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 - 14.40

Levelling up, the Spending Review and the North

Joanne Roney, OBE, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

14.40 - 15.20

The health and care challenge

Chris Hopson, Chief Executive, NHS Providers

15.20 – 16.00

The future of the city

Speakers from BT

16.00- 16.30

Refreshment break

16.30 - 17.10

The power of towns and smaller cities; identifying and developing top talent

Speakers from GatenbySanderson

Seb Lowe, Partner, GatenbySanderson

17.10 - 17.45

The Budget and the Spending Review

Paul Johnson, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies

19.15 – 19.45

Pre-dinner drinks


Networking Dinner

Thursday 24th March



Heather Jameson, Editor, The MJ

09.00 – 09.40

Lessons for councils from COP26, Glasgow

Speakers from EQUANS

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 Colin Macpherson, CEX Places & Communities, EQUANS

09.40 – 10.20

The levelling up agenda (1) The rural challenge

Richard Flinton, Chief Executive, North Yorkshire County Council

10.20 – 10.50

Refreshment break



10.50 - 11.30

The levelling up agenda (2): The urban challenge

11.30 – 12.10

The levelling up agenda (3): the coastal communities challenge

Jonathan Tew, Chief Executive, South Tyneside MBC


Close of forum and buffet lunch