Devolution – is it all just smoke and mirrors? Newcastle

23 February, 2017 | 18:30 - 20:15

Devolution, just smoke and mirrors?
Devolution, just smoke and mirrors?

About this event

The relocation of power away from the centre has major implications for society.

Will devolution benefit the North East? Will it enable us to secure much needed investment in our infrastructure? Should we embrace or resist it?

We invite anyone interested to discuss the policy changes needed to ensure that devolution works for the people, the economy and the environment of the North East.

Join the debate, chaired by Dr. Caspar Hewett (The Great Debate); panelists Professor Andy Pike (Newcastle University), Jonathan Spruce (Fore Consulting), and Andrew Lewis (Managing Director Tees Valley Combined Authority).

Open to all. Buffet at 6.30pm. Event starts at 7pm. Post discussion drinks and networking.


  • Professor Andy Pike – Newcastle University
  • Jonathan Spruce – Fore Consulting
  • Andrew Lewis - Managing Director – Tees Valley Combined Authority


ICE Breaking Dialogues is a new debate series by ICE NE Regional Advisory Board, organised in association with The Great Debate.

Ice Breaking Dialogues
The Great Debate

Event materials

The following materials are available for download: