Leeds In Conversation
Episode Thirteen - 2020: Our Best Moments

Episode Thirteen - 2020: Our Best Moments

December 21, 2020

In this final episode for 2020 - Eve Roodhouse (Chief Officer of Economic Development at Leeds City Council) is joined by Sinead Rocks (Managing Director Nations & Regions at Channel 4) 

to countdown our top 10 moments for Leeds amongst what has been one of the most challenging and difficult years of all. We hear from Kevin Sinfield on the success of Leeds Rhinos and his amazing work to raise awareness of MND, the team behind #BuyLeeds and Digital Access West Yorkshire on supporting the community as well as a massive thank you to our NHS and key workers for keeping us all safe past, present and future. If listeners have any thoughts on what was discussed in this episode or if they want to join the conversation they can tweet us @LeedsIGS

Episode Twelve - The Importance of Culture to a City and its People

Episode Twelve - The Importance of Culture to a City and its People

November 29, 2020

On this episode James Brining (Artistic Director and CEO of Leeds Playhouse and an Inclusive Growth Strategy Ambassador) is joined by Pamela Johnson (Principal Officer, Culture and Sport, Leeds City Council) and Kully Thiarai (Creative Director, Leeds 2023) to discuss the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on culture in Leeds.

They discuss the affect culture and creativity have in people’s experience of a city and how important it is in making Leeds the great place it is – to live, to work and to visit. They talk about the Leeds Cultural Strategy and the conversations taking place with communities across the city around the different concepts of ‘culture’; how it links to ‘placemaking’ and the plans for Leeds 2023.

Episode Eleven - The Role of Climate Change in our Recovery

Episode Eleven - The Role of Climate Change in our Recovery

November 15, 2020

In this episode Eve Roodhouse (Chief Officer of Economic Development at Leeds City Council) is joined by Polly Cook (Chief Officer Sustainable Energy & AQ- at Leeds City Council) and Gordon Rogers

(Head of Sustainability- Yorkshire Water) to discuss the impacts of climate change across Leeds. They discuss the importance of the Climate emergency declaration back in 2019 and what changes and projects have happened since then across housing, travel and biodiversity. They also reflect on how the pandemic has impacted our climate for the positive, and what ways that has led to changes in how we travel and communicate. If listeners have any thoughts on what was discussed in this episode or if they want to join the conversation they can tweet us @LeedsIGS

Episode Ten - A Reflection of 2020

Episode Ten - A Reflection of 2020

September 27, 2020

On this episode Eve Roodhouse (Chief Officer of Economic Development at Leeds City Council) is joined by Tom Riordan (Chief Executive at Leeds City Council) where they reflect back on the first episode of the podcast and revisit their original expectations for 2020. They discuss the enormous efforts made across the city during the height of the pandemic and what their hopes are for the remainder of the year, focusing on recovery and future growth.

Episode Nine - Leeds Anchors Network

Episode Nine - Leeds Anchors Network

September 13, 2020

On this episode, Sue Wynne (Chief Officer Employment and Skills at LCC) is joined by Peter Slee (Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett University and Chair of the Leeds Anchors Network) and James Goodyear (Director of Strategy at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust) to discuss the ongoing projects and developments taking place across the Leeds Anchors Network.

Sue explains what the Anchors network is, what it does and why it’s so important to the city of Leeds. The group reflect on how the network has been impacted by the ongoing pandemic, what future projects are coming up (including the development of the new hospital) and how the network will play a vital role in the recovery of the city.

Episode Eight - The Digital Divide

Episode Eight - The Digital Divide

July 26, 2020

On this episode, Eve Roodhouse (Chief Officer of Economic Development at Leeds City Council) is joined by Jason Tutin (Digital and Learning Development Manager, Leeds Libraries) and Roz Davies (Managing Director, Mhabitat) to discuss the barriers and challenges of being digitally excluded. They explain what is meant by digital exclusion and why it is so important to ensure everyone has access to digital and internet facilities for health and wealth benefits. They also reflect on the ways Covid-19 has increased the digital divide and how business, enterprises and government organisations can help reduce this gap.

To join in on the conversation, visit it us twitter @LeedsIGS and use #Linc

To find out more about the digital champion initiative, click here- https://digitalinclusionleeds.com/home/digital-champions/

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Episode Seven - #TogetherLeeds

Episode Seven - #TogetherLeeds

July 5, 2020

On this episode, Shaid Mahmood (Chief Officer of Communities, Leeds City Council) is joined by Richard Jackson (Chief Officer- Voluntary Action Leeds and Inclusive Growth Strategy ambassador) and Joanna Resnick

(Producer, Slung Low) to discuss the enormous efforts from the third sector during the current pandemic. They explain how Voluntary Action Leeds and Leeds City Council came together to deliver help and support to vulnerable communities in response to Covid-19. They also reflect on how wider third sector organisations (particularly Slung Low) responded to the pandemic and the challenges for the third sector beyond Covid-19.

*Apologies for the slight audio glitches throughout as we are remotely recording from the speaker’s homes during the current lockdown*

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Episode Six - An Evolving Creative Landscape

Episode Six - An Evolving Creative Landscape

May 31, 2020

On this episode, Sinead Rocks (Managing Director Nations & Regions at Channel 4) is joined by Sam Fray (Beyond Brontes Programme Manager) and Ben Hepworth (Managing Director at Prime Studios) to discuss the changing landscape of the creative and media sector in Leeds.

They reflect on the big announcements that were made pre-pandemic and the growth of the industry within the region. They also tackle a number of challenges the sector faces including the social distancing measures brought in as well as wider issues including diversity and inclusivity and how they have responded to these.

To join in on the conversation, visit us on twitter @LeedsIGS and use #LinC

Episode Five - How Leeds Digital Festival 2020 Took on the Pandemic

Episode Five - How Leeds Digital Festival 2020 Took on the Pandemic

May 10, 2020

On this episode, Sarah Tulip (Director- EY and Inclusive Growth ambassador) is joined by Stuart Clarke (Founder- Paceline and Director of the Leeds Digital Festival) and Stuart Bullock (Managing Director- BJSS) to discuss the Leeds digital industry and the recent Digital Festival. This episode joins two recordings together to form one conversation. The first half was recorded during the Leeds Digital Festival 2020 and discusses the challenges and triumphs of the festival as it transformed into a virtual event during the pandemic. The second half was recorded before the lockdown took effect and focuses on the digital industry in Leeds and the various ways people network and develop across the city. To join in on the conversation, visit us on twitter @LeedsIGS and use #LinC

Episode Four - Adapting to a Crisis

Episode Four - Adapting to a Crisis

April 27, 2020

On this episode, Eve Roodhouse (Chief Officer for Economic Development- Leeds City Council) is joined by Zandra Moore (CEO  Panintelligence) and Stuart Sherman (CEO- Scaled Insights). The discussion (recorded via Zoom) focuses on how Zandra and Stuart have adapted their businesses during the covid-19 pandemic and what the future looks like for their companies. They also discuss why Leeds is such a fantastic city for start-ups and entrepreneurs and they share their advice for anyone looking to start their own business during these difficult times. To join in on the conversation, visit us on twitter @LeedsIGS and use #LinC

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