12 - 13 September 2018

INNSIDE Hotel , Manchester


Leading places and communities through complex times

Wednesday 13 September 2017

Timings Session Contributors


Registration and refreshments.


Welcome from LGC Editor and Wednesday Summit Chair

Lord Bob Kerslake, Chair, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


The future for health and social care

With an ageing population and the NHS at financial breaking point, developing a sustainable health and social care system is by far the biggest challenge facing local government and the wider public sector right now and in the future.

Are STPs the best vehicle for delivery? Has anyone cracked the code for successful integration? Can integration ever really be resolved with two separate budget holders and different rules of governance?

Jon Rouse, Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow, Social Care, The King’s Fund

Margaret Willcox, OBE, President, ADASS

Steven Pleasant, Chief Executive, Tameside Council


Networking reception


Two course dinner

Thursday 14 September 2017


Networking and refreshments


Reflections from Chair

Carolyn Downs, Chief Executive, London Borough of Brent


Public sector reform

The focus of this year’s Summit is to help shape a strategic debate on the future of local government. In order to do this we need to consider what the communities of the future will look like. What impact will BREXIT have on the workforce and diversity? And how will technological innovations and disruptions shape our communities?

Thomas Man, Head of Capital Ambition, London Councils

Liam Booth-Smith, Chief Executive, Localis

Sally Burlington, Head of Policy, LGA


Systems Leadership

Many CEOs are citing this to be the most challenging period of their career in local government as they struggle to manage and lead across different bodies and different agendas.

As organisational leaders, how can you play as system leaders in a complex, multi functional and multi organisational environment?

Martin Reeves, Chief Executive, Coventry City Council and Interim Chief Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA 

Andrew Lightfoot, Deputy Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Gavin Jones, President, SOLACE, and Chief Executive, Essex County Council

Irene Lucas, Chief Executive, Sunderland City Council


Morning refreshments




Barry Quirk, Chief Executive, London Borough of Lewisham

10:50 – 12:20

Funding and structure

Devolution, combined authorities, elected mayors, STPs – these are most recent introductions to empower local communities. But, in order to understand the best structure for local government, a strategic discussion about its role and what it should deliver is critical.

If we could start again, what would be the best structure for public service delivery? How can services be delivered differently and more effectively? With move to 100% business rates retention intended to encourage councils to flex their commercial muscle and stimulate local growth, we consider how it can enable local authorities to bridge the gap in funding and discuss the freedoms and opportunities it presents.

Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA

Abdool Kara, Executive Leader, NAO

Dr Andrea Siodmok, Deputy Director, Cabinet Office


Partner Workshops




Housing and sustainable, integrated communities

This session will look at how councils can work to tackle the housing crisis. It will examine the provision of safe social or genuinely affordable homes. It will also seek to ensure that housing helps facilitate community integration, economic growth and helps local areas respond to population changes.

Chair: Barry Quirk, Chief Executive, Lewisham Council

Dame Louise Casey DBE CB

Terrie Alafat, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Housing

Martin Swales, Chief Executive, South Tyneside Council

David Orr, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation





Plan for economic growth

As local government continues to find ways to help their communities flourish, we consider the impact of BREXIT on the Government’s Industrial Strategy. How effective will both the strategy and BREXIT be for driving UK Plc activity and what role will councils have in driving economic growth?




Chair: Editor of LGC

Barry Quirk, Chief Executive, London Borough of Lewisham

Jo Negrini, Chief Executive, London Borough of Croydon 

John Henderson, Chief Executive, Staffordshire County Council

Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities

Andrew Muter, Chief Executive, Newark and Sherwood District Council


Closing remarks



Summit ends

   © EMAP 2017.  The programme may change due to unforeseen circumstances.  EMAP reserves the right to alter the venue and/or speakers. 


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