Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs


Global Policy North Conference: The Challenge of Brexit for the North

20th September 2018, 08:45 to 18:30, School of Music, University Of Leeds

'The Challenge of Brexit for the North' is the first conference of the Global Policy North network, a new consortium of scholars and practitioners from various disciplines and universities in the north of England, working on a range of global governance and global policy issues.

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How will the North of England respond to Brexit? What are the challenges? Are there opportunities to be grasped?

The conference brings together politicians, academics, and business leaders to discuss these questions. Keynote addresses will be given by Rt. Hon. Hilary Benn MP, Member of Parliament for Leeds Central and Chair of the Exiting the European Union Select Committee, and Lord Jim O'Neill, former Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and member of the House of Lords.

The Conference will also feature four panel discussions on various aspects of the challenge of Brexit for the North. These are on: Education, Health, Investment and Industry, and Infrastructure and Energy. We are delighted to welcome speakers from business; including Anjalika Bardalai (Head of Research, TheCityUK), and Margaret Burton (Partner, Global Immigration, EY); politics, and academia to these discussions.

This event is open to all.


8.30 - 8.45

8.45 - 9.00
Welcome by Sir Alan Langlands and Professor David Held

9.00 - 10.00
Education panel
Professor Hugo Dobson (Head of School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, Chair)
Sir Alan Langlands (Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds)
Les Walton CBE (Chair of the Northern Education Trust)
Professor Claire O'Malley (Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global), Durham University)
Professor Peter Slee (Vice-Chancellor, Leeds Beckett University, first respondent)

10.00 - 10.15
Refreshment break

10.15 - 11.15
Keynote Address: Hilary Benn MP
Chair: Professor David Held (Master of University College, Durham University)

11.15 - 11.30
Comfort break

11.30 - 12.30
Keynote Address: Lord Jim O’Neill
Chair: Sir David Warren (former HM Ambassador to Japan)

12.30 - 1.30
Health panel
Professor Ted Schrecker (Professor of Global Health Policy, Newcastle University, Chair)
Rob Webster (CEO of Southwest Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust)
Professor David Hunter (Professor of Health Policy and Management, Newcastle University)
Professor Garrett Brown (Chair in Political Theory and Global Health Policy, University of Leeds)
Henri Murison (Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership, first respondent)

1.30 - 2.45

2.45 - 4.15
Investment and Industry panel
Conor Kehoe (Director, McKinsey & Company, Chair)
Anjalika Bardalai (Head of Research, TheCityUK)
Professor Richard Harris (Deputy Dean, Durham University Business School)
Professor Ken McPhail (Vice Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Alliance Manchester Business School)
Margaret Burton (Partner, Global Immigration, EY)
Sir David Warren (former HM Ambassador to Japan, first respondent)

4.15 - 4.30
Refreshment break

4.30 - 5.45
Energy and Infrastructure panel
Dr Antonio Savoia (Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, Chair)
Professor Jon Gluyas (Director of the Durham Energy Institute, Durham University)
Councillor Andrew Waller (Deputy Leader, City of York Council)
Ben Cotton (Partner, DAIS LLP)
Gill Morris (Chief Executive, DevoConnect)

5.45 - 6.15

Open Q&A

6.30 onwards
Drinks reception sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell


Contact m.r.shaw@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

Contact Details

T: +44 (0) 191 334 5742

F: +44 (0) 191 334 5661