2021 National Social Value Conference: Wales – Agenda

Home2021 National Social Value Conference: Wales – Agenda


Agenda content and timings are subject to change. Further topics and speakers to be announced.

Day one welcome

 09:00 – 09:15

Guy Battle – CEO, Social Value Portal

Steve Robinson – Head of Commissioning and Procurement, Cardiff Council

Morning keynote: Hannah Blythyn

09:15 – 09:45

We are delighted to welcome Hannah Blythn, Deputy Minister for Social Partnership as our opening keynote speaker. Hannah was previously Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government from 2018 to 2021. She has a wide-ranging brief including Fair Work, the voluntary sector and equality. Hannah will speak to her role as the lead for Social Partnership and Public Procurement and how Welsh Government is supporting the drive to better buying for Wales and the importance of social partnerships to helping communities flourish.

Hannah Blythyn – Deputy Minister for Social Partnership, Welsh Government

Panel discussion: The year so far

09:45 – 10:45

The National Social Value Taskforce, Wales was formed in February 2019 but in spite of the pandemic developed and delivered a National Social value Measurement Framework designed for Wales and to reflect the 7 Goals of the Future Generations Act. One year on lots has happened, many lessons have been learned and this panel will discuss the state of the nation and how procurement teams are now leading the way to help our communities recover and renew.

Chair: Richard Dooner – Programme Manager, Welsh Local Government Association

Steve Robinson – Head of Commissioning and Procurement, Cardiff Council

Vincent Hanly – Head of Procurement, Powys CC

Ian Evans – Procurement and Information Manager, Caerphilly County Borough Council

Breakout sessions: Day one

11:15 – 12.30

Welsh TOMs for buyers & sellers

What is social value, and how can procurement teams deliver for future generations using the National TOMs for Wales? This session is designed for those just starting their social value journey and cover the key issues you need to know.

Sol Tannir – Social Value Advisor Team Manager, Social Value Portal

Philipp Cyrus – Senior Researcher, Social Value Portal

Social value case studies

The National TOMs Wales framework has been used for about 12 months now, but it’s not the only method for measuring social value. This session will cover the experience of practitioners in delivering social value across Wales.

Guy Battle – CEO, Social Value Portal

Olivia Hughes – Social Value Development Officer, Flintshire County Council]

Charlie Hargreaves – Community Investment Manager, Wates Residential

Vince Hanley – Interim Head of Procurement (Management and Procurement), Powys County Council

Social value in the health sector – With Hywel Dda UHB

Hywel Dda is one of the first health authorities across the UK to embrace social value. Come to this session to learn how they are leading the delivery of social value across the sector.

Huw Thomas – Director of Finance, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Catherine Evans – Head of Transformation Programme Office, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Nathan Goode – Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Social Value Portal

Social value in the food sector

You would think that it would be easy to source local produce for local schools and maximise the benefits for local communities. Well, it’s not! Join this session if you want to be involved in unlocking this challenge -promoting local food for local people through the clever use of the National TOMs for Wales.

Kevin Morgan – Cardiff University 

Greg Parsons – Supply Chain Lead, Mon Larder

Huw Griffiths – Gwynedd Council 

Mark Grant – Associate Director, Levercliff

Ian Evans – Caerphilly Council 

Portal Showcase - Delivering more value for communities

The Social Value Portal is an online solution that allows organisations to measure and manage the contribution that their organisation and supply chain makes to society, according to the principles laid out within the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. In this session, our team provide a rundown of the Portal, as well as a sneak peek at upcoming features and products.

Neal Mahtani – Business Development Manager, Social Value Portal

Alex Rose –  Chief Product Officer, Social Value Portal

How to Win Work and influence people: The SME’s guide to starting out with Social Value

Social Value has become the Buzz word of the last few years and many businesses still find the definition of it confusing. No, it’s not just apprenticeships, Social Value is the holistic approach we are talking that ensures our projects create sustainable positive change in the communities where we work.

