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Agenda

Agenda

Monday 12th October 2020

10:45-11:30
Leadership Communications in a Digital Society

Allen Graham, Former Chief Executive of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Founder & Managing Director of Circling Squared Ltd. Jon Morton, Programme Director at Henley Business School, University of Reading Keith Daniell, Communications Expert Jo Miller, Chief Executive of Hutt City Council, New Zealand. Former Chief Executive of Doncaster Council and Former Solace President

If there had been any doubt before, we know now that we are living in an uncertain world – preparing for and reacting to uncertainty is one of the most important leadership capabilities today. In this session we explore the leadership and communications lessons learned from two very different personal perspectives. We will explore the mistakes of the past in creating transparency and opportunity for BAME colleagues.

These sessions are designed to promote the importance of communications at a time when change will be measured through actions rather than just words. The key role of Solace members within this complex communications environment will be explored and amplified to highlight the continuing need for bespoke development within the fast-changing world of digital communications.

By exploring the leadership journeys of two prominent leaders who have led the way in promoting diversity and inclusion, we will create a conversation and understanding that all leaders need to invest time in formulating and updating their skills, strategy and approach to manage the most complex communication issues, within a complex and fast changing digital world.

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12:00-12:45
Keynote Session - Leadership

Sir Clive Woodward OBE, Business Speaker & Executive Coach, Founder of Hive Learning & Director of Sport at APEX2100 Ski Academy

DNA of a Champion
This session we will hear from Sir Clive Woodward who will talk through his leadership experience, highlighting the highs and lows and lessons learnt."

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12:45-13:15
Live Q&A

Live Q&A with Sir Clive Woodward OBE, Business Speaker & Executive Coach, Founder of Hive Learning & Director of Sport at APEX2100 Ski Academy

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13:15-14:00
Future of the Workforce Main Plenary Panel Session

Susan Parsonage, Chief Executive, Wokingham Borough Council and Professor Cary Cooper, President of the British Academy of Management

Looking through the prism of the future of the workforce, our speakers will answer two simple questions: What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year's transformational crisis.

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14:00-14:45
The Best is Yet to Come: Making Retirement Rock!

Claire Chidley, Resilience Expert & Solace Associate

When we start work, retirement seems ages away and we push it into the distance. Then, it looms in font of us and we realise we have made no plans for it.

Retirement should not be a retreat or withdrawal from work, it should be the most rewarding and enriching part of your life. If you are planning to stop working or want to improve your work-life balance, this workshop will give you tips and pointers on some of the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ when you have reached the time in your life when you want to focus on other things apart from a career!

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How do you maintain a sustainable workforce in a changing world?

Alix Bedford, Risk Proposition Manager,Zurich and Steve Collinson, Head of HR, Zurich UK

How do you have a sustainable workforce in a changing world?

How do you create the conditions within which to attract and retain a workforce that works now and in the future?

Risks around workforce have been hitting the headlines over the last few years: gender pay gap, diversity and inclusion, flex work or agile working, glass ceilings, the impact of automation, health and wellbeing at work. These risks are universal and require constant attention as building a workforce that reflects the community you serve, a workplace and a workplace ethos that attracts and retains the very best people and a workforce that has the right skills now and for the future is essential to a successful organisation. The focus on this agenda has only intensified over the last few Covid dominated months.

In 2015 Zurich identified that they needed to overhaul their employee experience and the way in which they were asking their workforce to work. The last five years has been a journey of improvement that continues today, engaging with employees and employee networks to ensure that the changes made are really bringing about meaningful change. From a refreshed premises strategy, to the wording of job adverts and using technology to really make flex work a reality, Zurich listened to employees and acted on feedback to make the changes to ensure that it can now attract and retain the best workforce for now and the future.

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16:00-16:30
Solace Annual General Meeting

This is an invitation only event for Solace Members

Tuesday 13th October 2020

Political Keynote

Speaker to be announced.

09:30-10:15
Keynote Session- Housing

Dame Louise Casey DBE CB

Looking through the prism of housing, our speakers will answer two simple questions:

What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year's transformational crisis.

10:35-11:30
Housing Panel Session

Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of National Housing Federation, Chris Twigg, Founding Director of Inner Circle Consulting & Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Shelter.

Looking through the prism of housing, this session will explore what initial steps local government needs to take over the next twelve months to ensure we reach a positive future.

