Gill Morris Communication
Gill Morris Communication

The politics of devolution: how to work with Metro Mayors

09.30 - 13.00, 10th April 2018

Training 8 St. James’s Square | London | SW1Y 4JU | United Kingdom

The politics of devolution: how to work with Metro Mayors

All you need to know about devolution

DevoConnect’s ‘Politics of devolution’ training gives you a high-level briefing on the UK’s new devolved institutions and practical advice on how to work with Metro Mayors.

This unique training gives you comprehensive insight into the politics of devolution, the current devo landscape, what devolution means and maps out who you need to engage with to influence and effect change.

Why should you attend?

Politics in the UK is changing. With 19 million people across the county now benefiting from having a city-region Mayor and a Government preoccupied with Brexit, it is time for public affairs and communications professionals to look beyond Westminster. Devolution presents a new opportunity to rethink your approach when political direction and purpose is lacking nationally.

What will the training cover?



The devolution deals represent significant shifts in power and resources to the local level, with the chance to accelerate growth, reduce inequality and even enhance democracy. However, public awareness is poor. This session will give participants an excellent understanding of the seven metro mayors including London’s, their progress to date, and how they might develop. It will also look what 2018 has in store for devolution.

Find out:

–       WHERE Metro Mayors fit in with local government and Westminster

–       HOW the new combined authority structures operate

–       WHAT powers and responsibilities Metro Mayors have

–       WHICH Metro Mayors have been most successful in their first six months

–       WHAT’S NEXT: the devolution landscape for 2018



The devolved structures have new ways of operating and this means engaging with them is different too. This can make engagement more difficult to initiate, however its impact can be much greater. The session will dig into the details of who the key players are in each of the mayoral regions and provide you with a stakeholder mapping session on how best to engage with them, explaining the different influencing routes.

Find out:

–       WHO the key players are in the devolved regions

–       WHICH routes of engagement are most effective

–       HOW influencing differs across the mayoral regions

–       WHAT bespoke activity you can undertake to advance your goals

–       HOW your organisation can prepare for the future

Price for the session

Commercial / Public Sector Rate – £250 (plus VAT)

Special Charity Rate – £150 (plus VAT)

About the trainers

Our expert trainers, Gill Morris FCIPR FPRCA, Joseph Dancey and Steve Barwick, are at the forefront of the devolution agenda and will guide you through the new, devolving political landscape.

Gill Morris FCIPR FPRCA has spent her career redefining public affairs. Her experience and passion for both politics and the public affairs industry have made her one of the most well-known figures in Westminster. The daughter of Lord Morris of Manchester, she has a wealth of experience including establishing the Regional Policy Forum, supporting the English Region’s Network and securing clients from across the private and public sector.

Steve Barwick has thirty years of experience in politics and public affairs during which his passion for rebalancing the economy has been to the fore. He has worked in Westminster – first for the MP for Halifax and then for a succession of senior women MPs – and also in Wigan – where he was Director of Strategy or the North West Leaders Board, a role which led him to be a member of the Northern Way Taskforce, a predecessor to the Northern Powerhouse.

Joseph Dancey is a former government special adviser, he is experienced working on a cross-party basis across parliament for Baroness Valerie Amos and Lord Peter Mandelson. As head of Lord Sebastian Coe’s office at the London 2012 Olympic Organising Committee, Joseph led the Chairman’s speechwriting, briefing, stakeholder liaison and prioritisation of the nations and regions programme.  He works mainly between the North East and London.

DevoConnect is the first and best place to come to find out what’s going on in all parts of the UK. It produces DevoIntelligence every fortnight. To find out more about our DevoTraining courses, bespoke training sessions and how DevoConnect can help you via our website.