The MJ Future Forum North:
The new government's agenda for the North

November 30th and December 1st 2017
Midland Hotel, Manchester


Event Sponsors: BT Gatenby Sanderson logo NPS logo  Microsfot logo logo

Programme :

Thursday 30th November 2017

12.30 - 13.45 Registration, refreshments and lunch  
13.55 - 14.00 Welcome and introduction Welcome from Forum chair: Michael Burton, Editorial Director, The MJ Group 
14.00 - 14.30 The agenda for Greater Manchester and Combined Authorities Andy Burnham, Mayor, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
14.30 - 15.00 Minding the money: the NAO’s priorities for 2018   Abdool Kara, Executive Leader, Local  Service Delivery, National Audit Office
15.00- 15.35 CityVerve: a BT perspective on Manchester’s Smart City initiative  Professor John Davies, Chief Researcher, Future Business Technology, BT
15.35 - 15.55 Refreshment break
15.55 - 16.35 Panel discussion: devolution                   Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council, Simon Nokes, Director of Policy and Strategy, GM Combined Authority, Dr Dave Smith, Managing Director, Sheffield City Region, David Parr, Chief Executive, Halton BC, Lead Officer, Governance at the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority  


16.35 - 17.15

Panel discussion: A country that works for all? How the Northern Powerhouse can deliver economic development and the industrial strategy

Joanne Roney, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council, Martin Swales, Chief Executive, South Tyneside MBC and SOLACE spokesman on economic prosperity, Theresa Grant, Chief Executive, Trafford MBC,Tom Riordan, Chief Executive, Leeds City Council

17.15 - 17.50

Future Ready Leadership: pace, partnership and pioneers in delivering The Northern Powerhouse people strategy

Jon Hoolihan, Partner, Leadership and Talent Consultancy, GatenbySanderson, Jody Goldsworthy, Senior Partner, Leadership and Talent Consultancy, GatenbySanderson 

19.00 - 19.45 Pre-dinner drinks
19.45 Charity Dinner: We Love Manchester Fund   

Friday 1st December 2017

08.45 - 09.20 Norse Group: Castles in the air: Why high quality social housing should not be an impossible dream. Mike Britch, Managing Director, Norse Group
09.20 - 10.10 What next for health and care budgets and integration? Jon Rouse, Chief Officer, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, Chris Hopson, Chief Executive, NHS Providers
10.10 - 10.45 Children’s services: the challenge for chief executives Merran McRae, Chief Executive, Wakefield City Council and SOLACE spokesperson on children’s services
10.45 - 11.05 Refreshment break
11.05 - 11.35 Update from the LGA Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive, Local Government Association 
11.35- 12.10 Devolution and technology (Microsoft) Bob Brown, Chief Information Officer, Manchester City Council and Chair of Info Mgmt and Technology, Manchester Health Locality  
12.10 - 12.45 The Autumn Budget: its implications for local government and the public finances Paul Johnson, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies 
Close of conference & Lunch
13.00-14.15 Round table lunchtime discussion with National Audit Office on impact of Budget on local government

* Please note it may be necessary to alter the timings, speakers or content of the agenda for reasons beyond our control.