Wednesday 12th October Agenda
Focus: Levelling Up
Programme subject to change

08:30 - 09:15

Registration

Registration opens in the exhibition hall.

Registration

09:15 - 09:45

President's Opening Address

Join Solace President and Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Joanne Roney OBE for a warm welcome to the 2022 Solace Summit: Peak Performance.


Location: Main Stage

President's Opening Address

09:45 - 10:30

Keynote

Watch this space... more details coming soon. 

Keynote

10:30 - 11:30

The Growth Perspective; Levelling Up

Join our expert panel as they discuss the 'Place' perspective. 


Speakers:

Alison Mckenzie-Folan, Chief Executive, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council & Solace Digital Leadership Lead


Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council & Solace Economic Prosperity Lead


Nick Walkley, Principal & UK President, Avison Young


Chair: Andrew Kerr OBE, Chief Executive, City of Edinburgh Council & Solace Scotland Chair


The Growth Perspective; Levelling Up

11:30 - 12:00

Exhibition & Refreshments

Exhibition & Refreshments

12:00 - 13:00

The Health Perspective; Levelling Up

In our second panel session of the day, our experts will be discussing the health perspective of the Levelling Up White Paper.


Speakers:

Dr. Jo Bibby, Director of Health, The Health Foundation


Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation


Samantha Jones, Permanent Secretary & Chief Operating Officer of 10 Downing Street


Chair: Paul Najsarek, Solace Policy Lead for Health & Social Care

The Health Perspective; Levelling Up

13:00 - 13:40

A Mayor’s Perspective: View of Devolution

Keynote


In our second keynote of the day, we'll explore the view of devolution from a serving Mayor's perspective.


Speaker: Andy Street CBE, Mayor of West Midlands Combined Authority


Chair: Ruth Hyde OBE, Chief Executive, Broxtowe Borough Council &  Solace in Business Chair

A Mayor’s Perspective: View of Devolution

13:40 - 14:30

Exhibition & Lunch

Exhibition & Lunch

14:30 - 15:30

Breakouts

Take your pick from a variety of breakout sessions presented by our members, business partners and sponsors each designed to help you take a deep dive into topical  issues affecting our sector. 


All breakouts will run between 14:30 - 15:30.

Breakouts

14:30 - 15:30

How do we go from incremental transformation to big leaps?

Breakout Option


Increasing demand and decreasing budgets have created the necessity for sustained digital transformation across local government…nothing new here. While there has been lots of success, the baby steps of change delivered thus far haven’t disrupted established ways of working in the same way digital businesses have fundamentally changed service delivery models such as Netflix, Uber and Airbnb have.


In this session, we’ll share our views on what’s required for local government to take mega leaps in service transformation to considerably improve outcomes and fundamentally change the financial model. We’ll also discuss the key to unlocking why the future lies with a slimmer, lower cost core IT resource, driven by constant automation advancements in the cloud and underpinned by data science.

How do we go from incremental transformation to big leaps?

14:30 - 15:30

Impossible Ideas

Breakout Option


From commercialism to entrepreneurialism - why now is the time to bring new ideas, investment and energy into solving the biggest public service problems?

Impossible Ideas

14:30 - 15:30

Innovation, collaboration and governance: taking action to level up in the North

Breakout Option


Come along to discover how we can build on what we did in the pandemic to lead us into levelling up using key lessons and case studies.


In this session you will


  • Receive a bespoke assessment of readiness for innovation and collaboration in your organisation

  • Have a chance to learn from innovation pilots and innovating community collaboration in deprived areas of the North – what this means going forward for local authorities and partners addressing the levelling up agenda

Innovation, collaboration and governance: taking action to level up in the North

15:30 - 16:00

Exhibition & Refreshments

Exhibition & Refreshments

16:30 - 17:15

The View from Westminster

The final keynote session of the day will discuss human capital – the skills, health and experience of the workforce as outlined in the Levelling Up White Paper.


More details coming soon.


Speaker: Emran Mian, Director General, Decentralisation & Growth, Department for Levelling up, Housing & Communities


Location: Main Stage

The View from Westminster

17:20 - 18:20

Drinks Reception

Today's drinks reception is kindly sponsored by Biffa.

Drinks Reception

18:30

End of Day One

End of Day One

19:30 - 23:00

An Evening with Solace

Join us for our signature Summit event, An Evening with Solace

 

The evening focuses on bringing people together in a relaxed and informal way from across the sector for an evening of good company and great conversations.


We usually have a selection of street food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and games on offer (think mini-golf, shuffleboard and quizzes) which never fail to bring out everyone's competitive spirit!


An Evening with Solace is kindly sponsored by EY. 

An Evening with Solace
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