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Engaging & Connecting Wales Agenda

A draft agenda for the Engaging & Connecting Wales meeting in Pontypridd 13 August:

Engaging & Connecting Wales Agenda - Pontypridd Municipal Building, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd CF37 2DP

13 August 2014


10.00 Registration opens with refreshments.

10.30 Adrian Evans, Town Centres Manager, Rhondda Cynon Taff Borough Council. Welcome to Pontypridd

10.35 Mark Barnes, MD, Revive & Thrive Ltd, Introduction and scene setting

10.40 Dan Gipple, CEO, RYW Community Systems:  Dan is an social and commercial entrepreneur with strong experience in the areas of social and consumer behaviour change, loyalty and sustainability.   He is also recognised as a leading professional team strategy facilitator who is today focusing on driving innovative positive outcomes from workshop discussions and forums in towns and cities across the UK on the subjects of regeneration, renewal and sustainability.

11.30 Refreshment break

11.40 Robert Proctor, Renew Wales Programme Director. How communities can get involved in tackling big environmental issues.  A more sustainable future lies in ‘just doing it’, at a grassroots level.

12.05 Stephen Kearney, Chief Executive of Action to Regenerate Community Trust. Regenerate have developed a process of engagement that builds networks of customers, clients, entrepreneurs, activists, volunteers and voters. Stephen will talk about how this process can be used to build the foundations for an economically sustainable community. Stephen is the strategist behind the Cabinet Offices engagement, localism and organising programmes and has worked in the voluntary and statuary sector for thirty years.

12.30 Simon James, Chief Executive, Interlink RCT. Connecting Communities’ – how looking at the assets in the community and connecting communities together can contributes to regeneration.  Case study, Pontypridd  ‘Movers and Shakers

13.00 Buffet lunch provided by Reward Your World

13.40 Jane Rexworthy, Exec Director Strategic Partnerships at People 1st and Head of the National Skills Academy for Retail, Topic to be confirmed

14.05 Peter Davies, Wales Sustainable Futures Commissioner, Chairman Climate Change Commission for Wales, Sustainable Places for Sustainable Future - a focus on policies and programmes supporting community led developments

14.45 Refreshments

15.00 Eoin Heffernan, CEO 3SC, Jobs Growth Wales? Topic to be confirmed

15.15 Matthew Powell, Director for Policy & Partnerships, Revive & Thrive Ltd. Linking it all together, town centre’s role in community. Connecting and engaging through shared space.

15.40 Daniel Gipple, Adrian Evans. Launch of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s latest tool for incentivising and rewarding residents

16.10 Daniel Gipple, Summing up and next steps

16.30 Close


If you are interested in attending the event, you should contact Mark Barnes from Revive & Thrive.

Here is a link to Revive & Thrive's website:


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