The Leaders’ Summit

Rebuilding Britain, lessons and opportunities from Coventry

Friday 9th July, 2pm – 6pm

The Leaders' Summit on Friday 9th July brought together leaders from across Britain who would not normally meet; it was very much a working day to hear powerful insights and analysis and to start pulling together the core principles of how to make post-Covid recovery a catalyst for healthier and cleaner growth and rebuilding Britain

Leaders’ Summit Programme

Rebuilding Britain – lessons and opportunities from and for Coventry

Themes

  • Showcase how this extraordinary city cluster can deliver for the UK in its key growth sectors;  green growth, healthy growth, creative growth and interconnectivity
  • Provide examples of best practice from across the UK in growth, sustainability and regeneration
  • Rooted strongly in place: Coventry and its hinterland: its past, present and promise for the future

What’s On

Hosted by Jo Phillips with a welcome from Paul Goldsmith, Big Tent Trustee

 

Keynotes

The Rt. Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Rt. Hon Liam Byrne MP, former Minister for the Cabinet Office

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands

Taiwo Owatemi MP, MP for Coventry North West

Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive, Coventry City of Culture Trust

 

Coventry Cultural Leaders

Tyler Campbell, Producer and Founder of Fridays Coventry

Cory Barrett, Creative and Director of CBGB Creative Industries

Melissa Smith, Community Organiser and Creative – Co-founder of Street Art Strategy

Laura Nyahuye – Artist, Creative Visionary, Founder of Maokwo arts organisation 

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Breakouts

Round Table discussion: How do we grow?

These were free flowing, facilitated roundtable discussions on the implications of the related theme for the Coventry, the Midlands and the UK as a whole.  It was led by participants and considered issues such as the opportunities and challenges locally and regionally, the business framework and how Britain can take advantage to drive regeneration, and the type of policy reforms necessary to drive growth.

Themes

Green Growth

Chaired by Stephen Kinnock MP, Provocateurs: Siraj Shaikh and Sam Alvis

Healthy Growth

Chaired by George Freeman MP, Provocateurs: Jess Phillips and Dr Nik Johnson

Creative and Inclusive Growth

Chaired by Margot James, Executive Chair, WMG, University of Warwick, Provocateur: Martin Sutherland

Global connectivity

Chaired by Eleanor Hevey, UK Advocacy Director, Eleanor Crook Foundation, Provocateur: Nadhim Zahawi MP

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Lessons learned and ways forward

Response to the day by:  Stephen Kinnock (on behalf of Radix) and George Freeman (Founder of Big Tent)  

Speakers

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

Kwasi is the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Spelthorne since 2010.

Kwasi is the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Spelthorne since 2010.

Born in London in 1975, Kwasi has a BA and PhD in History from Cambridge. Prior to entering Parliament, Kwasi worked as a financial analyst and author. Since being elected, Kwasi has served on a number of Select Committees and has served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Leader of the House of Lords and the Chancellor of the Exchequer as well as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Exiting the European Union.

In July 2019 he was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Kwasi has consistently supported local enterprise and regularly calls for business-friendly reforms in Parliament. To find the local entrepreneurs of tomorrow, he launched the Spelthorne Business Plan Competition in 2013. The competition has run successfully every year since.

Shadow Minister, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Stephen Kinnock MP

Stephen Kinnock is the Labour MP for Aberavon.

Stephen Kinnock is the Labour MP for Aberavon. He was born in Tredegar in 1970, and has kept strong and continuing links to South Wales throughout his life. He joined the Labour Party when he was 15 and is a proud member of Community trade union and the Co-operative Party.

Born in London in 1975, Kwasi has a BA and PhD in History from Cambridge. Prior to entering Parliament, Kwasi worked as a financial analyst and author. Since being elected, Kwasi has served on a number of Select Committees and has served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Leader of the House of Lords and the Chancellor of the Exchequer as well as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Exiting the European Union.

In July 2019 he was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Kwasi has consistently supported local enterprise and regularly calls for business-friendly reforms in Parliament. To find the local entrepreneurs of tomorrow, he launched the Spelthorne Business Plan Competition in 2013. The competition has run successfully every year since.