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10:45 - 11:30
Stand Up & Stand Out

Harry Purewal, Personal Branding & Image Consultant

We operate in a busy noisy world that makes it increasingly difficult to stand out. How you present yourself; the colours you wear and the styles you choose are valuable tools to make you more visible, convey who you are and have a positive impact with that valuable first impression and beyond with your personal brand. Harry is an expert in the science of colour and the psychology of style. She simplifies the art of dressing, saving you time, money and effort and ensuring you can carry authority in your look whatever your background or environment that you operate in.

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12:00-12:45
Keynote Session - Technology Ethics

Dr Stephanie Hare, Independent Researcher & Broadcaster

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12:50-13:45
Public Health Main Plenary Panel Session

Anna Dixon, Chief Executive of the Centre for Better Aging & Dr Ruth Bromley, GP and Lead for Ethics & Law at Manchester Medical School

Looking through the prism of the public health, our speakers will answer two simple questions: What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year's transformational crisis.

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13:00-13:45
Networking Made Simple: Practical Tips You Can Use Today

Ruth Cane, Solace Associate

Networking is a skill everyone needs and everyone can learn and, like all skills, the more you practice the easier it becomes and the greater the benefits both in terms of your career and your personal life.

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13:50-14:45
Public Health

Jim McManus, Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council & Professor Kate Arden, Director of Public Health at Wigan Council.

Looking through the prism of public health, this session will explore what initial steps local government needs to take over the next twelve months to ensure we reach a positive future

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14:00-14:45
Why Teams Need Agility and Resilience For Superior Results

Becky Strafford, Managing Director of the Business Change Collective Susie Faulkner, Transformation Director at the London Borough of Havering

The pace at which organisations must adapt to economic changes, organisational crises and customer expectations has accelerated and having teams that can rapidly react, respond and survive ever-changing, uncertain and turbulent environments is critical to business success. In this session, Becky and Susie will discuss why teams need agility and resilience and provide you with three key focus areas to start your teams journey to better manage and survive rapid disruption and change.

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15:00-1600
Protective Security – Challenges & Advances

Government Security Adviser, CPNI, UK Government

This session from CPNI (the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, the UK Government’s National Technical Authority on Protective Security) will show the range of national security threats that need to be considered by authorities. It will then consider the range of Physical and Personnel security measures that can be adopted within an organisation to engender a security culture and the local activities that could be initiated to manage risks. It will also cover the measures which could be blended in to both existing and new infrastructure and public realm developments. The session will show the security-mindedness needed of non-security professionals to ensure that an authority’s assets can be specified, procured and managed effectively throughout their life. This will include the necessary security protocols around new connected initiatives such as Open Data and Smart Cities.

This session is by invitation only.

15:15 - 16:00
Get off the Drama Triangle! Learn How To Apply Psychology To Real Life Coaching Situations.

Sue Featherstone & Rebecca Caine, Owner-Directors of Developing Success

In this session the two Owner-Directors of Developing Success – a consultancy specialising in Coach Training and Development will explore practical applications of TA (Transactional Analysis) psychology, for anyone who would like to understand more about coaching, and the applications of psychology to coaching. The session is a taster session from their EMCC accredited 9 day Practitioner Programme – a leading coach development programme being run in collaboration with Solace (commences Dec 2020).

Learning Outcomes:

- What skills and qualities make a good coach?
- What does psychologically minded mean and why is it a key attribute for an executive coach?
- Learn some TA theory – see coaching psychology brought to life
- See a coaching demonstration on a real issue using some core TA models such as the drama triangle and the OK corral

Wednesday 14th October 2020

08:30 - 09:30
Political Keynote

Ruth Smeeth, Chief Executive at Index of Censorship & Former Labour MP

Ruth Smeeth will be sharing her unique insights in to her time as a Labour MP looking at the health of local politics and censorship, transparency in local government and the impact of the demise of local press.

09:30 - 10:15
Repurposing Your Place: Clarity, Leadership and Collaboration

John Till, Director at thinkingplace

How do you make your place the hero? In this session, we’ll be explaining why your focus should be on being place-led, not organisation-led. To do this, you need an authentic approach, making the most of the assets your place holds, being clear with your vision to your stakeholders and widening leadership to create collaboration. Join us to find out how you can create the mechanisms needed to shine a light on your places potential.

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09:30 - 10:25
Main Stage Climate Change Plenary

Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy & Research at Friends of the Earth, Professor Rebecca Willis, Professor in Practice at Lancaster Environment Centre

Looking through the prism of climate change, our speakers will answer two simple questions:
What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year's transformational crisis.

