The Speaker line-up includes:

Matthew Parris
Times Columnist

Tom Walker 
Director, Cities and Local Growth Unit
Department for Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Communities and Local Government

Mark Hughes
Group Chief Executive
Manchester Growth Company

Pat Ritchie
Chief Executive
Newcastle City Council

Lord Jim O'Neill
Ex Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and Former Chief Economist
Goldman Sachs

Bev Hurley
Institute of Economic Development (Conference Chair)

Rachel Fisher
Head of Infrastructure: Cities and Local Unit
Department for Communities and Local Government

Vicky Price 
Economist and Board Member

Jake Berry MP
Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth
Department for Communities and Local Government (subject to parliamentary business)

Katie Schmuecker
Head of Policy   
Joseph Rowntree Foundations

Sarah Fenton 
Strategic Partnership Director
The Construction Industry Training Board

Richard Cook 
Associate - Economics
Pegasus Group

Charlotte Alldritt
Director of Public Services and Communities
Royal Society of Arts (RSA)

Tom Bridges   
Chief Officer Economy and Regeneration 
Leeds City Council

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Contact us 

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"Well balanced and addresses some of the key issues facing planning professionals" 
Head of Development Planning - Plymouth City Council

"High profile and fast moving"
Residential Director - Turley Associates 

"Good mix of delegates and differing viewpoints" 
Head of Strategy - The Planning Inspectorate

"Excellent cross-pollination between different areas of planning"   
Barrister - Cornerstone Barristers    

“Clarity on our current delivery challenges”      
Head of Planning
- Lincolnshire County Council