The MJ Future Forum is back!

The MJ is delighted to announce The MJ Future Forum – our popular 24-hour summit for local authority chief executives – will be held in-person in the Midlands on September 29-30, lunchtime to lunchtime.

Confirmed speakers so far include, Jeremy Pocklington, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Martin Reeves, chief executive, Coventry City Council, Chris Hopson, chief executive, NHS Providers, Rachael Shimmin, Chief Executive, Buckinghamshire Council and adult social care lead, Association of County Council Chief Executives, Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, Pam Smith, Chief Executive, Stockport Council and Policy Lead for Housing, SOLACE, William Benson, Chief Executive, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive, Local Government Association.

Sponsors are BT, Capita, ENGIE, and Penna.

The top speakers at this year’s Future Forum will focus on ‘Building Back Better’ post-pandemic. One of our key sessions will focus on finance in advance of the Spending Review which is expected to lay out the Government’s spending priorities as we emerge from lockdowns. In addition, we will address local government’s key financial challenges from the loss of business rate income to dwindling resources.

There will be a session on social care and health and the lessons learned through the pandemic about integration – or the lack of it. The Forum will discuss the future of town and city centres as shopping, commuting and living habits change and local government strives to help its centres adapt.

There will also be sessions on climate change, the future workforce, the ongoing role of public health and the practicalities of the ‘levelling up’ agenda. Stay tuned for the full agenda!

As a chief executive, you can register here

Make sure you are there and The MJ Future Forum is in your diary. See you there!

Michael Burton, Editorial Director, The MJ

Heather Jameson, Editor, The MJ