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10:45 - 11:30
Organising for Change - the Future of Place

Dominic Campbell , CEO, Future Gov plus guest speakers

We’ve seen change happen at a pace and scale this year truly unlike anything before. Seemingly overnight, obstacles were removed as the public sector worked together, implementing new tools and approaches, drawing on 21st-century ways of working, multidisciplinary and indeed multi-agency teams to work together and help their places adapt and survive in an emergency, agnostic to where that support comes from. But as we move further into recovery, we can already see and feel that elastic force snapping us back into a more familiar form, rolling progress back to the old way of doing things.

We’re entering a period of transition, rethinking what it means to live, work, learn and play together in our towns, cities and places. With the pandemic far from over, we’ll continue to face changes and uncertainty.

Led by Dominic Campbell, FutureGov CEO, this session will bring together senior leaders for a fireside, panel chat to explore how our public institutions grab hold of what’s working and continue orienting around well-orchestrated ways of working in the open, sharing plans with citizens and collaborating on outcomes to help people through change. Embracing the momentum of the past few months, forging new relationships and partnerships with purpose at their heart, our public institutions can make the most of the strengths of everyone and put the interests of local communities first.

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10:45-11:30
Leadership Communications in a Digital Society

Allen Graham, Former Chief Executive of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Founder & Managing Director of Circling Squared Ltd. Jon Morton, Programme Dirctor at Henley Business School, University of Reading Keith Daniell, Communications Expert Jo Miller, Chief Executive of Hutt City Council, New Zealand. Former Chief Executive of Doncaster Council and Former Solace President

If there had been any doubt before, we know now that we are living in an uncertain world – preparing for and reacting to uncertainty is one of the most important leadership capabilities today. In this session we explore the leadership and communications lessons learned from two very different personal perspectives. We will explore the mistakes of the past in creating transparency and opportunity for BAME colleagues.

These sessions are designed to promote the importance of communications at a time when change will be measured through actions rather than just words. The key role of Solace members within this complex communications environment will be explored and amplified to highlight the continuing need for bespoke development within the fast-changing world of digital communications.

By exploring the leadership journeys of two prominent leaders who have led the way in promoting diversity and inclusion, we will create a conversation and understanding that all leaders need to invest time in formulating and updating their skills, strategy and approach to manage the most complex communication issues, within a complex and fast changing digital world.

Click to read our panelist bios

Climate Change

Nigel Riglar, Director of Environment and Community Services at South Gloucestershire Council & Colin Macpherson, Chief Executive of Places & Communites at Engie

Looking through the prism of climate change, this session will explore what initial steps local government needs to take over the next twelve months to ensure we reach a positive future

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12:00-12:45
Keynote-Leadership and Collabaration

Anna Randle, Chief Executive at Collaborate CIC & Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Founder & Chairman at Collaborate CIC

12:50-13:45
Economic Growth Main Plenary Panel Session

Torsten Bell, Chief Executive at Resolution Foundation, Helen Barnard, Acting Director at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation & Professor Greg Clarke CBE, Chairman of Connected Places Catapult

Looking through the prism of economic growth, our speakers will answer two simple questions: What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year's transformational crisis.

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13:00-13:45
The Art of Living: How to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough

Claire Chidley, Resilience Expert & Solace Associate & Joanne Budden, People Team Manager at Epping Forest District Council

A good half of the art of living is resilience and if we want to experience the highs and lows of life, learn from them, and accept the new reality, our ability to be flexible is paramount.

This workshop focuses on understanding personal resilience and how to bounce back quickly when you are knocked off balance. We will take a holistic look at how to keep mind, body and emotions in balance and offer strategies for keeping spirits high in times of uncertainty and rapid change.

13:50-14:45
economic growth

Neil McInroy, CEO of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies.

Looking through the prism of economic growth, this session will explore what initial steps local government needs to take over the next twelve months to ensure we reach a positive future.

Additional speakers to be announced.

15:15-16:00
Political Keynote

Luciana Berger, Former Liberal Democrat MP

Thursday 15th October 2020

08:30 - 09:30
Political Keynote

Steve Reed MP, Shadow Secretary of State

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09:30-10:25
Local Government Finance Main Plenary Panel Session

Sarah Pickup, Deputy Chief Executive at Local Government Association & further speakers TBA

Looking through the prism of local government finance, our speakers will answer two simple questions: What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year's transformational crisis.

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Spending your Levy: Leadership & Management Apprenticeships

Liz Hodgson, Programme Manager at Solace

In this session, we’ll ensure you have clarity on how you can use your Levy to deliver leadership and management apprenticeships. We’ll be covering all the details on; how to maximize your Levy, the details of what a Higher-Level Apprenticeship is and who can benefit, examples of Work-Based Projects and the benefits of 20% off-the-job learning to your organisation. To bring this to life, we’ll be teaming up with our clients to provide a case-study on how leadership and management apprenticeship programmes delivered by Solace has benefit their organisation.

