Programme

As always, we have an exceptional line-up of guest speakers and exhibitors for you to enjoy at our 2019 Solace Summit. We’ll be adding to the programme, so be sure to come back for updates.

  Day One - Wednesday 16th October

11:30

Registration Opens

12:30

Lunch & exhibition viewing including a special exhibition on the Nolan Principles hosted by Dawn Reeves

14:00

President’s Opening Address

 

Martin Swales, Chief Executive, South Tyneside Council

14:15

Opening Keynote

Speaker: Ian Reid

For Ian’s full biography, please click here.

15:15

Refreshments & exhibition viewing including a special exhibition on the Nolan Principles hosted by Dawn Reeves

16:00

A Welcome from our Host Chief Executive

 

Nick Page, Chief Executive, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

For Nick’s full biography, please click here.

16:10

Plenary Two: Local Government Finances, What Does the Future Hold?

 

Chaired by Solace’s finance lead, this panel will offer a range of expert views on the state of the local government finance system and the prospects for the coming year.

 

Chair: Martin Reeves, Chief Executive, Coventry City Council

For Martin’s full biography, please click here.

 

Speakers: 

Sarah Howard Partner, Grant Thornton

For Sarah’s full biography, please click here.

Paul Johnson, Director, IFS

17:00

AGM

17:30

Welcome Drinks Reception with the Worshipful the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis

18:30

‘An Evening with Solace’

 

Join us for an evening of street food and socialising in a relaxed environment.

 

Kindly sponsored by EY.

  Day Two - Thursday 17th October

8:30

Refreshments & exhibition viewing including a special exhibition on the Nolan Principles hosted by Dawn Reeves

9:30

Plenary Three: Systemic Change is Key

 

Noted social entrepreneur Hilary Cottam will speak about her work in Britain and around the world, focusing on collaborative and affordable solutions to some of the greatest social challenges of our time, drawing on the human stories behind her work to inspire others who are also seeking to make lasting systemic change.

 

Speaker: Hilary Cottam

 

For Hilary’s full biography, please click here.

10:30

Refreshments & exhibition viewing including a special exhibition on the Nolan Principles hosted by Dawn Reeves

11:00

Plenary Four: Panel of Experts -Demystifying the Future

 

A highly distinguished panel will respond to Hilary Cottam’s speech and discuss how their own fascinating and wide-ranging experiences within the public sector illustrate the opportunities and challenges of achieving systemic change.

 

Chair: Joanna Killian, Chief Executive, Surrey County Council

For Joanna’s full biography, please click here.

Speakers:

Melanie Dawes, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

For Melanie’s full biography, please click here.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive, Local Government Association.

For Mark’s full biography, please click here.

Martin Swales, Chief Executive, South Tyneside Council, & Solace President

For Martin’s full biography, please click here.

12:30

Lunch & exhibition viewing including a special exhibition on the Nolan Principles hosted by Dawn Reeves

13;30

    

Sub-Plenary 1: Organisations of the Future

Many organisations are frozen in time, stuck in a repetitive cycles of restructures, addicted to high cost, locked down technology born of another era, unable to unlock from old ways of working and cripplingly old-fashioned governance and decision-making.

It’s time to rethink the operating models of public services, to think in a 21st-century. If we’re to create sustainable change that delivers radically different services, we must build organisations that are models of the world we want to create. Or else we are not really creating the future at all — just recreating the past.

Led by Dominic Campbell, FutureGov CEO, the first half of the session will explore the different tools and approaches available to design for change. By building a system of change, not just better websites and processes, we can break down silos and bring people together to strengthen our organisations.

In the second half of the session, Dom will be joined by chief executives from central and local gov for a fireside, panel chat. Sharing their own journeys of change, we’ll hear honest stories and lessons from the people who’ve tried new approaches, are making change happen in a way that hasn’t been done before and what they’ve learned along the way.

 

 

 Speaker: Dominic Campbell, Chief Executive, FutureGov

For Dominic’s full biography, please click here.

