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National Social Value Conference

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM


The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP

The first National Social Value Conference will focus on BRIDGING THE GAP between the public, private, voluntary sectors and communities, identifying the challenges and opportunities for working together to build a stronger and a more resilient society. The event has been designed to ensure that there is an opportunity to learn from tailored and high quality content, but also to contribute to the development of a broader social value agenda for both public and private sector organisations.

Keynote Panel

The keynote panel includes the CEO of Trafford Council, Theresa GrantJonathon Porritt OBE, Founder Director of Forum for the Future, Ben Marson, Director of Partnerships at the Prince’s Trust, and Rt. Hon. Hazel Blears, a leading member of the National Advisory Board on Impact Investing.

Rotating Sessions on Social Value

Following the keynote panel, the National Social Value Taskforce will be releasing the National Framework for Social Value Measurement, after which there will be 4 interactive sessions. Each session will be repeated twice, giving you the chance to attend more than one.

Session 1 - Innovation and Best Practice - What does GOOD look like?

Session 2 - National TOMs Framework and Social Value Measurement

Session 3 - Bid Management

Session 4 - Legal and Local

Keynote Speaker

We are delighted to welcome Andy Street, newly appointed Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority. Andy will tell us about his vision for the West Midlands and how embedding social value into procurement and contract management is an essential tool in delivering better value to the region.

Sponsored Deep Dive Syndicate Sessions

Health, Well-being and Social Value.

This will help identify the key steps that need to be taken to embed social value into the health sector. The session will look at the specific challenges faced by the health sector in embedding social value into procurement and opportunities for the health sector to partner with local organisations to deliver better value.

Speakers include: Dr James Kingsland OBE, President of the National Association of Primary Care, and Professor Simon Brake, Chief Executive of the CCG for Walsall. Phil Loach, Chief Fire Officer for West Midlands, will be chairing this session.

Integrating Social Value into Planning and Development.

If social value were integrated into the planning system it could deliver an additional £15bn in additional value. Despite this fact, planners and developers are struggling to find common ground and a common language to discuss and agree measures that deliver additional social value. This session will explore how this opportunity can be unlocked and how our planning system may be updated to ensure Social Value is included as a prerequisite for permission.

Speakers include Guy Battle, CEO Social Value Portal, David Green, Delta Planning and Alan Sarjant, Senior Vice President, Prologis

Social Value and the Devolution Agenda.

Devolution offers the opportunity for public sector organisations to develop longer term strategies and partnerships to solve some of the more difficult challenges in their region. This session will run by members from the West Midlands Combined Authority and will look specifically at how organisations can collaborate and develop stronger supplier partnerships as well as exploring the potential of cross border collaboration to meet the greatest needs.

Speakers will include Rachael Morgan, Head of Procurement WMCA.

Delivering Social Value through Effective Frameworks.

Frameworks offer a unique opportunity to develop longer term private/public sector partnerships, but there remain significant challenges to making this a reality. This session will look to identify and solve these challenges including the tailoring of local priorities and retrospective commitments for suppliers. It will show case some of the best practice frameworks and examine the key steps to ensure success and avoid failure.

Speakers include Victoria Brambini, MD Scape Procure, David Boyer at CEO, Warrington Borough Council.

The event will be wrapped up with a final speech from Chris White, sponsor of the Social Value Act, and closing remarks from Darren Knowd, the incoming Chair of the Social Value Taskforce, followed by drinks and canapes.


The Studio, 7 Cannon Street , Birmingham, B2 5EP


Rt. Hon. Hazel Blears

Hazel worked as a lawyer in private practice and local government for 20 years. She was also a councillor on Salford City Council for 8 years and was elected as MP for Salford in 1997. Whilst an MP she held ministerial roles in Health, Police and Counter Terrorism and was Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. She led the change to community policing, was the author of the Preventing Violent Extremism programme and was responsible for housing, planning and community regeneration. Later as a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee she led the report on the role of Women within the UK Intelligence Community.

Hazel is now Chair of the Social Investment Business, Chair of Salford University Institute for Dementia and is a Non-executive director of the Coop Group and a development company.

