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Running Order - The Great North

Future Cities Forum 13 ‘The Great North’ will take place on 27 February at RIBA North, Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront from 9 am to 1230 pm.


Registration and coffee


Stadium-led regeneration and housing development – with Mark Kitts (CEO, Liverpool Foundation Homes / Liverpool City Council), Richard Kenyon (CEO Everton in the Community and Board Director, Everton FC), and Iain Jenkinson, (Head of National Planning, CBRE).

This panel will discuss a new approach to solving Liverpool's housing needs through the city's new ethical housing company and how new sports stadium development can be a catalyst for wider regeneration, especially for housing and other community benefits. As with Bath Rugby's current plans to build a new rugby ground in the middle of a UNESCO world heritage site and open up under-used riverside for the public, Everton Football Club's vision - 'The People's Project' - to create a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock promises to deliver both a destination and new city district out of historic dockyards.


Lifesciences and healthcare cluster power in the North – with Clive Constable (Deputy Chief Executive, Royal College of Physicians), Ron Russell (COO, Rutherford Diagnostics), Professor Alison Ewing (Clinical Director of Pharmacy, Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust / Professor of Pharmacy Innovation Liverpool John Moores University) and Dr Joanne Phoenix (CEO, Sensor City).

Liverpool has become a magnet for healthcare and technology innovation, and this reflects cluster strengths across the wider North West of England. There are some outstanding NHS hospital trusts in the North, and Clive, Alison, Ron and Joanne will talk about how collaboration between public and private sectors can build the profile of both city and region globally and nationally, while advancing standards of healthcare.




Culture and the tourism economy of Liverpool and the wider North – with Sue Grindrod (CEO, Royal Albert Dock Company), Helen Legg (Director Tate Liverpool), Janet Dugdale (Executive Director, National Museums Liverpool) and Claire McColgan (Director, Culture Liverpool)

Since Liverpool's 2008 reign as European Capital of Culture there has been a resurgence of visitor interest in the city. This panel will discuss how innovation and energy across the cultural sector in the North can drive the economy and the quality of life for businesses, communities and visitors.


Infrastructure planning and place-making for the North – with Henri Murison (Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership), Shelagh McNerney (Head of Development, Salford City Council) and Liam Harrison (Market Director, SNC-Lavalin Atkins)

Connecting the North of England with new infrastructure for economic and social wellbeing will be the theme for the final panel with reflections on new announcements from the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, the crucial international logistics role of Port Salford, and the regeneration potential of the high speed rail stations at Sheffield, Leeds, and Manchester.



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