On Monday 3 October, Centre for London is hosting a private roundtable event, in partnership with City of London Corporation, at the Conservative Party Conference this year in Birmingham.
We have invited a group of Conservative politicians from London MPs, London Assembly Members and Council leaders, along with private sector and third sector stakeholders to discuss Levelling Up and what this flagship policy means for London.
Paul Scully MP, Minister of State, London & Minister of State, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
Paul Scully was first elected Member for Sutton and Cheam at the 2015 general election. He is the Minister of State for Local Government and Building Safety since 2022 and Minister for London since 2020. Before entering Government, he was also previously the Conservative Party’s Vice Chairman for London and served as the Deputy Chairman of the Conservative party under the leadership of Boris Johnson.
Chris Hayward, Policy Chair, City of London Corporation
Throughout his career Chris Hayward has worked in the construction, aviation, infrastructure and global events management sectors. He is currently a Director at leading communications agency JBP, a Director at professional services consulting firm WSP in the UK and Director of Hayward Properties Limited. He is a former Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire and Dorset County Councils. As Policy Chairman, he will effectively operate as the political Leader of the City Corporation.
Nick Bowes, Chief Executive, Centre for London
Nick is Chief Executive of Centre for London. He was most recently the Mayoral Director of Policy at the Greater London Authority. Nick has previously worked at the Royal Society, EEF (now Make UK) and the CBI. Between 2010 and 2015, he was the Special Adviser to Sadiq Khan as Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Constitutional Reform.
Nick has lived in London for 21 years, having grown up in South Yorkshire and studied in Newcastle and Sheffield. He is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Policy Institute, King’s College London, has a degree in geography and mathematics, and a PhD in economic geography, and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts.
Please note that this roundtable is being held under the Chatham House rule.