Key Points
  • Reviewing the opportunities afforded to commissioners under the new levelling up funds
  • Maximising social return on investment and putting social value at the heart of the commissioning process
  • Best practice from public bodies across the UK: co-designing and co-delivering services
  • Understanding how community wealth building and place-based working can be successfully put into practice
  • Exploring the value of smaller VCSEs and ways to best support the future sustainability of the sector
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Overview
Expert Speakers:

  • Vidhya Alakeson, CEO, Power to Change
  • Nigel Ball, Executive Director, Government Outcomes Lab
  • Will Balakrishnan, Director of Commissioning and Partnerships, Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime
  • Matt Whittaker, CEO, Pro Bono Economics
  • Emma Tucker, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Devon Partnership NHS Trust
  • Benjamin Taylor, CEO, Public Service Transformation Academy
  • Rachel Bentley, Executive Director, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)
  • Kathy Evans, CEO, Children England
  • Helen Rice, CEO, Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove
  • David Holmes CBE, CEO, Family Action

    In line with the Government’s levelling up agenda, the third sector has a vital role to play in the UK’s post-pandemic recovery. With new funds available, there is a real opportunity to expand the range of services available and improve delivery.

    Join Westminster Insight’s Transforming Commissioning: Levelling Up and Community Investment Digital Conference to gain insight from organisations across the third and statutory sectors on the role communities can play in delivering levelling up opportunities.

    You will hear from Power to Change, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and the Devon NHS Partnership Trust share their thoughts on how the relationship between the statutory and third sectors can be improved.

    You will learn how to develop a commissioning strategy that maximises social return on investment, encourages co-delivery, and places your community at the core of the decision-making process.

    This full-day event will be broadcast live via an interactive digital platform.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:15
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

09:15 - 10:15
Keynote Address: Levelling Up Our Communities and Ensuring the Future Sustainability of Third Sector Commissioning

 
  • Reflecting on the impact of COVID-19 and its lasting impacts on the commissioning and procurement process
  • Understanding the Levelling Up Fund and the new opportunities available to the public and third sectors
  • Exploring the ways public authorities can work closer with their communities and involve the social sector in setting the levelling up agenda
9:50 - 10:00 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Matt Whittaker CEO, Pro Bono Economics

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Nigel Ball Executive Director and Head of Commissioning Support, Government Outcomes

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Vidhya Alakeson OBE CEO, Power to Change

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10:15 - 10:45
Influencing ‘Systems Change’ for Better Community and Citizen Outcomes

 
  • Encouraging more integration and placed-based working
  • Understanding the common factors where integration and devolution have been successful 
  • Creating a roadmap to help improve the relationship between commissioners, service providers, and the wider community
10:35 - 10:45 Question and Discussion

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Benjamin Taylor CEO, Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA)

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10:45 - 11:00
Break

 

11:00 - 12:00
Case Studies: Putting Social Value at the Heart of the Commissioning Process: Best Practice from Across the UK

 
  • Considering the long term benefits of the pandemic on commissioning and procurement
  • Rethinking the relationship between the statutory and third sectors in the context of the levelling up agenda
  • Examples of best practice across the country: resilience, flexibility, and whole sector collaboration with measurable success
11:50 - 12:00 Question and Discussion

Speakers

Will Balakrishnan Director of Commissioning and Partnerships at Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC)

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Cllr Danny Thorpe Leader, Royal Borough of Greenwich

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Confirmed Representative Devon Partnership NHS Trust

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12:00 - 12:45
Lunch

 

12:45 - 13:30
Ensuring Equality of Opportunity for Small and Medium VCSEs

 
  • Recognising the important role small VCSEs play in public service delivery
  • Challenges specific to small VCSEs and solutions to overcoming them
  • Ensuring charities are involved in the levelling up agenda
14:05 - 14:15 Question and Discussion

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Rachel Bentley Associate Director, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)

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Leah Davis Head of Policy and External Affairs, New Philanthropy Capital

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13:30 - 14:30
Third Sector Panel Perspective: Rethinking the Commissioner-Provider Relationship Post-Pandemic

 
  • The positives and negatives of COVID-19 working conditions from a VCSE perspective
  • Understanding how the pressures felt by the VSCE sector have changed since the start of the pandemic
  • Exploring the new opportunities afforded to the VSCE sector by the new levelling up funds
15:05 - 15:15 Questions and Discussion

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Helen Rice CEO, Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove

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Confirmed Representative Family Action

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Kathy Evans Chief Executive, Children England

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14:30 - 14:45
Chair’s closing remarks

 

End

Speakers

Vidhya Alakeson OBE CEO, Power to Change

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Will Balakrishnan Director of Commissioning and Partnerships at Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC)

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Nigel Ball Executive Director and Head of Commissioning Support, Government Outcomes

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Rachel Bentley Associate Director, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)

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Confirmed Representative Devon Partnership NHS Trust

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Leah Davis Head of Policy and External Affairs, New Philanthropy Capital

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Kathy Evans Chief Executive, Children England

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Ruairi MacDonald Research Associate, Government Outcomes Lab

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Confirmed Representative Family Action

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Helen Rice CEO, Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove

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Benjamin Taylor CEO, Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA)

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Cllr Danny Thorpe Leader, Royal Borough of Greenwich

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Matt Whittaker CEO, Pro Bono Economics

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Venue details

Online Event Broadcast Live


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