National Social Value Conference 2018

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National Social Value Conference 2018

This year the National Social Value Conference will have as its central theme ‘Inspiring Leadership’ and builds on the great success of the 2017 Conference when we hosted over 250 people and a number of eminent speakers including Andy Street, the Mayor of West Midlands Combined Authority and launched the National TOMs Framework for social value measurement that has been downloaded by over 1500 organisations as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

Day 1 - Organised by The Social Value Portal


This year our speakers include the Mayor of Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Andy Burnham, the Rt. Honourable Hazel Blears, Claire Dove OBE, the Crown Representative for VCSEs and the Head of Policy from the Federation of Small Businesses, Martin McTague.

The conference will also see the launch of the FSB Toolkit for Engaging SMEs aimed at getting more small businesses working with the public sector, updates to the National TOMs including Sector plug ins for Real Estate and Health, the launch of the LGA Good Practice Guide for SV Performance and Contract Management, as well as a review of how the National TOMs map onto the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Deep Dive Sessions

We will also have a range of deep dive sessions including sessions on cross-sector collaboration chaired by Scape Procure, a detailed examination of  how social value can be integrated into the planning system to unlock over £15bn worth of additional value, a look at how social value can be successfully integrated into the commissioning and planning process as well as a session on how Manchester has developed a leading solution to social value including the launch of their new Social Value Policy.

The day will be closed by Rod Schwartz, the CEO of ClearlySo and Impact Investor who will speak about the way that Social Value in the guise of the Global Goals is changing the world on investment.

Following the end of the conference, we will be hosting drinks and a buffet dinner alongside short presentations by each of our award winners.

There will, of course, be a few additional surprises along the way including a range of stands from our sponsors and of course networking throughout.

Day 2 - Organised by Social Value UK

Building a movement, bringing sectors together

Do you share our vision for a world where people’s lives are put at the heart of decision making? Join our movement to change the way the world understands, accounts for and creates value. It is time for social value to be integrated with financial value. The movement is picking up pace, but we need your involvement.

This is our annual Members Exchange, the opportunity for people from all sectors who believe that a better future must include increased accountability, to assemble in one room. It’s time for companies to put changes to people’s lives and their environmental impact on an equal footing with their financial profit.

Be part of an exciting participatory day of discussions, learning and sharing of best practice. Take this opportunity to shape the movement and join the sessions on how you can get involved, no matter where you are on your social value journey.

  • Hear from our new CEO Ben Carpenter, as hesets out his ambition for our community, at an exciting moment when the profile of social value has never been higher as it is recognised on the agenda of government. You can join our movement to help move social value up the political agenda.
  • Social Value UK are led and governed by our members. Whether you work for a corporate, a not-for-profit, in procurement or for a local council, do not miss this opportunity to learn practical new skills to embed the social value principles in your work. You will be able to share your experiences and learn from the leading practitioners.
  • You will be able to set the agenda and include what is most important to you.As a membership body owned and led by our members we will be offering the chance to participate in the day by hosting solutions focused roundtables and workshops to address the challenges you are facing. Learn from your peers and co-create solutions under the themes of ‘data and techniques’, ‘responsiveness and design’, ‘transparency and verification’.

The full programme will be announced soon.

NSVC18 Speakers

Anne Lythgoe

Strategy and Policy Lead, Salford CVS/ Salford City Council

Anne Lythgoe has nearly thirty years’ experience in the VCSE and public sectors, predominately focussing on community regeneration and wellbeing, and including having worked as a social accountant in a small social enterprise. Anne is currently the Manager of Policy and Partnerships for Salford City Council and is supporting a partnership between the public and VCSE sectors in the City to achieve holistic social value commissioning which will achieve meaningful social, environmental and economic wellbeing benefits and make a real difference for the people of Salford. She has recently started a part time secondment as Policy and Strategy Lead for the VCSE Sector in Salford. In 2015, Anne was Highly Commended in the Social Enterprise UK Social Value Awards for her outstanding leadership in the field. Previous roles have included employment in Finance, Audit and Operations Management. Anne is Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Social Audit Network.