Producer and Founder, Fridays Coventry

Tyler Campbell

Tyler Campbell is a 20-year-old Coventry entrepreneur full of ideas and creativity. Last year Tyler responded to the spate of knife crime in the city by founding Fridays - a young person’s youth club and entertainment space providing support to young people within schools and community centres offering them an alternative to anti- social behaviour.

Tyler Campbell is a 20-year-old Coventry entrepreneur full of ideas and creativity. Last year Tyler responded to the spate of knife crime in the city by founding Fridays - a young person’s youth club and entertainment space providing support to young people within schools and community centres offering them an alternative to anti- social behaviour.
He has interacted with over 500 young people and over 13,000 via social media. Within months of setting up with the help of the Princes Trust, Tyler was nominated as a young entrepreneur of the year. Tyler was also asked to speak at the annual police crime summit and continues to make local and national news headlines. Tyler aims to set up a Friday’s in every city in the country.
Tyler wants to see young people given more opportunities to unlock their potential in whatever they want to be and become. He wants to see more young entrepreneurs that can be encouraged to chase their dreams.
Chief Executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust

Martin Sutherland

Martin is Chief Executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust and has been leading the team since 2018, having previously been Chief Executive of Royal & Derngate Theatres in Northampton and a theatre producer, working across the UK and internationally.

Martin is Chief Executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust and has been leading the team since 2018, having previously been Chief Executive of Royal & Derngate Theatres in Northampton and a theatre producer, working across the UK and internationally. In 2019 he was invited by Andy Street to establish a new Cultural Leadership Board for the West Midlands Combined Authority, and has Chaired this since 2020
UK Advocacy Director, Eleanor Crook Foundation

Eleanor Hevey

Eleanor Hevey joined the Eleanor Crook Foundation in February 2021 as the UK Advocacy Director. Eleanor has more than 15 years’ experience as a senior advocate and strategist for leading multilateral and non-profit organizations.

Eleanor Hevey joined the Eleanor Crook Foundation in February 2021 as the UK Advocacy Director. Eleanor has more than 15 years’ experience as a senior advocate and strategist for leading multilateral and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining ECF, she served as the Head of Humanitarian Policy at the British Red Cross, leading policy, research and advocacy on international issues including food insecurity and famine prevention. She also served as the Head of Health and Resilience, leading domestic policy and thought-leadership on public health and major emergencies. Eleanor led international policy for UNICEF Canada and managed stakeholder relations for the Sick Kids Centre for Global Health, working on issues including global child health and nutrition, child protection and financing for global education. She is an accomplished advocate in multilateral processes and negotiations, including the Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Compact for Safe Migration, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the Convention on Cluster Munitions, among others. She has played an instrumental role in building coalitions and leading successful G7 and UNGA campaigns. She is passionate about multi stakeholder initiatives and has led a range of innovative finance and private-sector partnerships. Eleanor holds a BA in International Development Economics from UEA (Norwich, UK), and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Innovation from Harvard. She is currently completing an Executive MBA at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School and is the recipient of the 30% Club Oxford Women’s Scholarship.
MP for Stratford on Avon, Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment / Minister for Business & Industry

Nadhim Zahawi MP

In November 2020, Nadhim was made Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment.

Nadhim was born in Baghdad to Kurdish parents in 1967. Under threat of persecution from Saddam Hussein’s regime, his family immigrated to the UK when he was 9. In 2000 he founded YouGov, a leading market research company and floated the company on the London Stock Exchange in 2005. In January 2010 he stood down from YouGov to run for election as Member of Parliament for Stratford-on-Avon.

In 2011 he co-authored Masters of Nothing with fellow MP Matt Hancock. In January 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Nadhim as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families at the Department for Education. He held this position until July 2019 when he was appointed by Boris Johnson as Minister for Business and Industry at BEIS. In November 2020, Nadhim was also made Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment.

