EvoNorth Agenda




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Wednesday 4th March 2020

08:00 Registration / Breakfast / Networking / Exhibition 

10:00 Leaders Debate – Health, Social Care & Wellbeing

The health science economy accounts for £17bn of the region’s output. Under the banner of the Northern Powerhouse, health and social care has been one of the most prevalent themes for the improvement and sustainability of public health in the North.

  • Warren Heppolette, Executive Lead Strategy and System Development, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership - Confirmed 
  • Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive, NHS Digital – Invited
  • Professor Em Wilkinson-Brice, Deputy Chief People Officer, NHS England - Invited
  • Sir Ron Kerr, Chair, NHS Providers - Invited

10:30 Thought Leader Masterclass, sponsored by Knowledge Transfer Network

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11:00 Refreshments / Networking / Exhibition

11:30 Strategic Partner 

11:45 Leaders debate - Housing, Placemaking and Social Value

The vast majority of the North is only able to bid for 20% of government housing investment. This means a huge missed opportunity to make smarter investments in northern communities where the economic and social impact will be higher.

  • Carol Matthews, Chair, Homes for the North – Confirmed
  • Cllr Linda Hobson, Newcastle City Council - Confirmed
  • Anne Marie Lubanski, Strategic Director of Adult Care, Housing and Public Health, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council - Confirmed
  • Guy Battle, Chief Executive, Social Value Portal - Confirmed

12:15 Lunch / Networking / Exhibition

13:45 Thought Leader Masterclass

14:15 Strategic Partner

14:30 Leaders debate sponsored by The Open University

Open Uni Education, Skills and Employment 

The future of the North lies in our own hands, and closing the education and skills gap between the North and London will begin to narrow the productivity gap. Continued prosperity relies on a workforce equipped with a high-quality education and the essential skills to succeed.

  • Richard Crane, Head of Education & Skills, Durham County Council - Confirmed
  • David Willett, Commercial Director, The Open University - Confirmed
  • Annette Bramley, Director, N8 Research - Confirmed
  • Raksha Pattni, Director of School Partnerships (North), Ambition Institute – Confirmed
  • Stephen Gorard, Professor of Education and Public Policy, and Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute at Durham University – Confirmed
  • Vicky Beer, Regional Schools Commissioner, Lancashire and West Yorkshire, Department for Education - Confirmed 

15:00 Refreshments / Networking / Exhibition

15:30 Alex Heritage, Chief Executive, NHS Transformation Unit – Confirmed

15:45 Cllr James Jamieson, Chair, Local Government Association – Confirmed

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Business Leaders Networking Dinner

18:30 Networking drinks reception

19:30 Sponsor

19:40 Keynote

19:50 Panel discussion 

  • Matthew Fell, Chief UK Policy Director, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) - Confirmed
  • Allen Creedy, Chair of Energy Policy Unit , Federation of Small Businesses - Confirmed
  • Ken Cooper, Managing Director, British Business Bank – Confirmed
  • Mike Blackburn OBE, North West Chair, IOD – Confirmed

20:20 Dinner, Networking and Entertainment

Thursday 5th March 2020

08:00 Registration / Breakfast / Networking / Exhibition 

09:45 Dan Jarvis, Mayor of Sheffield City Region - Invited

10:00 Leaders debate – Transport and Connectivity

Improving connectivity across our transport system is essential to unlocking economic growth for the region. Improved connectivity, infrastructure and smart technology will help people and freight get to where they need to be and contribute further to the UK economy.

  • Natasha Robinson, Joint Head, Office for Low Emission Vehicles – Invited
  • Bob Morris, Chief Operating Officer, Transport for Greater Manchester – Invited 
  • Tom Finnegan-Smith, Head of Strategic Transport & Infrastructure, Sheffield City Council - Invited
  • Peter Molyneux, Major Roads Director, Transport for the North - Confirmed 
  • Tim Wood, Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, Transport for the North - Confirmed

10:30 Thought Leader Masterclass, Sponsored by Schneider Electric

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Thought Leader Masterclass, Sponsored by SKANSKA


11:00 Refreshments / Networking / Exhibition

11:30 Strategic Partner - David Laine, MaaS Director, Transdev Group
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11:45 Leaders debate - Business, Innovation and Investment

The Northern Powerhouse acts as a magnet for inward investment and is recognised across the world as home to billions of pounds worth of opportunity. International demand for innovative products and services from Northern businesses is booming.

  • Roger Marsh, Chair, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and NP11 – Confirmed
  • Philip Thomas, Head of Northern Powerhouse Policy, BEIS - Confirmed
  • Chris Beck, Director of Business & Skills, Tees Valley Combined Authority - Confirmed
  • Damian Allan, Chief Executive, Doncaster Council - Invited

12:15 Lunch / Networking / Exhibition

13:45 Thought Leader Masterclass

14:15 Strategic Partner

14:30 Leaders debate - Energy, Infrastructure and Environment

Reaching the target of net zero UK carbon emissions by 2050 is a mammoth task, it's not going to be easy and is predicted to cost around £1tn. The North of England is home to 50% of the UK's nuclear projects and 30% of the UK’s renewable energy, so how as a region can we come together to combat climate change?

  • Dr Tom Knowland, Head of Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, Leeds City Council – Confirmed
  • Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Invited
  • Joe Howe, Executive Director and Professor, Thornton Energy Institute & Chairman, North West Hydrogen Alliance - Confirmed
  • Deborah Trebilco, Director, Community Energy England - Confirmed 

15:00 Refreshments / Networking / Exhibition

15:30 Cllr Andrew Western, Leader, Trafford Council and Green City Region lead for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority – Confirmed 

15:45 Sarah Davies, Northern Powerhouse Strategic Lead, Environment Agency - Confirmed

For more information contact the team on 0161 833 6320 or send us an email.
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These times and invited speakers are subject to change without notice

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