The Bury Futures series brought together local, regional and national thought leaders to discuss Bury topics including health, enterprise and communities.
Each discussion was led by national journalist Philip Collins, who was raised in Bury with contributors to the debates including Adam Lent, Chief Executive of the national Think Tank 'New Local' and Ramsbottom born Professor Diane Coyle, engaging with local representatives including the Bury Voluntary and Community Faith Alliance, Jewel Foundation and Bury Community Support Network.
This event was held on 23 February. In this session Philip Collins hosted a conversation between Professor Diane Coyle and Mike Emmerich to reflect on what the pandemic means for our towns. What role can local government play in creating a thriving economy? And what can central government do to help our towns rebuild after the pandemic?
Also contributing to this discussion was Heather Williams, Head of Major Projects at Demos.
You can view the recording of this session through the following link: Council Stream - Bury Futures: Enterprise.
In this panel conversation, hosted by Philip Collins, Eamonn O'Brien, Steph Meskell-Brocken and Kathryn Wynne-Jones reflected on the role health, education, and culture have to play in creating a thriving community.
Eamon O'Brien is the leader of Bury Council.
Steph Meskell-Brocken, Learning and Education Manager at The Met in Bury, has contributed to Developing a Sense of Place, a book on the role the arts can play in regeneration communities.
Kathryn Wynne-Jones is the Chief Officer of the Bury Local Care Organisation, a transformation coach, and spoke at TEDx Bold & Brilliant Women in 2019.
You can view the recording of this session through the following link: Council Stream - Bury Futures: Strengths.
In this conversation, Philip Collins was in conversation with Sajid Hashmi MBE, independent chair of the Bury Voluntary and Community Faith Alliance, which is the local voluntary and community infrastructure organisation for the borough and Vicky Maloney, the Chief Executive of Early Break, to consider the role of community leadership and working together to achieve shared outcomes for the borough.
Also contributing to this discussion was Adam Lent, Chief Executive of New Local, who spoke about the changing dynamics of local government and the recent focus on handing power back to its communities and residents and Warren Heppolette, Executive Lead for Strategy and Development at the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, who spoke about the relationship between Greater Manchester and its constituent boroughs, and our collective responsibility to bring these communities together.
Other speakers at this event included Reverend Paul Cannon, Chair of Bury Faith Forum, Isaac Ginsbury, Chief Executive of The Jewel Foundation, and Tina Harrison, of Corrie Gardeners, Trinity Foodbank and part of the Bury Community Support Network.
You can view the recording of this session through the following link: Council Stream - Bury Futures: Together.