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

Morning keynote: Hannah Blythyn

09:15 – 09:45

We are delighted to welcome Hannah Blythn, Deputy Minister for Social Partnership as our opening key note 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 voluntart 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Afternoon keynote: Kellie Beirne

14:00 – 14:30

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

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.

Awards ceremony: Day one

15:50 – 16:45

Closing observations

16:45 – 17:00

Day two welcome

 09:00 – 09:15

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 havr to play in helping the Commission success.

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 stading up to the test of time and how it is delivering for future generations.

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.

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?

COP26 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?

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.

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.

A forum with the Supply Chain Sustainability School

Afternoon keynote: BAM Construct UK

14:00 – 14.30

Panel discussion: Private sector showcase

14:30 – 15:30

Business has a key role to play in helping our communities reover 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.

Awards ceremony: Day two

15:50 – 16:45

Closing ceremony

16:45 – 17:00