This session will help SMEs in the early stages of defining their Social Value offer to understand what constitutes social value, why it is increasingly important in procurement and could be the difference between winning work or losing it, and how you can approach planning your Social Value offer and measuring its impact.

What you will learn:

  • What is Social Value & why it’s important for winning work
  • How to recognise Social Value Activities in your business
  • How to start planning your Social Value offer
  • A simple start to measuring your impact against the TOM’s framework
  • Tendering & client expectations


Jess Morgan – Social Impact Manager, BAM

Claire Pilcher –  F P Hurley

Afternoon keynote: Kellie Beirne

14:00 – 14:30

Kellie Beirne was appointed as Chief Executive of Cardiff Capital Region City Deal aiming to deliver a £1.28 billion GVA-growth and jobs programme, involving ten South Wales local authorities. Kellie will talk about her aspirations and challenges and how a place-based approach to value creation can deliver real change for the area.

Kellie Beirne – Chief Executive, Cardiff Capital Region City Deal

Panel discussion: Place based social value

14:30 – 15:30

Place Based Social Value Creation is a collaborative approach to social value creation that engages all parts of the community to help regenerate our communities: healthier, greener, fairer and prosperity for all. Central to its success is the notion of cross sector collaboration and during the panel discussion we will hear from some of the Welsh Growth deals as well as Hywal Dda health board on how they are unlocking radical collaboration to deliver more value for communities.

Chair: Jane Lynch – Reader in Procurement, Cardiff University 

Kellie Beirne – Chief Executive, Cardiff Capital Region City Deal

Eleri Lloyd – Social Value Manager, Mantel Gwynedd

Alwen Williams – Programme Director, North Wales EAB

Darren Knowd – Durham City Council

Awards ceremony: Day one

15:50 – 16:45

Closing observations

16:45 – 17:00

Guy Battle – Social Value Portal

Day two welcome

 09:00 – 09:15

Guy Battle – CEO, Social Value Portal

Steve Robinson – Head of Commissioning and Procurement, Cardiff Council 

Morning keynote: Sophie Howe

09:15 – 09:45

We are really pleased to welcome Sophie Howe, back to the Conference. Sophie is the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales and her role is to be the guardian of future generations which means helping public bodies and those who make policy in Wales to think about the long-term impact their decisions have. Sophie will be sharing her ambitions for the commission and helping us all understand the role we have to play in helping the Commission succeed.

Sophie Howe – Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Panel discussion: The Well-being of Future Generations Act in 2021

09:45 – 10:45

The Wellbeing for Future Generations Act was published in 2015 and requires public bodies in Wales to think about the long-term impact of their decisions, to work better with people, communities and each other, and to prevent persistent problems such as poverty, health inequalities and climate change. We are joined in this panel discussion by one of the original creators of the Act as well as the people who have been charged with using it to explore how the Act is standing up to the test of time and how it is delivering for future generations.

Chair: Steve Robinson – Head of Commissioning and Procurement, Cardiff Council

Sophie Howe – Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Peter Davies – Chair Wales Council for Voluntary Action

Paul Matthews – Monmouthshire County Council

Edward Morgan – Group CSR and Training Manager, Castell Howell Foods

Danielle Aberg – Head of Social Impact at BAM Construct UK

Breakout sessions: Day two

11:15 – 12.30

Contract Management, Benefits Realisation and Remedies

What happens when it goes wrong, and how can we ensure that social value is actually delivered? This is session is designed for procurement and commissioning colleagues and will map out how to avoid contractual pitfalls and what to do when suppliers fail to deliver.

Terry Brewer – Head of Public Sector Delivery, Social Value Portal

Carol Glenn – Social Value Programme Manager, Solihull MBC

Katrina Browning – Senior Procurement Business Partner, Suffolk County Council

James Hunter – Head of Strategic Procurement, STAR Procurement


Social Value in the third sector

The third sector has played a fundamental role in supporting our communities through the pandemic – how can we use the FG Act and the Welsh TOMs to promote their further engagement and embed them fully into delivering public and private sector solutions?