Accessing Apprenticeships: What Does It Mean To Be a Leadership & Management Apprentice?

Helen Houman, Programme Manager at Solace

In this session, we’ll be explaining how we deliver leadership and management apprenticeship programmes so you can understand what is involved, but most importantly, what’s in it for you. We’ll be giving examples of assignments and work-based projects that you could expect to carry out, and give you the opportunity to hear from a current learner and tutor to provide a real insight into what it’s like to be a part of an apprenticeship programme with Solace.

10:45-11:40
Local Government Finance Panel Session

Carolyn Williamson, Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Corporate Resources at Hampshire County Council & Alex Skinner, Director of Local Government Finance at Ministry of Housing

Looking through the prism of local government finance, this session will explore what initial steps local government needs to take over the next twelve months to ensure we reach a positive future.

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12:00-12:45
Keynote Session - Economic Growth

Stephanie Flanders, Senior Executive Editor for Economics at Bloomberg and Head of Bloomberg Economics

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12:50-13:45
Social Care Main Plenary Panel Session

Sir Andrew Dilnot, CBE, Warden at Nuffield College Oxford & Chair at Geospatial Commission & David Pearson, Chair at Social Care Taskforce

Looking through the prism of social care, our speakers will answer two simple questions: What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year's transformational crisis.

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What Next for Socially Distanced Teams?

Dr Simon Willson, OD and Change Consultant

This session will explore some of the emerging issues arising for teams working apart and how leaders may enable both individual team members and their collective teams to proposer during these unprecedented times. The session will identify some practical suggestions for leading socially distanced teams as well as reminding us why teams remain fundamental to organisational success.

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Friday 16th October 2020

08:30-09:30
Political Keynote

Rt Hon the Baroness Morgan of Cotes, former Conservative Minister

RT Hon the Baroness Morgan of Cotes will be sharing her unique insights in to Central Government and in particular the spending review and the prospect for a Local Government funding increase.

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09:30 - 10:25
Democracy - Main Stage Plenary

Jacqui McKinlay, Chief Executive at The Centre for Governance and Scrutiny, Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive at Local Government Association & Donna Hall, Chair at NLGN and Chair at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Looking through the prism of democracy, our speakers will answer two simple questions:

What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year's transformational crisis?

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09:30-11:00
Narrative as a Systems Leadership Practice

Dr Christopher Pietroni, Professor of Leadership Practice at University of Birmingham

"The human mind is a story processor, not a logic processor.” Jonathan Haidt

Crafting a narrative that motivates people to take action is one of the most important aspects of systems leadership. It is also one of the most challenging. Year after year great ideas and opportunities fail because the narratives we use do not connect with the people we need to mobilize. This session will introduce you to the art and science of Public Narrative and help you start developing the skills to build compelling leadership narratives for your work.

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Democracy Main Plenary Panel Session

Jacqui McKinley, Chief Executive at The Centre for Governance and Public Scrutiny, Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive at Local Government Association & Donna Hall, Chair at NLGN and Chair at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Looking through the prism of democracy, our speakers will answer two simple questions: What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year's transformational crisis.

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Social Justice, Equality and Diversity - It’s The Day Job Right?

Kersten England, Chief Executive at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council , Charles Dacres from Bradford Hate Crime Alliance, Marium Haque, Deputy Director of Education & Learning at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Irfan Alam Deputy Director for Early Help & Children's Social Care at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council & Anne Lloyd, Director of Human Resources at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

A frank and honest facilitated discussion about closing the gap between rhetoric and reality between senior leaders at Bradford Council.

11:15-12:00
Diversity Case Study

Speakers to be announced...

COVID-19 has highlighted health inequalities faced by Black Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and our colleagues, and the impact of the pandemic of systemic racism on people’s lives. The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership recognised the opportunity to address these issues, establishing a commission independently chaired by Professor Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, a leading figure in national health and care policy. The review has been co-produced by leaders from NHS, local government and the VCS; informed by the voices of those with lived experience. The final report is launched late October, and this session presents a one off opportunity to hear from those involved about its findings and ask them questions about its impact and what next.

12:00-12:45
Keynote Session - Diversity

Dr Funke Abimbola MBE, Dr. Funke Abimbola MBE, multi-award winning C-suite healthcare executive, Board advisor, BBC commentator, Diversity Leader and TEDx speaker.

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