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How will new mayors work with Whitehall to improve their city-regions?

Monday 20 March 2017, 12:30

With the election of new mayors in May 2017 fast approaching, this event explored how new, powerful mayors and combined authority leaders can make their voices heard in Whitehall, and how departments can best deal with the new, post-devolution landscape.

 The second event in a series on local leadership sought to answer:  

  • What difference will directly-elected mayors and combined authorities make to public services, local growth and investment?
  • How can mayors and combined authority leaders work constructively with Whitehall to get the best for their local areas?
  • How do Whitehall departments need to adapt to the post-devolution landscape?
  • Do we need a ‘cabinet of the mayors’ to enable mayors to work most effectively with government?

On our expert panel, we heard from:

  • Tom Walker, Director, Cities & Local Growth Unit, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Martin Reeves, Chief Executive, Coventry City Council
  • Dave Smith, Managing Director, Sheffield City Region team
  • John Wrathmell, Head of Strategy at New Economy Manchester

The event was chaired by Dr Jo Casebourne, Director of Development, Institute for Government.

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We would like to thank Grant Thornton for supporting this event.

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