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Manchester Leaders Forum meets for the first time

The Manchester Leaders Forum met for the first time on Monday 9 June.

The Leaders Forum provides strategic leadership to the Manchester Partnership and brings together leaders in their fields from across the city. Over the next year the main priority for the Leaders Forum will be to set the vision for the city and to oversee the design of a new Manchester Strategy that will run until 2025.

At the first meeting members shared some of the opportunities and challenges for Manchester and initial thoughts about the key elements that are ‘make or breaks’ for the city and its future strategy. These include;
- Building the skills base
- Getting people into work and growing the economy
- Engaging the capacity of the voluntary and community sector
- Using the city’s diversity as a strength
- Being distinctively Manchester
- Turning around the city’s record on health outcomes
- Leading on cultural strengths
- Decent and affordable housing
- Decoupling carbon from economic growth
- Creating digital and transport infrastructure
- Attracting inward investment

As a new group the Leaders Forum also spent some time at the first meeting discussing their role and ways of working.

The role of the Manchester Leaders Forum is to
• debate and articulate a shared vision for Manchester
• constructively challenge one another
• encourage collaboration – finding better ways to join up across organisations and partnerships
• champion this dialogue and vision externally through members’ partnerships and networks

Although the Leaders Forum will only meet in full twice each year, members will have an opportunity to be involved in task and finish groups to develop the detail behind the Manchester Strategy in the coming months. The Manchester Partnership website will also provide a place for the whole city to discuss and debate its future as the new strategy is developed.

Further updates on the Manchester Leaders Forum and the development of the new Manchester Strategy will be available on this site in the coming weeks and months.