Lockdown 3.0

We are still here at the RSN for all of our customers and partners. We remain working from home, ready to support you all to ensure that the rural voice is heard at a national level. We'd love to hear from you if you have any queries or want to get in touch admin@sparse.gov.uk

The National Rural Conference 2020

The Rural Services Network is delighted to welcome you to the online National Rural Conference 2020!  With sessions spread out over the course of the week, the format may be different but delegates will still be able to benefit from the usual wide range of expert speakers, with 'plenary' session and 'workshop style seminar' sessions and a range of other material and podcasts which will be made available during the week. 

Days are themed and you can book just one session that interests you, or as many as you wish!  For this year, we are limiting attendance at the conference to organisations that are members of the RSN.  If your council, or organisation is a member, you are entitled to FREE ACCESS to all of the sessions below with expert speakers.

Details on how to access each online event will be emailed to those that booked to attend closer to the date of each event.

IF YOU HAVE BOOKED ONTO A SESSION BUT HAVE NOT RECIEVED JOINING INSTRUCTIONS 2 DAYS BEFORE YOUR SESSION, PLEASE CONTACT events@sparse.gov.uk ADVISING OF THE SESSION THAT YOU HAVE BOOKED AND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.

The National Rural Conference 2020 is kindly supported by:

The National Rural Conference 2020 is kindly sponsored by:

Click on each sponsors logo to find out more about the work they do to support rural communities.

WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL RURAL CONFERENCE 2020:

Welcome and Introduction from Philip Dunne MP and Lord Foster of Bath:

Philip Dunne MP:

This video can be viewed here

→ View Philip Dunne's biography here

Lord Foster of Bath:

This video can be viewed here

→ View Lord Foster's biography here

THE 2020 NATIONAL RURAL CONFERENCE WEEK:

10AM
Economy Plenary Session
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- Professor Janet Dwyer (Professor of Rural Policy and Director of CCRI)
Planning for recession and recovery: re-thinking the innovation agenda

→ View Professor Janet Dwyer's biography here


- Nigel Wilcock (Executive Director of Institute of Economic Development)

Launch of Rural Opportunities Toolkit

→ View Nigel Wilcock's biography here

AGENDA HERE
2PM
Economy Seminar Session
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- Professor Sally Shortall - Duke of Northumberland Chair of Rural Economy Professor at the University of Newcastle
Reflections on the future direction for the rural economy

→ View Sally Shortall's biography here


- Alan Menzies - Director of Planning and Economic Regeneration at East Riding Council
Revitalising Rural

→ View Alan Menzies' biography here

AGENDA HERE
FEATURE
Feature on Rural Economy provided by Green Energy UK

- Doug Stewart - Founder and CEO of Green Energy UK
Net Zero; A journey not a destination

→ View Doug Stewart's biography here

VIEW HERE


10AM
Connectivity Plenary
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- Ben Colson MBE (Chair of Bus Users UK)
Facts and Myths that help point the way forward for rural transport

→ View Ben Colson's biography here


- Gareth Elliott (Head of Policy and Communications, Mobile UK)
Improving Rural Connectivity: The Shared Rural Network

→ View Gareth Elliott's biography here

AGENDA
HERE
FEATURE
Feature on Rural Connectivity provided by NALC

- Cllr Sue Baxter (NALC Chairman) & Jonathan Owen (NALC Chief Executive)
Devolution, digital development and desires for a restructure

→ View Cllr Sue Baxter's and Jonathan Owen's biographies here

VIEW HERE


10AM
Housing Plenary Session
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- Ursula Bennion (Chair of National Rural Housing Alliance)
Working Across Housing, Health & Social Care

→ View Ursula Bennion's biography here


- Martin Collett - (Chief Executive of English Rural)

→ View Martin Collett's biography here

AGENDA
HERE
2PM
Housing Seminar Session
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The Lord Best OBE DL

View The Lord Best's biography here

Tom Chance - Joint CEO (National Community Land Trust Network)
Community Led Housing in rural England and Wales

→ View Tom Chance's biography here

AGENDA
HERE
PODCAST
Discussing housing needs in rural communities with Andy Dean, Assistant Director at the Rural Services Network

View Here
FEATURE
Feature on Rural Housing provided by English Rural

- Martin Collett - (Chief Executive of English Rural)

→ View Martin Collett's biography here

VIEW HERE


10AM
Environment Plenary
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Phil Brennan - Head of APSE ENERGY (Association for Public Service Excellence)
Assets, carbon and engagement – a role for local authorities

→ View Phil Brennan's biography here


- David Cope (Countryside Climate Network Coordinator, UK100)
Countryside Climate Network, putting the rural voice into climate action

 

→ View David Cope's biography here

AGENDA
HERE
FEATURE
Feature on Rural Environment by Green Energy UK

- Doug Stewart - Founder and CEO of Green Energy UK
Net Zero; A journey not a destination

→ View Doug Stewart's biography here

VIEW HERE


10AM
Health & Wellbeing Plenary Session
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- Professor Sian M. Griffiths OBE, JP FFPH
Revitalise Rural : the challenges for rural health through the CoVid lens

View Professor Sian M. Griffiths' biography here

AGENDA HERE
2PM
Health & Wellbeing Seminar Session
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- Dr Debbie Freake - Director of Integration at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Rural Health Care: An Acute Perspective

View Dr Debbie Freake's biography here


- Michelle Howard - Assistant Director of Housing and Wellbeing, at East Lindsey District Council and Boston Borough Council
The Towns Fund and place based approaches to health and well-being – the Campus for Future Living – our plans for a national exemplar

Biography to follow

AGENDA HERE
PODCAST
The Rural Services Network meets Hannah Worth, Director for Tackling Inactivity at Active Devon

VIEW HERE
FEATURE
Feature on Rural Health & Wellbeing

Ivan Annibal - Managing Director of Rose Regeneration and Director of Operations at the National Centre for Rural Health and Care
Focus on National Centre for Rural Health and Care and update on APPG on Rural Health and Social Care

View Ivan Annibal's biography here

VIEW HERE


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