Annual conference 2022

Join us in person at the UK’s biggest trust and foundation event of the year.

In the wake of a damaging global pandemic, the continued climate crisis and rising levels of inequality, what does effective, ambitious and courageous foundation leadership look like?

The conference is an unbeatable opportunity for leaders and future leaders, from foundations small and large, to connect and be inspired.

Hear from thought-provoking speakers as, together, we consider what effective, ambitious and courageous leadership in our communities could look like over the next decade.


 15 November



BMA House

Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP 


Keynote speaker

Professor Lucy Easthope LLB MSc PhD FHEA FRAI FEPS

Lucy is a leading authority on recovering from disaster. For over two decades she has challenged others to think differently about what comes next, after tragic events. She is a passionate and thought-provoking voice in an area that few know about: emergency planning. However in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, her work has become decidedly more mainstream.

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She has advised government departments, corporations, emergency and health services and charities throughout her career. Her new book ‘When The Dust Settles’ is a Sunday Times bestseller. She is a Professor in Practice of Risk and Hazard at the University of Durham where she co-founded the After Disaster Network, Fellow in Mass Fatalities and Pandemics at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and a Research Associate at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University, New Zealand.

Our conference is supported by our Official Partners. You'll be able to meet with them throughout the day.


More about the theme

Across society, new ways of doing things are emerging at a pace that is likely to accelerate in the decade ahead.  

The conference will explore the practical challenges for leaders in ensuring that their foundations are well-placed to contribute to the changes we will all need to make. 

What is courageous foundation leadership within, and for, communities? Is it tangible and achievable? How do foundations invest in models that will serve well for the next ten years? What risk-taking by grantees have foundation leaders admired and what can be learnt from them? Could foundations be more proactively fearless for people becomingly more marginalised? 

What would the next generation of foundation leaders want us to take a stand on? 

The conference will ask leaders to shape the conversations for foundations over the next decade and consider the practical actions they can take now to ensure they are championing a more equitable future for the communities and causes being supported in the UK and internationally.



 9am–10am Arrival and registration

Morning session

Including: opening welcome, keynote speaker and panel discussion

 12pm–1.30pm Lunch and networking

Afternoon session

Including: two breakout sessions, networking and the chance to interact with our Official Partners, closing thoughts

 5pm–6pm Drinks reception


Who can attend the conference?

ACF members and individuals representing non-member charitable trusts and foundations, those working in research and academia, and those working in wider civil society.

If you're a corporate or commercial entity, we please ask you to get in contact with us to consider exhibiting at our conference.


How do I book my ticket?

You can either click the 'Book your ticket' button at the top of the page or go to the event page and book there. Please bear in mind that to book you need to be signed-in in our website. If you don't have an account yet, please register here.

Do I need to be an ACF member to attend the annual conference?

No, members and non-members representing foundations are welcome to attend the conference. You will also need to be signed-in on our website to do so. Please be aware that ticket prices differ for non-members. 

Can I book tickets for other colleagues?

Yes. Please email [email protected] for further information on how to do this.

Is BMA House an accessible venue?

Is the event sustainable?

ACF is committed to delivering an environmentally-friendly conference. You can learn more about BMA House's sustainability policy here. We are also thinking about our use of resources and materials, with more information to follow.

Do you have other questions not covered here?

Email us at [email protected] or call us at (0)20 7255 4499 and we'll do our best to help you.