Former No.10 Advisor to deliver keynote speech at VCSE Futures Conference in the MAC on May 25th

Former No.10 Advisor to deliver keynote speech at VCSE Futures Conference in the MAC on May 25th

01 May 2018

Building Change Trust has announced Charles Leadbeater, leading thinker on innovation and creativity and former UK Government advisor, as keynote speaker for its Future of the Sector Conference on May 25th.   

As well as advising a wide range of public and private organisations on innovation including the BBC, Microsoft and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Leadbeater has also been involved in developing projects like Bridget Jones’ Diary whilst he was associate editor at the Independent.

Director of Operations at Building Change Trust, Nigel McKinney said, “Charles Leadbeater’s diverse background and broad experience in helping organisations to innovate, make him an obvious choice to address our conference.  VCSE Futures will provide attendees with an opportunity to consider ideas for future actions in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sectors, hear from thought leaders in these key areas and consider along with others how the future actions required can be implemented.

“As a life limited charitable Trust, 2018 is our final year and this conference is one of our key final events.  As well as the keynote speech and workshops with subject matter experts, we will be launching our "Agenda for change and development in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector in Northern Ireland".

“We've identified seven key issues critical to the success of the voluntary sector here and will be setting out actions to be taken by the voluntary sector its funders and policy makers to ensure its future success.” 

“Registration is free of charge, however places are limited, so we would encourage early sign up.”


For further information contact Julie Sherlock, +447834776519

Notes to Editor:

  1. In October 2016, with support from the Big Lottery Fund, Building Change Trust began the VCSE Futures project.  Its purpose was to examine the issues facing the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Northern Ireland and to start identifying the actions to be taken by the sector, its funders and relevant policy makers, to build an enabling environment, support the sector and achieve the best outcomes for the people and places it works with. Further information is available at
  2. Watch Charles Leadbeater’s talk on Education Innovation in the Slums or read about him at