Save the Date - Big Network Day

14 Feb 2019
City Hall - The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA

Join over 100 people from across London’s funding community to discuss the issues that matter to our city – from our themed network groups in the morning, to our cross-sector plenary sessions in the afternoon looking at the future of funding, together with networking opportunities over lunch and a drinks reception – and develop the partnerships we need for our city to achieve its potential.

The Big Network Day is being made possible thanks to the support of the Mayor's Fund for London, making places free to London Funders members and invited guests - if you're interested in membership please get in touch.


9.30am Registration

10am Thematic network group meetings – choose from four options:

(a) Children and Young People

This session will be exploring the funders can ensure that they meaningfully and actively involve children and young people in their decision making, and influence grantees to do the same.

(b) Community assets

This session will be exploring the findings, the summary and the background stats of the Ethical Property Foundation's London Charity Property Matters Survey 2018.

(c) Healthy London

This session will be exploring what is the role of local government in promoting health and how can other funders work collaboratively with the public sector to maximise impact.

(d) Research and Evaluation

This session will be exploring how do we get the most out of data. With around 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created every day, how can we take a responsible and innovative approach to collecting, interpreting, sharing and connecting data?

12.15pm Networking lunch

Opportunity to meet colleagues from across funding sectors over lunch.

1.30pm Plenary – setting the scene

Opening remarks from Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard (London's Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement) and speakers from different funding sectors on our themes of people, partnership and potential.

2pm Plenary – Insight, intelligence and ideas

Presentations of: data on London’s changing communities and needs, and what the future looks like for our city (Vivienne Avery, GLA’s Demography and Policy Analysis Manager); intelligence on who’s funding what in London, based on the London Funders mapping of members (Rachel Rank, Director of 360 Giving); and ideas from the reviews, reports and recommendations of the last year (John Griffiths, Managing Director of Rocket Science).

This session will be chaired by Bharat Mehta CBE (Chief Executive of Trust for London)

2.40pm Workshop discussions – what does this mean for the future of funding in London?

Discussions with colleagues from across funding sectors to look at what the insight, intelligence and ideas from the plenary session might mean for our work individually and collectively, and what opportunities there are for working differently to better meet the needs of Londoners.

3.10pm Networking break

Opportunity to continue the discussion with people from across the funding community over refreshments.

3.30pm Plenary – People, partnerships and potential

Insights from our panel of speakers on the changing relationship between funding sectors, the opportunities for working in collaboration, and the ways in which we can think about working differently as funders to be more effective, including: Rosie Ferguson (Chief Executive of Gingerbread, and Chair of ACEVO); Su-Mei Thompson (Chief Executive of the Media Trust); Dr Abigail Gilbert (London Borough of Barking & Dagenham); Annika Small OBE (Founder of CAST) and other speakers to be confirmed.

This session will be chaired by Sufina Ahmad (Corporation of London, and chair of the Institute of Fundraising's expert panel on equality, diversity and inclusion).

Open discussion and debate with contributions from delegates inspired by workshop outcomes, looking to explore ideas for the future of funding in London.

4.30pm Closing

Summarising the themes and ideas generated during the day, and exploring how London Funders can work with you to help people across London’s communities to live better lives.

5pm Drinks reception

Opportunity to build the networks and relationships needed to implement the ideas generated through the day’s discussions.

6pm Event close

*Please note - networking is a really important part of the day, and for this reason we have asked a couple of questions in the booking form about what themes interest you in particular so that we can help link you to other members to have some productive conversations*

*Numbers may have to be limited to one-person-per organisation