Great Northern Conference 2021: date, location, speakers and how to buy tickets

The Great Northern Conference brings together politicians, business leaders, the media and key influencers and will be moderated by Gamal Fahnbulleh, presenter of Granada Reports, ITV’s award-winning news program for the Northwest.

It’s at the lavish Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield on Thursday 28 October and will be shown on JPI Media’s digital platforms.

The landmark event, hosted by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership JPI Media, is a ‘must see’ for those who want to influence the direction of the region as it rebuilds itself in a post-Covid-19 landscape.

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Some of the expert speakers at the Great Northern Conference

Some of the biggest names in the North are backing him, including four metro mayors: Tracy Brabin, Andy Burnham, Dan Jarvis and Steve Rotheram.

CLARE BAMBRA, Professor of Public Health, Newcastle University

KEN COOPER, British Investment Bank

Introduce Gamal Fahnbulleh, presenter of Granada Reports, ITV’s award-winning news program for the Northwest.

HANNAH DAVIES, Head of External and Public Affairs for the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA)

SUE FERNS, Deputy General Secretary of Prospect

PROF SUSAN LEA, University of Hull

ANNE LONGFIELD CBE, former Children’s Commissioner for England

BRUCE HEPPENSTALL, Plant Manager, Drax Group

BEN MORGAN, Research Director, AMRC

MALCOLM MORLEY, Chair, Radioactive waste management

THARA RAJ, Director of Public Health, Warrington Borough Council


JAMIE REED, Head of Corporate Affairs, Sellafield Ltd

KATY SHAW, Director of Cultural Partnerships, Northumbria University

DAN SMITH, Director of Energy Services, Northern Gas & Power

SARA WALKER, Director of the EPSRC National Center for the Integration of Energy Systems

The main sponsor is telecommunications giant Huawei, which will support the digital session.

Additional sponsorship is expected to come from the utility Sellafield for the education and skills session, and from Drax which supports the Net Zero Future session.

There is also a sponsorship of breakout sessions by Hermes for the Investment & Development session, Radioactive Waste Management for the Sustainable Infrastructure session, Northern Gas & Power for the Energy session and Northern Health Science Alliance for the session on health.

Additional support comes from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and Be the Business.

Victor Zhang, Senior Vice President of Huawei, said: “Huawei has supported the UK’s digital infrastructure for 20 years, our technologies keep communities connected and ensure that no one is left behind by bringing ultra-high internet. fast and connectivity across the country.

Huawei is helping bring the UK up to speed by directly and indirectly supporting many jobs and providing digital skills training – last year Huawei contributed over £ 571million to GDP in the north of England with more than 9,900 direct and indirect jobs.

“We are delighted to join the discussion of the Great Northern Conference in support of the government’s upgrade agenda.

The results of the event will be documented in a special report published in the JPI Media portfolio.

Henri Murison, Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, said: “Each year, the Great Northern Conference provides business and civic leaders from across the North the opportunity to come together to discuss priorities and formulate policy ideas.

“This year, it will mean tackling the fallout from the pandemic, including tackling the huge loss of learning in northern schools as well as strengthening economic recovery in our cities and towns. [email protected]

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