The Covid-19 pandemic was a national moment of crisis, but the impacts have not been shared equally across the nation. The North experienced longer lockdowns, children missed more schooling and there have been greater impacts on mental health and even mortality.

Join our panellists as they share their vision for a culture-led Northern recovery, highlight the opportunities and challenges present in the region, and explore how new approaches and instruments in national and regional policymaking can make this vision a reality.

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About The Chair

Nicky Chance-Thompson

Nicky Chance-Thompson is CEO of The Piece Hall, Halifax.

About The Speakers

Andy Haldane

Andrew Haldane was formerly Chief Economist at the Bank of England and a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee. Among other positions, he is Honorary Professor at the Universities of Nottingham and Manchester, Visiting Professor at King’s College, London, a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Social Sciences. He has authored around 200 articles and 4 books.


Andrew is Founder of the charity Pro Bono Economics, Vice-Chair of the charity National Numeracy, Co-Chair of the City of London Task-Force on Social Mobility and Chair of the National Numeracy Leadership Council.


Tracy Brabin

Tracy Brabin is a British Labour and Co-operative politician who was elected as the first Mayor of West Yorkshire, and the first ever woman Metro Mayor in May 2021. She was the Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen from 2016 until 2021. As MP, she held appointments as Shadow Early Years Minister, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries. Born in Batley, Tracy was an actor and television writer prior to entering politics.

Shanaz Gulzar

Shanaz Gulzar is Chair Bradford 2025, Producer of Manchester International Festival and a visual artist.