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North of England Speakers: George Osborne’s original Northern Powerhouse is a controversial idea that divides opinions. Specialist Speakers lined up both for and against the Chancellor speak on jobs, training, housing, the NHS and the development of transport including Trans-Pennine rail electrification and HS2. Regional devolution is coming – beginning with with ‘Devo-Manc’ in Greater Manchester, soon to be followed by other regions including the North East. Speakers explain how the changes are not only important for The North, explaining and forecasting the implications for the whole of the UK.
Bill Bryson is the bestselling author of The Lost Continent, Mother Tongue, Neither Here Nor There, Made in America, Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, Notes From a Big Country, Down Under and, most recently, A Short History of Nearly Everything.... [more]
Brendan Foster is a former Olympic athlete and world record holder. Having successfully crossed the boundary between sport and business, he founded and heads an eminent sports marketing company and is a respected sports commentator and conference speaker.... [more]
Tim Healy is one of the most famous Geordie faces in the country. Most famous for his role in Auf Wiedersehen Pet. Tim speaks passionately and interestingly about his life, career and his homeland in the North East. A true raconteur and a gentle and friendly character.... [more]
Christian Wolmar is the UK's foremost writer and broadcaster specialising in transport. Although he mainly concentrates on transport matters, he covers other social policy issues and has written on a wide range of subjects from cricket to the Private Finance Initiative.... [more]