The Future for Local Government
22 Jun 2010
Annual Leadership Conference. Speakers included John Atkinson, Managing Director, Leadership Centre for Local Government

As the first major post-election overview of local government, this conference provided vital information and insider perspectives on the financial challenges and opportunities ahead.

Programme
09:50
Michael Burton, Editor, The MJ
Welcome and introduction by Conference Chair

10:00
John Atkinson, Managing Director, Leadership Centre for Local Government
Aligning values and creating cultural change through strong leadership

10:15
Mike Freer MP, How far can we go with a ‘whole area’ approach?
Former Leader, London Borough of Barnet and Parliamentary Candidate for Finchley and Golders Green

10:30
Bob Neill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government
Keynote address

10:45
Questions and discussion
Mike Freer MP for Finchley and Golders Green Bob Neill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government

11:00
Councillor Stephen Greenhalgh, Leader, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Achieving local transformation while keeping down tax

11:15
Councillor Merrick Cockell, Leader, London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
The future of local government post general election

11:30
Questions and discussion
Councillor Stephen Greenhalgh, Leader, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Councillor Merrick Cockell, Leader, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Chair, London Councils

11:45
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:15
Professor Colin Copus, Director, Local Governance Research Unit, De Montfort University
Local powers to raise revenues?

12:30
Katherine Kerswell, Group Managing Director, Kent County Council and President, SOLACE
Local government response

12:45
John Tizard, Director, CPSP@LGiU
Collaborating for savings and better outcomes

13:00
Professor Andrew Miller, Emeritus Professor, University of Middlesex and Lead Consultant, LSN
Education perspective

13:15
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:30
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:30
Masterclass 1: Freedom to innovate - testing existing and potentially expanding powers of local government
Hilary Kitchin, Policy Analyst, Centre for Local Democracy, LGiU

14:30
Masterclass 2: New procurement approaches - challenging the status quo
Peter Howarth, Managing Director, SBV and Chief Executive, Society of Procurement Officers

14:30
Masterclass 3: Improving asset stewardship
Bill Green, Head of Local Government and Communities, EC Harris

15:20
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:40
Masterclass 4: Future of management and cross-sector working
Richard Lister, Acting Chief Executive, University Campus Suffolk and Chair, Suffolk Collaborative

15:40
Masterclass 5: New workforce initiatives through social enterprises and mutuals
Hilary Thompson, Chief Executive, OPM

15:40
Masterclass 6: Future role of the private sector in local government partnerships
Jonathan Mackie, Strategic Development Director, Enterprise