21 Nov

London Councils Summit 2015

#lcsummit |
Guildhall, City of London, Gresham Street, London , EC2V 7HH

Find out more about the 2015 speakers, breakout sessions, micro-surgery advice sessions and the exhibition below.

You can watch a short film that gives a flavour of the day, including interviews with delegates and exhibitors, on our YouTube channel.

Ben Page's presentation on the views of Londoners is available to download.  

Tony Travers' book 'The boroughs at 50' can be ordered from Amazon.

Read some of the tweets made on the day

If you're interested in the 2016 Summit, which will be on Saturday 26 November, find out more on the Summit 2016 event page.

Speakers include:

- Ben Page, chief executive of Ipsos MORI, revealing how London's residents feel about a variety of issues (based on our recently commissioned survey)

- local government expert Tony Travers and Robert Gordon Clark from the London Communications Agency looking forward to the London Mayoral elections next year

- breakout session allow delegates to hear and quiz expert speakers on a variety of topical issues affecting councillors and local authorities see below for details.

Breakout Sessions

Delegates can choose to attend one of the following breakout sessions which take place in the afternoon. 

1) Keeping our boroughs green

How can councils use their parks and open spaces more imaginatively and safeguard their future?

This breakout will explore some of the potential solutions from encouraging new partnerships, finding different sources of funding to exploring new uses and activities within parks.

  • Hear how councils and housing providers are thinking creatively about how to maintain green spaces
  • The proven benefits of access to good quality parks and open spaces


Cllr Richard Cornelius - Leader LB Barnet


Sue Ireland, Director of Open Spaces, City of London Corporation
Andrew Jones, Policy & Programmes Manager  - Green Infrastructure and Smart Environment, GLA
Tony Leach, CEO, London Parks and Green Spaces Forum 

2) Getting more young people into work

The role for boroughs in forging links between local job opportunities and local people has never been more important.  We look at how councils can help bridge the gap between employers, training providers and job seekers through apprenticeships, developing career pathways and matching future growth with future skills.

You will hear about:

  • Share ideas and examples about how councillors can help improve job seekers skills and promote local employment opportunities
  • Hear examples of how councils can incentivise local employers and training providers to work together more closely to match skills training with job opportunities 


Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader, LB Brent


Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader, LB Barking and Dagenham 
Yolande Burgess, Strategy director, London Councils 
Sue Terpilowski OBE, Business member, London Enterprise Panel & Chairman of the London Policy Unit at the Federation of Small Business

3) Transforming communities 

The nature of London boroughs is changing as we build upwards and with increasing density in order to respond to the shortage of accommodation in the capital.

Increased housing density brings with it investment in new infrastructure ranging from new rail stations, parks, schools to retail and entertainment precincts. With such large-scale transformations of local areas underway, we look at the impact on new and existing local communities and how councils can ensure local people benefit from the changes.

  • Hear the latest thinking on the Housing Zones, aimed at fast-tracking housing using financial and planning tools
  • Understand the knock-on impact of more homes on local services
  • Discuss how boroughs can ensure that local people are best placed to achieve the employment opportunities and access to the new homes


Mayor Sir Steve Bullock, Leader LB Lewisham


Sir Bob Kerslake, chair of Peabody Housing Association
Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader LB Wandsworth 
Susan Emmett, director of residential research, Savills

Micro-surgeries (informal drop-in sessions in the exhibition area)

APSE: Income generation and commercialisation - Explore how your authority can generate new income through commercial approaches to service delivery.   Join us today to learn legal tips and hints, chat through ideas, find out what other councils are doing and learn who can help. You can also pick up a copy of our latest research publications including APSE's sought after 'Municipal Entrepreneurship.  

London Councils: Freedom Pass - Talk to the Freedom Pass team about the concessionary travel scheme for older and disabled Londoners funded by boroughs, and the renewal programme starting in January 2016 that may affect your residents.  

A printable version can be downloaded here

Registration, refreshments and micro-surgery advice sessions*

Opening session chaired by John O’Brien, chief executive, London Councils
Mayor Jules Pipe, chair, London Councils
Mark Boleat, chair of policy and resources committee, City of London Corporation

10.20 – 11.10
Ben Page, chief executive of Ipsos MORI delivers the findings of research commissioned by London Councils into the views of Londoners on key issues in the capital

11.10 – 11.45
Refreshment break and micro-surgery advice sessions

11.45 – 1.00pm
What the future holds for boroughs after the Spending Review: panel discussion & Q&A
A discussion of the likely impact of next week’s Spending Review on London’s local public services and councils. The financial, service and political challenge will be considered, followed by a question and answer session.
Chaired by Cllr Lib Peck, leader, LB Lambeth and London Councils executive member for crime and public protection
Panellists:  Tony Travers, director, London School of Economics, Joanna Killian, head of local government, KPMG UK, Ben Lucas, managing partner, Metro Dynamics

Lunch and micro-surgery advice sessions

Breakout 1: Keeping our boroughs green
Breakout 2: Getting more young people into work
Breakout 3: Transforming communities
See the event website for details www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/summit2015

3.10 – 3.20
Refreshment break

3.20 – 4.00
Tony Travers and Robert Gordon Clark review the General Election and take an early look at the elections for the London Mayor and Assembly, followed by Q&As, chaired by Heather Jameson, editor of The MJ.

4.00 CLOSE