Local Government Leadership Forum

Local Government Leadership Forum
TBC 5 - 6 December 2024
Snapshot from The MJ Future Forum North in 2023

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The MJ Future Forum North 2023 was set in the context of the upcoming months before a pivotal general election which could see a change of government. Weeks after the Autumn Statement, we dived deep into plans for public finances, the advent of artificial intelligence, how to prevent meltdown and whether the role of the monitoring officer is robust enough and much more.

We covered:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • The Autumn Statement 
  • Fiscal transparency: the challenge for local government
  • Climate change: the council role
  • What next for devolution & levelling up?
  • What Oflog means for the sector
  • Preventing meltdown: is the role of the monitoring officer robust enough?

Previous Future Forum Speakers Include

  • Suki
    Suki Binjal Solicitor, Consultant and former interim Monitoring Officer, Northumberland CC
  • Helen
    Helen Bradley Head of Legal & Democratic Services and Monitoring Officer, Durham CC & LLG National Lead for Monitoring Officers
  • Mike
    Mike Emmerich Founding Director,
  • Philip
    Philip Emms Principal Consultant, GatenbySanderson
  • William
    William Flint CEO and Co-Founder, Pairly
  • Justin
    Justin Galligard CEO, Norse Group
  • Paul
    Paul Johnson Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Kate
    Kate Josephs CB Chief Executive, Sheffield City Council
  • Andrew
    Andrew Lewis Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council
  • Karl
    Karl Limbert Director of Strategy, EQUANS UK&I
  • Sanjay
    Sanjay Mackintosh Managing Director, Roretti
  • Alison
    Alison Mckenzie-Folan Chief Executive, Wigan Council
  • Chris
    Chris Melia Local Authority Growth Director , Capita
  • Kath
    Kath O’Dwyer Chief Executive, St Helens Borough Council
  • Sir Tony
    Sir Tony Redmond Sir Chair of the Improvement and Assurance Board , Nottingham City Council
  • Joanne
    Joanne Roney Chief Executive, Manchester City Council
  • Pam
    Pam Smith Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council
  • Tom
    Tom Stannard Chief Executive, Salford City Council
  • Louise
    Louise Thompson CEO, MyFolks


  • Ken Lyon

    The MJ Future Forum North is a unique event, comprising of superb content and an unrivalled ability to discuss challenges opportunity with a high calibre mix of people both directly within the sector and those supporting from the outside. The sessions are always on point and I never fail to be amazed by the level of high-quality learning, conversations and relationship-building that Future Forum North provides.

    Ken Lyon Managing Director Lyon Local Gov Ltd
  • Lawrence Conway

    An essential opportunity to hear, and participate in, the latest thinking on key priorities for the local government sector.

    Lawrence Conway Chief Executive South Lakeland District Council
  • Andrew	Muter

    The value of this event lies in its high-powered and quick-fire sessions which cover so much ground over twenty-four hours. Add to this the networking opportunities and you have the perfect way to update your understanding of local government's current challenges in a knowledgeable and friendly environment.

    Andrew Muter Interim Chief Executive
  • James Binks

    Excellent event, content, speakers, networking opportunities, venue etc. Really valuable way to spend two days. 

    James Binks Assistant Chief Executive Manchester City Council