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This is the North

19 November 2019 - Beacon of Light, Stadium Park, Sunderland SR5 1SN  9.30am – 4.30pm


This year’s #ThisIsTheNorth Convention is in SUNDERLAND!!  As ever, together we will continue to inspire and lead change in the North, and we would love for you to get involved.

Our mission is to bring people together for meaningful dialogue, sharing and action - be they community groups, young people, practitioners, policy makers, opinion formers, businesses, or MPs.

We believe that by sharing platforms with each other, collaborating in formulating a programme for our day and continuing to work together beyond Sunderland we will better understand the issues that affect us all and find solutions that work for more people.

We have a great 3 for 1 ticket deal for our convention open until the end of August, if you book a ticket before the end of this month we will be in touch with a code to book two free tickets.

We want to be part of a North that:

  • Is more inclusive and where our diverse voices and strengths are represented
  • Has a good economy that works for more people
  • Genuinely includes local people in local decision making
  • Has a focus on the value of all our places
  • Is an exemplar of collaboration, sharing and learning together


At last year’s convention we launched the Charter, we believe that, these foundations will transform the fortunes of peoples’ lives in the North.

If you’re up for celebrating the great things that are already happening in the North and you have ideas about how better lives for all of us in the North can be achieved – this event is for you! Come and be part of this years’ big conversation.

This is a great opportunity for you to raise awareness of your work, organisation, campaign or service and genuinely connect, collaborate and create, helping to shape the kind of North we all want to live and work in.

Supported by:


Confirmed contributors:

Dr Kate Fox
Dr Kate FoxStand-up poet, Northerner, writer
Councillor Graeme Miller
Councillor Graeme MillerLeader, Sunderland Council
Edna Robinson
Edna RobinsonChairman, People’s Powerhouse (also Big Life Group, Trafford Housing Trust)
Dr Nicola Headlam
Dr Nicola HeadlamBEIS
Nazir Afzal OBE
Nazir Afzal OBELawyer, international adviser, NGO Chair, former Chief Prosecutor
Carol Botten
Carol BottenChief Executive, VONNE
Neil McInroy
Neil McInroyChief Executive, CLES
Emma Scarr
Emma ScarrThe Cultural Spring, Sunderland and South Tyneside;
Michael Barrass
Michael BarrassThe Cultural Spring, Sunderland and South Tyneside
Mike Hawking
Mike HawkingJoseph Rowntree Foundation
Olivia Lee
Olivia LeeContact Theatre Manchester and People’s Powerhouse Young Ambassador
Vidhya Alakeson
Vidhya AlakesonChief Executive, Power to Change
Patrick Melia
Patrick MeliaCEO, Sunderland Council
Tracy Fishwick
Tracy FishwickTransform Lives Company and People’s Powerhouse
Ed Cox
Ed CoxDirector, RSA
Arianna Giovannini
Arianna GiovanniniInterim Director, IPPR North and De Montfort University
Chris Marsh
Chris MarshPeople’s Powerhouse Steering Group Member
Sue Potts
Sue PottsHead of Development, Heart of Glass, St Helens
Amaragita Pearse
Amaragita PearseExtinction Rebellion

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