This second Symposium on City Deals will consider the delivery of the four City Deals and Development Partnerships in Wales, in the Cardiff City region, Swansea Bay, Mid Wales and North Wales. Sessions will look at the ambitions of these City Deals and growth deals and will include papers and discussion about their governance and ambitions for growth, in the context of a strategy for economic development in Wales


The event is aimed at decision-makers; those working in local authorities; businesses and academic researchers and is organised collaboratively between Swansea University’s Morgan Academy and the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD).


09:00 Registration, Tea & Coffee
09:30 Welcome & Introductions by Dr Aled Eirug (Morgan Academy) – “What is the Morgan Academy?”
09:45 Professor David Blackaby (WISERD) – “What is WISERD?”
10:00 Keynote Speaker: Professor Kevin Morgan, Dean of Engagement, Cardiff University – “Governance of City Deals”
10:30 Keynote Speaker: Prof Martin Jones, Deputy VC Staffordshire University – “City Region Limits”
11:00 Keynote Speaker: Andrew Carter, CEO Centre for Cities – “The Impact of City Deals”
11:30 Keynote Speaker: Kellie Beirne, Director, Cardiff Capital Region City Deal
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Keynote Speaker: Rob Stewart, Chairman, Swansea Bay City Deal Joint Committee
13:30 Keynote Speaker: Dyfrig Siencyn, Deputy Chairman, North Wales Economic Ambition Board
14:00 Keynote Speaker: Ellen ap Gwynn, Mid Wales Growth Deal
14:30 Panel Q&A (Visiting Speakers) – Chaired by Cerys Furlong, CEO, Chwarae Teg
15:30 Closing remarks, thanks and next steps – Dr Aled Eirug