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Northern Powerhouse Conference

A New Statesman conference exploring policy areas related to the Northern Powerhouse strategy

  • Tuesday, 27. February 2018
  • Leeds Town Hall

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0203 146 5864

The New Statesman is pleased to announce a policy conference to be held in Leeds Town Hall on Tuesday 27th February, to coincide with the launch of a New Statesman-Spotlight report on the Northern Powerhouse. We'll be exploring the key themes of devolution, investment in northern business, infrastructure, transport, education and the rebalancing of the economy, with leading politicians, business figures and advocates of the Northern Powerhouse strategy.

Join  former Deputy Prime Ministers Lord John Prescott and Lord Michael Heseltine, Julie Elliott MP, Philip Graham and Sadie Morgan of the National Infrastructure Commission and many, many more, for a series of panels, speeches, networking opportunities and a drinks reception.

With panels on skills and education, transport and connectivity, digital infrastructure and inclusive growth, the New Statesman Northern Powerhouse conference will bring together councillors, parliamentarians, renowned experts and private sector representatives for a day of discussion, debate and insight.

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Doors open & welcome lunch

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Introduction from Will Dunn, editor of Spotlight

Opening speeches from Lord John Prescott and Lord Michael Heseltine

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Introduction and presentation by WYG

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Upskilling the Workforce for the Jobs of the Future - in partnership with Sellafield

Jamie Reed - former Member of Parliament for Copeland, Head of Development and Community Relations, Sellafield

Professor John Fyfe - International Management Specialist and advisor to governments

Lord Christopher Haskins - Vice-Chair of APPG on Northern Powerhouse & Chair of Humber Local Enterprise Partnership

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Mobility in the Northern Powerhouse: The role of transport infrastructure in driving the prosperity agenda - in partnership with WSP

Sadie Morgan - Founder , dRMM architects

Philip Graham - Chief Executive, National Infrastructure Commission

Adrian Kemp - Director in Development, WSP

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Coffee break & refreshments

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Presentation by Leeds University

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Digital Infrastructure in the Northern Powerhouse - in partnership with CityFibre

Julie Elliott MP - Member of Parliament for Sunderland Central

Roy Grant - Head of IT, City of York Council

Mark Collin - Director of Strategy and Public Affairs, CityFibre

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Northern Powerhouse: An Engine for Inclusive Growth - in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Ashwin Kumar - Chief Economist, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Karen Finlayson - Partner, Risk Assurance, North Region Lead, PwC

Cllr James Lewis -  Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Resources and Strategy, Leeds City Council

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Drinks reception and presentation by BECG

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Event close


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Location: Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD

Time: Tuesday 27th February 2018, 12:00-19:00




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