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

08:30 - 09:00

Registration

Registration opens in the exhibition hall.


Location: Palace Suite

Registration

09:00 - 09:30

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: Kings Suite

President's Opening Address

09:30 - 10:30

Opening Keynote

In our first keynote of the 2022 Solace Summit we'll be joined by British-Nigerian historian, BAFTA winning producer and presenter, best selling author and Professor of public history at Manchester University, David Olusoga OBE.


This keynote will explore elements of equality, diversity and inclusivity.


Speaker: David Olusoga OBE, historian, writer and broadcaster


Chair: Amy Brettell, Managing Director, Zurich Municipal


Location: Kings Suite


This session is kindly sponsored by Zurich Municipal.

Opening Keynote

10:30 - 11:30

The Growth Perspective; Levelling Up

Panel Session

The Government has committed that by 2030, pay, employment and productivity will have risen in every area of the UK, with each containing a globally competitive city, and the gap between the top performing and other areas closing. In this session we will explore what role local public and private sector partners can play, as well as what tools they need, to help achieve this aim.


Panellists:

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


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


Nick Walkley, Principal & UK President, Avison Young


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


Location: Kings Suite


The Growth Perspective; Levelling Up

11:30 - 12:00

Exhibition & Refreshments

Exhibition & Refreshments

12:00 - 13:00

The Health Perspective; Levelling Up

Panel Session

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the health inequalities between, and within, communities right across the country while the NHS is buckling under immense pressure. So how can local – and national – partners work together to both narrow the gap between areas where healthy life expectancy is highest and lowest, and improve wellbeing across the UK?


Panellists:

Dr Jo Bibby, Director of Health, The Health Foundation


Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation


Chair: Tom Stannard , Chief Executive , Salford City Council


Location: Kings Suite


This session is kindly sponsored by Cadence Innova.

The Health Perspective; Levelling Up

13:00 - 13:40

The View from Westminster

Keynote

As the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill continues to make its way through the Parliamentary process, this session offers an opportunity to better understand how the Government expects its many components to play out in practice on the ground while also hearing from an experienced senior civil servant about the role the sector can play in driving growth.


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


Chair: Kath O’Dwyer, Chief Executive, St. Helens Borough Council & Solace Deputy Policy Lead for Children & Families


Location: Kings Suite

The View from Westminster

13:40 - 14:30

Exhibition & Lunch

For those with special dietary requirements or allergies who may wish to know about the ingredients used, please ask a member of the team. All food is prepared in an area where allergens are present.

Exhibition & Lunch

14:30 - 15:30

The Social Value Opportunity: How we can use procurement to build better places

Breakout option, brought to you by Social Enterprise


The Social Value Act is ten years old and since it passed a lot has changed from Brexit to the collapse of Carillion. So what is the future of social value? A new programme, Social Value 2032, is looking to answer that question and to run a session with delegates to explore the current state of social value in local government commissioning and procurement and what opportunities exist to get the most out of social value.


The session will bring a panel of experts and practitioners from the public, private and social enterprise sectors as well as provide the opportunity for delegates to rely their own experiences of social value. The session will combine short, sharp analysis from experts alongside tangible case studies of social value in action.


Delegates will leave inspired about the potential for social value to help improve their areas, examples and approaches that they can consider for their own area and a chance to engage with thought leaders in the social value space, helping to shape the future policy environment for social value.


Speakers:

Andrew O’Brien, Director of External Affairs, Social Enterprise


Sarah Ottaway, Sustainability & Social Value Lead, SUEZ


Chris Luck CB MBE, Chief Executive, Shaw Trust


Lorraine Cox, Director, STAR Procurement


Scott Young, Head of Skills, Employment & Education, Restoration & Renewal Delivery Authority


Location: Palace Suite Breakout Area

The Social Value Opportunity: How we can use procurement to build better places

14:30 - 15:30

The Affordability of Social Care

Breakout option, brought to you by CIPFA


Social care is undergoing significant change. The UK Government has proposed a transformational new adult social care charging framework from October 2023, with six local authorities trailblazing these reforms from January 2023. However, there are concerns in the sector around social care reform timescales, funding, and workforce capacity. 

From strategic, CFO, local government and policy perspectives, this panel will discuss what the future may hold for social care and the wider implications for the public sector.


