BOOK NOW | Role of culture in regeneration

Cllr Sean Fielding, the new leader-elect of Oldham Council, will speak at the event this Thursday discussing the purpose of culture in the Greater Manchester town’s masterplan.

Hear also from Capital & Centric, Big Heritage, Liverpool City Council, Turley, Amion and more at this special briefing exploring the role of cultural assets in built environment work.

This dedicated debate to mark the tenth anniversary of the Liverpool European Capital of Culture festivities will touch on the economics of tourism, the relationship with leisure and retail spend, and how places should lever cultural brands to attract visitors, retain talent and capture investment.

Join Place North West and event partners Kier Construction and Turley for this breakfast briefing on 24 May in Hilton Liverpool ONE.

There will be presentations followed by a panel. The event is due to begin at 8am with breakfast and networking followed by the debate and is due to close at around 11am.


8am Registration, networking, refreshments

8.30am Start to proceedings

8.35am Welcome

8.40am Presentation: Chris Melia, Amion Consulting | Tourism Winners and Losers since 2008

8.55am Q&A Panel

  • Claire McColgan, director of Culture Liverpool, responsible for legacy, major events, film office, tourism and culture policy since 2009
  • Chris Melia leads Amion Consulting‘s leisure and visitor economy team, specialising in culture, heritage and tourism
  • Dean Paton, managing director of Big Heritage, brought Chester’s streets alive with the Pokemon Go heritage festival in July 2017 and has since taken over reopening and running Liverpool’s Western Approaches war rooms where the Battle of the Atlantic was masterminded
  • Martin Green, chief executive, Hull City of Culture during its year of cultural celebration in 2017 and former head of ceremonies at London Olympics 2012
  • Fiona Gasper is executive director of Manchester International Festival, appointed to the role in March 2016. She was previously executive director for the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester from 2010 to 2016 and, before that executive producer of Liverpool’s 2008 European Capital of Culture programme from 2004 to 2009

9.40am Break

10am Presentation: Dane Harrop, senior design manger, Kier Construction and Ian Tabbron, interim chief executive, Shakespeare North | Project overview and update on Shakespeare North, Prescot’s new Elizabethan theatre

10.15am Q&A Panel

  • Mark Worcester, director, Turley, planning advisor on culturally significant projects including the multimedia wall at Lime Street and Cains Brewery Village; also a committee member of FBE Liverpool; Emmeline Pankhurst statue in St Peter’s Square, Manchester and Cities of Hope – international art work convention in Northern Quarter, Manchester
  • Dane Harrop, senior design manger, Kier Construction, contractor on Storyhouse Chester and Shakespeare North
  • Ian Tabbron, interim chief executive, Shakespeare North
  • John Moffat, developer, Capital & Centric, delivering Liverpool Film Studios at old Littlewoods HQ
  • Cllr Sean Fielding, leader elect, Oldham Council, developing new Cultural Quarter and old town hall theatre, cinema, heritage centre

11am Close

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