The first ever Chester Forum, designed to stimulate critical thinking and informed discussion about best practice in public affairs and political engagement and leadership and innovation in government will be held later this month.

The two-day event, developed by the University of Chester in conjunction with Bank of America, is aimed at senior management from across public sector and government bodies, public affairs practitioners and politicians as well as academics and those with a strong interest in the functions and management of government and public sector organisations.

It will take place from May 24-25 and will focus on two themes – Global Perspectives of Public Affairs and Lobbying and Innovation and Leadership in Government Business and Service.

The Forum will offer insights into innovation and the delivery of quality services across all aspects of government and public sector business both nationally and abroad. It aims to review and challenge existing thinking and generate new ideas about public affairs, political engagement and the way government public sector organisations are led and managed.

It is planned to be an annual symposium developed by Professor Phil Harris, Westminster Chair of Marketing and Public Affairs, at the University of Chester.

Prof Harris said: “The event builds on the University’s expertise and engagement with the fields of public affairs, government and public sector and not-for-profit organisational policy and management.

“Delegates will have the opportunity to develop ideas and think about new ways of working by taking part in discussions with leading international speakers as well as with experts from here in Chester.”

The event will take place at Bank of America’s Europe Card Services Headquarters at Chester Business Park.

For more details on the Chester Forum and to book a place, contact Catherine Menzies on 01244 511844 or email or Professor Danny Moss on 01244 511811 or email