will take away a complimentary board policy on diversity that can be adapted for your own board.

Seminar dates and locations. Select a link below to download an information kit and registration details for your State.

All dates are subject to a return to work environment that permits physical meetings. Venues will be selected based upon their commitment to providing a Coronavirus free environment and all social distancing rules will be adhered to.

In the event of cancellation due to pandemic measures, an alternative date and venue will be announced. Those registered will be contacted with an option to transfer to the new date or accept a full refund of any prepaid fees.


Facilitator for this workshop is John Coxon, founder of art4u.australia John has extensive experience serving on boards and as a manager within the nonprofit sector. John has served on boards in the mental health, adult education and arts sectors. For the past two decades John has guided nonprofit boards through implementing best practice and effective strategic planning. From 2006-2009 John was Executive Officer of Community Southwest, an alliance of nonprofit organisations. From 2011 – 2016 John guided a group of stakeholders through the process of establishing the NZ Jade Artist Society, become a foundation committee member and was responsible for organising a national Jade Artist awards and exhibition in 2014 and 2016. During 2018-19 John was Operations Manager for an Aboriginal Health Care Organisation and attended board meetings in his capacity as acting CEO. Art4u.australia was established by John in 2019 for the purpose of providing guidance and advice to arts organisations in Australia.


Register prior to 30th December 2020 for Early Bird fee is –

One person – $70. Two persons $120. Three persons $180.00. All prices exclude GST.

After 1 January 2021 registration fee is –

One person – $110. Two persons $190. Three persons $240. All prices exclude GST.

Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch provided.


Registration details can be found in the information kit for your State. Download from links above.