Welcome to CLOA

The Chief Cultural & Leisure Officers Association (cCLOA) exclusively represents senior strategic leaders managing public sector cultural, tourism and sport services. It works closely with central government and key national organisations to influence the development of national policies and to lobby for positive change in the cultural and leisure sectors. It is also a founder and leading member of the National Culture Forum.

cCLOA Memberships are open to all strategic leaders working directly in the public sector environment, and those who hold direct cross-sector managerial responsibility for a range of cultural, tourism and sport services.

The Association is not only important in its own right, but acts as the hub for many of the influential professional organisations working in the leisure and cultural industry. It provides a unique vehicle for cross-fertilisation of ideas towards common goals and plays an important part in delivering a key agenda – a more equal and just society, providing its citizens with high quality opportunities for cultural and leisure that contribute significantly to quality of life.


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Latest from Twitter

RT @NFSUK: DONATE adds recurring donation functionality - https://t.co/EYfvMZTpEj about 1 days ago

@artscampaign @WhatNextCulture have launched an award to recognise councils who support the arts #heartsforthearts https://t.co/T0OfoF5h9D about 2 days ago

RT @Sport_England: How can the sector make sport more #inclusive? Find out about the new insight series launched by @SportingEquals https:… about 2 days ago

RT @ace_national: Phew! We had a great time celebrating our birthday with #70things. Massive thanks to everyone who got involved! https://t… about 2 days ago

RT @PollyCHamilton: Lovely that colleagues in the indy arts sector are so keen to recognise unsung heroes @cCLOAssociation #wnculture https… about 2 days ago

@MattHancockMP focusing on culture through the prism of digital. Access, excellence and synthesis between art/tech. https://t.co/1bx35t1LQ0 about 3 days ago

@PollyCHamilton focus on what culture contributes, talk up creativity, be a 'cultural connector' #wnculture https://t.co/sOFrwIjWaf about 3 days ago

RT @MattHancockMP: Heading to @HOME_mcr #Manchester to give @WhatNextCulture keynote on digital arts #WNculture about 3 days ago

Just been in a 'Making Connections' session - energizing conversations, inspiring ideas and actions emerging #wnculture about 3 days ago

@cCLOAssociation Vice Chair @PollyCHamilton speaking @WhatNextCulture in Manchester today #wnculture https://t.co/7u5G8a7U0p about 3 days ago