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DCN Conference programme published

Category: DCN Updates | Events
Published: 25 January 2024

DCN’s Annual Conference is taking shape and we are now in a position to share with you the latest programme. This includes confirmed speakers and provisional timings – although these may be subject to change.

We expect further speakers for the event at Sopwell House Hotel in St Albans on 14-15 March to be announced over the next month.

We regret that overnight tickets for the conference have now sold out.

Among the highlights will be appearances from Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove, as well as Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs who shadow his department’s work – Labour’s Jim McMahon and the Liberal Democrats’ Helen Morgan.

We have keynote appearances from Chris Boardman, the former Olympic Champion cyclist turned Active Travel Commissioner; leading pollster Gideon Skinner, AI expert Chris Meah and LGA Chairman Cllr Shaun Davies.

DCN 2024 annual conference programme 18.01.24

We will have plenary sessions on inward investment, health and prevention, environment, and the cost of living. Confirmed speakers for our range of sessions include Patricia Hewitt, former Health Secretary, Dame Rachel de Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England, Lord Harrington, Chair of the Government’s Review of Foreign Direct Investment, and Clare Moriarty, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice.

In addition we will run closed sessions for chief executives, and for our four political groups, as well as breakout sessions covering issues in more depth. Of course, there will be plenty of time for networking and socialising.


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