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DTNI Community Expo 18


Community Ownership – A Movement for Social Change

The conference will be co-curated by leading social development organisations from the arts and built heritage sectors and will look at the work of these networks in shaping, changing and growing local communities.

The Expo will also celebrate the role of community development activists and how, as social change agents, they facilitate the empowerment of citizens to shape the spaces they live in, challenge the status quo and speak truth to power.

Delegates will consider the need for legislative change in NI, debate the advancement of a Community Rights framework and hear how asset-based community development is key to engaging and mobilising civil society.




Lesley Riddoch is an award-winning journalist, commentator and broadcaster who writes regularly for The Scotsman, The Sunday Post and The Guardian amongst others, and runs her own independent radio and podcast company, Feisty Productions Ltd.

She has recently piloted a documentary series entitled NATION which profiles the small but successful northern European nations neighbouring Scotland.

Lesley will reflect on land reform and community ownership across rural Scotland and consider the lessons therein for social activists in NI.


Neil McInroy is the CEO of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, a Manchester-based think-and-do tank. A leading commentator on economic development he has been involved in public sector policy and delivery for over 25 years.

Neil will present on the NI Charter for Local Economies, a joint initiative between CLES and DTNI which provides a framework for the actions needed to create resilient local economies.


Sarah Longlands is Director of IPPR North, the north of England branch of the IPPR progressive think tank. She is an expert in regional and local economic development, place and planning, participative democracy and civil society.

Sarah will present on the work of IPPR North and its critique of social and economic policy across the north of England as well as emerging trends in civil action that are driving change across the UK.


Matthew McKeague is CEO at the Architectural Heritage Fund, working to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK.

His areas of expertise are regeneration, social enterprise and social impact measurement and his innovative ideas for historic churches led him to become involved in many high-profile regeneration projects.

Matthew will address the theme of built heritage and the inclusion of local communities as owners of heritage to support sustainable development.


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3rd Floor, Cathedral Quarter Managed Workspace, 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1FF