The MJ Future Forum North: the impact of the new Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Budget, Brexit and the next financial settlement on local government in the North

The Future Forum is an invitation-only annual 24-hour seminar on key issues affecting local authorities and the public sector in the North of England.

The MJ Future Forum North takes place at The Midland Hotel, Manchester December 5/6 at a time of economic and political turbulence even more pronounced than the past year. A new Prime Minister in Boris Johnson and new Chancellor Sajid Javid will preside over their first Budget in late autumn, Brexit is scheduled to occur by October 31 (or will it?) and the Spending Review may or may not be underway from 2020. A new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, will also be grappling with the forthcoming financial settlement. It is too much to hope that the long-awaited Green Paper on social care will surface but nonetheless the burden of adult and children’s social care cannot be ignored. Join leading chief executives from the North West, North East and Yorkshire & Humberside for our popular 24-hour event to find out how these major changes will affect their authorities.

"The Future Forum can best be described as 24 hours of high value investment; an opportunity to learn, challenge and network."
Chief Executive, South Kesteven DC

Click here to read the MJ Future Forum North 2018 review


2019 speakers include:

  • Danielle Gillespie, General Manager, North, Homes England
  • Paul Johnson, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Sharon Kemp, Chief Executive, Rotherham MBC
  • Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive, Local Government Association
  • Tom Riordan, Chief Executive, Leeds City Council
  • Joanne Roney, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council
  • Martin Swales, Chief Executive, South Tyneside MBC, President of SOLACE
  • Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA
  • Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council


"The MJ Forums are an essential part of my calendar whenever I can attend. I always find the Forums highly useful. They bring us up to date with the latest thinking, provide networking opportunities and provide some really stimulating ideas to follow up after the Forum." 
Chief Executive, Lincolnshire CC

Attendance at The MJ Future Forum North is by invitation only.  If you wish to attend The MJ Future Forum North 2019 please contact Jo Evans for further information.

"ENGIE has been a proud supporter of the MJ Future Forums, North and South, over the last few years. These well-structured and focussed events are a great opportunity to meet, engage and learn from senior local government leaders. They are also a unique opportunity for ENGIE to demonstrate our help to the public sector in creating sustainable places for everyone to live and work in."

Haydn Scarborough, Business Development Director – ENGIE UK