Tuesday 29 March
Wednesday 30 March
The Guildhall, London and Online
In partnership with

Stronger Things 2022 – Community Power: The Movement Grows

Tuesday 29 March  |  Wednesday 30 March  |  The Guildhall, London and Online
In partnership with

Join us for the community power event of the year!

Meet the leaders of the community power movement, share inspiring stories of change, and find fresh insights to transform the way you work.

Stronger Things 2022 will take place at London’s magnificent Guildhall, and online.

The movement grows. It grows here. Be part of it.

What’s on at Stronger Things 2022

Tuesday 29 March 2022

From 9.45am
Registration and welcome refreshments 
Fresh doughnuts and hot coffee in our unique ‘Town Square’ 

10.45am
Welcome 
John Barradell and Dr Adam Lent

11am
Keynote speech
Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Opposition

11.45am
Lightning Talk
Fresh perspectives on community power from the UK and across the globe  

11.55am
Lunch and The Town Square
Food, fringes and interactive exhibitions

1.15pm
Panel: Politics as Though People Matter 

  • Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire 
  • Jess Philips MP, Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding 
  • Will Tanner, Director of Onward 
  • Chair: Anoosh Chakelian, British Editor, New Statesmen 

2.20pm
Lightning Talk 

2.30pm
Breakouts
Five deeply interactive breakouts, especially designed for Stronger Things 

3.30pm
Networking break
Meet your peers from across the country  

4.10pm
Lightning Talk

4.20pm
Panel: Can Community Power Revolutionise Health Care? 

  • Professor Donna Hall CBE, Chair of Bolton NHS Trust & New Local
  • Chair: Alastair McLellan, Editor, Health Service Journal 

5pm-7pm
After Party
Celebrate the champions of community power with live music, drinks and canapes

Wednesday 30 March

9.30am
Registration and welcome refreshments
Fresh doughnuts and hot coffee in our unique ‘Town Square’  

10am 
Keynote Speech
Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan 

10.50am
Lightning Talk

11am
Breakouts
Our custom sessions are repeated so participants won’t miss a thing 

12pm
Lunch and the Town Square
Food, fringes and interactive exhibitions 

1pm
Panel: Doing Community Power  

  • Nick Sinclair, Director of the Local Area Coordination Network 
  • Hazel Stuteley, Director of Connecting Communities programme   
  • Judah Armani, Founder, InHouse Records
  • Chair: Jessica Studdert, New Local’s Deputy Chief Executive 

1.45pm
Lightning Talk

2.05pm
Panel: We’re Right Here – the campaign for community power

  • Rokhsana Fiaz, Mayor of Newham 
  • Charlotte Hollins, Community Trust Manager at Fordhall Community Land Initiative 
  • Neelam Heera, founder of Cysters 
  • Andy Jackson, Heeley Development Trust 
  • Inayat Omarji, Bolton community activist 
  • Chair: Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive, Power to Change 

2.50pm
Lightning Talk

3pm
Networking break

3.30pm
Keynote Speech

4pm
End of Stronger Things 2022 – Community Power: The Movement Grows

More speakers to be announced

Keynote Speakers

Keir Starmer is Leader of the Opposition and MP for Holborn and St Pancras. He was previously Director of Public Prosecutions.

Audrey Tang is Taiwan’s digital minister in charge of Social Innovation. Audrey actively contributes to g0v (“gov zero”), a vibrant community focusing on creating tools for the civil society.

All Speakers

Vidhya Alakeson is the CEO of Power to Change, an independent trust supporting the growth of prosperous and cohesive communities through community businesses.

Tracy Brabin was elected as the first Mayor of West Yorkshire, and the first ever woman Metro Mayor in May 2021. She was the MP for Batley and Spen from 2016 until 2021.

Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz was elected the Mayor of Newham in May 2018 and is the lead member for Inclusive Economy and Housing Delivery.

Donna Hall is Chair of Bolton NHS Trust and Chair of New Local. She was CEO of Wigan Council for 8 years and developed The Wigan Deal.

Neelam Heera, a TEDx speaker, is the founder of Cysters – a charity dedicated to reproductive and mental wellbeing.

Charlotte Hollins manages the Fordhall Community Land Initiative which owns Fordhall Organic Farm, North Shropshire – England’s first community owned farm.

Andy Jackson leads on strategy and development for the Heeley Trust; a small community development charity in inner city Sheffield.

