Does Social Engagement Really Matter?

Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership Programme debate

Does Social Engagement Really Matter?

Coutts, 440 Strand, London, WC2R 0QS

Thursday 18th September 2014, 17.45pm to 20.30pm

The final debate and networking event of the Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership Programme will discuss the issues and challenges around ‘social engagement’, focusing on sports, arts and culture, and questioning whether social engagement really matters.

This debate takes place on Thursday 18th September 2014 at Coutts, 440 Strand in London, and will be opened by the Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf CBE and chaired by the Lord Mayor’s Consort, Nicholas Woolf.

The session will led by a panel of eminent speakers including Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, Parliamentarian and Director of UK Athletics; Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, the Barbican Centre; Matt Peacock, CE, Streetwise Opera, and Rachel Harrington, Associate Director, Strategic Solutions, Coutts Institute.

Nicholas Woolf, the Lord Mayor’s Consort said: “We are delighted to present the final debate and networking session of the series, which have been an integral part of The Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership Programme.

“Social engagement in relation to sports, arts and culture has been high on the agenda over the past few years, with high profile events such as London 2012 and the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow highlighting the importance of volunteers, community and legacy. This debate seeks to discuss some of the challenges in getting people involved and the impact arts, sports and culture can have on the UK and the rest of the world.”

Denise Fellows, Director of Consultancy and Talent Development at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School, City University London and CEO of Honorary Treasurers Forum said, “Our debates this year have facilitated the exchange of ideas and encouraged discussions around important social challenges facing society, and we are looking forward to the final debate on social engagement.

“Our expert panel of speakers have varied backgrounds in the fields of arts, sports or culture, and will be able to offer many useful insights and opinions, and lead what we hope will be a very productive and valuable session.”

The Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership Programme is a year-long programme of free events sponsored by Cass Business School, Mazars LLP and the Macquarie Group Foundation. It is supported by the Association of Chairs, the City Bridge Trust, Coutts and Trustees Unlimited.

The programme will conclude with the first Charity Chairs Conference for current and aspiring chairs on 21st October 2014 at the Mansion House.

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