Theresa Grant

Chief Executive Trafford Council

Theresa Grant has been Chief Executive at Trafford Council since 2011 and is the Lead Chief Executive for the Employment & Skills portfolio for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority region, as well as the Lead for GM Procurement Hub. She is a career public servant with 39 years’ experience in Local Government in both Ireland and the UK. Theresa is a graduate of the Masters of Business Administration programme at Manchester Metropolitan University and is also a Trustee of the Irish World Heritage Centre Charity in Manchester, a Board member of the Halle and a Non-Executive Director of John Laing Infrastructure Fund Board. Theresa is a dynamic, forward thinking leader with a passion for delivering strategic change and innovation through creativity and collaboration. 

Jonathon Porritt

Co-Founder of Forum for the Future

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK’s leading sustainable development charity. The Forum has a growing presence in the United States, India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. In addition he is a Non-Executive Director of Willmott Dixon Holdings, a Trustee of Ashden, and a Director of Collectively (an online platform celebrating sustainable innovation). He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth, co-chair of the Green Party and as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission until 2009, he spent nine years providing high-level advice to Government Ministers. Jonathon was installed as the Chancellor of Keele University in February 2012. He is also Visiting Professor at Loughborough University and UCL. Recent books are ‘Capitalism As If The World Matters’ (2007) and ‘The World We Made’ (2013) – which seeks to inspire people about the prospects of a sustainable world in 2050. Jonathon received a CBE in January 2000 for services to environmental protection.

Jerome Baddley

Head of the Sustainable Development Unit, Health and Social Care system in England

Jerome Baddley, Head of the Sustainable Development Unit for the Health and Social Care system in England.

The Unit is funded by Public Health England and NHS England to work across the health and social care system; supporting and encouraging local health systems to improve health and the quality of local healthcare by become more environmentally, socially and economic sustainable.

Jerome has worked for 17 years in sustainable development in public, private and 3rd sectors. He led a team to produce the first NHS carbon management plans (2008), the Nottingham City 2020 Energy Strategy (2010), and the regional natural resource footprint for the NHS in the East Midlands (2012). He has spent 10 years supporting organisations and communities to implement strategic and practical measures in sustainable development and resource efficiency. He is a past winner of the Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development and the BMJ global award for Sustainable Healthcare.

Professor Simon Brake BA (hons)

MPA, FIHM Chief Officer, Walsall CCG

Simon has been qualified since July 1995, having graduated from the University of Warwick, and gained his professional membership of the IHM (the Institute of Healthcare Management) in 1996, appointed a fellow of the IHM (by Assessment) in 2004, and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Warwick (2007) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution Studies (2008) from Coventry University, and holds visiting academic professorships at the University of Warwick & Coventry University. Simon has worked in a variety of general and senior management roles across health and social care, within the National Health Service in hospitals, commissioning, and central government policy until 2006, then as a senior officer for Coventry City Council and for the past 2 years as a chief officer working in primary and community care across the NHS for Coventry & Rugby. Since April 2017, Simon has been working as Chief Officer for Walsall CCG.

Victoria Brambini

Managing Director Scape Procure

After working in Local Government for over 18 years Victoria continues her commitment to the public sector after joining Scape in 2014.

As a Chartered Surveyor, Victoria has a successful track record in project leadership, strategic asset management and contract and performance management in a broad spectrum of built environment and public service teams, demonstrating skills in community engagement and organisational change alongside dynamic political interfacing.

Victoria brings to Scape a deep understanding of the drive for local economic sustainability, public sector efficiency and service transformation to meet the challenges of changing community needs and government policy. Her role in heading up Scape Procure drives this agenda forward, achieving excellence in contract innovations and performance and securing better client outcomes.

Ben Carpenter

Operations Manager, Social Value UK

Ben Carpenter is operations manager for Social Value UK. Ben manages the assurance & accreditation services for Social Value International. He oversees the development of the Report Assurance Criteria for Social Impact reports and has expanded Social Value UK’s service to include accreditation of social impact training courses and software products. All of the assurance services are designed to test for consistency with the internationally recognised Principles of Social Value. Ben is secretariat for Social Value International’s Assurance Technical Committee, is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s working group titled “Redefining Assurance” and sits on the judging panels for the SE100 index and FSI Social Impact awards.

