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If you are looking at the future of your place and developing the necessary place leadership capacity, the first step may be a briefing from one of our experts to a small group of local leaders. The leadership briefing takes place over a one-day period.

What does the Leadership Briefing include?

Our programme can be adapted to meet local needs, for places of different scales. This day provides local leaders with some of the knowledge necessary for developing a response to the challenges facing a town or city centre, or a collection of centres (such as neighbourhoods, or different towns within a region).

The Leadership Briefing is delivered by Institute of Place Management staff who are each directly involved in our town and city centre research programmes and who are experienced in working with town and city centre stakeholders.

The briefing day includes:

  • Pre-briefing survey to identify the main challenges in the centre
  • Guided tour of the town centre for our expert by those with knowledge of the local position
  • Briefing by our expert to a group of local leaders on issues impacting town centres, key trends and data, and options for enhancing vitality and viability
  • Discussion session on options and interventions to consider
  • Briefing on where to access further research and support

The IPM Team

The leadership briefing may be carried out by one or more of the following IPM team:

Graham Galpin is a Fellow of the Institute who has developed and delivered major economic development programmes for more than 20 years. He was Ashford Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Town Centres for 7 years until May 2019. Ashford is regularly cited in the media as an outstanding example of a town centre “Place Changing”. As a result, the Minister for Town Centres invited Graham to join Sir John Timpson’s Expert Panel to review the high street. Their report in December 2018 proposed The Future High Street Fund and the High Street Taskforce. Graham is a regular speaker on place management and leadership.

Simon Quin is Co-Chair of the Institute and Professorial Fellow in Place Management Practice at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has worked with town centres for over 25 years, led IPM's work with towns through various research projects, was Chief Executive of ATCM from 2004-2010, Town Centre Manager in Romford then Reading, and has served on the Boards of the International Downtown Association and Town Centre Management Europe. Simon leads IPM's Vital and Viable Town Centres programme.

Dr Steve Millington is a Director of Place-Making at the Institute and Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University. He was co-investigator on the High Street UK 2020 and the Bringing Big Data to Small Users research programmes and has worked extensively with individual town and city centres. Steve lead's IPM's Vital and Viable Neighbourhoods programme.

Professor Cathy Parker is Co-Chair of the Institute and Professor of Retail and Marketing Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University. She was the lead investigator on High Street UK 2020 and lead researcher on Bringing Big Data to Small Users project. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Place Management and Development, a recognised authority on retail in town and city centres and is widely published.

Ben Stephenson is a fellow of the institute and has been involved in place development for 15 years. He is former CEO of We Are Waterloo Business Improvement District, has developed a Neighbourhood Plan, and extensive experience of working to develop regeneration strategies.

How to book a Leadership Briefing

The Place Leadership briefing is delivered exclusively to IPM members and partners, prices vary subject to bespoke requirements of the session.

If you are interested in the Leadership Briefing, please get in touch with our Membership Coordinator Tom 

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