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Northern Powerhouse Conference 2020

  • Thursday, 27. February 2020
  • Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel

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020 3096 5789

New Statesman Northern Powerhouse Conference 2020

Thursday 27th February 2020 - 9am-5pm – Renaissance Manchester Hotel

To follow our successful conference in February last year, the New Statesman Northern Powerhouse Conference returns with a day of insight on the future of the North. Leading political and business figures, and advocates of the Northern Powerhouse strategy, will explore the key themes of: green growth; investment in northern business, infrastructure, and transport; sport; media; and the rebalancing of the economy.

Speakers

Andrew Stephenson, Minister for HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and Transpennine Route Upgrade

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council

Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Chi Onwurah, Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne

Nick Forbes CBE, Leader of Newcastle City Council

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region

Darren Thwaites, Editor-in-Chief, Manchester Evening News

Susan Black, Director of Communications, Liverpool Football Club

IPPR North, Senior Research Fellow

Programme*

8am

Registration and networking

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9am

Opening keynote: 

Andrew Stephenson, Minister for HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and Transpennine Rail

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9:15am

Presentation: sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Building

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9:30am

HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail- Panel discussion

Anoosh Chakelian (Chair), Britain Editor, New Statesman

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region

Councillor Nick Forbes CBE, Leader of Newcastle City Council

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10:00am

Clean Energy Growth: Powering the North- Panel discussion- sponsored by Sellafield

Jon Bernstein (Chair), Former Deputy Editor, New Statesman

Peter Whitton, Vice Chair of The Carbon Capture and Storage Association

Anna Round, Senior Research Fellow at IPPR North

Lord Ravensdale, Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nuclear Energy

Alan Woods, Director, Strategy and Business Development- SMR, Rolls Royce

Jamie Reed, Head of Corporate Affairs, Sellafield

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10:45am

Tea, coffee & refreshments

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11:00am

Presentation: University of Liverpool

Matthew Reed, Strategic Director of the Materials Innovation Factory, University of Liverpool

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11:15am

Presentation: The Spotlight Report

Alona Ferber, New Statesman Special Projects Editor

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11:30am

Health for Wealth: Using the North’s health assets to level up the Northern Powerhouse Economy- Panel discussion- sponsored by the Northern Health Science Alliance

Geoff Davison, CEO of BioNow

Dame Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Seamus O'Neill, CEO, NHSA

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12:10pm

Presentation: The Northern Economy and the Premier League

Susan Black, Director of Communications, Liverpool Football Club

12:25pm

Interview with Sir Richard Leese CBE, Leader of Manchester City Council

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12:55pm

Lunch and networking

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1:55pm

How can the Digital Revolution Support Economic Development in the North? - Panel discussion- sponsored by BT

Lou Cordwell OBE, Founder and CEO, magneticNorth

Antony Higginbotham MP, Member of Parliament for Burnley

Councillor Nick Forbes CBE, Leader of Newcastle City Council

Ed Petter, Group Corporate Affairs Director, BT

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2:35pm

Afternoon Address: Chi Onwurah MP, Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne

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2:50pm

Presentation: Media in the North

Darren Thwaites, Editor-in-Chief, Manchester Evening News

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3:05pm

Tea, coffee & refreshments

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3:15pm

Presentation: sponsored by Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Robert Hough, Chairman of Peel Airports

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3:30pm

Social Mobility Through Skills- Panel discussion- sponsored by BAE Systems and Movement to Work

Anastacia Jamfrey, BAE Systems

Sam Olsen, CEO, Movement to Work

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4:10

Presentation: sponsored by Marketing Humber

Andy Parkinson, Chair of the Bondholders Advisory Board and Business Strategy Consultant

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4:25pm

Green Growth and Sustainability in the North- Panel discussion

Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool

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5:00pm

Closing remarks and drinks reception

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*Subject to change - keep checking back for more detailed programme updates

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