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West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference

Friday, 22nd September 2017 @ 0800hrs - 1730hrs

West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference | Event

West Yorkshires Future Starts Here!

A day of discussion and opportunity with our region’s business and public sector leaders. It’s the region’s biggest business event of 2017. The West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference brings together public and private sector leaders to discuss and debate the key business themes and opportunities for growth. The conference is supported by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the Leeds City Region LEP and the Cities of West Yorkshire.

    • Join the conversation on regional economic growth
    • Gain insights from public sector and Blue Chip company leaders
    • Network with key players, businesses and professionals
    • Access opportunities unique to this event and delegate group
    • Increase your understanding of the West Yorkshire business landscape

Sessions & Speakers

An outstanding line-up of keynotes and sessions is already confirmed, with more to come.

Speakers include:

Dr Aman Puri,

Consul General,


Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe,


West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Prew Lumley,


Leeds BID

Ben Still,

Managing Director;

West Yorkshire Combined Authority


See ALL speakers HERE

Conference Themes

 Increase your understanding of five key West Yorkshire business topics. Have your say on the region’s economic roadmap in conference debate sessions.

  • Why a combined authority?
  • Improving transport
  • Delivering housing
  • Developing skills
  • Growing the economy

See the FULL programme HERE

See ALL speakers HERE

Attend the Conference

Access unique business, learning and networking opportunities at the year’s biggest business event.

Booking for this event has now closed.

Be an exhibitor

Take the spotlight and meet hundreds of West Yorkshire businesses and leaders face to face.


Be a sponsor

Position your brand as a thought leader and business supporter, to hundreds of the region’s top players.


West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference | Programme

0800-0900 Breakfast & Registration  
0900-1000 Keynote 1 Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority & Leader of Bradford MDC CONFIRMED
  Keynote 2 Roger Marsh, Chairman, Leeds City Region LEP CONFIRMED
  Keynote 3 Dr Aman Puri, General Consul, India CONFIRMED
Keynote 4 Paul Smith, Chairman, Eversheds Sutherland Corporate Partner CONFIRMED
1000-1030 Coffee  
1030-1130 Session 1: Devolution Chair: Conference Session Partner:
Joanna Rowelle, Director, ARUP
  Why Devolution? What is a Combined Authority? How do we deliver the Strategic Economic Plan? Ben Still, Managing Director, West Yorkshire Combined Authority CONFIRMED
Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of the Council, Leeds City Council CONFIRMED
    John Grogan MP, Keighley CONFIRMED
Prew Lumley, Chair, Leeds BID CONFIRMED
Naz Parkar, Director of Economy, Skills and Environment, Kirklees Council CONFIRMED
1130-1145 Coffee  
1145-1245 Session 2: Transport Chair: Conference Session Partner:
Phil Laycock, Built Environment Networking
  What is the WYCA Transport Nigel Foster, Director of Strategy,Transport for the North CONFIRMED
strategy? How do we link with the
rest of the Northern Powerhouse?
Paul Matthews, Managing Director, First West Yorkshire CONFIRMED
How can transport deliver economic growth? Charles Johnson, Head of Planning Development, Leeds Bradford Airport CONFIRMED
Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority & Leader of Bradford MDC CONFIRMED
Jack Grigg, Lead, Wider Evidence Base Team, HS2 CONFIRMED
1245-1315 Lunch  
1315-1415 Session 3: Housing Chair: Conference Session Partner:
Chris Calvert, Executive Director, Pegasus
  How do we deliver the housing requirements? Sir Edward Lister, Chairman, Homes & Communities Agency CONFIRMED
Is modular off-site an answer?
How do we free up more land for housing?
Simon Gawthorpe, Managing Director, Urban Splash CONFIRMED
David Hodgson, Director and Head of Development (North) CEG CONFIRMED
Rosie Toogood, Chief Executive, L&G Modular Homes CONFIRMED
Ed Ellerington, Director – PRS, Grainger*
Leeds City Council, TBC
1415-1430 Coffee  
1430-1530 Session 4: Skills Chair: Conference Session Partner:
Gerald Jennings, President of Leeds Chamber
of Commerce
  How do we develop the skills needed to grow the economy? Sir Alan Langlands, Vice Chancellor, University of Leeds CONFIRMED
  What new skills do we need? How do
we ensure the skills stay in West Yorkshire?
Jane Walton, Chair, FSB Education & Skills Committee CONFIRMED
  Mark Noonan, Industry Relations Director, CITB CONFIRMED
    Rashik Parmar, Technical Executive – Europe, IBM CONFIRMED
  Professor Tim Thornton, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Huddersfield CONFIRMED
Andy Welsh, Chief Executive, Bradford College Group CONFIRMED
1530-1545 Coffee  
1545-1645  Session 5: Growing the Economy Chair: Conference Session Partner:
Martin Venning, Director Northern Powerhouse Conference
  How do we make the Northern Powerhouse work for us? How do we grow Sandy Needham, Chief Executive, West & North Yorkshire Chamber CONFIRMED
  Investment to & from India? What does it mean to have a premiership football team
Tom Riordan, Chief Executive Officer, Leeds City Council CONFIRMED
  in Yorkshire again?


