Conference 2022

Join us to celebrate the People of our City at Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday 28th January 2022

The Shaping Portsmouth Conference returns to Portsmouth Guildhall in 2022

Running Order:

08:00 – Registration, Refreshments, and Networking

08:45 – Welcome and Introduction
           – Yvonne Clay, Director for Marketing & Branding

08:55 – Shaping Portsmouth Chairs Introduction
           – Mark Waldron, Co-Chair of Shaping Portsmouth

09:05 – Update from Portsmouth City Council and Q&A
           – Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth
             City Council

09:25 – In Conversation With…
           – Stef Nienaltowski talks to Alice Hendy, Founder of
             R;pple Suicide Prevention

09:40 – Shaping Portsmouth Programmes
– Three of our Programme Leaders discuss their
             programmes activities.

10:00 – Networking

11:15 – Disability Confident
           – Meet young people who are at different stages of their
             employment journey and find out how they can make
             a positive impact on your business

11:30 – Education Update
– Hayden Taylor, Director for Education & Schools

11:45 – Communities Within Our Community
           – A conversation with community group leaders, including
             Marie Costa, Founder Chair of African Women’s Forum,
             Tally Aslam, Chair of Portsmouth Pride, and Geoff Holt,
             Founder of Wetwheels

12:05 – Shaping Portsmouth Awards

12:35 – Shaping Portsmouth Update
– Stef Nienaltowski, CEO Shaping Portsmouth

13:00 – Close and Networking

The Shaping Portsmouth Conference is back as an in-person event on Friday 28th January 2022.

I have had many moments of pride in my role leading Shaping Portsmouth, none more so that at last Friday’s annual conference at the wonderful Portsmouth Guildhall. The theme the People of our City, allowed some extraordinary people to tell their stories and to show how much they contribute to the city.

With around 300 attendees it was the first time some people had been in such a forum for over two years and there was a mixture of excitement, nervousness, anticipation and warmth. It all added up to an outstanding event organised by my team and led by Stuart Brown, my Head of Events.

I want to thank everyone that helped make it such a succes. The organisations that ran their stalls, our Patrons who turned up in force to promote themselves and the partnership they have with Shaping, the students from both City of Portsmouth College and the Redwood Park Academy who were simply brilliant in helping keep people moving and be in the right place at the right time.

I am already looking forward to 2022 being “our year”, as I put it in my closing speech, and we have an ambitious programme for this year and with the support of you all I know we are going deliver it.

Thank you to those of your that attended, and set your diaries for Friday 27th January 2023 when once again we will see you at the Guildhall Portsmouth for our 2023 annual conference.

Stef Nienaltowski
Chief Executive Office

Join us – let’s make a difference together!

Shaping Portsmouth Co-Chair Mark Waldron launched the Shaping Portsmouth Conference on Friday 28th January 2022 by launching our new Vision and Mission.

Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson CBE gave a brief update on the Council’s activities, before taking questions from the audience.

Alice Hendy tells her story, and the story of her brother Josh, and how it led to the founding of R;pple Suicide Prevention.

Three of Shaping Portsmouth’s Programme Leaders, Ken Ebbens of the Care Leavers Programme, Lisa Gibbs of Business Digital Resilience, and Jane Lamer of Skills & Employability, discuss their programmes work and objectives.

Chris Hillman of the Minstead Trust led the Disability Confident session, introducing five young people who are at different stages of their employment journey and discussing how they can make a positive impact on your business.

Shaping Portsmouth’s Director for Education & Schools Programmes, Hayden Taylor, gives an update on our flagship Education programmes.

Cllr Chris Atwell, Cabinet Member for Communities & Central Services, leads a conversation with community group leaders Tally Aslam, Chair of Portsmouth Pride; Marie Costa, Founder Chair of African Women’s Forum; and Geoff Holt, Founder of Wetwheels.

Shaping Portsmouth CEO Stef Nienaltowski presents the Shaping Portsmouth Awards 2022, celebrating the People of our City.

Kindly sponsored by Fareham College.

Stef Nienaltowski finishes off the day with a look back at Shaping Portsmouth’s highlights of 2021, and our plans for the year ahead.


The Shaping Portsmouth Conference,
Friday 28th January 2022.

General Admission £20.00

Webcast £10.00

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Four sponsorship opportunities are available for Portsmouth-based businesses and organisations who would like to support us in the running of our conference:
Live Streaming, Name Badges, Refreshments, and the Shaping Portsmouth Awards.

Each of the four packages will cost £500 + VAT, and include:

  • Recognition and company logo in the delegates’ pack
  • Recognition during continuity announcements
  • Recognition in continuity slides
  • Recognition on the conference page of the Shaping Portsmouth website
  • A pop-up banner in a suitable location at the event
  • Social media recognition on the day

Contact Stuart Brown at to purchase a package.

The packages will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis, so act soon to avoid disappointment.

Exhibit at the Conference

Bookings are now open for exhibition stalls at the conference.

You will have the opportunity to promote your organisation to 400+ Portsmouth delegates, with networking time at the conference opening, during the mid-event break, and after the final speaker for the day.

Stalls are £250 each which includes entry for two people to staff the stall.
To book your stall, or for more information, contact Stuart Brown at

COVID Precautions

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We welcome whatever precautions our attendees would like to practise in order to feel safer attending the Conference. We would strongly encourage everyone attending to read these safety precautions and practise sensible behaviours, for the health and safety of yourself and other attendees. 
  • Attendees will be required to either demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated (via vaccination card or NHS App), or that they have tested negative using a Lateral Flow Test within the previous 24 hours by showing an email or text message confirmation. LFT kits are available from most pharmacies, and can be requested or ordered for home delivery here.
  • We advise all attendees to wear a face mask or suitable face covering when attending Conference and moving around the venue. We would suggest that masks continue to be worn while seated.
  • While maintaining a 2-metre social distance may not be possible during the event, we respectfully ask that all attendees are mindful of each other’s personal space, and respect other attendee’s wishes should they wish to maintain more distance from you. 
  • If you feel unwell on the morning before the Conference begins, please do not attend. If you start to feel unwell during the event, we would politely request that you do not remain at the Conference. 
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at registration and on every table, and we encourage attendees to practise good handwashing and/or sanitising at regular intervals.

The Shaping Portsmouth Awards

Portsmouth has a wonderfully diverse population, with people from all backgrounds working together to make our City great. This year, we will be recognising the very best the City has to offer across Business, Community, and Education.

If you know a person, company, or organisation who excels at what they do, and embodies the very best qualities that make up the People of Our City, nominate them at the button below.

Nominations close Tuesday 7th December.

The Armed Forces Covenant Award

Shaping Portsmouth is pleased to announce nominations are open for the Armed Forces Covenant Award, which will be presented as part of the Shaping Portsmouth Conference on Friday 28th January 2022.

This is the first of what will become an annual award, which will go to the organisation in Portsmouth that our panel of judges deem to have made the most significant contribution supporting veterans, service personnel, and/or their families in the Portsmouth Area.

Any organisation can self-nominate, or be nominated by others. Any nominated organisations must:

  • Have signed the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Have achieved a level of Employers Recognition Scheme (Bronze, Silver, or Gold)

The award itself will be designed by Portsmouth students from the Solent Academies Trust, and be made by The Makers Guild.

Find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant here.

Nominations close Tuesday 7th December.8