Conference Agenda

An engaging full day conference designed to encourage networking, spirited debate and information sharing followed by a closing gala dinner.

Registration & Exhibition

8.45am - 9.30am
Tea & Coffee

Conference Welcome

9.40am - 09.50am
Official welcome from your conference host, Ranvir Singh, ITV

State of the North 

09.50am - 10.10am
Presented by RT Hon Jake Berry, Minister for Northern Powerhouse.

Overview of current position, progress to date and future policy recommendations in a post Brexit landscape.

6 Principles of building a Northern

10.10am - 10.25am
Presented by Lord Jim O'Neill, Baron O'Neill of Gatley

Highlighting how Education is at the core
of ensuring long term success.

Education & Skills

10.25am - 11.15am
Panel Discussion:
- Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford City Council
- Vanda Murray OBE
- Elaine Bowker, CE, City of Liverpool College
- Stephanie Burras CBE, CE, Ahead Partnership

Followed by Q&A

Mid morning break

11.15am - 11.30am
Tea and coffee

Business Growth & the importance of the SME market

11.30am - 12.20pm
Panel discussion:
- Gavin Opperman, Group Business Banking Director, CYBG
- Sarah Longlands, Director, IPPR North

Followed by Q&A

Digital Growth

12.20pm - 1.20pm
Panel Discussion:
- Rick Robinson, Digital Property and Cities Leader, Arup
- Klaus-Michael Vogelberg, Chief Technology Officer, Sage
- Julie Elliott MP, Sunderland
- Helen Oldham, North Invest

Followed by Q&A

Morning Summary

1.20pm - 1.30pm


1.30pm - 2.15pm


2.15pm - 3.40pm
Opening from Cllr Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council

Followed by keynote speech from Rt Hon George Osborne

Panel discussion:
- Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Network Rail
- David Horne, MD, LNER
- Debbie Francis, MD, Direct Rail Services
- Jonathan Spruce, Strategic Director, Transport for the North
- Robert Hough CBE, Chairman, Peel Airports

Finishing with Q&A

Afternoon Break

3.40pm - 4.00pm

Innovation and the next industrial

4.00pm - 5.00pm
Keynote speech from Dame Nancy Rothwell, President, University of Manchester

Panel discussion:
- Juergen Maier, CEO, Siemens UK
- Professor Keith Ridgway CB, Executive Dean, AMRC
- Stephen Church, Partner, EY

Followed by Q&A

Learnings & an outlook for the future

5.00pm - 5.20pm
Presented by Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester

Closing Remarks

5:20pm - 5:30pm


Drinks reception

7.00pm - 7.45pm


7.45pm - 8.00pm

Keynote Speaker

8.00pm - 8.30pm

Dinner is served

8.30pm - 10.15pm

After dinner entertainment

10.15pm - 10.45pm

Closing Remarks

10.45pm - 11.00pm


Please note that all timings and speakers are subject to change.
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