Ben also oversees the development of online resources specifically the Global Value Exchange and the Social Value Self-Assessment Tool. Ben is part of the OECD working group on Social Impact Data. Before working for SVUK Ben worked in Property Development, Social Housing Asset Management and the Homelessness Sector. He also holds degrees in Politics & Communications and the Built Environment.

Roger Forsdyke

Managing Director for Construction in the Southern Counties Wilmott Dixon

Roger joined the industry over 30 years ago as an engineer. Since becoming part of Willmott Dixon over 15 years ago, Roger has been pivotal to the company’s growth in the Southern Home Counties, including being part of the Cobham office when it opened in 2004 and helping to grow a successful company that now employs over 250 people.
Prior to becoming MD for the South in 2014, Roger held a series of operational roles that gave him a track-record for ‘hands on’ delivery of projects. This stood him in good stead for his role overseeing a fast growing region for Willmott Dixon.
As MD for the South, which operates from offices in Cobham and Dartford, Roger is responsible for a £185 million turnover business. He also leads on the leisure and hotel sector, providing strategic input and direction for our service in these important areas of production.

David Green

Director and Founder, Delta Planning

David Green is Director and founder of town planning consultancy, Delta Planning.  He is a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Town Planner with over 25 years of private sector consultancy experience.  Based in the Midlands, Delta Planning specialises in the strategy and co-ordination of major planning applications, particularly in the logistics, residential and education sectors

Dr James P Kingsland OBE

President of the National Association of Primary Care (UK)

James is the Senior Partner in a nationally renowned, award winning General Practice in the North West of England. He has a wealth of experience in primary care, medical education and medical politics.

He is President of the National Association of Primary Care (UK) having previously served as Chairman from 2004-08. He is the co-author of the new care model for the NHS, the Primary Care Home, and is now one of the two national leads for the programme.

Phil Loach

Chief Fire Officer West Midlands Fire Service

A champion of work-based learning and values-based leadership, with an engineering, public and private sector background, CFO Phil Loach is responsible for leading 2000+ employees and a budget c. £100m at the largest Fire and Rescue Service outside of London, making sure the 2.7m people within the West Midlands Combined Authority area are ‘Safer, Stronger and Healthier’ whilst also providing capability to support national resilience and international rescue.

Initially joining WMFS as a Firefighter and eventually serving as Assistant and Deputy Chief, Phil became Chief Fire Officer in November 2013, more recently combining his post with a number of national roles including Vice-Chair of the National Fire Chief’s Council, the National Operational Guidance Programme, NSAT and the LGA Advisory Forum. In addition, Phil has played an active role in Government’s agenda to reform public services, becoming Chief Executive of Public Service Reform (PSR) for West Midlands Combined Authority in October 2016.

Agnese Mizia

Head of Research, Social Value Portal

Agnese has worked as an economist in academia, during post graduate studies at Bocconi University and as visiting researcher at Harvard University. She has worked as an innovation consultant for public sector, education and third sector organisations across Europe and the U.S., developing experience in facilitating co-design processes and community engagement. As Head of Research at the Social Value Portal, she leads the economic modelling of social value proxies and the design of community-integrated social value measurement systems. She has been leading the technical design of the National Social Value Measurement (TOMs) Framework and Tool Kit.

Cindy Nadesan

Contracts & Supply Specialist, Orbis

Cindy is a Contract & Supply Specialist at Orbis, a shared services partnership between Brighton and Hove City Council, East Sussex and Surrey County Councils. The Orbis partnership operates the Procurement, Property, Finance, Business Operations, HR & OD, IT and Digital, and Revenues and Benefits functions across all three councils. Today 2,000 employees work under a joint operating budget of £63m, making us one of the largest local government shared service partnerships in the UK.
Cindy joined Orbis in 2013 and has over 15 years’ of experience working in Procurement & Supply Chain Management. As the previous Social Value lead for Procurement she developed and implemented the Orbis Social Value Strategy, winning the 2017 award for Promoting and Mainstreaming the Social Value Act and being shortlisted for the Individual Leadership award for Social Value. Cindy is passionate about improving collaboration between the Public, Private and Third Sector, her focus being to promote a culture of civic leadership and enable the delivery of sustainable social value initiatives. Prior to joining Orbis, Cindy held various Strategy and Business Operations roles in the Republic of Ireland, India and South Africa.