Salford City Council

Rodney Schwartz

Founder & CEO, ClearlySo

Rodney Schwartz is CEO and Founder of ClearlySo, with a background in equity research, management, investment banking and venture capital. Joining Wall Street in 1980, he rose to become the number one ranked financial services analyst at PaineWebber and then held senior management posts at Lehman Brothers and Paribas, before leaving the sector in 1997 to found the fintech-oriented VC firm Catalyst. A pioneer in the impact investment marketplace, he transformed Catalyst into a social business consultancy, which in 2008 morphed into ClearlySo, a business designed, “to help create 100 Justgivings”. This seemed an exciting new style of company, which achieves significant impact as well as great financial returns. Rodney also teaches Impact investing at the Said Business School (Oxford) and the ESMT (Berlin), and is Former Chair of Shelter, The Green Thing, Spacehive and Justgiving, in addition to having served on many fintech boards. He holds an MBA and BA from the University of Rochester and has four adult children


Katherine Trebeck

Research Director, Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Katherine is Research Director for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. She has over eight years’ experience in various roles with Oxfam GB – as a Senior Researcher for the Global Research Team, UK Policy Manager, and Research and Policy Advisor for Oxfam Scotland. Katherine, with Lorenzo Fioramonti, instigated the group of Wellbeing Economy Governments; developed Oxfam’s Humankind Index; and led Oxfam’s work on a ‘human economy’. She was Rapporteur for Club de Madrid’s Working Group on Shared Societies and Sustainability and is on the advisory board for the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity (University of Surrey); the Living Well Within Limits project (University of Leeds); A Good Life for All Within Planetary Boundaries (University of Leeds); and the Economic Democracy Index project (University of Glasgow). Katherine has a PhD in Political Science from the Australian National University and is Honorary Professor at the University of the West of Scotland and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde (based at the Fraser of Allander Institute). Her forthcoming book The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a Grown Up Economy (co-authored with Jeremy Williams and published by Policy Press) is due out in early 2019.

Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson

Independent Policy Advisor

Matthew recently set up his own policy advice business after 13 years at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES). Matthew led on CLES’ work around social value and procurement, particularly in Manchester and Preston. He continues to undertake work across Europe and is currently a network expert for the URBACT programme and an advisor to the EU Urban Agenda Partnership on Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement. Matthew is also Chair of the Greater Manchester Social Value Network.

Peter Schofield

Procurement Programme Manager, GMCA

For the last 6 years, Peter has managed the collaborative procurement programme for the Greater Manchester Authorities which involves achievement of value for money solutions through joint working whilst also maximising the social, economic and environmental implications of procurement decisions. Peter has worked in Local Government for over 30 years. Initially as a Chartered Civil Engineer, then as Head of Service with responsibility for technical and front line services before becoming involved in procurement and efficiency related programmes. Peter has extensive experience of collaborative procurement programmes, originally engaged by the North East Centre of Excellence in 2004 to support and develop procurement and efficiency capability, then for the NE RIEP delivering the Construction & Asset Management, Waste & Environment and Climate Change Programmes. The AGMA Procurement Hub has facilitated a common approach to Social Value across the GM footprint which is embodied in the GMCA’s Social Value Policy. This approach was recognised by SOPO (the Society of Procurement Officers) who awarded their Excellence in Delivering Social Value Award to the AGMA Procurement Hub in 2015 and the iNetwork who awarded it the Public Service Innovation Award in 2016. The GM Social Value Policy is under review and Peter is co-ordinating a refresh which will be launched at the November conference. Peter is a key contributor to the work of the LGA’s National Advisory Group on Procurement, and recently took on a role as a Director of SOPO. In 2017, Peter was invited to contribute to the National Advisory Board’s report on how procurement can contribute towards ensuring that measurable impact is regularly embraced as a deliberate driver of investment and business decisions.


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