Westminster Social Policy Forum

The future for the Northern Powerhouse - infrastructure, economic growth and the refreshed Northern Powerhouse strategy

Morning, Friday, 6th December 2019

Central Manchester


This conference will examine the future for the Northern Powerhouse - including the strategy for the Powerhouse going forward, and priorities for the incoming government following the general election.

The agenda includes keynote addresses from Henri Murison, Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership and Professor Jeurgen Maier, Chief Executive, Siemens UK and Board Member, Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

Areas for discussion and sessions in the conference include:

  • The refreshed Northern Powerhouse strategy and the way forward for growing the economy in the North of England;
  • Priorities for businesses;
  • Financing and developing infrastructure to support economic growth:
    • Delivering transport improvements across the region and the future for Northern Powerhouse Rail;
    • Improving digital connectivity across the North of England;
    • Supply chain - procurement, investment and economic development;
    • Driving investment in the Northern Powerhouse and the potential of new approaches to project finance; and
    • Key issues for housebuilding and the impact of national housing policy.
  • Delivering economic growth for the whole of the North of England and next steps for devolution in Yorkshire;
  • Developing the skills needed to support innovation, research and growth in the region;
  • Working in partnership with neighbouring regions; and
  • Next steps for policy.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Social Policy Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Cabinet Office; Cities & Local Growth Unit; DCMS; DfE; DfT; DIT; Health & Safety Executive; HM Government; MHCLG; National Infrastructure Commission; Office of the Secretary of State for Transport; ONS; ORR and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speaker

Henri Murison

Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Keynote Speakers

Kevin Parkes

Executive Director of Growth and Place, Middlesbrough Council

Jonathan Werran

Chief Executive, Localis

Professor Jeurgen Maier

Chief Executive, Siemens UK and Board Member, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Henri Murison

Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership


Lord Goddard of Stockport

Vice Chair, Northern Powerhouse All-Party Parliamentary Group


Shamit Gaiger

Director, Strategic Advisory, AECOM

Roger Marsh

Chair, Northern Powerhouse 11; Chair, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and Member, West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Nathan Marsh

Director, Digital Transformation, UK & Europe, Atkins

Tim Wood

Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, Transport for the North

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Manchester

Grant Peggie

Director, Venture Capital Solutions, British Business Bank

Carol Matthews

Group Chief Executive, Riverside and Chair, Homes for the North