MP for Coventry North West

Taiwo Owatemi MP

Taiwo Owatemi MP was elected to represent Coventry North West in 2019.

Taiwo Owatemi MP was elected to represent Coventry North West in 2019. Since then, she has held a variety of positions in Parliament, including the Private Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Home Office, Chair of the Turing (formerly Erasmus +) All Party Parliamentary Group, is vice chair of the Knife Crime All Party Parliamentary Group sits on the International Trade Select Committee and the Health & Social Care Committee. Taiwo is also the Opposition Whip.

Prior to her election, Ms. Owatemi served in the NHS as a Senior Oncology Pharmacist at a Cancer Unit within Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust. She holds a Masters of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kent.

West Midlands Mayor

Andy Street

Before becoming Mayor, Andy combined a career at John Lewis, Britain’s most successful workers’ co-operative, with a host of high-profile economic development roles, working with local and national government.

Before becoming Mayor, Andy combined a career at John Lewis, Britain’s most successful workers’ co-operative, with a host of high-profile economic development roles, working with local and national government.

Starting on the John Lewis graduate scheme, Andy rose through the ranks to become managing director, overseeing one of the most successful periods in the company’s history.

He was also chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) between 2011 and 2016, helping to build the relationships that have underpinned the economic growth of the region.

Additionally, he has been lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

Outside of work, Andy is passionate about the arts, particularly in the West Midlands, having previously served as vice chairman of Performances Birmingham Limited, which is responsible for running the city’s Symphony and Town Halls.

In June 2015, Andy was awarded the CBE for services to the national economy. He was named ‘Most Admired Leader’ by business magazine, Management Today in 2014 and received the ‘President’s award’ from the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce for his work in the region. He holds three honorary degrees from Birmingham City University, Aston University and the University of Birmingham.

Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding

Jess Phillips MP

Jess Phillips is a Labour Party politician who became the MP for the constituency of Birmingham Yardley at the 2015 general election.

Jess Phillips is a Labour Party politician who became the MP for the constituency of Birmingham Yardley at the 2015 general election.
Jess has committed her life to improving the lives of others, especially the most vulnerable. Before becoming an MP, Jess worked for Women’s Aid in the West Midlands developing services for victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence, human trafficking and exploitation. She became a councillor in 2012, in this role she worked tirelessly to support residents, with her work being recognised when she became Birmingham's first ever Victims Champion.
Since becoming an MP, Jess has continued her fight to support those who need it the most and has earned a reputation for plain speaking since being elected, unfazed by threats and calling out sexist attitudes as she promotes women’s rights.
Jess has written two bestselling books ‘Everywoman One Woman’s Truth About Speaking The Truth’ and ‘Truth to Power: 7 Ways to Call Time on BS’. Both books reflect her commitment to speaking up and having the courage to have your voice heard and make a difference.
Former Minister for Life Science in the Coalition Gov, Chair of the Prime Ministers Policy Board & Minister of State for Decarbonisation and Digitisation at DfT, he left the front bench in 2020 to focus on the politics of regeneration & renewal.
Founder, Big Tent Foundation

George Freeman MP

Founder of the civic renewal campaigns MindTheGap! (2002) and PositivePolitics (2004), before his election to Parliament in 2010 after a 15 year career helping launch, finance & manage high growth start-ups in in technology venture capital, George founded Big Tent in 2017 as an antidote to the divisive partisan politics.

Founder of the civic renewal campaigns MindTheGap! (2002) and PositivePolitics (2004), before his election to Parliament in 2010 after a 15 year career helping launch, finance & manage high growth start-ups in in technology venture capital, George founded Big Tent in 2017 as an antidote to the divisive partisan politics.

Former Minister for Life Science in the Coalition Gov, Chair of the Prime Ministers Policy Board & Minister of State for Decarbonisation and Digitisation at DfT, he left the front bench in 2020 to focus on the politics of regeneration & renewal.

Artist, founder and creative visionary

Laura Nyahuye

Laura Nyahuye, was born and raised in Zimbabwe and migrated to Coventry. She is an artist, a creative visionary, a generational thinker and founder of MAOKWO, an arts organisation.

