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Join us on 17th September for the Essex Assembly


Join us on 17th September for the Essex Assembly:

We are pleased to share with you the full agenda for the upcoming Essex Assembly.

You will have received an invitation for the event taking place on the 17th September at Chelmsford Racecourse.

We would be grateful if you could please confirm your attendance by Tuesday 3rd September.



Time      Agenda Item


12.00     Arrival, Networking and Lunch

Market stalls will be displaying partnership programmes that support the delivery of the Vision ambitions ‘Unite behind a sense of identity’ and ‘Strengthen communities through participation’


13:00     Welcome

Andy Wright, Chief Executive Officer, Braintree District Council will host the event.


13:05     The Essex Identity – A conversation with…

David Sollis, Chief Executive Officer, Healthwatch Essex, will introduce citizens’ views on the Essex identity and community cohesion, captured as part of the development of a new Essex-wide citizen engagement toolkit that will be launched at the Essex Assembly.


13.15     Introducing Essex 2020 – A year of science and creativity

Inspired by the British Science Festival’s first-ever visit to Essex next year, Gavin Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Essex County Council and Richard Freeman, Chief Executive Officer of always possible, will introduce Essex 2020 a year-long celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, and an opportunity to connect communities, celebrate our history and create a new narrative for the county.


13:45     Workshops: Participants will be asked to sign up to one workshop on registration


ABCD and Strengthening Communities – Chris Chinnock, Nurture Development

Chris will provide an introduction to Asset Based Community Development and link into the work being undertaken in Basildon, Tendring, and Colchester as part of the Local Delivery pilot to increase physical activity.

Uniting Behind A Shared Cause and Identity – John Bromley, National Social Marketing Centre

This session will explore how social marketing can help people unite behind common causes and how the public sector can tap into the momentum that social marketing can create to build movements for change in our local communities.

Creating Civic Pride – Kirsty O’Callaghan, Essex County Council

Hear from the Essex Unites project and build an understanding of how civic pride and sense of identity have increased community capacity and have provided more positive outcomes for residents.

Exploring Identity and Faith – Sidra Naeem, Anglia Ruskin University

This session will reflect on the changing relationship between identity and faith and explore how interfaith engagement can strengthen this identity and have a positive impact on community resilience.

A Story of STEAM for Essex – Richard Freeman, always possible

Get involved in the opportunities that Essex 2020 will provide for our services and communities and explore how we can fuse science and creativity together to engage audiences and develop a new narrative for Essex.

Busting Stereotypes Through History – Pippa Smith and Amy Cotterill, Snapping the Stiletto

Learn how culture, museums, heritage sites and plaques are developing a sense of place and sense of pride in both those born and bred in Essex, and people moving to the county.


15.15     Coffee Break


15:30     Q&A Panel

Purpose: To provide attendees with the opportunity to explore some of the themes of the day and ask the experts questions.

Chair: Cllr Madden, Essex County Council

Panel Members

  • John Bromley, National Social Marketing Centre
  • Chris Chinnock, Nurture Development
  • Sidra Naeem, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Gavin Jones, on behalf of Essex 2020
  • Tim Burrows, The Guardian
  • Kirsty O’Callaghan, Essex County Council


16:30     Close

Cllr Madden, Cabinet Member Performance, Business Planning & Partnerships, Essex County Council



We look forward to seeing you on 17th September