18 Nov

London Councils Summit 2017

London councillors of all political parties and senior borough officers, from the 32 London boroughs and the City of London, are invited to attend the London Councils Summit. 

The Summit is the primary event in the London Councils calendar and provides a unique networking opportunity for councillors to meet and hear from key local government figures as well as representatives from the business, public and voluntary sector.

See below for details of this year's speakers, the programme and our exhibitors.

Supported by the City of London Corporation

Media partner: Municipal Journal


Ben Page, chief executive, Ipsos MORI

Panel: What London and our other great cities need to thrive in the future

Closing session: A look at London’s political battleground for the forthcoming 2018 local elections


Ben Page, chief executive, Ipsos MORI: London in 2017 - PDF

Robert Gordon Clark, executive chairman, London Communications Agency - PDF


The MJ coverage of the day


View images from the event - Flickr

Tweets from the day

A summary of tweets from the day - Storify

Download a printable timetable

Registration, refreshments and informal drop-in 'micro-surgeries' taking place in the exhibition area.
Micro-surgery at Stand 6, Community Fibre: How to bring full fibre broadband to your borough
Micro-surgery at Stand 1, London Councils' Taxicard and Freedom Pass team: Taxicard scheme for disabled Londoners 

Opening session chaired by John O'Brien chief executive, London Councils
Catherine McGuinness chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee
Cllr Claire Kober OBE chair, London Councils and leader, LB Haringey

Ben Page chief executive of Ipsos MORI will present the most up to date research on the issues on Londoners minds, from Brexit and housing to crime and trust in public services.


Panel discussion: What London and our other great cities need to thrive in the future
London is a truly global city. Looking ahead to our transition out of the European Union and beyond, our panel discuss the key issues for London and the country’s other major cities, and what we need to ensure London continues to thrive.

Panel chair: Cllr Peter John OBE deputy chair, London Councils and leader, LB Southwark 
Cllr Sean Anstee leader of Trafford Council
Jasmine Whitbread chief executive, London First 
Kru Desai partner, KPMG LLP
Breakout sessions
Breakout 1: Connected Communities - People are increasingly expecting to interact with their council in ways that reflect the latest developments in the digital world.  In this session our panel will discuss the use of technology, data and information to transform the way services are delivered to the people we serve. We look at examples of how boroughs are using digital technology and discuss why understanding the lives of our service users is critical to successful innovation.

Cllr Darren Rodwell
 leader, LB Barking and Dagenham and London Councils' executive member for city development

Theo Blackwell
 chief digital officer for London, GLA
Cllr Fiona Colley Capital Ambition board member, LB Southwark
Alexander de Carvalho chief investment officer, Public

Breakout 2: Air Quality: Tackling pollution in our boroughs -

It has been estimated that over 9,400 deaths in London can be attributed to air pollution every year, with the major source being road transport. In this session, we bring together speakers from across the spectrum of debate - from public health to transport - and ask what can boroughs do to clean up our dirty air and protect residents?

Cllr Kevin Davis
 London Councils' executive member for health and leader, RB Kingston upon Thames

Cllr Julian Bell
 chair, London Councils TEC and leader, LB Ealing
Houda Al-Sharifi London ADPH air quality lead, Director of Public Health, LB Richmond and LB Wandsworth
Val Shawcross Deputy Mayor for Transport, GLA  

Breakout 3: Housing supply solutions - This breakout looks at how local authorities are working with the private sector to provide more affordable housing and housing for low-cost rent.  Our speakers discuss creative solutions to increasing the supply of homes using borough resources and working with external providers.

Mayor Sir Steve Bullock
 London Councils' executive member for housing and Mayor of LB Lewisham

Cllr Ravi Govindia CBE
 leader, LB Wandsworth
Terri Alafat CBE chief executive, Chartered Institute of Housing
Robbie Erbmann head of housing strategy, TfL

Closing session: A look at London’s political battleground for the forthcoming 2018 local elections
Chair: Heather Jameson editor, MJ 
Professor Tony Travers director, London School of Economics
Robert Gordon Clark executive chairman, London Communications Agency

Exhibiting and promotional activities for next year's Summit

Find out more about the exhibition and advertising opportunities here. Alternatively, contact [email protected]

Exhibitors for 2017:


How to bring full fibre broadband to your borough - Community Fibre (micro-surgery at exhibition stand 6): Internet data demand is doubling every two years. Come and speak to us about the simple steps you can take to upgrade your borough's broadband service at no cost to your council 

Taxicard scheme for disabled Londoners - London Councils' Taxicard and Freedom Pass team (micro-surgery at exhibition stand 1): Talk to the Taxicard team about the scheme for London residents with serious mobility impairments or who are severely sight impaired