Westminster Social Policy Forum

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Next steps for the Northern Powerhouse

Morning, Thursday, 20th January 2022

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine policy priorities for the Northern Powerhouse going forward and the impact of the Government’s proposed Levelling Up White Paper.

It will be a timely opportunity to discuss how key issues are tackled in the white paper and what is needed to deliver on the needs of the Northern Powerhouse in terms of supporting economic growth and the development of pan-regional and city-region infrastructure.

Delegates will also consider next steps for the region more broadly, and linking with broader policy developments such as the National Infrastructure Strategy, the UK Innovation Strategy, and the role of boosting devolution.

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote contribution from Henri Murrison, Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

Overall, the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • driving economic development and recovery in the region
  • engagement with businesses to support balanced growth across the North
  • the role of infrastructure in boosting growth and regeneration
  • developing education, research, and development systems
  • taking forward the Levelling Up White Paper and broader policy


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from relevant interest and campaign groups; businesses, investors and their legal, financial and public affairs advisors; universities and research institutions; representatives from the housing, construction, transport and manufacturing industries; local enterprise partnerships; think tanks, commentators and academics, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Henri Murison

Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership


Kevin Hollinrake MP

Co-Chair, Northern Powerhouse All-Party Parliamentary Group


Professor Louise Kenny

Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty Management Office, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, University of Liverpool

Michelle Rainbow

Skills Director, North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Paul Hirst

Head of Transport Sector, Addleshaw Goddard

Dr Annette Bramley

Director, N8 Research Partnership

Steve Foxley

Chief Executive, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Liam Robinson

Transport Portfolio Holder, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Councillor Arooj Shah

Leader, Oldham Council; and Cabinet Member for Economic and Social Reform, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Councillor Elise Wilson

Leader, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council