Events

Local Government Conference & Exhibition 2020

The key driver for the 2020 Local Government Conference is “The Future of Local Government.” which will identify the investment, actions and policies councils and their partners play in shaping the future of our communities, environment and economy.

The key driver for the Local Government Conference 2020 is “The Future of Local Government” which will identify the investment, actions and policies councils and their partners play in shaping the future of our communities, environment and economy.  What's to come in terms of the massive challenges, powers and transformations needed, in the complex future we face? With expectations on councils rising, the increased demands place huge resource burdens on the 11 councils, so innovation, transformation, new suppliers and relationships will be needed to meet our growth and efficiency challenges!

The conference offers a direct route to the leaders of the public sector in Northern Ireland; including central and local government departments, Permanent Secretaries, Mayors / Chairs and other decision-making elected members and public bodies. Working with NILGA, you will be able to promote your organisation in a highly professional, focused environment, as well as being able to engage and network with members; senior officials, chief executives; local government suppliers & associates; senior civil servants, key business and investment partners and senior influences from neighbouring jurisdictions.

Conference 2020 is regarded as a key event that promotes networking, the sharing of knowledge, skills and ideas. NILGA represents the ‘Voice of Local Government’ in Northern Ireland, this year with the direct involvement of SOLACE, the Chief Executives body and with participation from the 11 councils, political parties and many more.

 

The conference is supported by APSE, NI Water & Version 1

DRAFT AGENDA                                            Conference hosted by Mark Carruthers   

OPENING SESSION - NATIONAL, REGIONAL & LOCAL GOVERNMENT POLITICAL ADDRESS          

8.30

Registration and Networking  

9.30

Civic Welcome by the Host Council’s Belfast City Council 

9.35

Political Keynote Addresses:  Executive Office 

9.55

NILGA & SOLACE Response / Address NILGA President, Cllr Frances Burton, Mid Ulster District Council & SOLACE Chair, David Jackson, CEO, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council

SESSION 1 OUR FUTURE ROLES: LOCAL LEADERSHIP - STRENGTHENING DEMOCRACY – WHAT’S TO COME FOR COUNCILS?

10.10

10.20

(panel 4 minutes each)

 

 

 

 

Louise Warde Hunter, Deputy Secretary, Department for Communities

Panel Discussion

Current Context – Ann Watt, Pivotal

The future of local government in delivering for councils and communities – Suzanne Wylie, CEO, Belfast City Council

Dealing with uncertainty and Instability – Grainia Long (Resilience Commissioner)

Community Led Service DesignColm McDaid

Leadership, Skills and Performance – Tony Bovaird (INLOGOV) 

10.30

Interactive Audience Q&A / Debate

10.55

Next steps – Roger Wilson, CEO, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council

11.00

Refreshment Break / Networking / Engagement with Sponsors / Exhibitors

SESSION 2 OUR FUTURE ENVIRONMENT:  CLIMATE, COUNCILS AND COMMUNITIES                                                               

11.35

Climate Emergency, Role of council frontline services Paul O’Brien, CEO, APSE

11.50

Carbon reduction in councils and communities – recycling in the circular economy – Ian Garner, Head of WRAP NI

12.00

Changing our culture through sustainable transport and infrastructure – Senior Official, Department for Infrastructure

12.10

Response to Presentations – David Lindsey, Ards & North Down Borough Council

12.15

Interactive Audience Q&A / Debate

12.40

Lunch / Networking / Engagement with Sponsors / Exhibitors

SESSION 3 – DELIVERED BY SOLACE OUR FUTURE PLANNING: COUNCILS DRIVING TOMORROW’S COMMUNITY TODAY

14.00

14.10

Planning our infrastructure linking regional & local planningPaul Harper, Director of Asset Delivery, NI Water

Role of technology in delivering a sustainable and inclusive future - Phil Baulch, Director of Technology & Innovation for Public & Corporate Services, BT  (BT NI) 

14.20

Protecting our asset, the role of heritage and natural capital in place – Helen Quigley, CEO, Inner City Trust

14.30

Shaping the High Street, a Community SpaceDavid Burns, CEO, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

14.40

14.45

Next steps - Anne Donaghy, CEO, Mid & East Antrim Borough Coucnil

Interactive Audience Q&A / Debate

15.00

Refreshment Break / Networking / Engagement with Sponsors / Exhibitors

SESSION 4 OUR FUTURE ECONOMY:  PEOPLE & TECHNOLOGY IN CONCERT - Chair Michael McQuillan, Enterprise NI        

15.30

Emerging Technologies, shaping local government services - Liam Nolan, Vice President, Applications Development, Oracle

Partnership for Skills and Growth - Joan Fennelly, Director, Public Sector & Higher Education, Oracle

16.00

Response to presentations - Alison McCullagh, CEO, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council

16.10

Interactive Audience Q&A / Debate

16.40

Closing Keynote – An economy that works for everyone – Lesley Riddoch, Journalist & Broadcaster

17.00

Conference Close

Delegates Prize Draw (sponsored Social Enterprise NI) & Conference Close

NI Local Government Gala Awards - Commence 7.00pm – Dinner served at 8.00pm

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