Key Points
  • Reviewing the opportunities afforded to commissioners under the new levelling up funds
  • Maximising social return on investment and putting social value at the heart of the commissioning process
  • Best practice from public bodies across the UK: co-designing and co-delivering services
  • Understanding how community wealth building and place-based working can be successfully put into practice
  • Exploring the value of smaller VCSEs and ways to best support the future sustainability of the sector
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Overview
Expert Speakers:

  • Vidhya Alakeson, CEO, Power to Change
  • Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Council, Royal Borough of Greenwich
  • Nigel Ball, Executive Director, Government Outcomes Lab
  • Will Balakrishnan, Director of Commissioning and Partnerships, Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime
  • Matt Whittaker, CEO, Pro Bono Economics
  • Confirmed Representative, Devon Partnership NHS Trust
  • Benjamin Taylor, CEO, Public Service Transformation Academy
  • Dr Rob Macmillan, Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
  • Leah Davis, Head of Policy, New Philanthropy Capital
  • Rachel Bentley, Executive Director, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)
  • Kathy Evans, CEO, Children England
  • Helen Rice, CEO, Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove
  • Confirmed Representative, Family Action

    As we emerge out of the pandemic, it is vital that statutory and third sector organisations continue to demonstrate innovation, flexibility and resilience.

    Join Westminster Insight’s Third Sector Commissioning Conference, where we will explore how public bodies can speed up post pandemic recovery by working closer with communities and the third sector to deliver levelling up opportunities.

    In line with the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda, commissioning bodies have a vital role to play in maximising social return on investment and ensuring better outcomes for communities. With new funding available, there is an opportunity to expand the range of services available, as well as transform the commissioning process to encourage more integration and co-delivery.

    You will hear from experienced leaders in the statutory and third sectors on how the commissioning process can be improved, what has worked so far, and how the positive changes made during the pandemic can be implemented as standard practice.

    You will hear from Vidhya Alakeson OBE, CEO of Power to Change, on how commissioners can work closer with their communities, and gain insight into the new approaches to improve social outcomes.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:15
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr Rob Macmillan Principal Research Fellow, CRESR - the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University

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09:15 - 10:15
Keynote Address: Levelling Up Our Communities and Ensuring the Future Sustainability of Third Sector Commissioning

 
  • Reflecting on the impact of COVID-19 and its lasting impacts on the commissioning and procurement process
  • Understanding the Levelling Up Fund and the new opportunities available to the public and third sectors
  • Exploring the ways public authorities can work closer with their communities and involve the social sector in setting the levelling up agenda
9:50 - 10:00 Questions and Discussion

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Matt Whittaker CEO, Pro Bono Economics

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Nigel Ball Executive Director and Head of Commissioning Support, Government Outcomes

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Vidhya Alakeson OBE CEO, Power to Change

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10:15 - 10:45
Influencing ‘Systems Change’ for Better Community and Citizen Outcomes

 
  • Encouraging more integration and placed-based working
  • Understanding the common factors where integration and devolution have been successful 
  • Creating a roadmap to help improve the relationship between commissioners, service providers, and the wider community
10:35 - 10:45 Question and Discussion

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Benjamin Taylor CEO, Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA)

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10:45 - 11:00
Break

 

11:00 - 12:00
Case Studies: Putting Social Value at the Heart of the Commissioning Process: Best Practice from Across the UK

 
  • Considering the long term benefits of the pandemic on commissioning and procurement
  • Rethinking the relationship between the statutory and third sectors in the context of the levelling up agenda
  • Examples of best practice across the country: resilience, flexibility, and whole sector collaboration with measurable success
11:50 - 12:00 Question and Discussion

Speakers

Confirmed Representative Devon Partnership NHS Trust

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Will Balakrishnan Director of Commissioning and Partnerships at Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC)

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Cllr Danny Thorpe Leader, Royal Borough of Greenwich

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12:00 - 12:45
Lunch

 

12:45 - 13:30
Ensuring Equality of Opportunity for Small and Medium VCSEs

 
  • Recognising the important role small VCSEs play in public service delivery
  • Challenges specific to small VCSEs and solutions to overcoming them
  • Ensuring charities are involved in the levelling up agenda
14:05 - 14:15 Question and Discussion

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Leah Davis Head of Policy and External Affairs, New Philanthropy Capital

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Rachel Bentley Associate Director, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)

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13:30 - 14:30
Third Sector Panel Perspective: Rethinking the Commissioner-Provider Relationship Post-Pandemic

 
  • The positives and negatives of COVID-19 working conditions from a VCSE perspective
  • Understanding how the pressures felt by the VSCE sector have changed since the start of the pandemic
  • Exploring the new opportunities afforded to the VSCE sector by the new levelling up funds
15:05 - 15:15 Questions and Discussion

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Confirmed Representative Family Action

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Kathy Evans Chief Executive, Children England

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Helen Rice CEO, Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove

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14:30 - 14:45
Chair’s closing remarks

 

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Dr Rob Macmillan Principal Research Fellow, CRESR - the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University

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End

Speakers

Vidhya Alakeson OBE CEO, Power to Change

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Will Balakrishnan Director of Commissioning and Partnerships at Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC)

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Nigel Ball Executive Director and Head of Commissioning Support, Government Outcomes

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Rachel Bentley Associate Director, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)

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Confirmed Representative Devon Partnership NHS Trust

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Leah Davis Head of Policy and External Affairs, New Philanthropy Capital

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Kathy Evans Chief Executive, Children England

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Ruairi MacDonald Research Associate, Government Outcomes Lab

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Dr Rob Macmillan Principal Research Fellow, CRESR - the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University

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Confirmed Representative Family Action

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Helen Rice CEO, Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove

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Benjamin Taylor CEO, Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA)

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Cllr Danny Thorpe Leader, Royal Borough of Greenwich

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Matt Whittaker CEO, Pro Bono Economics

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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