Sub-Plenary 2: Places of the Future – Fit for the future: Tomorrow’s Places need Leaders Today  

 

Local government has a long history of visionary place leadership and placemaking. Such leadership (alone and in collaboration with local and regional partners) has delivered step change improvements in the way our places look and function, with benefits for economic productivity, wellbeing and other lived experiences. Today’s successful places work well because leaders from days gone by looked ahead to ensure that their places harnessed new and emerging technologies to address the challenges of their day.

 

However, with modern technologies evolving faster than ever, staying up to speed on what is possible can be challenging – especially when juggling tight budgets and rising service demand.

 

Join Nicola Yates OBE and others from the leading edge of innovation for this interactive session to explore state of the art connected places tech and its implications for decisions today that will stand the test of time.

 

 

Speaker: Nicola Yates, Chief Executive, Connected Places Catapult

 

Sub-Plenary 3: Communities of the Future – COIN

Cohesion and integration issues in local places are one of the greatest risks and challenges for local leaders at present. The polarisation and divisions in our national conversation is being reflected at a local level in communities whether that is via a rise in hate crime and far right activity, the increasing toxicity of debates, or the alarming increase in intimidation and abuse of elected representatives. The challenges for local leaders are considerable.

In this session participants will be invited to share the integration and cohesion challenges they are facing in their local areas and examples of good practice that have improved cohesion and integration. The session will be led by Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive of Calderdale Council and Jo Broadwood of the Cohesion and Integration Network. They will share how the network plans to support organisations across all sectors in these volatile times when best practice is so important given the impact on places, local people, community relations, the workforce and the economy.

 

Speaker: Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive, Calderdale Metropolitan Council

For Robin’s full biography, please click here.

Jo Broadwood, CEO, Cohesion and Integration Network

For Jo’s full biography, please click here.

Sub-Plenary 4: The Ethics and Standards Required of the Future Workforce

 

Panel:

Jacqui McKinlay, Chief Executive, Centre for Public Scrutiny

For Jacqui’s full biography, please click here.

Trudy Birtwell, Head of Leadership & Organisational Development, Solace

For Trudy’s full biography, please click here.

Karen Graves, President, PPMA

Joanne Roney, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council & Solace Leadership Lead

For Joanne’s full biography, please click here.

14:30

Refreshments & exhibition viewing including a special exhibition on the Nolan Principles hosted by Dawn Reeves

15:15 - 16:00

Breakout Sessions – Set 1

 

The first set of our Breakout Sessions begins. Choose from one of eight sessions spanning the 4 core themes of the Summit.

 

Click here for more details on the Breakout Sessions. 

16:15 - 17:00

 

Breakout Sessions – Set 2

 

Join us for the second set of our Breakout Sessions.

 

Choose from one of eight sessions spanning the 4 core themes of the Summit.

 

Click here for more details on the Breakout Sessions. 

17:15

Sharing Solutions

 

In the last session of the day, we will come together to share learnings, ideas, and inspirations from the Summit so far.

18:00

End of Day Two’s Sessions.

19:00

Pre-Dinner Drinks

 

Hilton NEC, Birmingham

 

Kindly sponsored by Virgin Media

20:00

Solace Summit Charity Dinner

 

 

Registered Charity Number: 1079049

This year, our President’s chosen charity is Cystic Fibrosis UK.

  Day Three - Friday 18th October

9:00

Refreshments & exhibition viewing including a special exhibition on the Nolan Principles hosted by Dawn Reeves

9:30

Plenary Five: Winners: And How They Succeed

 

The famous Downing Street advisor will reflect on the role of resilience in his varied and eventful political career at the heart of government and beyond.

 

 Speaker: Alastair Campbell

 

For Alastair’s full biography, please click here.

 

10:30

Refreshments & exhibition viewing including a special exhibition on the Nolan Principles hosted by Dawn Reeves

11:00

Plenary Six: Organisational Resilience

 

A panel discussion on how we can strengthen our organisations and places to successfully navigate the challenges that an increasingly volatile world will bring.

 

Speaker: Theresa Grant, Chief Executive Officer, Northamptonshire County Council

Emma Head, Safety and Assurance Director, HS2 Ltd

 

12:15

President’s Closing Address

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