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tCI Connect 2019

Facing challenges, sharing solutions

At tCI Connect 2019, we will be hosting several guest speakers from different organisations and sectors to share their experiences.

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Matthew Smith and Laura Thornton - BDB Pitmans
At first sight, the law of consultation looks simple and easy to understand. In practice, there is many a slip twixt the cup and the lip! Matthew Smith and Laura Thornton are members of BDB Pitmans’ Public & Regulatory Law team and will be leading a session in 'The Challenge Room' In this session they will go back to First (Gunning/Sedley) Principles; focus on the critical, practical issues which arise when consulting; and consider some of the elephant traps which have claimed earlier best-laid plans. They will help you to decide: When to engage; when to consult, and where the difference lies; what to include in a consultation; and what not; how long to consult for; and what to do with the responses received.
Consultation is fascinating because it happens where legal, political and communitarian interests collide; and Laura and Matthew will also share some of their experiences in navigating this most tricky of landscapes.

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Bobby Duffy - The Policy Institute
Bobby is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute. Prior to joining King's, Bobby was Managing Director of Public Affairs for Ipsos MORI, which is a team of around 230 researchers in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Brussels, and Global Director of the Ipsos Social Research Institute, across around 30 countries. He has worked across most public policy areas in his career of 25 years in policy research and evaluation and has been seconded to the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the LSE. Bobby also sits on several advisory boards for think tanks and universities, as well as the Campaign for Social Science. His book, The Perils of Perception - why we're wrong about nearly everything was published by Atlantic books in September, drawing on a unique set of global studies on how people misperceive things like immigration levels, crime rates, obesity levels and many more key social realities.


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Frances Newell - NHS England and NHS Improvement
The NHS has been described as our national religion. It’s great to be part of such a valued national institution but this level of attachment to the NHS and its services can make major service changes highly contested. Frances Newell works in NHS England and Improvement’s national system transformation team and has many years of experience of public engagement and consultation in health at both local and national level. She will look at some of the challenges in public consultation in this sector, and how NHS colleagues are responding. Topics will include supporting staff who are fronting a contentious consultation; using deliberative techniques to foster dialogue; reaching out to the unengaged, and working constructively with local partners.

Oduwa Idehen - Senior Strategy and Policy Manager

Oduwa Idehen is a community development consultant with over 18 years international experience in Africa and Europe. He is currently a Senior Strategy and Policy Manager in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, where he has responsibility for equalities, community cohesion and engagement. He has worked in local government and the third sector, including Southwark Council and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) joint Safe Motherhood Programme with Edo State of Nigeria. He is also an award-winning broadcaster.

In his current role, he has led a Transforming Consultation and Engagement programme which has delivered best practice guidance for the council and an online portal. This involved closely working with tCI, and he will be sharing some of his learnings on the transformation process and the experience of working with tCI.

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