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Past Debates

Past Debates

In the archive you can find recordings of past debates which you can stream and listen to again.

How will the North East respond to the cost of living crisis?

Wednesday 2 November 2022

The UK has experienced strong inflation and rising interest rates since late 2021, triggered by the COVID-19 recovery and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The government has announced measures to respond to rising energy, food and fuel prices but are they enough? What can be done to combat the crisis and how can we protect the most vulnerable in our community?

Join us at The Catalyst, Newcastle Helix as key regional and national figures discuss what impact the cost of living will have on the North East and beyond.

Panellists include: Helen Goulden, Chief Executive Officer, The Young Foundation; Mack Marshall, Education Officer, Newcastle University Students' Union; Mark Shucksmith OBE, Professor of Planning and a CRE Associate; Sara Bryson, Community Organiser, Tyne & Wear Citizens, Citizens UK. The panel is chaired by Alison Shaw, Professor of Practice for Inclusive Learning at Newcastle University.

How will the North East confront the climate crisis?

Tuesday 5 October 2021

In the run-up to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow this November, we are delighted to present the third event in the Newcastle Debates series, How will the North East confront the climate Crisis?

Our panel of experts will discuss the big questions we face while trying to recover from the pandemic at the same time as reach net zero status by 2030.

The event will take the form of a panel discussion, with questions submitted by the audience, focussing on the role that the North East can play in limiting carbon emissions and what we as individuals and organisations can do to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Panellists include: Professor Hayley Fowler, Co-chair of the Net Zero Task Force and Professor of Climate Change Impacts, Newcastle University; Councillor Clare Penny-Evans, Cabinet member for Climate Change and Public Safety, Newcastle City Council; Peter Rolton, UK CEO, Britishvolt and Elizabeth Meade, Ethics and Environment Rep, Newcastle University Students' Union.

Economic Recovery: How do we revitalise our region post Covid-19?

Tuesday 25 May 2021

The North East is no stranger to economic regeneration, but after more than a year of restrictions and financial uncertainty caused by the pandemic our cultural, retail and hospitality sectors are suffering. Our panel of experts will reflect on the challenges faced by local businesses, the future of our city centres and how we can recover and rebuild for a better future.

Panellists include: Lucy Winskell OBE, Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and Pro Vice Chancellor (Employability and Partnerships), Northumbria University; Atul Malhotra, Operations Director, Malhotra Group PLC; Abigail Pogson, Managing Director, Sage Gateshead and Co-Chair, NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues and Sarah Green, Chief Executive, NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

Creating a Better Normal – How can we build a healthier future post-pandemic?

Monday 1 February 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing health inequalities in our community, and although the North East has some of the best health services in the UK, this isn’t reflected in the health of our population. Our panel of experts will discuss why this might be the case, the challenges for healthcare provision pre- and post-Covid19 and how we can work together to create a future in which we live longer, healthier lives.

Panellists include: Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor and President of Newcastle University; Dame Jackie Daniel, CEO, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Pat Ritchie CBE, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council; Carol Botten CEO, VONNE (Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East).