Leeds event on Thursday - speakers confirmed, panel will discuss "Cuts, Chaos and Collaboration" and table discussion themes are in!

Leeds is ready! The Compact Voice team is looking forward to meeting everyone on Thursday and will be on the train up from London first thing in the morning.  

Speakers are confirmed, panellists have agreed the debate topic and we have used suggestions from delegates about the table discussion themes. This free Wordle word cloud shows the most popular suggestions.

Of special interest to VCS delegates will be the presentations from the Local Government Ombudsman and National Audit Office about how they are working to make the Compact accountable and transparent.

Take up is also high for the briefing session that starts 30 minutes before the event, where you can get up to date with the renewed Compact. Sign up for this on the registration page.

Our Chair is Seb Elsworth is Director of Strategy at ACEVO, the professional body of third sector leaders. Seb leads on the sector’s relationship with government and its role in the transformation of public services, sector funding, and has particular expertise in third sector governance. 

Our guest moderator for the panel discussion is John Plummer, a journalist who specialises in the voluntary sector and reports for Third Sector. The topic will be "Cuts, Chaos and Collaboration" and promises to be a lively debate about the real challenges and opportunities in local communities.

Speakers and panellists are:

David Smith, Director of Leeds Voice, Vice Chair of the Third Sector Partnership Group, a member of the Third Sector Leeds Leadership Group and Chair of the Compact Implementation Group. His background is in local government.

Olivia Butterworth, strategic lead within the Department of Health on partnership with the voluntary and community sector and the wider Big Society vision including being the policy lead for the Third Sector Strategic Partner Programme. 

Soo Nevison is Chief Officer of Voluntary Action Calderdale, providing organisational development and Volunteer Centre services to over 700 VCS organisations and of Chair of Calderdale Compact Steering Group.
Barbara Hedley is an Assistant Ombudsman with the Local Government Ombudsman’s service and manages an investigative team dealing with the whole spectrum of Council roles. 

John Hoadly from the National Audit Office is responsible for oversight of the government’s relationship with civil society, and of commissioning, John has written various NAO reports and guidance including ‘Building Capacity in the Third Sector’, ‘Intelligent Monitoring’, 'Successful Commissioning' and ‘Decommissioning’ (coming soon).

Don't worry if you're not registered yet. Limited spaces are still available for  London (17th March) and Bristol (15th March).

More details of the programme and speakers are in our events web pages: www.compactvoice.org.uk/events

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