LGA Annual Conference webinars

LGA's virtual annual conference will feature a series of webinars with prominent keynote speakers from local and central government.


Spread out over two weeks, these webinars will be an opportunity to discuss and debate how our local areas can support the country’s economic, cultural and environmental regeneration and recovery during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

And although we can’t quite recreate our popular Innovation Zone hub, we will also be hosting ‘spotlight sessions’ where you can hear and share good practice with colleagues. 

Tuesday 30 June 

Re-Thinking Local: A Vision For The Future

At our first webinar, we launched our discussion paper Re-Thinking Local: A Vision for the Future which sets out ideas for locally led regeneration and rejuvenation.

LGA Chairman Councillor James Jamieson delivered the opening to our webinar series.

Leader of the Independent Group Councillor Marianne Overton OBE delivered her opening address.

Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group Councillor Ruth Dombey OBE delivered her opening address.

Spotlight on Learning through Crisis 

As we begin to plan for and implement steps for renewal and recovery, there is an opportunity to pause and reflect on what we have learned during the COVID-19 outbreak. What have we done differently? What worked well? What didn’t work and what could be done better? Download the presentations from Spotlight on Learning through Crisis.


Wednesday 1 July 

Re-Thinking Local: A Vision For The Future - Sir Keir Starmer MP

This webinar was an opportunity to hear from Sir Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party and Cllr Nick Forbes CBE, Leader, LGA Labour Group and Senior Vice-Chair, LGA.

Spotlight on Green Reset

The pandemic has presented opportunities to advance some climate change goals. What steps could local government take to ensure the short, medium and longer term responses to the pandemic correlate with our sustainability goals? Download the presentations from Spotlight on Green Reset.


Thursday 2 July

Re-Thinking Local: A Vision For The Future - Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP
This webinar was an opportunity to hear from the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government and Cllr Izzi Seccombe OBE, Leader, LGA Conservative Group and Vice-Chairman, LGA.


Friday 3 July

Re-Thinking Local: A Vision For The Future - Simon Clarke MP (10.30am - 11.30am)
This webinar will be an opportunity to hear from Simon Clarke MP, Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government and Cllr Izzi Seccombe OBE, Leader, LGA Conservative Group and Vice-Chairman, LGA.


Tuesday 7 July

Re-Thinking Local: A Vision For The Future - Sir Ed Davey MP (10am - 11.05am)
This webinar will be an opportunity to hear from Sir Ed Davey MP, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Cllr Howard Sykes MBE, Leader, LGA Liberal Democrat Group and Vice-Chair, LGA.

Spotlight on the Councillor (2pm - 3.30pm)
During this session we will hear from a panel of councillors, on what they have done differently, innovatively and what they have learnt about their role as a community leader during COVID-19. We will highlight good practice, as well as share learning about how the councillor role can continue to have an impact during the next phase of recovery and beyond.


Wednesday 8 July

Re-Thinking Local: A Vision For The Future - Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson (10am - 11.05am)
This webinar will be an opportunity to hear from Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, LGA Vice-President and Cllr Marianne Overton MBE, Leader, LGA Independent Group and Vice-Chair, LGA.

Spotlight on Sector-led Improvement (2pm - 3.30pm)
How does the LGA’s offer of support need to adapt over the next decade in a post-COVID world? Join a lively debate and discussion on the future of sector-led improvement.


Thursday 9 July

Re-Thinking Local: A Vision For The Future - views from the business sector (11am - 12pm)
This webinar will be an opportunity to hear from the business sector looking at how we speed up the recovery in the UK and the importance of local government. Speakers include Paul Donovan, Global Chief Economist, UBS Global Wealth Management, Tej Parikh, Chief Economist, Institute of Directors, Lucy Thomas, Director of Corporate Affairs, TalkTalk and Dr Diane Savory OBE, Chair, GFirst LEP.