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Simplifying Social Value Conference

Wednesday, 21st July 2021 0900hrs – 1230hrs

A non-intimidating approach transforming the hard to understand into easy to implement, enabling social value learners at any level to fuel their pursuit. Bringing together private and public sectors to discuss, collaborate and learn how to promote innovation and deliver more social value.

Join our key speakers and delegates for insights into:

  • Eliminating the ambiguity of social value
  • Clearing up the costs and confusion
  • Opportunities for public sector organisations
  • Innovative solutions that will change the way we account for social value
  • How, why, when? Understanding the long-term benefits of change

To secure your spot, sign up below.

Our online webinars will merge our face-to-face events with a virtual platform – providing networking opportunities, an exceptional panel discussion and debate, 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 webinars…

You’ll receive unique log-in details and URL a week or so before the event to gain access.

Main Stage

On here you’ll be able to navigate what is in our ‘Programme’ where our speakers, panels and discussions will take place. You’ll be able to get involved in the discussion, ask questions and more.

Networking Lounges

You can connect with the attendees in our networking lounges – video chatting with others at the event.

Exhibition Area

View our partners and sponsors, have a chat with them and learn more about their business.

08:45-09:00 Doors Open
09:00-09:30 Welcome & Keynote Speech

Gerard Toplass will welcome delegates to the event, before a keynote from an industry leader regarding investing in ESG.

Pagabo; Gerard Toplass, Executive Chairman

GK Strategy; Martin Summers, Associate Director

09:30-09:40 Break & Networking
09:40-10:00 Social Value Vocabulary and the Future Landscape

In this session we will hear from Gerard Toplass about vocabulary, names, commodisiting social value and much more.

Pagabo; Gerard Toplass, Executive Chairman

10:00-10:30 Social Profit Calculator Demonstration

This demo will show the Social Profit Calculator which is simple, affordable and accessible to all at reasonable prices.

Pagabo; Gerard Toplass, Executive Chairman

10:30-10:40 Break & Networking
10:40 – 11:30 Reality vs Myth – Panel Discussion

Lead by procurement and frameworks guru Gerard Toplass, our panel of experts will discuss the real drivers behind social value and why it lies at the heart of all procurement, topics will include:

  • Social value in infrastructure – the building blocks for an economy
  • Social value in training and people – the intangible infrastructure and how we bridge between where we are today and where we need to be with people, skills etc
  • Social value in the private sector – will they follow the public sector lead, and if they do how powerful could it be, and if they don’t where does that leave us?

The panel with the help of the audience will also dispel the myth that social value costs money.

Chair: Pagabo; Gerard Toplass, Executive Chairman

Maven Capital Partners; Andrew Craig, Partner

Social Profit Calculator; Dr Victoria Johnson, Principal Consultant

GK Strategy; Martin Summers, Associate Director

Pagabo; Lord Bob Kerslake, Chairman

Grant Thornton UK; Irina Velkova, Associate Director, FSA

11:30-11:40 Break & Networking
11:40-12:10 Roundtables x 3

Several interactive roundtables will be hosted where you can join and interact with the discussion focused on:

  • Skills Bridge hosted – by Pagabo; Gerard Toplass, Executive Chairman
  • Private Sector Bridge – hosted by Social Profit Calculator; Tom Farley, CEO
  • Social Value in Infrastructure – hosted by Social Profit Calculator; Dr Victoria Johnson, Principal Consultant
12:10-12:15 Break & Networking
12:15-12:30 Closing Plenary

Pagabo; Gerard Toplass, Executive Chairman

Pagabo; Lord Bob Kerslake, Chairman

Pagabo – Gerard Toplass, Executive Chairman

Experienced Executive Chairman with a demonstrated history of investing and working in the information technology, services industry and Public Sector. Gerard has completed over 18 M&A transactions and now maintains significant investments in Sypro and Pagabo.

Social Profit Calculator – Dr Victoria Johnson, Principal Consultant

Dr Victoria Johnson is Principal Consultant at Social Profit Calculator. At SPC, Victoria leads the consultancy team and drives the development of our methodologies. She is a highly experienced researcher and policy analyst with over 15 years’ experience across a diverse range of fields, from economic policy and sociology of consumption to policy evaluation to innovation studies. Victoria is passionate about developing robust methodologies to evaluate social value across a range of domains.

Social Profit Calculator – Tom Farley, CEO

Tom joined SPC as CEO in 2021. Tom’s background is in commercial real estate where he worked for and advised institutional investment firms and real estate companies in the UK and Europe. Social value has always played an important role in this, but Tom was drawn to SPC to help truly evidence the social return on investment being created. Tom will lead a round table discussion on the private sector ‘bridge’ to social value.

Grant Thornton UK – Irina Velkova, Associate Director, FSA

Irina is an Associate Director in Grant Thornton’s Regulatory Advisory practice and advises financial services institutions across Banking, Insurance and Investment Management. She is also part of Grant Thornton’s ESG subject-matter team.

Irina specialises in large and complex engagements, which require an innovative approach, involve multiple senior stakeholders and add tangible value.

Her role includes advising firms on new and emerging regulations, implementing improved clients’ structures, business processes and models and working with Board of Directors and C-suite stakeholders on resolving governance and regulatory matters.

Her expertise is focused on corporate governance, conduct, risk management and culture, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) in the last couple of years. She has worked on these matters with some of the largest financial services institutions in the country, giving her unique insight as to how some common challenges can be resolved to the best of client’s interests.

PAGABO – Lord Bob Kerslake, Chairman

Lord Kerslake has many years of public sector experience with roles including secretary for the Department for Communities and Local Government and chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency. As non-executive chairman, Lord Kerslake works alongside the rest of the Pagabo board to help the business become a key player in the UK’s future public sector procurement policies, as well as in Pagabo’s role to enable social value and develop innovative ways of delivering procurement.

Built Environment Networking – Fahmida Nisa, Online Event Manager

Nisa is a research, marketing and content specialist at Built Environment Networking. She will be hosting a number of the sessions throughout the day, running the day’s proceedings and managing the interaction between our virtual delegates and the speakers.

GK Strategy – Martin Summers, Associate Director

Martin is Head of Investor Services at GK Strategy, where he also leads the ESG practice. He has over 20 years’ experience in procurement, sustainability and regulation, working across the built environment, energy, FMCG and B2G sectors.

Maven Capital Partners – Andrew Craig, Partner

Andrew is one of the founding partners of Maven Capital Partners, which was established in 2009, one of the UK’s leading private equity firms which focuses on backing entrepreneurial SME’s across the UK. He is a member of the Maven Investment Committee and has over 25 years’ experience of investing in UK SME’s.

Andrew joined Aberdeen Asset Management in 2004 having previously been with Bank of Scotland, prior to that he worked in Business and Corporate Banking at Clydesdale Bank for 10 years. He is a Member of both the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and the Institute of Directors and is also Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association Membership Engagement Committee. Andrew is also a trustee of Launch Foods, a Glasgow based charity which aims to tackle child food poverty.


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Wednesday, 21st July 2021

0900hrs – 1230hrs


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