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The Emergence of Construction Impact Framework: A New Framework & Social Value Organisation in the North West

Monday, 19th October 2020 1030hrs – 1230hrs

Construction Impact Framework are renowned in the North West for their ongoing and evolving commitment to social value. As their organisation and remit expands they are undertaking a major rebrand and also launching their exciting new initiative – Thrive, which is a physical space in Liverpool converted into a place for care leavers and disadvantaged youngsters to visit and engage with potential employers, education avenues and others who share their struggles.

This event celebrates the launch of both brands including speaking contributions from key public figures from across the Liverpool City region who will be talking about how they’re working with Sara Lawton and her team to amplify opportunities for those that rely on it the most.

Speakers include:

Agenda and Programme:

10:30-11:00 Doors Open & Networking

Enjoy some networking time with those also attending the conference – with the ability to video chat with attendees in the networking lounge or speed networking area.

11:00-11:20 Construction Impact Framework Rebrands

The team at Construction Impact Framework unveil their new brand, ethos and values alongside notable dignitaries who are supporting their cause.

Construction Impact Framework; Sara Lawton, Director

The Extraordinary Club; Dawn Paine, Co-Founder

Cabinet Office; Claire Dove CBE, National Crown Representative for VCSE Sector

11:20-11:40 Live from Thrive & Thrive Launch

Chief Executive Sara Lawton will give us an exclusive sneak peak of the THRIVE café, soon to be home to opportunities for young people from across the Liverpool City region before it’s officially launched. THRIVE will create a space that will bring opportunities in the realm of employment to help young people live happy, safe and fulfilling lives.

Construction Impact Framework; Sara Lawton, Director

The Extraordinary Club; Dawn Paine, Co-Founder

11:40-11:50 Engaging The Youth – How Young People Will Build Liverpool's Future

Delegates will hear from senior policy influencers about how they are engaging with Thrive to create a better future for young people in Liverpool and call on you to join their cause.

Liverpool City Council; Tony Reeves, CEO

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service; Phil Garrigan, CFO

The Regenda Group; Stephanie Harrison, Executive Director

The Extraordinary Club; Dawn Paine, Co-Founder

The City of Liverpool College; Julie Barnes, Deputy Chief Executive

11:50-12:00 Closing Speech & Thanks

Sara will wrap up the event before networking begins.

Construction Impact Framework; Sara Lawton, Director

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority; Steve Rotherham, Mayor


12:00-12:30 Networking & Close

Here’s an overview of the confirmed speakers:

Liverpool City Council – Tony Reeves, Chief Executive

He was Chief Executive of Bradford Council from September 2006 to November 2014 and prior to that Deputy Chief Executive of Wakefield City Council from March 2003 to September 2006.

In 2014 Tony joined Deloitte as Local Government Advisory Partner supporting local Government in areas of strategy and policy, transformation, reorganisation, health and social care integration, regeneration, economic development and housing.

In October 2017, Tony, via Deliotte, was engaged to work with Liverpool City Council providing strategic support and advice to the Mayor and Management Team which included supporting the implementation of the Mayor’s Inclusive Growth Plan, development and implementation of a transformation programme for the Council, performance and programme management systems and the development and implementation of directorate delivery/ business plans.

In July 2018, Liverpool City Council appointed Tony as Chief Executive and his key task is driving delivery of the Inclusive Growth Plan and major programmes of public sector reform, working with partners across public and voluntary sectors and local communities.

Construction Impact Framework – Sara Lawton, Founder & CEO

Starting her career started in DWP, Sara was at the forefront of the employability and skills agenda helping thousands of people across Merseyside access work. Sara then joined Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service leading on organisational change; in additional to managing over 100 Fire Fighters, Sara led on community integration devising projects never before seen by a UK Fire Service. Projects included supporting female prisoners, reducing anti-social behaviour, mentoring young women at risk and working with victims of trafficking and domestic abuse. Helping to transform Mersey Fire Sara was tasked with delivering the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub. A Super Youth Zone situated in the heart of Toxteth that supports thousands of young people from over 50 nationalities.

Inspired by her passion to tackle inequality Sara embarked on the journey of social entrepreneur in 2015 when she founded Construction Impact Framework (CIF). CIF is a commercial procurement business that invests profits into community intervention and prevention projects to tackle societal issues resulting from deprivation and poverty. A business with purpose CIF has invested in projects that tackle homelessness, domestic violence, mental health and youth unemployment.

Sara has worked with over 25 public-sector organisations who have all procured through CIF for the betterment of communities and 2020 marks a milestone of £200,000 generated for social investment across the North West.