Graham Precey

Head of Corporate Responsibility and Ethics, Legal & General Group Plc

Graham is an expert in bringing together not for profits, public sector and corporates in unique joint ventures to solve the long term issues that really matter. He has been doing so at Legal & General for over 10 years and was awarded in 2012 as a Business In The Community Game Changer and a Global Sustainability Leaders Award in Mumbai in Feb 2016.

He also sits on the board of growing small charity, The 4 Cancer Group providing families affected with cancer with respite as well a capacity building charity for small charities The Foundation for Social Improvement , is a founding member of Social Enterprise Assist Investment and a member of the advisory panel for Career Volunteer.

Alison Ramsey

Frameworks Coordinator Scape Procure

Alison is the Frameworks Coordinator, arranging and conducting operational activities relating to the compliance and performance management of the frameworks, supporting the Scape Procure team to drive partner collaboration and client project successes. Alison joined Scape in July 2015 with 10 years’ experience of local government working in various property related roles, following on from eight years working in the London office of a multinational law firm.

Shariat Rokneddin

Founder, Social Value Plus

Shariat is a business consultant with extensive experience across private, public and the third sector.  His first 10 years’ experience was focused on IT integration in multinational companies, followed by another long spell in publicly funded business support at Birmingham Chambers of Commerce.  Over the last 5 years, Shariat has led the establishment of social value policies, procedures and practices at Birmingham City Council, including the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.  This is a best practice example of implementing Social Value in a Local Authority. He has also contributed to the development of the West Midlands Combined Authority policy. Shariat’s experience includes a thorough study of various social value measurement methodologies as well as developing an automation system.

Shariat has recently established Social Value Plus Community Interest Company, a not for profit company dedicated to helping businesses deliver quality social value that addresses the needs of their public sector clients.

John Simons

Head of Procurement and Audit Scape Procure

John is the Head of Procurement and Audit, leading the development and implementation of Scape’s Procurement and Audit strategies, supporting the Executive Leadership Team to deliver best practice, improve performance and create value for our clients. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. John has over 30 years’ experience within the Public sector, working for Borough, District and City Councils as well as in the Housing sector. He has a background in Finance and considerable experience in both facilities management and construction procurement.

Julie Venn-Morton

Skills and Growth Manager, Coventry City Council

Julie is the Skills and Growth Manager for the Economic Development Service of Coventry City Council and has been actively involved in the City’s Skills and Economic Agenda for over 20 years. Julie commenced her career with the Council as a Business and Public Administration Apprentice which provided her with a good solid spring board for her career journey to her current role. She started her working life in the Chief Executives Secretariat and then progressed to the Careers Service, before managing a Construction Employment Unit prior to finally joining the Economic Development Service.  Julie is passionate about her City and is especially keen to ensure that local people and local businesses benefit from new development and growth in the City. She leads on Economic Social Value for the Authority ensuring both the procurement and planning processes place consideration.

Chris White

President, Warwickshire College Group, Sponsor of the Public Services (Social Value) Act

Chris White served as the Member of Parliament for Warwick and Leamington between 2010 and 2017. His Private Member’s Bill, now the Public Services (Social Value) Act, received Royal Assent in March 2012.

Chris was a member of the International Development and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committees.
Chris lives in Warwick and has recently been appointed to the role of President of the Warwickshire College Group, is a Patron of the International Development Charity Cord, based in Coventry and is Vice Chair of the think tank, Policy Connect. He maintains a strong interest in the progress of the Act.

Rachel Wooliscroft

Sustainability Director, Wates Group

Having worked within the construction industry for nearly 20 years,  Rachel is passionate about the role that business can make in transforming communities both through its buildings but also the legacy it can create during its work and beyond. She is currently Sustainability Director for Wates Group – leading a strategy which ensures we have a positive impact on the environment and communities in which we work whilst creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Wates are committed to ensuring their actions today impact on tomorrow and are proud to have been recently awarded the Queens Award for Sustainable Development for the second consecutive time. .

In addition, Rachel participates in a number of industry forums including  Build UK to tackle the skills agenda within the industry and  the future of sustainable buildings. She is Board Director of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability – a professional body for the growing CR and sustainability discipline, editor for some of the industry publications and a school governor on a multi academy trust.

