The Peoples Powerhouse – Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster

Wednesday 12th of July, 2017. 10am ’til 4pm

A perfectly timed, unifying event bringing people together post General Election.  Come along and help us shape create a North that works for everybody.

The Northern Powerhouse plans and narrative have focused on transport, infrastructure and business more than on skills, jobs, environment, happier and healthier people and communities.  Numerous studies including from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and RSA have shown that it does not follow that everyone in the community benefits from strong local or regional economic growth. By focusing mainly on physical or economic growth we will miss the opportunity to transform lives for the better in the North of England.

Our aim is to bring about a step change in the debate, starting at this event.  We’re committed to  sharing your collective expertise and creating a new movement, putting people and communities at the heart of Powerhouse plans, not at the periphery.

The Convention brings together practitioners, policy makers, opinion formers, local people and stakeholders. We will share best practice, learn, debate policy and share what’s working.

Confirmed Speakers:

ANNOUNCING key note speakers, Andy Burnham, Metro Mayor of Greater Manchester and Lord Victor Adebowale.  Also:

  • Peter Holbrook, CEO Social Enterprise UK
  • Karen Finlayson, PWC
  • Ed Cox, IPPR North
  • Helen Pidd, Guardian Editor, North
  • Francesca Heygi, Hull2017, Capital of Culture
  • Fay Selvan, Big Life Group (Big Issue North)
  • Jo Miller, President, SOLACE and Chief Executive Doncaster Council
  • Nick Golding, Editor, Local Government Chronicle


  • Behavioural insights: ‘nudge’ theory in increasing employment in the north? Behavioural Insights Team North
  • Do we really need 5 GCSEs to be a good employee?  Talent Match, GMCVO
  • Devolution, tackling poverty and where are jobs going to come from in the North?  Tony Wilson, Learning and Work Institute; John Merry, deputy Mayor Salford, with Capita
  • Pink Pound and Empowering People: maximising LGBT peoples social and economic contribution, Sahir House, LJMU, Liverpool CCG
  • Facilitating citizen’s participation; the experience of women in Oldham – Happen CIC, and Inspire Women Oldham
  • The disability employment gap in the north, international examples of what works, Publicco
  • Taking control of the North. Whose north is it anyway? IPPR and Democratic Society
  • A people’s powerhouse toolkit using the Outcome Star methodology. Triangle Consulting
  • Inclusive Growth – how northern regions can deliver more. JRF, Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit, University of Manchester
  • Universal Basic Income, why a pilot for the North? RSA
  • Diversifying the rail industry: how, why, what. HS2
  • Civic leaders: transforming lives using employer volunteering. University of Liverpool; Plus Dane Housing
  • Community Anchors – place leadership, why small is beautiful, using places as assets, Calderdale Council
  • Leadership: challenges and opportunities; the state of women’s leadership in the north. MMU, Common Purpose
  • Collaborations with artists, creatives and heritage to create prosperity; Rochdale council, LGA
  • Grass Roots Growth: the north’s precious green infrastructure and as a powerful asset.  Groundwork
  • Empty Homes Doctor, Leeds #peoplepoweredhomes Leeds city council
  • Community Wealth Building, a reformed local economic model. CLES

With thanks to our many supporters (pro bono and other) including:


  • Plus Dane Housing
  • Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE)
  • Local Government Association
  • Northern Power Women
  • PWC
  • North West Employers
  • Capita
  • DiscussMCR
  • Wigan, Manchester, Doncaster and Oldham Councils
  • IPPR
  • CLES
  • The Northern Powerhouse Partnership
  • Community Transport Association
  • Northern Powerhouse Partnership
  • Apolitical
  • RSA
  • Quatro PR

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