The new agenda: Levelling up and The Spending Review

Wednesday 23rd March

12.30 -13.45

Registration, Refreshments & buffet lunch


Welcome and Introduction

Michael Burton, Editorial Director of The MJ,

14.00 - 14.30

What the levelling up White Paper means for the North

Joanne Roney, OBE, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

14.30 - 15.05

The levelling up White Paper: the education and skills challenge

Panel debate

Speakers :
Damian Allen, Chief Executive, Doncaster MBC Tom Stannard, Chief Executive, Salford City Council

15.05 – 15:40

Levelling up, place-shaping and the future of towns and cities

Graham Wilkinson, Senior Manager, IP Migration Specialists Sales, BT

15.40 - 16.00

Refreshment break

16.00 - 16:30

The levelling up White Paper: the infrastructure and housing challenge

Panel debate

Speakers :
Sharon Kemp, Chief Executive, Rotherham MBC Wallace Sampson, OBE, Chief Executive, Harrogate Borough Council

16:30 - 17.10

The agenda for local government: levelling up, social care, funding, the Spending Review and today’s Spring Statement

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive, Local Government Association

17:10 - 17:45

Place leadership: the power of towns and smaller cities

Seb Lowe, Partner, GatenbySanderson

19.15 – 19.45

Pre-dinner drinks


Networking Dinner

Thursday 24th March



Heather Jameson, Editor, The MJ

09.00 – 09.40

Lessons for Northern councils and levelling up from COP26, Glasgow

Speakers :
Jason Longhurst, Director of Place Chair and CEO of UK Business Council for Sustainable Development , Bradford Metropolitan District Council Maggie Bosanquet, Sustainability, Carbon & Climate Change Team Leader, Durham County Council Professor David Healey, , Keele University Richard Carmichael, Managing Director for Local Authority Services, EQUANS

09.40 – 10.20

Levelling up regional GVA and economic growth

Mike Emmerich, Founding Director, Metro Dynamics

10.20 – 10.50

Refreshment break



10.50 - 11.25

How can levelling up help our coastal communities?

Jonathan Tew, Chief Executive, South Tyneside MBC

11.25 – 12.05

The health and social care debate: the health and care levy/levelling up health equalities/integration White Paper

Saffron Cordery, Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Providers


Close of forum and buffet lunch