News - 08 April 2015

Expert panel on future of public sector includes D2N2 Chairman

A Question Time style panel answering queries on the future of the UK public sector will include expert comment from D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Chairman, Peter Richardson.

The free event arranged by the University of Nottingham’s ‘Ingenuity’ network for businesses will see audience questions on the subject put to Peter (pictured below), Deputy Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council Jayne Francis-Ward and Steff Wright, Chairman of construction firm the Gusto Group Ltd., by panel chair Nottingham Post Weekend Editor Richard Baker. The event will run from 7.45am to 9.30am on Tuesday April 21, at the University’s Sir Colin Campbell Building in Triumph Road, Nottingham (NG7 2TU).

D2N2 Chair Peter RichardsonPanellists will tackle questions on the relationship between business and local authorities, whether the public sector is designed to meet business needs, striking a balance between publicly funded services and privatisation, and where they see public sector organisations in ten years’ time. The one hour panel session will be preceded by a breakfast, and after it there will be a chance for audience open discussion and networking.

Peter has been Chairman of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership since November 2012. The partnership of business, local authorities, and higher and further education providers promotes economic growth in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire through advice and guidance, free activities and events, and funding which supports jobs creation and business development.

D2N2 Chair Peter Richardson 

As a business consultant, former Chief Executive Officer of Derbyshire Building Society, past Chair of Derbyshire Business Link, former member of the University of Derby’s Governing Council and current member of Nottingham University Business School’s Advisory Board, Peter is well placed to talk about public and private sector activities.

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Chairman said: “Both business and the public sector have seen a lot of changes in the past few years, and had to adapt accordingly.

“There’s less focus now on whether a public or business sector organisation solely delivers a needed project or service, and more on how best to get the job done. Often it’s a mix of expertise as can be seen in the activities over jobs, skills, housing, transport and other areas undertaken by D2N2; a private sector-led partnership working closely with local authorities.

“I’m sure the audience on April 21 will have a lot of questions about where this approach might take us in the future.”

To register for the Ingenuity Breakfast session Nottinghamshire + D2N2 + Businesses on Tuesday April 21 go to website

For further information about the work of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership go to its website

For more information on this media release or D2N2’s work contact Sean Kirby, D2N2 Communications Officer, on 0115 9578749 or email:

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