Leadership Forum 2019

National change, local focus. Connecting our digital future.
15th & 16th January, Manchester Deansgate Hilton

28th November 2018

National change, local focus. Connecting our digital future

Join us on 15th and 16th January 2019 in Manchester to hear from experts and peers on the challenges facing the public sector in 2019 and how national change will impact at a local level and what this means for our digital futures.

The Forum will start on 15th with a drinks reception and dinner in Cloud23 – the restaurant on the 23rd floor.

On 16th, there will be an economy briefing session, followed by the first discussion group of the day. Then in the Civica Exchange plenary session you’ll hear from well-known commentator Rob Whiteman who will give a commentary on the changing landscape for public service provision as we start 2019. Then our expert keynote speaker Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE, scientist, author and broadcaster, who will speak on the topic "National change, local focus – Connecting our digital future".

The keynote will be followed by a panel debate: Embracing digital disruption to deliver improved local outcomes. After the plenary session a networking lunch will take place in Cloud23.

In the afternoon, there will be a series of roundtable discussions on key themes, chaired by industry experts that will address key issues and topics. You can find details of the proposed themes here.

There will be plenty of time and opportunities to network and connect with more than 40 leaders from across the public sector during the Forum. Your hosts will be Wayne Story, our CEO and other key members of our Executive Leadership Team.

This event is specifically for public sector executives and is invitation only.

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Leadership Forum is a great concept. The value is in the mix of the participants from across the public and private sector to inform the topics, the debate and networking."



Can I bring a colleague?
Attendance is by invite only. If you are unable to attend and would like to nominate a colleague to attend in your place, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate this.

Can you pay for my transport to the event?
Yes we are able to make travel bookings on your behalf. You must let us know your requirements (times, dates, station/airport names etc.) before the event so we can purchase tickets for you. 

Is there car parking at the hotel?
The NCP Manchester Central is adjacent to the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel.

When should I arrive and depart?
Please ensure you arrive for a 18:00 start on Tuesday 15th January. The event will run until 16:00 on the 16th January.

How do I book my accommodation?
Once you've registered we'll be in touch to ask about your accommodation and other requirements. If you haven't heard from us, please let us know.

When is check in and check out from the hotel?
Check in is from 15:00 on the day of arrival and check out is by 12:00 on the day of departure (luggage storage is available). It is advised that you check out prior to the start of the meeting on Wednesday. Any late check out charges incurred must be paid for by the individual upon departure and will not be reimbursed by Civica.

What are the arrangements for checkout?
Please leave your luggage with concierge who will store your luggage securely until departure. Do not bring luggage into the meeting, you may be asked to remove it.

Do I need to pay for my own hotel bedroom and incidentals?
Overnight accommodation on Tuesday 15th January will be provided for delegates free of charge. Dinner will be provided on 15th and breakfast on 16th January. You will, however, be responsible for covering the cost of any incidentals e.g. minibar, and may be expected to provide a credit card when checking-in to guarantee payment of any incidentals.

Do I need to contact the hotel directly to book additional nights?
Depending on your circumstances, we can book additional nights on your behalf. Please contact us with details of your requirement.

What are the evening arrangements?
The Civica team will be hosting a drinks receptions and dinner on the evening of 15th January. Meet in Cloud23 bar which is only accessible via the lift next to reception (ground floor).

How do I select the roundtable sessions I’d like to attend?
Once you've registered we'll be in touch to ask you about your preferred roundtable themes. We’ll do our best to meet your first choice preferences however this is not always possible as it depends on the popularity of the sessions.

When will I know which sessions I’m attending?
We’ll share your personalised agenda with you the week prior to the Forum.

What is the dress code?
Business wear.

How do I get to the hotel from the airport?
From Manchester International Airport: The hotel operates a free shuttle service from Manchester Airport Terminals and Manchester Airport Train Station.

Shuttle Information from Manchester Airport:
Terminal 1 – Bus stop D, outside of arrivals to the left.
Terminal 2 – Bus stop F, outside of arrivals to the left.
Terminal 3 – Bus Stop 23, outside of arrivals to the left.
Train Station: Bus stop next to Taxi Rank outside of the Train/Tram/Bus Station. The airport and train shuttle operates 24 Hours.

To request a bus from these locations, please dial 3084 /Hilton Option from any of the courtesy phones at information points at each terminals arrivals and near the exit to taxi rank from the train terminal. A taxi will cost approx. £20.

Can you cater for specific dietary requirements?
Yes. Once you've registered we'll be in touch to ask you about your dietary and other requirements. If you haven't heard from us please let us know.

What is the address of the hotel?
Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel, 303 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LQ

Do I need to pick up a badge when I arrive?
Badges must be worn at all times, and should be collected from the Civica Exchange registration desk upon arrival. The registration desk will be open from 3pm on Tuesday 15th January.

How do I modify my preferences?
If you would like to modify your booking, please contact us: leadershipforum@civica.co.uk.