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The People's Powerhouse

The aim of the People’s Powerhouse is to build a long term movement for change that supports good and inclusive growth in the North, with a particular focus on how people are the key to growth. By harnessing the combined skills and leverage of the public sector, voluntary, community, civic leaders and business, the movement aims to give more people from diverse backgrounds the ability to influence decisions made about their communities,.

The movement formed in February 2017 in response to the lack of women participating in a conference in Manchester, drawing attention to the lack of diverse opinions and experiences represented in the Northern Powerhouse plans. A wide range of people and organisations including charities, social enterprises, local authorities, businesses and think tanks across the North are now supporting the People’s Powerhouse, and influential members of the steering group include IPPR North Director Sarah Longlands, Jo Miller, Chief Executive of Doncaster Council, former chief prosecutor Nazir Afzal OBE and Ed Cox, Director of Public Services and Communities at the RSA.

The next People’s Powerhouse Convention, ‘People are the Powerhouse’, will take place on November 20 in Bradford, bringing people together for meaningful dialogue and sharing, and showing ways that more people with a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences can influence decisions made in the North.

Speakers including Tony Walsh, Longfella; Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester; Neil McInroy, Executive Director of CLES; Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council and chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and People’s Powerhouse Chairman Edna Robinson, who is also chair of Big Life Group and Trafford Housing Trust.