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Keynote speeches, workshops and 5-minute sessions

The People are the Powerhouse

20 November 2018 - Northern Commercials Stadium, Bradford City FC,  9.30am – 4.30pm

Today's Programme

09.30 – 10.00


 Refreshments available


TONY WALSH, Longfella,

A unique opportunity to work with our Resident Poet throughout the day, to create our very own People’s Powerhouse haiku



Leader of Bradford Council, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe - THE PEOPLE’S POWERHOUSE MOVEMENT and CHARTER

Edna Robinson, Chairman People’s Powerhouse

10.45 – 12.45

(10 OPTIONS available; delegates can choose up to two sessions)

How are we making a People’s Powerhouse? Topics: inclusion and diversity, our places, a good economy, collaboration and devolution.  All sessions have been carefully selected from proposals submitted across the North and are detailed on our website.

Panel Chairs include: Sarah Longlands IPPR North; Mark Boyle, Heseltine Institute; Neil McInroy, CLES.

12.50 - 1.50


Local projects, live radio broadcasting, voxpops and more!Signing the People’s Powerhouse Charter continues…

1.50 - 2.30


LET THE PEOPLE IN! - A People’s Question Time Panel. 

Delegates can submit questions throughout the morning to be put to our panel:

Olivia Lee, Contact Theatre; Nazir Afzal, lawyer and campaigner; Syima Aslam, Bradford Literature Festival; Jo Miller, President SOLACE and CEO Doncaster Council; Nicola Headlam, Head of Northern Powerhouse, BEIS

Chair: Ed Cox, RSA

2.30 - 3.30

– Diverse thinking, diverse solutions

Short, thought provoking, inspiring, light hearted, serious, informative sessions to shine a light on how people are flourishing in and helping to grow the North.  All sessions have been submitted openly from people across the North and will be announced on our website.

Chair: Neil McInroy, CLES


The People’s Powerhouse Haiku

Performed live by TONY WALSH, Longfella and Resident Poet for the Day


- The next steps for the People’s Powerhouse

Edna Robinson, Chairman People’s Powerhouse; Sarah Longlands, IPPR North and member of the Steering Group


Close and depart

One-hour Workshops

How can we have a people powered transport for the north?

TFN was formed to transform the transport system across the North, to provide an infrastructure to drive economic growth.

In this workshop there is an opportunity to find out more and raise comments about how we improve hear present the vision for the North. The Northern Powerhouse transport debate has focussed on how we can travel quickly between our major cities. Important though this is, we need to give more attention to improving the everyday journeys people make around our villages, towns and cities.

This session will explore another vision for transport in the north, based on better local transport networks that are inclusive and can meet more needs, with a stronger role for communities. We’ll hear from communities who have taken a DIY approach to solving their own transport problems and draw out some lessons for future practice.

Organisation: Community Transport Association AND Transport for the North

Speakers: Andrea Barry and Bill Freeman

Next steps for social value…using planning and procurement systems to create genuine social impact
Why we need more risk-sharing approaches to building social capital in an austere society – a work in progress!
Where is nature and the environment in our vision for the North?
People Powered Business: can co-operatives help us take back economic control?
A home and a job - the basics of what matters to people
How to make workplace inclusion be an everyday reality
How Can Art Shape Policy for the Future World of Work?
A cultural education powerhouse from young people's perspective
Can people be in the lead when it comes to funding priorities in the North?

5 - minute Sessions

How Bradford's Bubbling Up

The Bradford Bubble Up is an unleashing of the creative power of Bradfordians. It’s a new way of working; culture driven regeneration of both spirit and place.

Filling our empty spaces and city streets with new ideas and colourful events, the Bubble Up is inspiring people to see the city differently, highlighting our talent and potential. By working collaboratively, we are achieving far more for the city than we could by working individually. Join arts regeneration mavericks, The Brick Box Ladies, to find out how underwater discos, David Bowie and sufi music are the new soundtrack to truly valuable places.

Organisation: The Brick Box

Speakers: Rosie Freeman

Kirklees - the music district
More collaboration, sharing, learning together
Building "a good local economy" in Rochdale
Devolution: the Liverpool City Region cabinet and the #GiveUpYourSeat campaign
How can young people shape the north?
Women's Health Network
BreathChamps: Brightening the future of children with asthma

Today's speakers include...

  • Edna Robinson, Chairman, People’s Powerhouse (also Big Life Group, Trafford Housing Trust)

  • Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive, Power to Change

  • Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader Bradford Council and chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority

  • Nazir Afzal OBE, former Chief Crown Prosecutor

  • Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, CLES

  • Tony Walsh (Longfella) will be joining us on the day as our Poet In Residence - and there will be delegate involvement!

  • Nicola Headlam, Head of Northern Powerhouse, BEIS

  • Syima Aslam, Director,  Bradford Literature Festival   

  • Dr Sarah Rawlins, Science and Media Museum, Bradford

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Jenny Sanderson Suite,
Blackburne House, Hope Street,
Liverpool L8 7PE 

07769 670 753 / 07590 112 912

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