Breakfast Learning Session: Working with the Coalition - Mid Term and Beyond
Venue: NCVO Conference Suite, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL
If you are a charity professional involved in public affairs and lobbying this workshop will be of interest. This workshop will be delivered by expert speakers including Akash Paun (Institute for Government), James O’Shaugnessy (Chief Policy Adviser at Portland and former Director of Policy for David Cameron) and Rob Burley (Action on Hearing Loss) and draws on NCVO’s experience gained through our public affairs work with a range of charities during the first half of the coalition government.
By the end of the session, attendees will be equipped to make an effective contribution to influencing the coalition on behalf of your organisation.
The breakfast session will give you insights into:
- The main drivers of the coalition
- Key players in the coalition
- The policy agenda following the mid-term review
- Strategies for influencing the coalition
- How the dynamics of the coalition will change during the rest of the term.
Who should attend?
This workshop is designed for anyone involved lobbying, or campaigning, typically CEOs, public affairs officers and campaigners.
Akash is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government. He has worked on research projects looking at performance management in public services, the organisation and management of the civil service, and the impact of a hung parliament on Westminster and Whitehall. He is currently leading the Institute’s work on coalition government. Prior to joining the Institute, Akash spent four years as a researcher at the Constitution Unit, University College London, where he specialised in devolution and parliamentary reform
James is Portland’s Chief Policy Adviser. He was Director of Policy for David Cameron for four years, 2007-2011. He was responsible for drafting the Conservative Party’s 2010 general election manifesto, co-authored the Coalition's Programme for Government, and played a leading role in managing the Coalition Government’s policy programme during its first 18 months.
Prior to working in Downing Street, James was Director of Policy and Research for the Conservative Party between 2007 and 2010, and before that Deputy Director at the think tank Policy Exchange. He advises clients on the priorities of the Coalition and on navigating the intricacies of policy and government.
Rob joined Action on Hearing Loss (then RNID) in 2008 and is currently the charity’s head of public affairs. A graduate of the inaugural Charity Works’ Cross-sector Management Development programme and the NCVO’s Certificate in Campaigning, Rob leads the Government Relation steam’s work influencing Whitehall and Westminster. They work across a wide range of policy areas that are relevant to the UK’s ten million people with hearing loss, including biomedical research, health services communications, access to goods and services, employment and hearing protection and compensation in the armed forces.
This workshop will be chaired by Ben Kernigan. Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Public Policy and Communications at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Ben oversees NCVO’s work on Communications and Information, Partnerships and Public Services, Policy, Research and Foresight, the Compact and NCVO’s European and international function.
Ben has held a number of positions within NCVO. Prior to this he worked at the Terrence Higgins Trust where his roles included managing fundraising, communications and a variety services.
Currently Ben is a trustee of Business in the Community and Skills Third Sector. In the past Ben has been a trustee of the Basic Skills Agency and the Earls Court Homeless Families Project.
- NCVO members: £60
- Non-members: £78
We do not charge VAT
50% of the delegate fees will be refunded for cancellations received two weeks before the event. After this no fees are refundable for cancellation or non-attendance.