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LGA annual conference 2012
26 Jun 2012
Join us online at the biggest local government event in the country

Headline Speakers

The Local Government Association’s annual conference is the biggest event in the local government calendar. It also is one of the biggest political conferences of the year, regularly attracting over 1,100 delegates and keynote speakers from central and local government alike.

In June 2012, you can look forward to debates on economic growth, local leadership, new models of innovation in service delivery and a host of other issues.

It will also be happening just weeks away from the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games and attention will rightly turn to how economic growth can be generated across the country. The role of councils in creating jobs and wealth will be paramount.

With the forthcoming introduction of city mayors, policing and crime commissioners and health and well-being boards, councils will also need to demonstrate leadership at the heart of a new set of relationships between the citizen and the state. Pressure will be on local authorities more than ever to innovate, deliver and manage services differently.

Speakers include:
  • Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  • Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, Shadow Chancellor
  • Angela Maxwell, Founder, Acuwomen and board member of the West Midlands Enterprise Board
  • Dame Clare Tickell, Chief Executive, Action for Children
  • Darra Singh, Chairman of the Communities and Victims Panel
  • David Holmes, Chief Executive, British Association of Adoption and Fostering
  • Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS in England
  • Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, NESTA
  • Graham Allen MP
  • Jim Barker-McCardle, Chief Constable, Essex Police
  • John Taylor, Chief Executive, ACAS
  • John Cridland, Director General,Confederation of British Industry
  • Julia Unwin, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Kathryn Rossiter, Managing Director, SOLACE
  • Louise Casey, Director General, Troubled Families, CLG
  • Paul Burstow MP, Minister of State for Care Services
  • Councillor Philippa Roe, Leader, London Borough of Westminster

Look at our coverage of the 2011 conference here

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Day 1 - 26 Jun 2012

Conference opening
Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor John Lines
Richard Aspinall, Head of Local Government, Vodafone

Robert Chote, Chairman, Office for Budget Responsibility
Keynote address Local Government response

Plenary 1
Cllr Simon Henig, Leader, Durham County Council Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader, London Borough of Sutton Cllr Alec Robertson, Leader, Cornwall Council Includes Q&A

Day 2 - 27 Jun 2012

Plenary session 2: Councils and better health: how local leaders can seize the opportunities of the NHS reforms
Chair: Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Vice Chair, LGA; Rt Hon Edward Davey, MP for Kingston & Surbiton and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Plenary session 3: Councils and better health: how local leaders can seize the opportunities of the NHS reforms
Chair: Mike Burton, The MJ
Introduction: Cllr David Rogers, Chairman, Community Well-being Board, LGA;
Keynote speech by Sir David Nicholson KCB CBE, Chief Executive of the NHS in England.

Plenary session 4: Local Government Challenge
Chair: Councillor Marianne Overton, Vice Chair, LGA:
Panellists: Carolyn Downs, Chief Executive, LGA;
Graham Farrant, Chief Executive, Thurrock Council;
Paul Knight, 2011 LG Challenge winner.

Plenary session 5: Community budgets
Chair: Councillor Sir Merrick Cockell;
Councillor Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council;
Councillor Philippa Roe, Leader, Westminster City Council;
Jim Barker-McCardle, Chief Constable, Essex Police;
Dr Huw Charles-Jones, Chair, West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Plenary session 6: Driving local growth
Chair: Councillor Peter Box, Chair, Economy and Transport Board, LGA;
John Cridland, Director General, CBI;
Angela Maxwell OBE, Founder, Acuwomen and board member of the West Midlands Enterprise Board (and previously board member, Advantage West Midlands).

Day 3 - 28 Jun 2012

What's on now:
Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, Shadow Chancellor
Chair: Cllr David Sparks OBE, Vice Chair, LGA

Plenary session 8: Preparing for police and crime commissioners
Chair: Michael Crick, Political Correspondent, Channel 4 News;
Panellists: Simon Weston, Falklands veteran;
Cllr Lisa Brett, Bath and North East Somerset Council;
Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC) who heads up the newly formed "Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime" (MOPAC).

Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP Secretary of State for Local Government
Chair: Cllr Gary Porter, Vice Chair, LGA;

Local Government Challenge award
winner annoucement


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