Solace in Northern Ireland - Leading Systems not Hierarchies


3 Nov 2016


Hilton Templepatrick
Paradise Walk
Castle Upton Estate
Templepatrick, Antrim
BT39 0DD



This event is sponsored by:

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Price and Registration

Solace Member: £99+vat
Public Sector Non Member: £130+vat.

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Private Sector: Unfortunately private sector delegates are not able to purchase delegate places for this event unless a sponsorship or exhibition package is purchased. Please contact Sonia Rheinlander for further information via

Aim of the event

One year on from the new arrangements, this conference gives us the perfect opportunity for Solace members and partners to meet to discuss the challenges we face and how this impacts on our communities. With new structures and powers in place, for Planning and Community/Economic Regeneration we need to work more collaboratively to get the best out of our relationships and for the people we serve. The conference will hear from speakers who will share with us innovative best practice both here in Northern Ireland and UK wide.


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Registration, Refreshments, Exhibition Viewing and Networking


Welcome and Introduction to the Conference from the Solace chair

Speaker: Anne Donaghy, Chief Executive, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council


Keynote opening address:
The draft Programme for Government Framework 2016-21 and the role of local government

Junior Minister, Alastair Ross MLA


Partnership working across the sector
Speaker: NILGA President, Councillor Sean McPeake


Welcome from the sponsor

Speaker: Stewart Wilson, National Digital and Customer Management Lead for Local Government, PWC


‘Local Government - First responders in a rapidly changing and uncertain world’

Local Government is a rapidly changing landscape. With increasing demand for services and at the same time, unprecedented levels of funding reductions, we are having to transform our services and our leadership to enable us to solve these challenges. We need to develop new ways of working, new partnerships and new models of delivery. This session will hear from expert speakers who will share their knowledge and experiences of how they have adapted themselves and their organisations in order to maintain the services our communities need.

Speaker: Kim Ryley, Solace Group

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Morning Coffee, Exhibition Viewing and Networking


Discussion Groups (Delegates will be divided into two groups in order to have the opportunity to attend both workshops)

DG1: Using Digital to grow the Economy: PwC Case Study
Speaker: Stewart Wilson, National Digital and Customer Management Lead for Local Government, PwC

DG2: Transformational Leadership Skills
Speaker: Susie Kemp, Public Sector Consultant


Lunch, Exhibition Viewing and Networking


Discussion Groups (Delegates will be divided to have the opportunity to attend both workshops)

DG1: Using Digital to grow the Economy: PwC Case Study
Speaker: Stewart Wilson, National Digital and Customer Management Lead for Local Government, PwC

DG2: Transformational Leadership Skills
Speaker: Susie Kemp, Public Sector Consultant


Afternoon Tea, Exhibition Viewing and Networking


‘Managing the Assets’

Local authorities are operating in a challenging financial environment. As a result, publicly-owned land and property assets are becoming increasingly important, but rather than focusing on short-term benefits of selling assets, there has started to be a shift towards a more strategic approach that maximises capital assets by turning them into sources of funding for long term revenue. Although there are policy issues which still need to be addressed to help councils make the most of their public assets, opportunities do exist. One such approach involves partnership working. Strong local relationships between places, public sector organisations and the private sector, will help local authorities capitalise on the opportunities that public assets present. This session will hear from speakers who have direct experience of using the organisational assets to create much needed income streams and financial sustainability.

Speaker: Ray Morgan, Chief Executive, Woking Borough Council

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Chair’s summary and conference close



Northern Ireland Branch Silver Partner and Exhibitor

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