Sara has been named Merseyside Woman of the Year, Merseyside Community Woman of the year, Social Innovator, Impact Leader and this year she was named in the WISE100 most influential female business leaders with purpose.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service – Phil Garrigan, Chief Fire Officer

Phil joined Merseyside in 1990 and during that time has served at a variety of Community Fire Stations – working in some of Merseyside’s most vulnerable and deprived communities.  He brings a strong community focus to the Service, recognising the unique position of trust and respect in which the FRS is held, he has used this and the professionalism of Merseyside FRS staff to tackle the real underlying factors which affect risk.

Phil is the Vice Chair of the NFCC Prevention Coordination Committee and the National Lead for the Fire and Rescue Service with regard to Children and Young People. He is also a member of the Operations Coordination Committee given Merseyside FRS oversee National Resilience capabilities on behalf of the Home Office. He is a National Strategic Advisor overseeing a number of National events recently, including the UK’s response to COVID19. The breadth of his work gives him an almost unique understanding of the sector

Cabinet Office – Claire Dove CBE, National Crown Representative for VCSE Sector

Claire has been a key player in the Voluntary, Charity and Social Enterprise movement since the 1980’s. Claire nationally and internationally is known for her work in the sector and for ten years chaired Social Enterprise UK. She worked with government and leaders from the sector to create the first strategy for the Social Enterprise movement. She worked with the teams to introduce the Social Value Act which is now embedded into many local government frameworks and in the national Crown Commercial procurement service.

Claire led the highly successful Blackburne House Group, until she retired in July 2020. Blackburne House offers an outstanding educational offer to women alongside running its award-winning School for Social Entrepreneurship and highly successful social enterprises.

The Regenda Group – Stephanie Harrison, Executive Director

Stephanie Harrison is Executive Director of Operations and Customer Service at the Regenda Group.

She started her career as a Housing Management Trainee with Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, before working in senior housing roles at Blackpool Borough Council, Liverpool Housing Trust and Cobalt Housing.

In her role at the Regenda Group Stephanie is responsible for the delivery of specialist services and supported housing for over 12,000 residents. She also provides leadership for the Group’s education and support businesses including; The Learning Foundry training provider, Petrus homeless charity and Centre 56 nursery.

She is currently acting as interim Chair for Knowsley Youth Service (Vibe) and serves on the Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills Board.

The Extraordinary Club – Dawn Paine, Co-Founder

Dawn is an award-winning business leader and strategist with over 20 years leading marketing and communications with iconic global brands, including Nintendo and Universal Pictures.

Dawn has an exceptional background in lead marketing roles for major international companies, At Nintendo, she led the transformation of the market, grew market share from 5-80% in 12 months through disruptive, blue ocean marketing. And at Universal Pictures, Dawn marketed some of the world’s biggest TV show and movie franchises including Despicable Me, Les Miserables, and Downton Abbey.


The City of Liverpool College – Julie Barnes, Deputy Chief Executive

Julie joined the City of Liverpool College as the Deputy Chief Executive in 2016 having previously been the Director of Finance at Salford City College. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001 and has 10 years’ experience as a senior manager in education. Julie has specific responsibility for overseeing the areas of Finance, HR, MIS, Facilities, IT and Student Services functions of the College Group.

Julie has experience of overseeing of a number of significant capital projects delivered within the education sector which have ranged in value from £2.5m to £5m with a key focus on delivering the project on time and budget to meet the needs of the College learners.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority – Steve Rotheram, Labour Party Candidate

Steve Rotheram is the incumbent Mayor of the Liverpool City Region and is standing for re-election. He will be joining us to talk about his plans for building on a first term in office while being keen to take feedback and questions from our audience.

Our online conferences will merge our face-to-face conferences with a virtual platform – providing networking opportunities, exceptional panel discussions and debates, speaker presentations and an exhibition hall.

Here’s a little video highlighting what to expect

And here’s a bit more information of key areas of our online events…

You’ll receive unique log-in details to join our online event via computer or phone – and you’ll be greeted with an easy navigation tool. You’ll be able to navigate to:

Main Stage

Where our ‘Programme’ will take place with excellent speakers and content. You’ll be able to get involved, asking questions and taking part in live polls.

Networking Area

Just like a real conference you’ll be able to meet and connect with new people in our forum. You can directly request to chat with someone or you can enter our ‘speed networking’ area to meet numerous new people within the industry. Get your elevator pitch ready!

Sponsor / Exhibitor Area

Meet our partners and sponsors – view what they’re all about, video chat with them and download their literature and product information.


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Monday, 19th October 2020

1030hrs – 1230hrs


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