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In Conversation with Simon Lawrence


Thursday 27th June 2024


5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Stanley House Hotel and Spa
Mellor, Lancashire, BB2 7NP
Join Downtown for our 'Leaders Lunch' in Lancashire, on Thursday 27th of June, with Simon Lawrence, Director of Growth and Regeneration at Lancashire County Council.

Join Downtown for the next event in our ‘In Conversation with…’ series in Lancashire. On Thursday 27th of June, we will be hosting Simon Lawrence, Director of Growth and Regeneration at Lancashire County Council.

This event aims to bring together business leaders professionals from a range of sectors across Lancashire to discuss the changes and challenges facing the city region.


Discussing the future of the Lancashire region

Over recent years, the Lancashire Region has found itself coming up against some significant challenges when it comes to growth, regeneration and development brought about by changes in priorities when it comes to regeneration projects and shifts in private and public sector spending.

No one knows this better than Director of Growth and Regeneration at Lancashire County Council, Simon Lawrence.

Throughout his career in local government, mainly for Lancashire County Council, he has worked across various projects and roles including Head of the Growth Unit and Major Programme where he lead a multi-disciplinary team responsible for the coordination of the council’s role in infrastructure delivery, supporting complex growth schemes across the county, working with council departments as well as key external stakeholders including district councils, Homes England and developers.

With the right approach and support, Downtown firmly believes that regeneration projects can bring significant growth and advantages to businesses, further fuelling the advancement of the Lancashire region.

Speakers address:

Drawing on his experiences working for Leicestershire county council for example working as Community Budgets Programme Director where he led multiple transformation programmes bringing together all public agencies, such as Police, senior politicians, health and local government and voluntary sector organisations in Leicestershire, Simon will provide a unique and empowering insight into his vision for future of the Lancashire region, how we can promote regeneration projects and growth and the support needed for different sectors within the Lancashire region.

About the Speaker:

Simon obtained a degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Nottingham in 1991 before going on to work as Project Design officer for Nottinghamshire County Council after graduating.

Having cut his teeth in the world of local government he went on to serve in various roles in Leicestershire County Council, serving there for over two decades before his appointment to Lancashire County council in 2023.

He also gained a Masters in Public Leadership and management from the University of Warwick Business School in 2013.

Benefits of Attending:

    • Hear Insights from an Industry Expert: In all his many roles, Simon has championed change in the most important areas and projects that will have the most positive impact for those living and working in the region such as when he lead major infrastructure programmes in the County during his time at Leicestershire County Council, focusing on public engagement and consultation. Be party to his invaluable insights and begin to consider the future of growth and regeneration in your region.

    • Networking with Key Figures: Be part of a fantastic opportunity to network and connect with not just Simon himself but also other influential figures in the Lancashire county region and other businesses that form part of the Lancashire economy.

This event is a must for anyone working in or with an interest in business growth and development within the Lancashire region, and particularly business leaders and entrepreneurs looking to the future of the region and their business. Professionals, and business owners aiming to fortify their business against economic change and develop strategies for the future will benefit greatly from Simon’s insights.

If you would be interested in attending this event, please email