WATCH LIVE: The Great Northern Conference 2021 from Sheffield Cutlers’ Hall

The ‘Levelling-Up’ and ‘One North’ debate will be a key focus of speakers including four metro mayors when they address The Great Northern Conference 2021.

Promoted by Northern Powerhouse Partnership
Thursday, 28th October 2021, 10:26 am
The Great Northern Conference 2021
The Great Northern Conference 2021

WATCH LIVE: See the YouTube player embedded on this page where you will be able to watch the conference streamed live from Sheffield’s opulent Cutlers’ Hall venue on Thursday, October 28

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The North’s premier thought leadership event will discuss how to build a greener, fairer and more equal future when it returns for a third time - and with its biggest audience yet.

Dan Jarvis, Mayor of Sheffield City Region, began the conference with a welcome address at 9.30am.

A Metro Mayor's Debate at 3.45pm will also feature Dan Jarvis along with West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram, North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll and The Right Hon Jake Berry MP.

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The Great Northern Conference 2021 is bringing together other key politicians, business leaders, media and influencers and will be hosted by TV news anchor Gamal Fahnbulleh.

The landmark event, now in its third year, organised by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership JPI Media, is a ‘must attend’ for those who want to influence the region’s direction as it rebuilds in a post Covid-19 landscape.

The headline sponsor is telecommunications giant Huawei, who will be backing the digital session.

Additional sponsorship is set to come from power firm Sellafield for the education and skills session, and Drax which is supporting the Net Zero Future Session.

There are also breakout session sponsorship from Hermes for the Investment and Development Session, Radioactive Waste Management for the sustainable infrastructure session, Northern Gas & Power for the energy session and the Northern Health Science Alliance for the health session.

Host TV news anchor Gamal Fahnbulleh

Additional support comes from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and Be the Business.

Also attending will be:

CLARE BAMBRA, Professor of Public Health, Newcastle University

KEN COOPER, British Business Bank

HANNAH DAVIES, Head of External and Public Affairs for the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA)

SUE FERNS, Deputy General Secretary at Prospect

PROF SUSAN LEA, University of Hull

ANNE LONGFIELD CBE, Former Children’s Commissioner for England

BRUCE HEPPENSTALL, Plant Director, Drax Group

BEN MORGAN, Research Director, AMRC

MALCOLM MORLEY, Chair, Radioactive Waste Management

THARA RAJ, Director of Public Health, Warrington Borough Council


JAMIE REED, Head of Corporate Affairs, Sellafield Ltd

KATY SHAW, Director of Cultural Partnerships, Northumbria University

DAN SMITH, Director of Energy Services, Northern Gas & Power

SARA WALKER, Director of the EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration