Northern Futures Summit

We're delighted to have worked with the Deputy Prime Minister's office to host a one day event showcasing bold ideas for how to create a more prosperous northern economy. See the agenda and watch the whole event online.

Event starts on 6 November 2014 at Central Leeds

In partnership with the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office and supported by Carillion, today we are hosting a one-day conference in Leeds to answer the question ‘how do we build on the strengths in the north to create an economic core in the heart of the region to compete with the biggest cities in the world?

You can watch the full event below:

Chaired by: Andrew Carter, Acting Chief Executive, Centre for Cities

9.00am Arrivals and registration, tea and coffee

9.45am Welcome and introductions

  • Cllr Keith Wakefield (@CllrKWakefield), Leader, Leeds City Council
  • Freya Tweedy & Sam Simkins, students from Abbey Grange Academy
  • Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP (@DPMOffice), Deputy Prime Minister

10.10am Keynote speech by Jim O’Neill, Chair, City Growth Commission

10.30am Opening propositions: Changing the Rules of the Game

Pitches on:

  • Decentralisation: Prof Tony Travers, London School of Economics
  • Skills: Katie Schmuecker (@KatieSchmuecker), Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Physical regeneration: Elaine Cresswell (@elainecresswll), reShaped

Responses from:

  • Sir Bob Kerslake (@SirBobKerslake), Permanent Secretary, CLG
  • Roger Marsh, Chair, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership
  • Prof Michael Parkinson, Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool
  • Sarah Whitney (@SarahJ_Whitney), Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge

11.20am Tea, coffee and biscuits

11.50am Second propositions: Transformative Projects

Pitches on:

  • Green economy: Liz Hamilton, Student at Heriot Watt University and winner of the Northern Futures 16-24-year-old proposal competition
  • Transport: Dave Newton, Transport for Greater Manchester
  • Smart Cities: Prof Rachel Armstrong (@livingarchitect), University of Newcastle

Responses from:

  • Mike Blackburn (@MikeBlackburn_), Chair, Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Jonathan Bray, Director, Passenger Transport Executive Group (PTEG)
  • Eddie Copeland (@EddieACopeland), Head of the Technology Policy Unit, Policy Exchange
  • Prof Henry Overman (@henryoverman), Director, What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth
  • Barbara Spicer, Chief Executive, Plus Dane Group

12.40pm City reflections: Chief Executives

  • Kersten England (@Kersten1england), York City Council
  • Tom Riordan (@tomriordan), Leeds City Council
  • Pat Ritchie, Newcastle City Council
  • Darryl Stephenson, Hull City Council

1.05pm Break for lunch

2.05pm Introduction to the afternoon from Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP (@DPMOffice), Deputy Prime Minister

2.10pm Keynote speech by Prof Ed Glaeser, Professor of Economics at Harvard University and author of Triumph of the City

2.40pm Third propositions: Maximising Growth Across the North

Pitches on:

  • Tourism and brand: Gary Verity (@GaryVerity), Welcome to Yorkshire
  • Entrepreneurship: Paul Smith, Ignite
  • Health sciences: Prof John Fisher, University of Leeds

Responses from:

  • Ed Cox (@edcox_ippr), Director, IPPR North
  • James Newman, Chair, Sheffield City Region LEP
  • Prof Andy Pike, Director of CURDS, Newcastle University
  • Julia Unwin (@juliaunwin), Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

City reflections: Leaders

  • Mayor Joe Anderson (@JoeforLiverpool), Liverpool City Council
  • Cllr Peter Box, Wakefield Council
  • Cllr Julie Dore, Sheffield City Council
  • Sir Richard Leese (@SirRichardLeese), Manchester City Council
  • Cllr Peter Rankin (@pcc_leader), Preston City Council

3.55pm Final reflections from Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP (@DPMOffice), Deputy Prime Minister

4.00pm Close

Nine ideas were be pitched at the summit – tell us which idea you think should be the priority. Read and rate the ideas here

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Supported by Carillion