The MJ Forum North: the new landscape for the Powerhouse

11.00 - 1.00

Session 1: The Northern Powerhouse, infrastructure and the ‘levelling up’ agenda

Speakers :
Tom Riordan, CBE, Chief Executive, Leeds City Council Joanne Roney, OBE, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council Pat Ritchie, CBE, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council Kate Josephs, Chief Executive, Sheffield City Council


ENGIE: Shaping a Green Investment Strategy for the North

Speakers :
Wallace Sampson, OBE, Chief Executive, Harrogate Borough Council Jason Longhurst, Strategic Director, Place, Bradford City Council Colin Macpherson, Chief Executive Officer, ENGIE Places & Communities

2.30 - 4.00

Session 2: The March Budget and local government funding

Speakers :
Paul Johnson, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA Gary Fielding, Director of Resources, North Yorkshire County Council

Thursday, 18 March

09.30 - 11.00

Session 3 (a): Health and social care

Speakers :
Alison McKenzie-Folan, Chief Executive, Wigan Council Chris Hopson, Chief Executive, NHS Providers Jeanelle de Gruchy, President and Director of Population Health, Association of Directors of Public Health & Tameside MBC


Session 3 (b): Leadership - GATENBYSANDERSON: The talent challenge: recruitment, and leadership appraisal after the pandemic

Speakers :
Liaquat Lal, Partner Leadership & Talent Consultancy, Gatenby Sanderson Nancy Scott, Partner, Executive Search, Gatenby Sanderson Craig Clarke, Partner, Interim Leadership, Gatenby Sanderson

11.45 – 1.45

Session 4: How the pandemic is changing people and places

Speakers :
Baroness Casey of Blackstock, DBE, , Tom Stannard, Chief Executive, Salford City Council Kersten England, CBE, Chief Executive, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council Shokat Lal, Executive Director (Core Services), Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council


CAPITA: How do we put the heart back into local communities through place shaping?

Every town and city in the UK is feeling the impact of Covid, from factors such as the changing retail market, workplaces being closed, the night time economy coming to a stand-still and the slowing pace of regeneration and investment. There are still many unknowns about what the future of towns and cities might look like after Covid.


Bringing in the visionary place maker Wayne Hemingway from HemingwayDesign, with the placemaking and smart city delivery team from Capita and GL Hearn, we discuss how we can start to put back the heart in communities and debate what a future town and city might look like after Covid. Will places move to smaller village type identities? Is it an opportunity to rethink investment models? How can towns and cities be more resilient to cope with unknown future challenges?


We look at a range of possibilities and analyse the practical steps local authorities can take to get to shape their future place.


Speakers :
Wayne Hemingway, English designer and co-founder of HemingwayDesign , HemingwayDesign Joanne Dennis-Jones, National Head of Planning, GL Hearn Mark Dally, Managing Director of Regulatory & Place Solutions, Capita Local Public Services Paul Dowling, Service Manager Regeneration and Strategic Transport, North Tyneside Council Carole Ciliberti, Head of Smart Places, Capita Real estate and infrastructure