The Keep it Local national conference brings together leaders and practitioners from local government and community organisations.


of total cuts in spending on disadvantage have fallen on the fifth most deprived councils despite them also having higher numbers of people in need.
- A Quiet Crisis, research commissioned by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England And Wales

They are the leading lights in the growing Keep it Local movement that’s gathering pace.

You can expect insight, debates and practical workshops on the Keep it Local approach and what it means for your community as well as hearing from the following speakers:

  • Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
  • Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader, Bradford Council
  • Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
  • Adam Lent, Director, New Local Government Network

Date and time
Wednesday 12 June, 2019

Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre
108 Stamford Street

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Councils have been trying to do more with less for some years, but the tipping point is increasingly close with deprived areas hit hardest.
- Paul Streets, Chief Executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation

Keep it Local Conference Agenda

10:30 – 11:00 – Arrivals and registration

11:00 – 12:30 Opening plenary
Welcome – Tony Armstrong – Locality Chief Executive
Opening remarks – Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney; Jane Scullion, Deputy Leader Calderdale Council
Panel Discussion and Q&A – Heather Acton (Westminster), Anna Bailey (Cambridgeshire), Joanna Holmes, Barton Hill Settlement

12:30 – 13:15 Lunch and networking 

13:15 – 14:00 In conversation
Marvin Rees (Bristol) and Susan Hinchcliffe (Bradford), Chaired by Adam Lent, NLGN

14:00 -15:00 Practical workshops
A choice of three practical workshops learning from councils and community organisations who are keeping it local in practice.

15:00 – 15:30 Closing Plenary: workshop feedback

15:30 – 16:00 Goodbye, next steps and networking


Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive, Locality
Opening Plenary, Welcome

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.

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
Opening Plenary, Opening remarks

Employment, skills and education are a key priority for the Mayor; supporting schools, ensuring that the borough actively helps young people into careers and that all residents, whatever their age, have the skills and support they need to get into employment, return to work or start a business.

This all contributes to his agenda to bridge the gap between Hackney’s residents and their growing local economy. Critical to this agenda has been the Council’s award-winning in-house apprenticeship programme.

Philip is also committed to being a campaigning Mayor, standing up for Hackney’s most vulnerable residents and for local government’s important role in fighting austerity. He writes extensively on these subjects, and more recently has been part of the growing ‘new municipalism’ movement in local government.

He sees the Keep it Local approach as a key part of this movement, and has prioritised insourcing, local procurement and working with local voluntary and community organisations under his leadership.

He is the Chair of London Councils’ Grants Committee.

Jane Scullion, Deputy Leader Calderdale Council
Opening Plenary, Opening remarks

Councillor Jane Scullion was elected as Deputy Leader of Calderdale Metropolitan Council in May 2019 and is also the cabinet member responsible for Regeneration and Resources. Jane is committed to the vision for Calderdale as a place in 2024; a place which is distinctive in its landscape and history, where there is talent and enterprise and where the people are known as particularly kind and resilient. Coming back strongly from severe flooding in 2015 has demonstrated that the district and its communities have all of these qualities. The work to recover from the flooding events has created spaces for trust as well as real opportunities for partnership working.

A Scot by birth, Jane has lived in Yorkshire for thirty years and is passionate about her adopted county, although she has yet to master the accent. Before being elected as a councillor in 2016 she worked in the voluntary and public sectors and then moved into academia, teaching politics and British government at De Montfort University’s Local Governance Unit while completing a PhD on the impact of social media on councillors.

Heather Acton, Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health, Westminster Council
Panel discussion and Q & A

Heather Acton has lived in Westminster for 30 years and is currently the Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health as well as chairing the Westminster Health and Wellbeing Board.

Before becoming a councillor, she worked as a development economist for UN agencies and various other organisations for 25 years and is a qualified homeopath. Heather chaired her local amenity society before being elected to represent Hyde Park Ward in 2010.

She has held the posts of Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Parking, Deputy Cabinet Member for Children and Young People and has sat on both planning and licensing committees.

Joanna Holmes, Chief Executive, Barton Hill Settlement
Panel discussion and Q & A

Joanna Holmes worked as a nurse and in the public sector before coming to the voluntary and community sector. She has worked at Barton Hill Settlement for over 20 years, starting as a volunteer and becoming CEO more than 10 years ago.

During this time she has contributed in Bristol on many initiatives including as a Board member of Voscur, the City Funds Community Initiatives Sub Group and co creating the Social Justice Project with both Universities and other partners.

Nationally, she is an enthusiastic supporter of Locality and was its first Chair, until she stepped down in November 2017, and is now on the Keep it Local Steering Group as well as on the Board of the International Federation of Settlements.

Anna Bailey, Chairwoman of the Adults Committee, Cambridgeshire County Councillor 
Panel discussion and Q & A

Anna has been the East Cambridgeshire District Councillor for Downham Villages since 2007 and is currently Deputy Leader.  She has also been the Cambridgeshire County Councillor for Ely South since 2013 and is Chairman of the Adults Committee with portfolio responsibility for adult social care.

Anna now dedicates all her time to her two Councillor positions, but in her last employment role Anna ran her own business supporting local authorities throughout the UK with business change in adult social care, and so has worked with many different local authorities and has a long and deep understanding of the social care sector.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
In Conversation

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.

Bristol are one of two local authorities undertaking Keep it Local pilot work with Locality, alongside Bradford.

Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader, Bradford Council
In Conversation

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe was elected Leader of Bradford Council in May 2016 and Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority in August 2017. Susan is dedicated to driving forward an enterprising and socially inclusive district and region to provide growing opportunities for people and businesses at the heart of the northern economic powerhouse.

Susan is Bradford born and bred and has served as councillor for Windhill & Wrose since 2011. She became the council’s executive member for Employment, Skills and Culture in 2012, overseeing the biggest local authority jobs programme in the country – Get Bradford Working – and in 2015 she also assumed political responsibility for the delivery of Bradford’s education improvement drive.

Bradford are one of two local authorities undertaking Keep it Local pilot work with Locality, alongside Bristol.

Adam Lent, Director, New Local Government Network
In Conversation

Adam has overall responsibility for the strategic direction, impact and efficient operation of the New Local Government Network. He joined the organisation in November 2016, and recently co-authored – with Jessica Studdert – NLGN’s Community Paradigm report.