Greater Manchester Leaders Plus 3: Proposals for GM

The third round of Greater Manchester Leaders Plus came to a close on 1 December with candidates presenting their Proposals for GM to an audience of sponsors, course contributors, colleagues, nominators and alumni. This was the first GM Leaders Plus proposals event able to take place in person, and it’s safe to say the energy in the room was palpable!

Proposals for GM marked the end of candidates’ 9-month leadership journey, which saw them participate in Expert Insights sessions, executive-level leadership modules and site visits across GM, including to Victoria North, Salford Energy House 2.0, Mayfield and Stockport.

The candidates’ powerful proposals ranged from re-thinking play spaces to intergenerational community hubs and from digital inclusion to circular economy principles for new developments. The audience challenged the candidates in lively Q&A, and cast their votes in the following categories: Favourite Idea, Most Feasible & Best Pitch. Winners are below!

There are 11 spaces available on Round 4 & nominations are open now!

First deadline for expressions of interest is Dec 16, but you can name a person or provide details in January. To find out more or to nominate a candidate, contact Executive Director Lisa Taylor. Read more about the course here.

The winners of the 3 Proposals categories were:

Favourite Idea

Bethan McCaw, Delivery Manager – Investment Team, GMCA
A pop-up housing model for GM

My proposal is for the delivery of high quality ‘pop-up’ housing to be used as temporary accommodation for people facing homelessness in Greater Manchester. The housing would be professionally managed and would be a meanwhile use on sites planned for future development but which are currently underused. A core part of the model is that there would be a commitment to provide residents with a permanent home within the final development scheme. The pop-up homes would then be moved to another suitable site in GM to provide a step up for more people into permanent homes.

Most Feasible – Tied!

Helen Shearer, Head of Start Well – Strategic Lead for Early Years, Bolton Council
Let’s get GM Talking

 

We need to invest in the future workforce by investing in early years now. We are teaching students for jobs that don’t exist yet, which will need technologies that haven’t yet been invented. One thing is certain; communication will remain a key skill. Language enables us to build relationships. We need to reach the 43,000 children under 5 in Greater Manchester. Experts in Greater Manchester have developed the Ten Tips for Talking, a tool every parent or carer needs access to. Together we can get Greater Manchester talking to ensure a skilled future workforce for the work of tomorrow.

Ashleigh Williams – Major Projects Manager, Bury Council
The Rules of Engagement

How to really engage with a hard-to-reach community? Spoiler alert, it’s not that hard! My proposal includes my experience in engaging meaningfully with a Gypsy and Traveller community. One, trying to understand the community – some things you won’t agree with – that’s fine, it’ll open your world too! Two, why redevelop a Gypsy and Traveller site – don’t they travel? Three, how meaningful engagement makes a difference to people and place. To really engage with any community we must listen, ask questions, be honest and have integrity. Community engagement especially with a hard-to-reach community, may be easier than you think. Start with a brew and a biscuit!

Best Presentation – Tied!

Heather Coombs – Strategic Lead, Assets & Property, Wigan Council
Accessible Play – Is it everywhere or nowhere?

In this call to action, I will explore why children with disabilities are excluded from most play areas – and propose that we put changing that on the agenda of every designer, parent, influencer and health executive. We need to realise the immediate benefits to the child and the long-term impact of inclusion. We need to challenge people’s perception around disability and inclusion and share positive outcomes rather than negative myths. My proposal shares facts, feelings and the reality of inclusive play, explores what inclusive play might look like and how we can make it widespread.

Bethan McCaw – Delivery Manager – Investment Team, GMCA (yes, two!)
A pop-up housing model for GM

My proposal is for the delivery of high quality ‘pop-up’ housing to be used as temporary accommodation for people facing homelessness in Greater Manchester. The housing would be professionally managed and would be a meanwhile use on sites planned for future development but which are currently underused. A core part of the model is that there would be a commitment to provide residents with a permanent home within the final development scheme. The pop-up homes would then be moved to another suitable site in GM to provide a step up for more people into permanent homes.

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Congratulations to all the GM Leaders Plus 3 graduates!

  • Karl Astbury, Head of Strategy, Rochdale Borough Housing
  • Heather Coombs, Strategic Lead – Assets & Property, Wigan Council
  • Susie Cuthill, Deputy CEO, The Proud Trust
  • Steph Everett, Senior Partnerships & Business Development Manager, Homes England
  • Sherelle Fairweather, Digital Strategy Lead, Manchester City Council
  • Ian Gilbert, Planning Director, Barton Willmore, now Stantec
  • Laura Green, Development Manager, Stockport Council
  • Jen Kantor, Senior Associate, Trowers & Hamlins
  • Bethan McCaw, Delivery Team Manager – Investment Team, GMCA
  • Beena Puri, Partnerships & Innovation Lead – Digital Strategy Team, GMCA
  • Helen Shearer, Head of Start Well – Strategic Lead for Early Years, Bolton Council
  • Sam Styles, Associate, Arup
  • Kelly Watson, Associate Director, Hatch
  • Ashleigh Williams, Major Projects Manager, Bury Council

Thanks to all of the GM Leaders Plus mentors for their time, energy and support:

  • Suzanne Benson, Partner, Head of Manchester Office & NW Real Estate Team, Trowers & Hamlins
  • Jessica Bowles, Director – Strategic Partnerships & Impact, Bruntwood
  • Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive, GMCA
  • Cym D’Souza, Chief Executive, Arawak Walton
  • Ricardo Gomez, Director, Hatch
  • Angela Harrington, Director, Inclusive Growth, Manchester City Council
  • Jane Healey Brown, Director – Town Planning, Arup
  • Jenny Kay, Development Director & Head of Housing, GL Hearn
  • Andrew Lightfoot, Deputy Chief Executive, GMCA
  • Dan Mitchell, Partner, Barton Willmore, now Stantec
  • Paul Richards, Chief Executive, Stockport MDC
  • Nicola Rigby, Director – Planning, Development & Regeneration, Avison Young
  • Clare Tostevin, Director of Growth, Rochdale Borough Housing
  • Mike Wilton, Director & Leader of Manchester Office, Arup

Leaders Plus is sponsored by Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Hatch, Arup and Trowers & Hamlins. The senior-level programme provides candidates already in leadership roles with resources to manage increasing risk and responsibility. Key elements include: individually-matched mentors, insights from expert speakers and executive-level leadership workshops. Find out more here.