Mark Robson, Regional Director, Yorkshire & Humber, Department of International Trade CONFIRMED
Allison Page, Managing Partner, DLA Piper CONFIRMED
Sean Jarvis, Commercial Director, Huddersfield Town AFC CONFIRMED
Cllr Peter Box, Chair, Key Cities and Leader of Wakefield Council CONFIRMED
1700-1715 Conference Summary  

West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference | Speakers

The following Speakers are CONFIRMED

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Sir Alan Langlands

Vice Chancellor;
University of Leeds
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Allison Page

Managing Partner;
DLA Piper
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Andy Welsh

Chief Executive;
Bradford College Group
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Ben Still

Managing Director;
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Charles Johnson image

Charles Johnson

Head of Planning Development;
Leeds Bradford Airport
Sir Edward Lister image

Sir Edward Lister

Homes & Communities Agency
Gerald Jennings image

Gerald Jennings

Leeds Chamber of Commerce
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Jamie Kerr

Managing Director;
HS2 Growth Partnership
Jane Walton image

Jane Walton

FSB Education & Skills Committee
John Grogan MP image

John Grogan MP

Member of Parliament;
Councillor Judith Blake image

Councillor Judith Blake

Leeds City Council
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Kersten England

Chief Executive Officer;
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Lorna Pimlott image

Lorna Pimlott

Phase Two Sponsorship Director;
Mark Robson image

Mark Robson

Regional Director, Yorkshire & Humber;
Department of International Trade
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Nigel Foster

Director of Strategy;
Transport for the North
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Councillor Peter Box

Chairman of the Combined Authority;
Leader of Wakefield Council
Prew Lumley image

Prew Lumley

Leeds BID
Rashik Parmar image

Rashik Parmar

Technical Executive - Europe;
Roger Marsh image

Roger Marsh

Leeds City Region LEP
Sandy Needham image

Sandy Needham

Chief Executive;
West & North Yorkshire Chamber
Sean Jarvis image

Sean Jarvis

Commercial Director;
Huddersfield Town AFC
Simon Gawthorpe image

Simon Gawthorpe

Managing Director;
Urban Splash
Susan Hinchcliffe image

Susan Hinchcliffe

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Professor Tim Thornton image

Professor Tim Thornton

Deputy Vice Chancellor;
University of Huddersfield
Tom Riordan image

Tom Riordan

Chief Executive Officer;
Leeds City Council

West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference | Exhibition

Why Exhibit?

  • Meet around 300 delegates face to face
  • Be part of the biggest business event in Yorkshire
  • Network with hundreds of your business clients and peers
  • Show your support to the Combined Authority and the LEP



A 3m2 stand costs £1,500 plus VAT

A 6m2 stand costs £3,000 plus VAT

Other sizes are available on request.

Four delegate passes are included with each stand

We have a limited amount of stand space available at this event – so please book early to avoid disappointment.

ALL STAND BOOKINGS SHOULD BE MADE DIRECTLY WITH US – and then your additional stand requirements will be made direct to GES.

2017 Exhibitors Include:


Download Floorplan here


West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference | Sponsors

Why Sponsor:

  • Receive high level brand awareness for your company
  • Be associated as a thought leader within West Yorkshire
  • Develop growth opportunities for your business
  • Be recognized as a leader in your profession in West Yorkshire
  • Show your support to the Combined Authority and the LEP

Corporate Partner

Conference Session Partners

Devolution Session Sponsor – Arup

Transport Session Sponsor – Arcadis

Housing Session Sponsor – Pegasus Group

Conference Associates

Programme Sponsor

Breakfast Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

Email Sponsor

Badge Sponsor

West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference | Details


Friday, 22nd September 2017
0800hrs - 1730hrs
£60 - £150
Event Category:


New Dock, Leeds


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