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The Consultation Institute Conference 2017 - Where next for public engagement?

Date: 7th June 2017    Venue: Birmingham, ETC Maple House, Birmingham (150 Corporation St, Birmingham B4 6TB)

Meaningful consultation has traditionally relied upon trust and confidence that public bodies told the truth and genuinely listen. The post-truth age challenges these assumptions and some fear a retreat from evidence-based decision-making.

This Conference explores the implications and offers practical solutions for consultation and engagement professionals, policy-makers and managers of public services across the UK.

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Our Conference is an excellent way to advertise your organisation and services/products to the wider consultation and engagement community. Sponsorship packages start from just £275. Please see the following document for full details tCI Conference 2017 sponsorship packages



Breakfast Networking


Welcome and Introduction
Quintin Oliver, tCI Chair


What post-truth means for Public Consultation
Rhion Jones, tCI Director


KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Lies, Damned Lies and Consultations
followed by audience questions to our 'expert witness’
Ben Goldacre


Coffee and exhibition + ‘speed-networking’


The politics of changing public services - will facts ever convince the sceptics?
John Underwood, Director of the Centre for Health Communication Research, Bucks New University


Midday Breakouts: Truth in Consultation!
Case Studies

  1. Why Health consultations are challenged in Court
    Rosa Curling, Sollicitor Leigh Day 
  2. Assessing the quality of expert evidence – the defeat of Big Tobacco
    Speaker to be confirmed
  3. The Fracking Issue – truth and lies in the environmental debate
    John Twitchen, Head of Cities and Communities, PSCG



Fake News: anti-social media and how to handle it
Jonathan Bradley, tCI Fellow and Director, Participate

How Seldom-True damages the Seldom Heard
Kalsoom Bashir, Co-Director, Inspire


Tea and cake 


Teatime Breakouts: Success through Consultation

  1. Community Hospitals in North Devon - Katherine Allen, Deputy Director of Strategy and Transformation, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust 
  2. Library Services in Warwickshire – Kushal Birla, Head of Customer Service, Warwickshire County Council 
  3. The Mental Health Pound in County Durham – Sue Ritchie, Director, MutualGain
  4. Fire Stations in Essex and Hampshire – Mike Bartram, Consultant and Former Head of Transport for London (TfL) / Nick Duffin, tCI Director of Projects 

Closing Keynote: Safeguarding the Integrity of Debate
Dame Sue Bruce DBE


Conclusion and Conference Close
Quintin Oliver, tCI Chair

Drinks Reception



Standard ticket prices

CPD holder*: £215.00
Member: £275.00
Non member: £345.00


Table for 3 or more**
CPD holder: £172.00 pp
Member: £220.00 pp
Non-Member: £295.00 pp

* If you have your Certificate of Professional Development (CPD), please contact us on or call 01767 318350 to claim your additional discount

** If you would like to book a table for 3 or more people, please contact us on or call 01767 318350


Attending organisations include:

HS2 Ltd
General Medical Council
Environment Agency
London Borough of Hounslow
London Borough of Merton
NHS South East CSU
NHS Greater Midlands CSU
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service
Walsall Council
Wheatley Group
Bedford Borough Council
Leicestershire County Council

Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service
West Lindsey District Council
National Assembly for Wales
NHS Bolton CCG
London Borough of Richmond
London Borough of Brent
Healthwatch Derbyshire
South Gloucestershire Council
NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG
Cannock Chase District Council
NHS Greater East Midlands CSU
Opinion Research Services

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