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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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 and infrastructure, transport, education and the rebalancing of the economy, with leading political and business figures and advocates of the Northern Powerhouse strategy.

Join  Former Deputy Prime Minister, Lord John Prescott, Lord Michael Heseltine, Julie Elliott MP, Philip Graham, Sadie Morgan and other figures from industry, national and regional politics, for a series of panels, networking opportunities and a drinks reception organised in partnership with Built Environment Communications Group, First Direct, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, CityFibre and WSP.

With panels on Skills and Education, Transport and Connectivity, Digital Infrastructure and Inclusive Growth, the New Statesman Northern Powerhouse conference will be an opportunity to engage with key stakeholders and decision-makers from the UK’s northern regions.

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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 - Designer, winner of the RIBA Sterling Prize, Chair of Independent Design Panel for HS2, board member of the National Infrastructure Commission

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

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Drinks Reception and Presentation by BECG

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

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