Convention is your chance to hear from inspiring speakers, get insight, ideas, and the motivation to go back to your organisation feeling ready to take on the world!
Now I'm full of energy, full of hope, full of power and I'm ready to fight when I get back home.
Amelia Bilson, Middleport Matters Community Trust

We had a whole host of speakers at Locality Convention ’18, including:

  • Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Communities Secretary,
  • Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
  • Stella Duffy OBE Co-director of Fun Palaces

Find out a bit more about our fantastic speakers, and connect on Twitter below.

Opening Plenary

Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Communities Secretary

James Brokenshire MP

James Brokenshire was appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 30 April 2018. Prior to this, he served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from July 2016 until January 2018.

James was elected the Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup in 2010 and is also Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine.

Before entering Parliament, James was a partner at a large international law firm where he advised a range of companies, businesses and financial institutions on company law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol 

Mayor Marvin Rees is a Yale World Fellow and graduate of Operation Black Vote who has worked and studied in the UK and the US. He is a former BBC journalist, Public Health Worker, voluntary sector manager and co-founder of the City Leadership Programme.

Find Marvin on Twitter: @marvinjrees

Amy Kinnear, CEO Hartcliffe and Withywood Partnership

CEO of Hartcliffe and Withywood Partnership (HWCP)
Amy is passionate about empowering local residents and creating a fairer society. HWCP is a community-led organisation on the Southern edge of Bristol, whose vision is for all residents to have an equal chance to lead successful, healthy and happy lives.

Amy manages a busy community hub, community transport service and local influence and engagement programmes. Before working in Hartcliffe, Amy managed Sustrans UK wide Business Development Team, and has also worked in the community energy sector and as a consultant.
Find Amy on Twitter: @Amy_Kinnear

Suzanne Wilson, Chief Executive Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust

Suzanne has worked in national government (Higher education policy) and local government (technology and cities) and now runs a community centre in Lockleaze, North Bristol where she says she can finally make a difference.

Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust is supporting residents of Lockleaze to achieve positive change for themselves and challenging the narrative of deprivation to one of community strength. This is achieved by supporting one another, running successful community-led organisations, and developing community-led housing and other assets to move community organisations and services to a more sustainable footing.

Find Suzanne on Twitter: @Suzanne_Wilson

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive

Tony has led Locality since 2014 and oversees all aspects of the organisation. He has a background in supporting communities to have more say over their local areas in the third sector and the public sector. He led the national charity Living Streets between 2008-14.

Before joining the sector, Tony was a civil servant for nine years and held a number of senior policy adviser roles in Government, including work on neighbourhood regeneration and renewal and health improvement.

Find Tony on Twitter: @antlondon

Keep it Local Plenary

Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive, Calderdale Council

Robin has been Chief Executive at Calderdale Council in West Yorkshire since June 2017. Previously as Director of Communities he led work on community anchors, localism and asset transfer across the borough.

He has worked for the Probation Service and the voluntary sector. He is SOLACE Spokesperson for Resilience and Community Safety. Robin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Trustee of the Lankelly Chase Foundation.

Find Robin on Twitter: @robintuddenham

Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales

Paul joined the Foundation in May 2013 after a career which has spanned the voluntary and public sector and work in International development (DfiD/Sight Savers), Human Rights (Amnesty International), professional and service regulation and health and social care.

He has been Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, the Health Development Agency and the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board and is the former Chair of Contact a Family (2011-17) the leading UK Charity supporting families of children with severe disabilities and former Chair of the UK Rare Diseases Advisory Group (2014-17).

Find Paul on Twitter: @PaulStreets_

Jessica Studdert Deputy Director, New Local Government Network

Jessica joined NLGN in September 2015. She leads NLGN’s thought leadership and research, and contributes strategic oversight of the organisation.

Prior to joining NLGN, Jessica was political adviser to the Labour Group at the Local Government Association (LGA). She led policy there, working closely on public service reform and devolution. This included a secondment to the Policy Unit of the Leader of the Opposition’s Office during 2013-14 to lead on the Local Government Innovation Taskforce, a commission that reported into Labour’s Policy Review ahead of the 2015 General Election.

Find Jessica on Twitter: @jesstud

Heather Williams, CEO of Knowle West HLC

Heather Williams is the CEO of Knowle West HLC – working to close the health inequality gap. She works to support collaboration with a range of partners, for more sustainable communities. Equity and justice are key drivers.

With a background in community development, Heather is passionate about asset-based community development to bring sustainable change.

Find Heather on Twitter: @hmwhartcliffe

Plenary: Energiser

David Ellington, Performer, presenter and director

David Ellington is profoundly deaf and a British Sign language (BSL) user. He is an award-winning director of VS1 Productions. He won Best Actor for DEF in the Deaf Oscars, and he was also part of the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony.

David performs for Extraordinary Bodies – a partnership between Diverse City and Cirque Bijou – and Graeae Theatre. He’s a role model for young D/deaf people looking to get into performing and community arts and believes that Extraordinary Bodies spreads his message far and wide.

Find David on Twitter: @VS1Productions

Closing Plenary

Stella Duffy OBE Co-director of Fun Palaces, writer and theatremaker

Stella Duffy is an award-winning writer, theatremaker and the co-director of the Fun Palaces campaign for cultural democracy. She was awarded the OBE for services to the Arts in the Queen’s Birthday honours 2016.

Fun Palaces supports local people to create their own community-led events across the UK and abroad, using culture as a catalyst for growing community links, with an annual weekend of action every October.

Find Stella on Twitter: @stellduffy

David Robinson, Community worker

David has founded and led several organisations including Community Links, Changing London, Shift and the Children’s Discovery Centre.

He is currently a Practitioner in Residence at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s (LSE) Marshall Institute, leads the National Early Action Task Force at Community Links and is working at Shift on rebooting relationships in a transactional world.

Find David on Twitter: @Davrob5 and @LSEMarshall

Miriam Delogu, Project Lead for The Circle

How do you turn one of Bristol’s most iconic yet volatile public spaces into one that is safe and welcoming for all? How can food drive social change? Miriam has been working on answering these questions since 2012. Through resilience, championing collaboration and community cohesion, the future is promising.

Find Miriam on twitter: @bearpitsocial

Carolyn Hassan, Founder and Director of Knowle West Media Centre and Bristol Living Lab

Carolyn is founder and Director of Knowle West Media Centre and Bristol Living Lab – an arts and media centre (built of straw bales). They deliver socially engaged projects contributing to a wider understanding of the role of co-design with people in communities and cities.

Carolyn is currently a Board Member for Plymouth based RIO (Real Ideas Organisation), was formerly on the board of Bristol 2015, and has served on the Regional Arts Council.

In 2009 University of West of England (UWE) awarded her an honorary Doctorate for her contribution to education and social justice.

Find Carolyn on Twitter: @carolynhassan

Rebecca Trevalyan, Co-director of Library of Things


Rebecca is co-director of Library of Things (LoT), a social enterprise lending out items like drills, sound systems and strimmers from spaces like libraries and cafes.

Prior to that, she was Head of Partnerships at Impact Hub Brixton, where she co-founded sharing initiatives like People’s Fridge Brixton and Open Project Night.

Rebecca has tested three versions of LoT, crowdfunded & fundraised over £200k, built partnerships with councils & corporates, and learnt lots about carpet cleaners.

Find Rebecca on Twitter: @RTrevalyan