The event for local government's most senior officers

The LGC Summit provides an intimate environment for chief executives to network with peers and discuss challenges in a private environment. The ideal opportunity to invest 24 hours out of the office, to help you lead for the benefit of your local community.

Wednesday 11 September 2019





Registration and refreshments


Welcome from LGC Editor

Nick Golding, Editor, LGC Summit


Welcome from LGC Summit chair

Joanne Roney, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council


Where do we go from here?

Prominent thinkers will lead a debate about the local dimension and how we can bring about a more prosperous, cohesive and fairer future, after years of division and the scaling back of local services.

Chris Naylor, Chief Executive, Barking & Dagenham LBC

Torsten Bell, Chief Executive, Resolution Foundation


End of evening content


Networking reception with canapés


Two-course informal dinner

Thursday 23 May 2019


Networking and refreshments


Reflections from morning chair


Using the planning system to encourage prosperous and healthy communities

Exploring how we plan for more effective, vibrant and well-functioning communities that support the health, business and local economies of communities. Delivering on the ambitions of local plans.

Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities
Steve Quartermain, Chief Planning Officer, MHCLG
Kate Ardern, Director of Public Health, Wigan MBC


The big opportunities in place shaping

Deborah Cadman, Chief Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority


Morning refreshments


Networking tables

A fantastic opportunity for delegates to learn and work with a leading sector expert through round table discussions. Allowing the audience to network with each other and consider a specific problem and offer solutions. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from each facilitator with a summary of discussions from each table at the end.

  • How to get new council housing off the ground
  • Working with residents to rebuild estates
  • How to get good design in an era of constraint
  • How better collaboration and procurement can create better places




Opening remarks from the afternoon chair


Place leadership and skills

How to be an effective place shaper. What’s your role in leading mutually beneficial partnerships and delivering a pro-growth agenda. Learning from mistakes and success.

Joanna Killian, Solace Spokesperson, Housing and Economic Growth; Chief Executive, Surrey CC
Chris Naylor, Chief Executive, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Victor Adebowale, Founding Chair, Collaborate CIC and Chief Executive, Turning Point


Forging lasting relationships with developers

Exploring how councils can work with developers to get projects off the ground. What do developers or builders need from councils to be convinced they have the required ambition and commitment? What do builders or developers need to learn from councils to stand the greatest chance of success in these partnerships.

Matt Jukes, Chief Executive, Hull City Council

Susie Kemp, Chief Executive, Swindon Borough Council


Comfort break


Connected infrastructure and amenities

Ensuring good planning design, with the right connectivity, housing and schools to ensure access to jobs, skills and prosperity for your community. Exploring the local economic growth opportunities available to keep growth inclusive.

Martin Farrington, Director of City Development, Leeds City Council
Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies

More speakers to be announced soon


Closing remarks

Nick Golding, Editor, LGC


Conference ends

Thursday 12 September


Networking and refreshments


Reflections from morning chair


Economic outlook - and the challenges for council finance

Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA

Catherine Frances, Director General, Local Government and Public Services, MHCLG

Theresa Grant, Chief Executive, Northampton CC



Morning keynote

Ben Page, Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI


Morning refreshments


Ending the old: efficient delivery in the digital era

Andrea Siodmok, Head of Policy Lab, Cabinet Office

Martin Reeves, Chief Executive, Coventry City Council

Tim Pitts, Managing Partner, Agilisys


Compassionate councils

Have councils become too managerial and finance-obsessed? Is the onus all on cost reduction and demand management? How is it possible to be compassionate in the era of austerity?

Barry Quirk, Chief Executive, Kensington and Chelsea RBC

Donna Hall, Chair, New Local Government Network




Reflections from afternoon chair


Homelessness and housing interactive session

Delegates will break into groups to discuss a specific topic with an expert facilitator


Topics and facilitators to be announced


Short afternoon refreshment break


The local drive to promote growth


Tom Riordan, Chief Executive, Leeds City Council

Nicola Yates, Chief Executive, Connected Places Catapult


Care on the front foot

Integrating care; a task for everyone in the council

Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive, CQC

Jeanelle de Gruchy, Director of Public Health, Tameside MBC; President, ADPH

Sally Warren, Director of Policy, The King's Fund


Closing remarks


Summit ends

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