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Governance - Thursday 4th March, 6pm

In week 1, Governance, we will explore leadership and how European models, such as the Dutch, connect long term policy, place and quality,  how to deliver and maintain quality in our places, the creation and management of public and private space, and concepts of communality and conviviality.

The Rose Bowl
Leeds Metropolitan University
Portland Crescent
Leeds, LS1 3HB

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Chair

Jan Anderson - Yorkshire Forward

Speakers

1 - Martin Wainwright - The Guardian

2 - Anna Minton - Author

3 - Ruwan Aluvihare - Amsterdam City Council

4 - John Thompson - John Thompson & Partners

Week 1

About the speakers in week 1:

Chair

Jan Anderson - Yorkshire Forward

Executive Director of Environment

Jan was appointed Executive Director of Yorkshire Forward's Environment directorate in March 2004, a role that covers Yorkshire Forward's intervention in the property market, the rural economy, sustainable development issues and urban renaissance agenda.

Prior to this she was seconded from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to the South East England Development Agency as Head of Urban Renaissance and Policy where she was responsible for developing and implementing renaissance policies and strategy that focused on priority areas within the Regional Economic Strategy. From July 2003, to March 2004, Jan was seconded back to ODPM for two days per week as Head of the Secretariat, supporting Sir John Egan on the 'Egan Review of Skills' commissioned by the Deputy Prime Minister.

Between 1992 and 1997 Jan was Head of the London Docklands Development Corporation sponsorship team within the Department of the Environment and Government Office for London. In 1997 she was appointed as Director of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations for the Dome's New Millennium Experience Company where she advised on public sector accountability and propriety issues, worked on operational strategies, business plans and dealt directly with Ministers on Parliamentary Questions and Select Committee Inquiries.

She then became Head of Towns & Cities, Urban Regeneration Companies, Millennium Communities, Town Centre Management and Fiscal Incentives teams within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Urban Policy Unit. Here she was closely involved in the discussions and negotiations with DTI and Yorkshire Forward that led to the approval for the establishment of Bradford and Hull URC's.

Speakers

1 - Martin Wainwright - The Guardian

I've been Northern Editor of the Guardian since 1995. I broadcast regularly on radio and TV and have written a dozen books on country diarists, Alfred Wainwright, the Coast to Coast Walk, histories of April Fool's Day, the Morris Minor and the Mini and most recently True North - in Praise of England's Better Half. I was also part of the team which produced Leeds - Shaping the City for RIBA Publications last year. I was born in Leeds and have been involved with the city all my life (60 this May) including previous 4x4s in which my younger son Olly developed some of the opinions he now expresses as a final year architecture student at the RCA in London. He also enlightened us about the design merits of the former West Riding, now Leeds, comprehensive which he and his brother attended, Benton Park. I chaired the National Lottery Charities Board in Yorkshire and the Humber 1995-1999 and was given an MBE in 2000 for widening access to Lottery money and trialling ways of opening the decision-making process beyond the traditional quango model. I live in Rawdon with my wife Penny, a freelance writer and trustee of the Hepworth Wakefield and our older son Tom is Central America bureau chief for the Economist. Older participants may remember my Dad Richard Wainwright, Liberal MP for Colne Valley 1966-70 and 1974(Feb) - 1987, whose role in maintaining the amazing delphinium garden started by my grandfather in Adel (and, we hope, due to be transplanted in some form to central Leeds), I've just described in With Abundance and Variety, a collection of essays published this month by the Yorkshire Gardens Trust.

2 - Anna Minton - Author

Anna Minton is a writer and journalist and the author of ‘Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the 21st Century City’, published by Penguin. She is also the author of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Viewpoint on fear and distrust and a member of the writers' panel for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. She appears regularly on television and radio and is a contributor to The Guardian and the New Statesman.

 The idea for 'Ground Control' emerged from a series of three agenda setting reports. The first focused on gated communities and ghettoes in the US, questioning to what extent these trends are emerging in the UK. The second, 'Northern Soul', looked at polarisation and culture in one British city, Newcastle, and the third, 'What kind of World Are We Building?' investigated the growing privatisation of public space. More details available at: www.annaminton.com

3 - Ruwan Aluvihare - Amsterdam City Council

Landscape architect

1991 to present Dienst Ruimtelijke Ordening Amsterdam (Physical planning dept. Amsterdam)

Present function – Senior chief urban designer / Chief landscape architect

1988 –1990 Chief designer, dept. of projects, Borough of Amsterdam north

1982 –1988 Designer, dept. of projects, Borough of Amsterdam north 

1982 –1983 Designer, Parks dept. Public Works service, Amsterdam

4 - John Thompson - John Thompson & Partners

Founder Chairman, The Academy of Urbanism

Chairman, John Thompson & Partners

 John Thompson is the Founder Chairman of The Academy of Urbanism and Chairman of John Thompson & Partners, one of Europe’s leading firms of architects and urbanists. In the 1980s he pioneered the use of Community Planning in the United Kingdom as a tool for engaging local people in the design of their own neighbourhoods and has subsequently led a series of seminal projects that have simultaneously delivered physical, social and economic change.

 John was formerly Chairman of the RIBA Urbanism and Planning Group and a founder member of The Urban Villages Forum and is currently a member of Yorkshire Forward’s Urban and Rural Renaissance Panels.

 John has undertaken masterplanning and urban design projects in towns and cities throughout the UK and Europe and is currently designing a series of new settlements in England, Scotland, Iceland and the Moscow City Region.