The Engage 2019 Seminar Series explored three themes that matter to residents of the waterfront and city centre but also apply right across the Liverpool City Region. Through 'Playing Our Part - in the Liverpool City Region', Engage wanted to encourage new thinking and also to bring as many people on board a visionary approach to future plans for the city region as possible.

The topics considered were Cycling and Walking, Homelessness and Rough Sleeping, and Devolution and Governance.

More information and videos of each session:

SEMINAR ONE: Cycling/Walking – 3rd October Thursday

SEMINAR TWO: Homelessness/Rough Sleeping – 17th October Thursday

SEMINAR THREE: Devolution/Governance – 31st October Thursday

Each seminar was led by a national or international speaker, followed by a representative from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to respond to the address. The seminars also included a Local Panel of organisations and NGOs that are committed to bringing about change in each of the topic areas.

YouTube playlist

Missed the seminars? Watch all the presentations and Q&As on our YouTube playlist.

Guest speakers were:

  • Klaus Bondham: CEO of Danish Cyclists’ Federation  and former Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs in Copenhagen City Council
  • Juha Kahila: Project Coordinator Y-Foundation, Housing First Europe Hub, Finland
  • Prof Philip McCann: Chair in Urban and Regional Economics, Sheffield University Management School

Deputy Portfolio Speakers from the Liverpool City Region were:

  • Transport & Air Quality: Cllr Nathalie Nicholas (Liverpool)
  • Housing & Spatial Framework: Cllr Patricia Hardy (Sefton)
  • Policy, Reform & Resources: Cllr Carla Thomas (Sefton)

Ideas marketplace:

There were so many bodies that we could invite that, for the first year, we held a “marketplace” alongside the seminars, so as many organisations as possible could have a presence at our seminars. Visitors found a huge range of local organisations and businesses present, happy to talk about what they do, in the areas of healthy transport, homelessness, and governance.