Laura Nyahuye, was born and raised in Zimbabwe and migrated to Coventry. She is an artist, a creative visionary, a generational thinker and founder of MAOKWO, an arts organisation. Laura designs and makes unique handcrafted wearable body adornments. Her work addresses social issues such as lack of inclusion in the arts sector for artists of colour.
Tokenism and tick box exercises are real life issues, affecting marginalised communities daily, you will find these topics woven into Laura’s poetic writing and her handmade body adornments. Women’s issues and migration are subjects that Laura is very passionate about. Her work challenges perceptions and provokes human beings’ habitual thought patterns concerning other people.
For centuries, body adornments have been used to define cultural, social, or religious status in various communities. As a practicing artist as well as a CEO at Maokwo, Laura has worked with various organisations in and outside Coventry including Counterpointarts, Belgrade Theatre, CRMC, Theatre Absolute, Talking Birds, Coventry City of Culture Trust.
As Laura hand weaves her body adornments, she is weaving a message about Hope, Love and Freedom. Laura’s work is driven by the conviction that art and creativity are tools that help us to see past race, class, age and create a better now, a better future.
Head of Green Renewal at Green Alliance

Sam Alvis

Sam is head of Green Renewal at Green Alliance, leading their work on a sustainable economy. He is also a member of Chatham House’s Panel of Young Advisors, advising on youth strategy and climate.

Sam is head of Green Renewal at Green Alliance, leading their work on a sustainable economy. He is also a member of Chatham House’s Panel of Young Advisors, advising on youth strategy and climate. Before joining Green Alliance Sam was a Senior Advisor to Tony Blair, as well as lead on Brexit and Industrial Strategy for the Wellcome Trust. Prior to this, he worked for the Shadow Treasury team in Parliament. Outside of work Sam is a school governor in Camden, Bristol Museum’s trustee and mentor with the Social Mobility Foundation. He tweets @SamAlvis2
Award winning journalist and former political advisor

Jo Phillips

Jo Phillips is an award winning journalist, a former political advisor and a regular political commentator on national and international TV and radio.

Jo Phillips is an award winning journalist, a former political advisor and a regular political commentator on national and international TV and radio.

She was Head of Strategic Business Development at Lambeth Council, is an independent member of the Windrush Day Grants Advisory Panel, co-author of Why Vote and Why Join a Trade Union, a judge for the national schools Debating Matters programme and a contributor to events, seminars and publications particularly relevant to local democracy, community engagement and media.

She has worked across the public and private sectors in communications, strategy and crisis management.

Executive Chair, WMG, University of Warwick

Margot James

Margot James has had a wide ranging career which has spanned working for the UK Government and as a business woman. Both in business and government Margot has championed the need to expand opportunities for diverse groups of young people.

Margot James has had a wide ranging career which has spanned working for the UK Government and as a business woman. Both in business and government Margot has championed the need to expand opportunities for diverse groups of young people.

Margot served as Minister of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with responsibility for Digital, Telecoms and the Creative Industries, piloting the Data Protection Bill through Parliament, incorporating GDPR into UK law. Previously she served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with responsibility for small businesses, consumers and corporate governance, including labour markets.

Margot co-founded Shire Health Group and led its growth to over 100 staff, having created a market for industry sponsored public health campaigns. She led the successful transitioning of Shire Health Group to the multinational WPP in 2000.

She served on the Europe, Middle East and Africa Board of Ogilvy Mather, leading European healthcare programmes.

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hodge Hill

Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP

The Rt Hon. Liam Byrne MP is the Shadow Mayor for the West Midlands, MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, Chair of the Global Parliamentary Network of the IMF & World Bank, and Gwilym Gibbon Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.

The Rt Hon. Liam Byrne MP is the Shadow Mayor for the West Midlands, MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, Chair of the Global Parliamentary Network of the IMF & World Bank, and Gwilym Gibbon Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.