Speaker: John O'Halloran, Head of Advisory, CIPFA


Jo Pitt, Local Government Policy Manager, CIPFA


Dr Williams Burns, Social Care Policy Advisor, CIPFA


Location: Gladstone Suite


The Affordability of Social Care

14:30 - 15:30

Levelling Up - Who is this for, exactly?

Breakout option, brought to you by Inner Circle Consulting


If levelling up is about equal outcomes, then everyone has to be equally represented in levelling up planning and process.


Levelling up can only succeed if it succeeds for the people at the sharp end of the multiple crises that we’re facing. In this session speakers will be discussing policy around Levelling Up, what success can look like, and who needs to be part of the decision-making process.


We want delegates to be aware of the importance of co-design in levelling plans and understand how to build a successful levelling up strategy that succeeds because everyone is represented.


Speaker:


Piali Das Gupta, Strategy Director: London’s Future, London Councils


Location: York Suite

Levelling Up - Who is this for, exactly?

14:30 - 15:30

Sustainable social care services & high-impact community care integration through accelerated digital transformation

Breakout option, brought to you by Agilisys


Increasing demand and decreasing budgets have created the necessity for sustained digital transformation across local government. While there has been lots of small successes, the baby steps of change haven’t disrupted established ways of working at scale.


In this session, we’ll share our views on what’s required for local government leaders and their social care teams to transform services, improve citizen and community outcomes, retain workforce and fundamentally change financial trajectories through innovative data intelligence and digital strategy.


Speaker: Claire Darbyshire, Head of Health & Social Care Technology, Agilisys


Location: Lancaster Suite

Sustainable social care services & high-impact community care integration through accelerated digital transformation

14:30 - 15:30

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

Breakout option, brought to you by Impossible Ideas


Renewing our existing institutions can only go so far as they’re built on assumptions from another age. The market won’t invest in the change that’s needed in our public services. It’s time for public service entrepreneurs to build new institutions that meet the needs of 21st Century challenges.


This session will look at how public, private and not for profit organisations and funders can better come together to think bigger and use their respective strengths to solve some of our biggest public service challenges. Better, cheaper public services that meet the needs and expectations of citizens in the 21st Century.


Impossible Ideas believes in public possibility. We are a public service venture studio focused on inventing and launching the public ventures of the future. Our current main areas of focus are to help create stable homes for children through a new approach to foster care as well as supporting a green transition.


Speakers:

Dominic Campbell, Partner, Impossible Ideas


Ali Griffin, CEO, London Councils


James Westhead, Head of Engagement, Big Society Capital


Seb Barker, COO, Beam.org


Anna Mouser, Leadership & Skills Lead, Impossible Ideas


Location: Kings Suite




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

14:30 - 15:30

Leading Change, Making a Difference

Breakout option brought to you by Trueman Change


This session will share case studies and learning around leading change in local government, and all we’ve learned during the pandemic. Councils who put people at the heart of their change and transformation had the greatest success and impact, whether it was change in their workforce or their communities.


Gone are the days of lengthy, boring, expensive transformation programmes. Learn about co-design, authentic engagement, and how to do change well and at pace. Whatever your next crisis or priority: levelling up, climate change, cost of living, or budget pressures, come and learn how to manage change well in a post pandemic world.


Participants will receive a tailor-made report on their readiness to drive people-focused change.


Speakers: 

Lucy Trueman, Managing Director & Founder, Trueman Change


Rachael Walker, Principal Consultant, Trueman Change


Sarah Geatrell, Senior Change Manager, Trueman Change


Location: Wellington Suite

Leading Change, Making a Difference

15:30 - 16:00

Exhibition & Refreshments

Exhibition & Refreshments

16:30 - 17:15

A Mayor’s Perspective: View of Devolution

Keynote

It has been more than five years since Andy Street was first elected Mayor of the West Midlands. What has he learned in that time? Is devolution making a difference? Where does the West Midlands, and other areas either with or seeking to secure devolution deals, go from here?


Speaker: Andy Street CBE, Mayor of the West Midlands 


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


Location: Kings Suite


This session is kindly sponsored by Browne Jacobson.

A Mayor’s Perspective: View of Devolution

17:15 - 18:30

Drinks Reception

Today's drinks reception is kindly sponsored by Biffa.


Speaker: Simon Baddeley, Commercial Director, Biffa


Location: Palace Suite

Drinks Reception

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!


Speaker: Helen Sunderland, Partner, Local Public Services, EY


An Evening with Solace is kindly sponsored by EY. 


Location: Westminster Suite

An Evening with Solace
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