Danny Kruger is the MP for Devizes and co-founder of the New Social Covenant Unit. He is a former adviser to Government on civil society policy, and the founder and CEO of two charities working with prisoners and young people at risk.

Nick Sinclair is the Director of the Local Area Coordination Network at Community Catalysts CIC.  He works with local authorities and their partners to develop and grow the innovative approach of ‘Local Area Coordination’ across England and Wales. 

Adam Lent is the Chief Executive of New Local. His previous roles include Director of the RSA Action and Research Centre and Head of Economics and Social Affairs at the TUC.

Jess Phillips is a Labour Party politician who became the MP for the constituency of Birmingham Yardley at the 2015 general election. 

Jessica Studdert is Deputy Chief Executive of New Local. She leads New Local’s research programme and contributes strategic oversight of the organisation.

Hazel Stuteley is Director of Connecting Communities programme. She has worked as nurse, Health Visitor and Health Inequalities practitioner within very low-income communities for over 50 years.

Will Tanner is the Director of Onward. He was previously an adviser to Prime Minister Theresa May, a Special Adviser in the Home Office and Deputy Head of Policy in 10 Downing Street.

We’re Right Here – the campaign for community power

Hear from the inspiring community leaders who are spearheading the We’re Right Here campaign about why we need a Community Power Act.

Panellists:

  • Rokhsana Fiaz, Mayor of Newham 
  • Charlotte Hollins, Shropshire: Managing the country’s first ever community-owned farm.
  • Inayat Omarji, Bolton: Working with the whole community to regenerate a disused church. 
  • Andy Jackson, Sheffield: Building community in Heeley for 21 years.
  • Neelam Heera, Birmingham: Making sure marginalised communities are heard.
  • Chair: Vidhya Alakeson, CEO of Power to Change

Politics as Though People Matter 

Politics is too focused on the gossip of the Westminster bubble. How can we change the way we do things and make local communities’ voices a bigger part of the debate?

Panellists:

  • Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire 
  • Jess Philips MP, Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding 
  • Danny Kruger MP, co-founder of the New Social Covenant Unit
  • Will Tanner, Director of Onward 
  • Chair: Anoosh Chakelian, British Editor, New Statesmen 

Can Community Power Revolutionise Health Care

A must watch for anyone working with or within any part of the NHS! Explore how community-led approaches can protect the future of the NHS.

Panellists:

  • Professor Donna Hall CBE, Chair of Bolton NHS Trust & New Local
  • Chair: Alastair McLellan, Editor, Health Service Journal 

Doing Community Power  

How can you get started on your community power journey? How can you support community powered groups in their work? This panel explores the practical ways you can make community power happen.

Panellists:

  • Nick Sinclair, Director of the Local Area Coordination Network 
  • Hazel Stuteley, Director of Connecting Communities programme 
  • Cormac Russell, Managing Director of Nurture Development
  • Chair: Jessica Studdert, New Local’s Deputy Chief Executive 

Stronger Things at the Guildhall will host New Local’s first Town Square – a place to engage, network, and connect with people and organisations from across the community power movement.

Including:

  • Places to meet, network and celebrate
  • Exciting fringe events from our partners
  • Stalls from organisations leading the community power agenda

TPXimpact

We deliver transformation that matters to organisations, to public services and to society.

Power to Change

Power to Change works with community businesses to revive local assets, protect the services people rely on, and address local needs. 

City of London

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK

The MJ

The MJ is a market leading information, intelligence and news resource for anyone who needs to know about the UK’s local authorities.

“If you care about communities, want to learn about best practice and be inspired then be there in 2022!” -Kushal, Warwickshire County Council
“This event will make you feel re-energised and challenge you, and your organisations, thinking to ensure how you operate improves the lives of communities.” – Mary, Nottingham City Council
HelenHelenNewcastle City Council
“This event is an essential recharge for my batteries, inspiration and motivation. I can’t think of anyone at the Council who shouldn’t be interested in Stronger Things – community power is everyone’s business.” – Helen, Newcastle City Council
“It is truly an inspirational experience, bringing together a unique mix of people with a genuine desire to empower communities and create change.” – Laura, London Borough of Hounslow
“Just go – you will come back re-energised, full of new ideas and be able to make contact with people who have similar aims.” – Marian, London Borough of Sutton
“Simply Go! Take the opportunity to have your thinking stretched and gain learning of how to deploy solutions.” – Lisa, Monmouthshire County Council
“This event will inspire you, challenge your ways of thinking and make you a believer in community power!” – John, Rochdale Borough Council
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