Welcome to CLOA

National Leadership - Local Voice

The Chief Cultural & Leisure Officers Association (CLOA) is the professional association for strategic leaders managing public sector Culture, Arts, Heritage, Tourism, Libraries, Parks, Sport and Leisure services. We work closely with central government and key national organisations such as Arts Council England, Sport England and The National Archives to influence the development of national policies and to lobby for positive change within our sectors.

CLOA Memberships are open to all those working directly in local government and those delivering services on behalf of the public sector.

The Association is not only important in its own right, but acts as the hub for many other 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 our vision – that every locality has a thriving, high quality and distinctive cultural and leisure offer.


The Chair's latest opinion

A regular update from our current Chair

Securing the future of public sport and leisure services
We are pleased to share ‘Securing the future of public sport and leisure services’.  This summary report is the culmination of a research project to explore the future of public sport and leisure services, following the seismic changes to the sector as a result of the health pandemic.  It evaluates the current state of public [...]Read More...
On the road to a more diverse CLOA
If we want to tap into the creative capacity of everyone, not just those with the greatest opportunity, we have to design things differently.  If we want our decisions to be rounded, with input from different perspectives, we have to open our discussions up and hear the voices, stories and variety of experiences across society.  [...]Read More...
Read The Chair's Opinion