Local authorities: curating places of innovation

DATE: 20 July, 2021

LOCATION: Online Webinar

START TIME: 10:00 am END TIME: 11:30 am

Over the past twenty years some 100 places in the UK have attempted to build an innovation node or hub, but only about ten of them have achieved real scale and maturity. By contrast, in the Northwest corridor of the US Eastern Seaboard, with a population of 50 million, about 20 locations have become scaled up innovation hubs.

This event will seek to explore the role that local government can play in helping create the right conditions for these hubs to develop and flourish and thereby capture the potential benefits.

This event is for Local authorities and central government, please apply to attend.

Mayor Joanne Anderson

Mayor Joanne Anderson


Liverpool City Council

At 19, Mayor Joanne was voted in as shop steward in a male-dominated workplace. Active in the Transport and General Workers Union, Mayor Joanne held several positions within the Black and
Minority Ethnic (BAME) structures, Women’s and Young Members forums as well as a member of the TUC Race Relations Committee.
Mayor Joanne was elected as Liverpool’s first female Mayor in May 2021, after serving as a councillor for Princes Park ward for two years. She is proud to be the first black woman to be directly elected as a Mayor in the UK. She strongly believes Liverpool’s City Plan will help build a better, fairer city for all. She is committed in particular to empowering communities and promoting equalities. She is passionate about delivering the ‘All Voices’ pledge and ensuring that everyone is given a voice in their future.

Prof Greg Clark CBE

Prof Greg Clark CBE


Connected Places Catapult

Greg is Global Head of Future Cities & New Industries at HSBC Group where he leads the bank’s work on cities and mobility with its global client base in 63 countries and 300 cities. He is also a member of the board of Transport for London and chairman of TfL’s Investment and Programmes Committee. He is member of the World Economic Forum Future Council on Cities & Urbanisation, and the Cities Council of Bloomberg New Economy Forum. Greg joined CPC as chair in May 2020.

Dr Tim Moonen

Dr Tim Moonen

Managing Director

The Business of Cities

Tim is responsible for the strategic and day-to-day management of The Business of Cities.

In the last 10 years Tim has worked in and advised more than 30 global cities and regions, and has participated in multiple advisory boards and stakeholder engagements of both cities, businesses and global institutions, to help teams review their strategies, leadership and policies. He has co-authored more than 50 reports and books on city competitiveness, governance and performance. He also teaches executive-level education for international companies and universities.

Tim has a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Bristol. He also holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and the Universidad Europea de Madrid.

Emma Frost

Emma Frost

Director of Innovation, Sustainability and Community

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Emma is highly experienced in delivering strategic integrated urban regeneration programmes. She has been working on the London Olympic and Paralympic Legacy since 2006 and oversees all aspects of Innovation, sustainability, community and business development across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  Over the years she has led on stakeholder management, education, community development, youth engagement, consultation, enterprise and business development, volunteering and sports outreach. With a strong background in community development, Emma is passionate about enabling inclusive innovation – drawing on her sustainability and community skills as well as extensive urban and economic development experience. Emma is a Chair of the UK Innovation Districts Group, a teaching fellow as part of the London & Partners Open Innovation programme and an RSA fellow. She is also a co-founder of Echo and Trustee of East Village Trust and of the One Percent Scheme

Richelle Schuster

Richelle Schuster

Head of Programme – Innovation

Leeds City Council

Richelle has tackled the challenges and opportunities of innovation across the public and private sector. As Head of Programme Innovation at Leeds City Council, she leads on innovation-driven initiatives for entrepreneurs across Leeds and the region, a strategy co-developed with the MIT REAP faculty.

Prior to this Richelle led the Growth 365 Consultancy as Associate Director at Grant Thornton, supporting privately owned businesses across Yorkshire and the North West to scale, internationalise and plan successful exits.

Richelle has a background in design thinking and organisational culture which led to senior roles at the Design Council and the London Development Agency, working to the Mayor of London as policy and programme lead for Design and Innovation.

During her career she has developed and delivered several successful regional and national business transformation programmes for Government including Growth Accelerator, Designing Demand, Manufacturing Advisory Service and various DIT internationalisation programmes.

Richelle is a fellow of the RSA, a member of the national Innovation District Group and Chairs the Advisory Board at Leeds Business School

Jayne Brady

Jayne Brady

Digital Innovation Commissioner

Belfast City Council

Jayne Brady, MBE, DSc Economics (Honorary), FIoD, FIET, FIAE.
An engineer at heart with extensive, board experience and a track record of success that transcends blue-chip corporations, start-ups and funding ecosystems. She has over twenty year’s leadership experience and a diverse skillset including venture capital, due diligence, corporate governance, setting strategy, leading teams, technical ownership and finance across complex organisational structures internationally.
Recent roles include Partner in Venture Capital firm with £100Mn+ funds under management and co-founder of an Artificial Intelligence start-up. Jayne is currently Digital Innovation Commissioner within the Belfast Region City Deal which is a £bn investment program and is a board director on Queen’s University Belfast Spinout Fund, QUBIS. She has also recently appointed to UK Government’s Innovation Expert Group and is an Entrepeneurial Expert for the Said Business School at Oxford University.
She is deeply committed to delivering economic and social development through harnessing innovation and was recently recognised for services to the economy with both an MBE and honorary doctorate. Jayne has a strong, established professional network and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Irish Academy of Engineers; she sits on the NI Committee for the IoD and the Engineering Policy Group and is a Trustee for Young Enterprise NI.


10:00 – 10:05

Welcome and Introduction by Connected Places Catapult

  • Prof Greg Clark CBE, Chair, Connected Places Catapult
10:05 – 10:20

Address from Liverpool City Council – Mayor Joanne Anderson

  • Mayor Joanne Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool City Council
10:20 – 10:30

Presentation on Hubs of Innovation by The Business of Cities

  • Dr Tim Moonen, Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Business of Cities
10:30 – 11:15

Panel discussion

Chair: Prof Greg Clark CBE, Chair, Connected Places Catapult


  • Dr Tim Moonen, Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Business of Cities
  • Emma Frost, Director of Innovation, Sustainability & Community, London Legacy
  • Jayne Brady, Digital Innovation Commissioner, Belfast City Council
  • Richelle Schuster, Head of Programme Innovation, Leeds City Council


11:15 – 11:25

Questions from the audience


Wrap up


Event Close

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