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The Deal Conference: Reasons to be Cheerful

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By 2020 Wigan Council will have lost almost half of its entire budget. Despite this we've managed to keep frontline services intact, while improving customer satisfaction.

Find out how at this unique one day learning event where we'll share our top tips for success, leaving you with plenty of reasons to feel cheerful.

The Deal has transformed our approach to public services, helping us to keep libraries and museums open, protect school crossing patrols, gain a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating and reduce the number of ‘Inadequate’ care homes to zero.

Through this approach, we’ve not only changed our approach to public services, but we’ve also redefined our relationship with residents. It allows us to work with communities, ensuring change happens on the ground.

We’ve got a long way to go but already we’re being asked about The Deal and others are replicating the approach in their organisations.

Join us on Wednesday 27th September and learn more about The Deal from the speakers below:

Lord Peter Smith, Leader of Wigan Council

A former lecturer at Manchester College of Art and Technology, Lord Peter Smith has been a member of Wigan Council since 1978, becoming the leader of the local labour group in 1991. In 1999 he was made a lord and spends his time between London, Wigan and Manchester where he represents the health portfolio for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Donna Hall, CBE, Chief Executive of Wigan Council

Voted the most inspiring woman in the public sector in the national Inspiring Women Awards in 2009, Donna has helped inspire the transformation of Wigan Council. Not only was she instrumental in the creation of The Deal but she’s passionate about the communities she serves.

Alison McKenzie-Folan, Deputy Chief Executive, Wigan Council

Under Alison’s digital leadership Wigan Council has won a number of awards, including the LGC’s digital council of the year recognising its approach to transforming services.

Stuart Cowley, Director of Adult Social Care, Wigan Council

With a background in the NHS and local government, Stuart’s been able to harness his skills and knowledge to radically transform health and social care at Wigan Council, using an asset-based approach.

James Winterbottom, Director of Children’s Services, Wigan Council

Under James’ leadership Wigan’s children’s services was rated ‘good’ in 2017, and its adoption service was one of seven to be rated ‘outstanding’ in the country.

Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Leeds City Council

Since 2010 Tom has overseen £300million of efficiencies and savings across Leeds City Council and £3.8billion of investment in Leeds. After winning MJ’s Council of the Year 2016 and securing the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ, sights are now on European Capital of Culture 2023. Ever forward-looking, Tom is a trustee on the Centre for Cities Board and the council's mental health champion.

Dr Robin Pharoah

Robin can be considered one of the early pioneers of the use of anthropological thought and ethnographic research for research and innovation in the UK. He has founded a multiple award winning research agency, worked across all sectors with multi-nationals, governments and the 3rd sector.

Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive, GMCA

Eamonn became the GMCA’s first chief executive earlier this year. Eamonn began his career in the housing sector, rising to Assistant Director with Manchester Housing in 1995, then becoming Executive Director of Housing and Operational Services with Sheffield City Council in 1997. He joined Manchester City Council in 1999 and rose to become Deputy Chief Executive, leaving in 2008 to join the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA) as Deputy Chief Executive. He is currently Chief Executive of Stockport MBC and has held the top post since 2010. As part of his current role he also leads on housing, planning and investment within Greater Manchester.

Special guest, Mayor Andy Burnham (tbc)

Greater Manchester’s first elected Mayor is a keen advocate of The Deal and used to be the MP for Leigh in Wigan Borough.

*Further speakers to be confirmed*

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