Pandemic, People and Places: shaping our places as we learn to live and work with Coronavirus

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Pandemic, People and Places: shaping our places as we learn to live and work with Coronavirus


At our next webinar in collaboration with Solace,  join thinkingplace founding Director John Till  ‘in conversation’ with Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council.


Since the start of the pandemic Martin has been at the heart of managing the numerous implications of Coronavirus at a local and regional level. As a leader passionate about place he has forthright views about how communities move forward alongside the virus and what’s important for our regions, cities and towns to think about in a changed world.


The discussion will cover these and other areas:

As places look to recover from Coronavirus many are talking about a reset what might that mean?

What are the implications for place shaping and is the role of the local authority likely to change?

In a future that will be messier, fuzzier and greyer will the collaborations created out of crisis stand the test of time?

Will more power be devolved so that places can manage their own destiny?


And you’ll also have your chance to put your questions to Martin!


The webinar is taking place on Tuesday 11th August from 11am to 12.15pm and you can register HERE now to attend


Speaker biographies

Martin Reeves, Chief Executive, Coventry City Council

Martin has been Chief Executive of Coventry City Council since April 2009.  He was the Chief Executive and the Head of Paid Service of the West Midlands Combined Authority from March 2016 to September 2017.  He had previously been with Bedfordshire County Council for three and a half years as Assistant Chief Executive and Chief Executive.

Martin spent much of his early career as a lecturer and researcher, and has a PhD in applied economics.

In 2018 Martin was once again included in the top 50 of the Local Government Chronicle’s list of most influential people in local government.


John Till, Founding Director, thinkingplace

As founding Director of thinkingplace John has directed the development of over 70 place brands across the UK.

He is active in promoting and implementing this best practice approach of creating a shared place story, widening place leadership and creating active collaborators as a key part of place’s recovery and reset in the light of Coronavirus.

He has led projects for places as diverse as Hampshire, Nottingham, Surrey, Harrogate, Lowestoft, Harlow, Lancaster, Doncaster, Lancashire, Staffordshire, St Helens and all three UK Cities of Culture.