Full programme

This is the North 2021

 Wednesday 24th November 2021



Official opening of This Is The North 2021!
Cllr Lynn Williams
(Leader Blackpool Council) and
Edna Robinson -
Chair, People’s Powerhouse!



Telling The Truth: Health Inequalities in The North - Chaired by
Graham Duxbury (Groundwork UK) and featuring
Sir Michael Marmot - Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity,
Edna Robinson - Chair, People’s Powerhouse, Big Life Group, NHS Advisor and
Prof Donna Hall - Chair Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.



Breaking The Glass Ceiling – Diversity, Leadership & Power - Chaired by
Nazir Afzal OBE - Lawyer, international adviser, NGO Chair,
former Chief Prosecutor and featuring
Kim Leadbetter MP - Member of Parliament for Batley & Spen and
Cllr Arooj Shah - Leader Oldham Council.

15.00   Breakouts



Experiences of Eastern European Women in Tyne and Wear
ICOS/University of Sunderland



The Power of the Assembly



Addressing barriers to social mobility in a university
University of Huddersfield



Child of the North report, building a brighter future post-COVID19
NHSA/N8/Prof Kate Pickett



Economic Justice: Good Growth, Better Business - Chaired by
Michael Taylor - Head of Regional Affairs at Manchester Metropolitan University
and featuring
Tracy Fishwick OBE - Transform Lives Company and People’s Powerhouse,
Hannah Cox – Founder of Better Business Network,
Katie Gallagher – MD Manchester Digital,
Prof Andy Westwood - Professor of Government Practice and Vice Dean for Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester and
Erica Roscoe – Senior Research Fellow at IPPR North

Joanne Thomas - Chair of the Yorkshire & Humber TUC and Regional Secretary for Usdaw)  



Happy Hour with the Powerhouse

Thursday 25th November 2021



Reclaiming The Game Presented by
The People’s Powerhouse Racial Justice Network
and featuring
The Three Hijabis (Amna Abdullatif, Shaista Aziz and Huda Jawad),
Dr Safina Islam
Head of AIU Centre and
Jonathon Prasad
Lancashire BME Network.






Making the case for racial and economic justice in broadcast media



Will the real Social Value please stand up?
Social Value UK



Is this The North?  Making Northern spaces more equal for everyone
NP11 & Matchstick Creative



The Economies of a Caring Community







Can You Hear Me Now? Platforming the experiences of people using foodbanks
- A year in review

Get It Done/Manchester Central Foodbank



How leaders can better navigate cultural change in 2020s Britain
More in Common



Making Heard the Unheard: The Priorities of the young people of Blackpool
Blackpool Youth Council



Changing the world with six people
Unlimited Potential



Fringe Event



Cumbrian ‘coffee n craic - Hosted by
Nicola Lynch






The People’s Powerhouse welcomes Mayors of the North Chaired by
Edna Robinson - Chair, People’s Powerhouse, Big Life Group, NHS Advisor and
Sarah Longlands – CEO CLES and featuring
Mayors Tracy Brabin, Andy Burnham, Dan Jarvis, Steve Rotherham & Jamie Driscoll.



The People’s Powerhouse Lightning Talks hosted by
Patrick Hurley (Northern Lead RSA) and featuring The David Oluwale Memorial Association, At The Grange (Groundwork UK), Chester Art Beat, The Heeley Trust, Social Enterprise Solutions, We Own It, Culture Deck and Time to Change (West Cumbria) Project.



Community Wealth Building: The antidote to injustice? Hosted by
Dave Taylor (Editor/Partner at Tortoise Media) and featuring
Neil McInroy (Senior Fellow Democracy Collaborative) and guests.

Sinead O’Donnell (Project Manager, Communities Directorate Fife Council)
Cllr Jan Williamson (Wirral Council Leader and Deputy Metro Mayor for the Liverpool)



What have we learned from This Is The North 2021 and what’s next? Hosted by
Tracy Fishwick OBE and Ed Cox

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2 Federation Street
Manchester  M4 4BF


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