The National Rural Conference 2024

The Rural Services Network (RSN) is thrilled to announce the National Rural Conference 2024, taking place from 16th to 19th September. This virtual event, accessible via Zoom, is the premier gathering for senior officers, members, policymakers, and rural service professionals.
Further information and booking details can be found here

The National Rural Conference 2021

Please note that bookings for the National Rural Conference 2021 are now closed.

Welcome to our annual rural conference, the rural event of the year for those delivering services in rural areas and supporting the wellbeing of our rural businesses and communities

We welcome expert speakers to share their experiences with delegates and to stimulate lively debate!

After years of underfunding and policy implementation designed for urban areas rather than targeted at their needs, it is vital that rural areas are finally given the opportunity to level up and realise their full potential.

This conference is only available to members of the Rural Services Network.

The conference session will take place over the course of the week, with each day focusing on a different topic critical for rural areas.

The National Rural Conference 2021 is kindly supported by:

The National Rural Conference 2021 is kindly sponsored by:

Conference Schedule:

Monday 13th September
10:00 - 12:00
Digital Connectivity Session
13:30 - 14:30
An Audience with Rt Hon Lord Benyon

The Rt Hon Lord Benyon, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
(Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity)

- View The Rt Hon Lord Benyon's biography here

Tuesday 14th September
Supported by NICRE
10:00 - 12:00
Rural Economy Session
Wednesday 15th September
10:00 - 12:00
Rural Health and Care Session
13:30 - 14:30
Challenges Facing Young People in Rural Areas

Panel Discussion:

Thursday 16th September
10:00 - 12:00
Rural Affordable Housing Session
13:30 - 14:30
Systematic Neglect of Rural Communities

Graham Biggs MBE, Chief Executive & Kerry Booth, Assistant Chief Executive, Rural Services Network
- View Graham Biggs' biography here
- View Kerry Booth's biography here

Friday 17th September
10:00 - 12:00
Rural Transport and Decarbonisation Session


Feedback from last year's conference:

“It’s very important that there is somewhere where organisations with a commitment to rural can showcase their achievements and discuss the difficulties facing rural areas.”
- Sue Southwell, Somerset West and Taunton Council

“The RSN Conference being held online meant I could attend without leaving the house, and I gained hugely from the experience to listen to several speakers on issues affecting rural communities. My Council would not have been able to afford for me to attend in person so keep these learning, networking and strategic setting opportunities more accessible.”
- Cllr Liz Withington, North Norfolk District Council


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