Sarah Evans – Independent Policy and Research Advisor

Anna Nicholl – Director of Strategy & Sector Development 

San Leonard – Cheif Executive, Social Firms Wales

Eleri Lloyd – Advanced Practitioner with Social Value, Mantell Gwynedd

Andrea Wayman – Co-founder, Elite SEA

Decarbonising Wales

Wales has committed to achieving net-zero carbon by 2050. Some councils are even more ambitious, bringing this forward to 2030. What does this mean in reality, and how are the leading councils and businesses responding?

Richard Dooner – Programme Manager, WLGA

Dr Alan Netherwood – Netherwood Sustainable Futures

Natalie Rhys – Sustainability Manager, Transport for Wales

Gabriella Diana – Onesta, Chief Executive Officer 

Embedding social value into planning

Whilst social value is being successfully integrated into procurement, few councils have yet looked at how they can embed social value into the planning process. This is a potential game-changer and will transform development. Come to this session if you want to learn how to engage with the development community to unlock more value.

Guy Battle – CEO, Social Value Portal

Phoebe Dennis – Social Value Planning Advisor

Nicola Corbishley – Planning Policy Team Lead, Ashfield District Council

Living Wage and Fair Work

As part of ‘A More Equal Wales’, the Future Generations Act wants to ensure equal access to decent jobs, recognising everyone’s value. This session will look at what ‘Fair Work’ actually means and how to embed it into commissioning and procurement decision making.

Mari Arthur – Business Consultant 

Sarah Hopkins – Cynnal Cymru, Executive Director

John Paxton – Cardiff University

David Nash – Senior Lecturer in Employment Relations, Cardiff Business School

Bethan Harvey – Training and Living Wage Accreditation Officer, Cynnal Cymru

What should social value look like in construction?

David Emery of the Supply Chain Sustainability School will be hosting this session to examine the best examples of social value in the construction through various case studies and examples with a panel of industry experts.

David Emery – Consultant, Supply Chain Sustainability School

Lisa McAteer – Legacy and Engagement Manager, Balfour Beatty

Josiene Van der Meer – Project Manager, Akerlof

Louise Townsend – Director of Social Value & Sustainabilit, Morgan Sindall

Keith Edwards – Can Do Toolkits

Workshop: Social Procurement in the built environment: A VCSE guide to being procurement ready

12:30 – 13:15

Construction contractors are increasingly seeking to utilise procurement to leverage additional social benefits and create Social Value in local communities. In this session we will explore how VCSE’s can be procurement ready for work winning in the built environment. We will discuss supplier minimum requirements and where to find support with the process, share the experience of one of BAMs Social Suppliers, and hear from the Social Partnership Portal on how you can raise your visibility with buyers across the UK for free.

Jess Morgan – BAM

Patricia Murphy – BAM

Caroline Locke – Ministry of Furniture

Afternoon keynote: Justin Price

14:00 – 14.30

The Wellbeing for Future Generations Act is principally aimed at the public sector. Still, it is, of course, recognised that the public sector alone cannot deliver on its ambitions and that the private sector must play its part in creating social value. We will hear from Justin Price from BAM, a leading business, on what they are doing and how all businesses need to join on the journey of delivery.

Justin Price – Construction Director, BAM 

Panel discussion: Private sector showcase

14:30 – 15:30

Business has a key role to play in helping our communities recover and renew and setting the foundations for future generations to thrive. And never has this role been more important as we emerge from the pandemic. This panel will discuss the role of business in helping our communities flourish and thrive.

Chair: Guy Battle – CEO, Social Value Portal

Dawn Lyle – Founder and Chair, 4theRegion

Pierre Wassanaar – Stride Treglown

Justin Price – BAM

Arnab Dutt – Chair, FSB

Awards ceremony: Day two

15:50 – 16:45

Closing ceremony

16:45 – 17:00

Guy Battle – Social Value Portal