A former Cabinet minister, Liam undertook some of the toughest jobs in the last Labour Government at the Home Office, in 10 Downing Street where as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, he coordinated cross-government programmes to combat the Great Financial Crisis, and in Her Majesty’s Treasury where, as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, he designed Labour’s fiscal consolidation strategy. In Opposition, Liam served in a number of frontbench positions, chaired Labour’s Policy Review, founded and chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth, and served on the Council of Europe.

A former Fulbright scholar at the Harvard Business School, Liam has written twenty books, chapters and pamphlets about economic history, development and foreign affairs. His history of British capitalism Dragons: Ten Entrepreneurs Who Built Britain was published in 2016. He is also the author of Black Flag Down: Counter Extremism, Defeating ISIS and Winning the Battle of Ideas; and Turning to Face the East: How Britain Prospers in the Asian Century. Liam is one of Westminster’s leading authorities on China. He helped kickstart the Economic & Finance Dialogue, co-founded the UK-China Young Leader’s Roundtable, and helps anchor the UK-China Leadership for the Future Forum.

Community organiser and creative, co-founder of Street Art Strategy

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith is an illustrator, live scribe, community organiser, city of culture leader and co-founder of Street Art Strategy.

Melissa Smith is an illustrator, live scribe, community organiser, city of culture leader and co-founder of Street Art Strategy. Melissa's passion for the healing benefits of creativity is the driving force of her creative work - she believes that getting creative and being involved with community activity can be life changing for people and wants to ensure that others can have opportunities to explore their own journey into creativity. As a co-founder of Street Art Strategy Melissa is working alongside City of Culture & Coventry BID to bring to life the In Paint We Trust programme for Coventry's year of culture.
Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Dr Nik Johnson

On May 10 2021 Dr Nik Johnson was elected mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

Originally from the North East of England, Dr Nik Johnson trained at St. George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London and qualified in 1993. He was appointed as a Consultant Paediatrician at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in 2006.
Outside of work, he is proud to be the Patron of Eddies – a local charity supporting people with learning disabilities in Cambridgeshire. He also enjoys watching his children take part in sport and drama activities.
He was elected as district councillor for St Neots East in 2018 – the first Labour councillor in the town for two decades – and sat on Huntingdonshire District council’s planning committee.
On May 10 2021 he was elected mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.
He lives near St Neots with his wife, who is a fellow doctor, and three children.
Director and Creative

Cory Barrett

At the age of 16, Cory Barrett began his career training as a part- time sales assistant in Coventry, whilst completing his Diploma in Graphic Design. During this time, he found a love of clothes, styling, window dressing and ultimately visual merchandising.

At the age of 16, Cory Barrett began his career training as a part- time sales assistant in Coventry, whilst completing his Diploma in Graphic Design. During this time, he found a love of clothes, styling, window dressing and ultimately visual merchandising.
Cory dedicated his time to the craft of visual merchandising through a series of high profile moves - including Director-level roles at Tiffany and Gap in New York, as well as managerial roles at Bally, COS, and Liberty in London. His passion has seen him travel the world, gaining inspiration from new cultures and people, as well as developing the skills needed to set up his own company in 2018 CBGC Creative Industries
Besides his creative and brand work, this dedication to supporting emerging talent has seen Cory lecture at Brooklyn College, Coventry University, BCU, Fashion Retail Academy and more recently at the Sarabande Foundation by Alexander McQueen.
Professor of Systems Security, Director of Research, Institute for Future Transport and Cities (IFTC)

Siraj Ahmed Shaikh

Siraj Shaikh is a Professor of Systems Security at Coventry University, where he is also the Director of Research for the Institute for Future Transport and Cities (IFTC). He is interested in transport security and the narrative of risk.

Siraj Shaikh is a Professor of Systems Security at Coventry University, where he is also the Director of Research for the Institute for Future Transport and Cities (IFTC). He is interested in transport security and the narrative of risk. Siraj is also an entrepreneur, having co-founded CyberOwl that provides threat monitoring for the maritime sector across the world. Having been embedded in West Midlands for over a decade now, he is very interested in Coventry’s identity and heritage.