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Upcoming Roundtable – Consulting on Devolution: Lessons learned from…

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This month, the Institute is hosting an exclusive, virtual roundtable, looking at the lessons learned from consulting on devolution deals. During this invite-only event, we’ll be hearing from two local authorities: Aissa Gallie, York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and Emma Longbottom, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, one almost at the end of the devolution process and one who is an established combined authority.

They will be joined by tCI Fellow and Senior Associate, Mike Bartram, an expert on devolution and consultation who has supported both organisations on their journey. Throughout the event, participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions and relate to their own process. The speakers will discuss their experience of:

  • The challenges faced throughout the process
  • What they would have done differently
  • Success stories and what worked well for them

If you would like to receive an invite to this event, please let us know by emailing Rebecca Wright.

The Speakers:

Aissa Gallie is a Head of Communications and Organisational Development for the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership. She has over 15 years of business development, communications and engagement experience across the public, private and voluntary and community sectors. Aissa has led organisations to communicate and engage successfully at community, senior stakeholder and government levels, building trust, momentum and collaboration. Aissa led on the statutory consultation for devolution for York & North Yorkshire, delivering in partnership with the City of York Council and North Yorkshire Council.

Emma Longbottom is the Head of Policy and Strategy Coordination at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, leading on regional strategy and strategic partnerships. Emma is the policy lead on devolution negotiations and led on the implementation of the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal, including public consultation.


Mike Bartram has over 20 years experience of promoting public participation and consultation. His particular areas of expertise include strategic reviews of consultations and improvement plans, advising on consultation policies and on community engagement and planning and delivering major consultations. He regularly works as part of our expert consultation team, and has acted as a Verifier for the devolution consultation processes of Cornwall Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

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