Annual Conference 2012 – Programme

North East Economic Forum Annual Conference
Thursday 1st March 2012 Newcastle/Gateshead Hilton

8.45 : Registration and Coffee

9.00 : Welcome – Adam Boulton, Political Editor, Sky News and conference Chair

9.05 : Opening address – Paul Callaghan, Chair, ONE North East and Chairman, Leighton Associates

9.15 : The North East 2050 – Paul Ringham, BT Vice President, Local and Devolved Government

9.35 : Keynote address – Fiona Hyslop MSP, External Affairs Minister, Scottish Government

10.00 : Video message from the Prime Minister

Keynote address
Developing a global presence
H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming – UK Chinese Ambassador

Vote of thanks
Prof Graham Henderson CBE
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Teesside University

10.35: Coffee Break

10.50: Keynote address
Rachel Reeves MP
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury (Invited)

Vote of thanks
Councillor Paul Watson, Chair, Association of North East Councils

11.15 : Panel Discussion – How can we restructure the North East economy to succeed?

Stephen Taylor, Managing Director, Alix Partners
Sandy Anderson, Chair, Tees Valley LEP
Paul Woolston, Chair, North Eastern LEP
Sarah Green, North East Regional Director, CBI

11.45 : Keynote address – Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister of State, Communities and Local Government (invited)

Vote of thanks
Guy Opperman MP (invited)

12.30 : Lunch Chaired by Sir Ian Wrigglesworth

Keynote address
Rt Hon Lord Heseltine, Chairman, Regional Growth Fund

Vote of thanks
Mayor Linda Arkley

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