Phil Wright

Framework Director, Balfour Beatty

Phil is a civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. He has worked on the design and construction of projects as diverse as sea defences, roads, water treatment works and football stadia. This has provided first-hand experience of the social value benefits which large infrastructure projects can have on the communities in which they are constructed.

Since 2015, Phil has been responsible for infrastructure projects across the UK through Balfour Beatty’s position on the Scape Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework. He is a strong advocate of collaborative framework arrangements in the construction industry, and the benefit which they can bring to both project delivery and to the social value added through the construction process.

Julian Blake

Partner, Bates Wells Braithwaite

Julian Blake is a specialist Social Enterprise and Social Business lawyer. He has engaged with the public service commissioning environment for over 25 years, with a particular focus on the underpinning of Public Procurement and State Aid reform by the European Commission’s Social Business Initiative. He is the co-author, with Frank Villeneuve-Smith of HCT Group, the influential transport social enterprise, of “The Art of the Possible in Public Procurement”, which has been widely welcomed for championing purpose, permissiveness and proportionality in procurement process. Social Value and Social Impact are very much a part of the art of the possible. He contributed this perspective to the procurement working group of the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing in relation to the “The Rise of Impact” report published on 16 October 2017. He works with Social Business International’s E3M Group of CEOs leading commercial-scale social enterprises delivering public services, the parallel Bold Commissioners Group and the E3M programme to harmonise the engagement of commissioners, suppliers and social finance institutions with local authority public service innovation projects, giving Social Value an equivalence to quality and price factors:; 0207 551 7746

Ailbhe McNabola

Head of Research and Policy , Power to Change Trust

Ailbhe McNabola is the Head of Research and Policy at Power to Change Trust. She has 15 years’ experience in research and analysis in policy-relevant fields, having started her career in management consultancy at Accenture and then PA Consulting, followed by a role evaluating policy implementation at the UK National Audit Office, and then heading up the research and policy teams at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and the UK Design Council.

Alan Sarjant

Senior Vice President, Prologis UK

Alan is a Senior Vice President with responsibility for major development projects in the West Midlands and has led on Prologis projects with an end value of over £1Bn. He sits on the UK Executive Committee and has over 30 years’ experience in the industrial and logistics property sector.  He joined Prologis in 1998 having previously been a Development Director at Kingspark Developments.

Alan has a BSc (Hons) in Land Management from the College of Estate Management at Reading University and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Alan’s expertise is in site regeneration, land acquisition and assembly, planning, property marketing and leasing and he has been responsible for helping Prologis UK define its Social Value Policy.

Haydn Brown

Head of Procurement Strategy and Development, Birmingham City Council

Haydn is the Head of Procurement Strategy and Development in Corporate Procurement Services at Birmingham City Council. Having worked in Local Government and the NHS since 1988, he initially trained as a Quantity Surveyor before moving into Procurement. Haydn has experience of managing capital contracts as well as Facilities Management, Transport, Utilities and Waste categories.

In January 2014 he moved into his current role which broadly covers the development and implementation of procurement strategy and policy, training, collaboration and commercialism.

A big part of achieving policy through procurement was the commitment in the June 2012 Leader’s Policy Statement to introduce a Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility (BBC4SR) to harness the significant potential of Birmingham’s purchasing power to boost the local economy.

Recent achievements include refreshing the Council’s Social Value Policy, Living Wage Policy and BBC4SR; development and launch of the Council’s Commissioning Strategy 2017+; supporting the development of the West Midlands Combined Authority Social Value Policy and the National Social Value Taskforce’s TOMs and working with the LGA around Encouraging Innovation.

Haydn and his team continue to develop their approach to Social Value in commissioning to achieve the policy outcomes of being a fair, prosperous and democratic city.

Liz Holford

Director, Supply Chain Future

Liz Holford MBA MCIPS has led programmes to generate, measure and report social value in public and private sector supply chains since 2002. She’s proud to have presented her work at events at 10 Downing Street, the European Commission and the United Nations in New York.

Currently working within the supply chain of HS2 Ltd, and for clients including the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), Network Rail Thameslink Programme, Royal Academy of Engineering and Partners in the Supply Chain Sustainability School, Liz is particularly passionate about finding collaborative approaches to complex challenges so that they deliver benefits to business, communities and the planet.

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