Conference 2023

Join us in our plans to Transform Portsmouth Together at Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday 27th January 2023

The Shaping Portsmouth Conference returns to Portsmouth Guildhall in 2023

Running Order:

08:00 – Registration, Refreshments, and Networking

08:40 – Welcome and Introduction
           – Stef Nienaltowski, CEO
           – Yvonne Clay, Director for Marketing & Branding

08:45 – Introduction to Portsmouth Guildhall’s
Basement Renovation Project
           – Andy Grays, CEO of The Guildhall Trust

08:55 – Portsmouth Football Club
           – Andrew Cullen, CEO of Portsmouth Football Club
           – Clare Martin, CEO of Pompey In The Community

09:20 – Shaping Portsmouth’s Education Pillar
           – Stef Nienaltowski
           – Hayden Taylor, Director for Education Programmes
           – Sharon Burt, CEO of The Solent Academies Trust

09:50 – In Conversation With…
– Temporary Superintendent Paul Markham,
              Portsmouth District, Hampshire Constabulary

10:10 – Networking & Refreshments

11:20 – City Council Update & Q&A
           – Cllr Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and                 Economic Development, Portsmouth City Council

11:40 – Shaping Portsmouth’s Business Pillar
– Stef Nienaltowski
           – Jane Lamer, Director for Business Programmes 

11:55 – Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Regeneration
           – Hannah Prowse, CEO of the Portsmouth
              Naval Base Property Trust

12:10 – Shaping Portsmouth’s Community Pillar
           – Stef Nienaltowski

12:20 – Disability Confident
           – Led by Chris Hillman, Head of Employability and
              Apprenticeships at Minstead Trust

12:35 – Shaping Portsmouth Awards
– Stef Nienaltowski
           – Presented by Lord Mayor Cllr Hugh Mason

13:00 – Close and Networking

Join us at Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday 27th January 2023, for the Shaping Portsmouth Conference!

Our 2023 Shaping Conference carries the theme of our vision: Transforming Portsmouth Together and we have a brilliant set of speakers and updates for you. The central focus will be on the past, present, and future of what is happening to transform our city, how you can play a part, and what we as Shaping Portsmouth are doing to support our vision.

Speaking at the event will be Andrew Cullen, CEO of Portsmouth Football Club, and Hannah Prowse, CEO of The Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, who will be talking about the regeneration plans for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development at Portsmouth City Council Cllr Steve Pitt will also be back for a council update and a Q&A, along with the return of the Disability Confident panel, in which Chris Hillman of the Minstead Trust speaks to young people who are at different stages of their employment journey to find out how they can make a positive impact on your business.

Between speakers, our CEO Stef Nienaltowski will be taking to the stage to lead sessions focussing on our three core pillars: Business, Education, and Community.

The ever-popular Networking time and exhibition will also be returning, as will the Shaping Portsmouth Awards. This year the awards will include the Inspire Portsmouth award, a special award presented on behalf of Imagine Portsmouth.

“With such an exciting line up, it’s great to be bringing our annual conference back to the Guildhall. We’ve seen the Conference grow year on year, and become a staple of the City’s events calendar.”

Stuart Brown
Head of Events

“I am looking forward to sharing with you the significant achievements we have made with our Partners, Volunteers, and my brilliant staff. I know you will get a great deal out of the morning and please do make it a date not to be missed.”

Stef Nienaltowski
Chief Executive Officer

Join us – let’s make a difference together!

Thank you to all of you who came to our Conference on Friday 27th January. It was the biggest ever attended by the City’s organisations, with 385 attendees from over 200 Businesses, and it was such a brilliant way to kick off the Shaping year.

We heard from a number of brilliant speakers, and I know from the networking session how much productive activity took place. Partners old and new have told me how brilliant it was to meet and connect with so many other organisations.

The focus was on our vision, Transforming Portsmouth Together, and those that spoke showed us how they and their organisations were doing their bit to do just that. From Portsmouth FC to the Guildhalls renaissance project, to the Historic Dockyards vision given by Chief Executive Hannah Prowse, it was such an exciting event. I would also like to thank our Directors, Yvonne Clay for hosting, and Hayden Taylor, Jane Lamer, and Chris Hilman, for joining me on stage to present updates on our programmes in their respective pillars.

Thank you all for your support and set your calendars for Friday 26th January 2024 when we will do it all over again, just bigger.

Stef Nienaltowski


The Shaping Portsmouth Conference,
Friday 27th January 2023.

General Admission £20.00

Webcast £10.00

Sponsorship Stream
Sponsorship Awards b Sold
Sponsorship Refresh

Sponsorship Opportunities

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

Each of the 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 + VAT each which includes entry for two people to staff the stall.


The Shaping Portsmouth Awards

Nominations are now open for the Shaping Portsmouth Awards.

This year, we are celebrating the work being done to help transform the city in our key areas of Business, Education, and Community.

If you know of an organisation or individual who deserves to be celebrated, please complete the nomination form to tell us about them!


We are also taking nominations for the Shaping Portsmouth Armed Forces Covenant Award 2023, which recognises outstanding support given by a Portsmouth business to our serving personnel, reservists, service leavers, or their families.

Nominated businesses or organisations must:

  • Be Headquartered, based, or operating in the Portsmouth area (i.e. postcodes PO1 to PO6)
  • Have signed the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Hold either the bronze, silver, or gold award for the Employee Recognition Scheme, (ERS)

They must also be one of the following:

  • a private or public company or partnership,
    a charity, community interest company (CIC), or charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • a local authority or government agency
    a part of the UK Armed Forces i.e. Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force

Find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant here.


Andy Grays, CEO of The Guildhall Trust, introduces Portsmouth Guildhall’s basement renovation project.

Andrew Cullen, CEO of Portsmouth Football Club, presents an update on activities at the club and holds a Q&A.

Clare Martin, CEO of Pompey in the Community, and Bianca Robinson, CEO of CEO Sleepout, introduce CEO Sleepout Portsmouth.

Shaping Portsmouth CEO Stef Nienaltowski, and Hayden Taylor, Director for Education Programmes, give an update on activities in our Education Pillar.

Sharon Burt, CEO of The Solent Academy Trust, introduces the Shaped By Solent project, assisted by some of the SEND students that took part.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure & Economic Development, presents an update from Portsmouth City Council and holds a Q&A.

Stef Nienaltowski, and Jane Lamer, Director for Business Programmes, give an update on activities in our Business Pillar.

Hannah Prowse, CEO of the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, introduces regeneration plans for the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Stef Nienaltowski, and Chris Hillman, Director for Community Programmes, give an update on activities in our Community Pillar.

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, led by Chris Hillman, Head of Employability and Apprenticeships at Minstead Trust.

Celebrating the people of our city with the Shaping Portsmouth Awards.
Kindly sponsored by South Western Railway.