• Jessica Bowles
    Jessica Bowles Manchester City Council Head of Policy, Partnerships and Research, Growth and Neighbourhoods Directorate
    Anne Shaw
    Anne Shaw Birmingham City Council Acting Assistant Director - Transportation and Connectivity
    Mark Pearson
    Mark Pearson Institute of Economic Development Vice Chair
  • Dawn Hudd
    Dawn Hudd Institute of Economic Development Chair
    Nigel Wilcock
    Nigel Wilcock Institute of Economic Development Executive Director
    Mel Clinton
    Mel Clinton Nash Partnership Director of Planning and Economic Regeneration
  • Mahmood Azam
    Mahmood Azam Highways England Head of Strategy, Growth & Economic Development
    Glenn Athey
    Glenn Athey Athey Consulting Managing Director
    The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable
    The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Former Secretary of State
  • Dr Stephen Rosevear
    Dr Stephen Rosevear Regeneris Director
    Katherine Chapman
    Katherine Chapman UK Commission for Employment & Skills Assistant Director
    Joe Sarling
    Joe Sarling Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners Associate Director
  • Colin Molton
    Colin Molton Homes and Communities Agency Deputy Chief Executive
    Eileen Lennon
    Eileen Lennon YTKO Group Head of Social Inclusion
    Adrian Davis-Johnston
    Adrian Davis-Johnston National Nuclear Laboratory and The University of Manchester Dalton Nuclear Institute Innovus Programme Director
  • Kevin Baughan
    Kevin Baughan Innovate UK Director of Technology and Innovation
    Ciaran Gunne-Jones
    Ciaran Gunne-Jones Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners Economics Director
    James Wharton MP
    James Wharton MP Department for Communities and Local Government Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse
  • Lawrence Conway
    Lawrence Conway South Lakeland District Council Chief Executive
    Dr Richard Wellings
    Dr Richard Wellings Institute of Economic Affairs Head of Transport
    Annette Hastings
    Annette Hastings University of Glasgow Professor of Urban Studies at the School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Jane Martin
    Jane Martin Scottish Enterprise Managing Director of Customer Operations
    Edward Clarke
    Edward Clarke Centre for Cities Analyst
    Julia Sweeney
    Julia Sweeney Department for Communities and Local Government​ Director European Programmes and Local Growth Delivery
  • Marian Sudbury
    Marian Sudbury UK Trade & Investment Director, Global Operations - Inward Investment
    Alex Pratt OBE DL
    Alex Pratt OBE DL Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP Chair
    Philip Cox
    Philip Cox Cheshire and Warrington LEP Chief Executive
  • Keith Burge
    Keith Burge Institute of Economic Development Director

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Join The Institute of Economic DevelopmentPlanning Magazine and Placemaking Resource at the 4th edition of The IED Annual Conference 2015 on 18 November in London.

Senior private and public sector professionals working within economic development and regeneration, will come together to tackle the most pressing challenges when it comes to fostering economic growth at a local and regional level.


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The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable, Former Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills



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James Wharton MP, Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse, Department for Communities and Local Government





This year, the conference comes at a pivotal time. You will have the opportunity to discuss the most recent government announcements and their impact on the way the economy will develop in the next few years. You will also gain a real understanding of how true economic development can be achieved in a growing competitive environment.

The extremely topical theme for the 2015 agenda is ‘Going For Growth Under Greater Devolution’ featuring practical sessions, interactive workshops and in-depth panel discussions to help you face some of the biggest challenges tocome including:

  • What devolution really means for economic development
  • The future of LEPs
  • The effect of housing and transport issues on economic growth

You will also have the opportunity to tailor make your day and breakdown intosmaller groups to hone in on your key areas of interest including:

  • Housing, Infrastructure And Transport
  • Enterprise Support, Skills And Innovation
  • Cities, Funding And Local Investment

You can view the view the full agenda here.



Economic development and regeneration professionals from across the private, public and voluntary sectors, and anyone invested in the UK economy and delivering the growth agenda.  Plus, a speaker line-up including Government figures, authoritative experts and case study representatives.

Click here to see who attended last year



“Inspiring event amongst fellow professionals” - Economic Development Manager, Taunton Deane Borough Council

“The essential annual conference for those involved in economic development” Head of Economics, Turley

“An excellent focus on Economic Development with great networking” Economic Development Operations Manager, Ipswich Borough Council

“Great refresher and scope for ideas” - Coporate Director Delivery, Huntingdonshire District Council

“A really good programme and good networking opportunities” – Director, Hardisty Jones Associates