In partnership with Cardiff University
There are currently 17 directly elected mayors in England, but none in Wales.
Proponents of elected mayors say they can raise the profile of a city region and new powers being offered to cities in England make the role powerful and appealing, but critics claim they are costly and their effectiveness varies. A recent petition failed to get enough votes to support a referendum on a Mayor for Cardiff.
But given the rise of the City Regions and the City Deals in Wales, is now the time to consider whether Wales’ City Regions should have elected mayors to support a new governance structure for the nation?
Confirmed panel to date:
- Alexandra Jones, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities
- Simon Cook, Director, The Pod Factory Ltd (former Deputy Mayor of Bristol)
6.00pm - Registration and networking
6.30pm - Welcome from Auriol Miller, IWA Director
6.35pm - Introduction to debate and panellists from Chair
6.40pm - Chair opens discussion to panel
7.30pm - Q&A with audience
8.00pm - End of debate
8.01pm - Thank you from Cardiff University representative
8.05pm - Networking drinks
9.00pm - Event ends
This is a free event, but places are limited so tickets must be booked.
This event has been kindly supported by Eversheds-Sutherland.