Conference 2024

Join us in our plans to Shape Our Future at Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday 26th January 2024

The Shaping Portsmouth Conference returns to Portsmouth Guildhall in 2024

Running Order:

08:00 – Registration, Refreshments, and Networking

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

08:50 – Fair Ways Phoenix Journey
           – Mac McHugh, CEO for Fair Ways

09:00 – Shaping Portsmouth’s Community Pillar
           – Stef Nienaltowski, CEO
           – Chris Hillman, Director for Community Programmes

09:15 – The Future of Gunwharf Quays
           – Bruce Findlay, Managing Director of Landsec Retail
           – Mike Hood, CEO of Landsec U&I

09:35 – Portsmouth Youth Cabinet
           – Jo Morgan and the Portsmouth Youth Cabinet

09:50 – Shaping Portsmouth’s Education Pillar
           – Stef Nienaltowski
           – Hayden Taylor, Director for Education Programmes

10:10 – Shaped By Solent
           – Sharon Burt, CEO of Solent Academies Trust

10:20 – Networking & Refreshments

11:30 – City Council Update and Q&A
           – Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of Portsmouth City Council

12:00 – Shaping Portsmouth’s Business Pillar
– Stef Nienaltowski
           – Jane Lamer, Director for Business Programmes 

12:20 – Shaping Portsmouth Awards

12:45 – CEO Closing Speech
– Stef Nienaltowski

12:50 – Message from the Co-Chairs
           – Simon Barrable, Co-Chair
           – Mark Waldron, Co-Chair

13:00 – Close and Networking

Join us at Portsmouth Guildhall on Friday 26th January 2024, for the Shaping Portsmouth Conference!

We are very excited to be bringing the Shaping Portsmouth Conference back to Portsmouth Guildhall, with the theme of Shaping Our Future. This will also be Stef Nienaltowski’s final conference as CEO before his retirement!

Throughout the day we’ll have updates from Stef and our Directors on Shaping Portsmouth’s Business, Education, and Community pillars, plus a Portsmouth City Council update and Q&A from Council Leader Cllr Steve Pitt, the Shaping Portsmouth Awards, and the always popular networking and exhibition.

We’ll also be joined by Bruce Findlay, Managing Director of Landsec Retail, and Mike Hood, CEO of Landsec U&I, telling us about the £45m redevelopment of Gunwharf Quays, the SEND students of our Shaped By Solent programme selling their products created with the support of their business mentors, and a message from our Co-Chairs, Simon Barrable and Mark Waldron, will finish off the day.

“I would love to see as many of you as I can for my last Conference as the leader of this wonderful organisation. It promises to be another excellent way to reflect on one of our most productive years and I hope it will inspire you to greater things in 2024.”

Stef Nienaltowski
Chief Executive Officer

“I’m very excited to be involved in the delivery of our main event this year. It’s become very clear to me over the past few months what an important event this is in our city’s business, community and education calendars and I hope to do it justice.”

Steffan Jones
Events Lead

Join us – let’s shape our future together!

We would like to thank you all for joining us on Friday to make it our biggest Conference to date, with 451 joining us in the room and a further 46 watching via the live stream.

It was an incredible energy in the room and we hope it inspired you to support our city. We know we inspired at least the 58 of you who committed your organisations to the pledge to inspire the next generations!

Thank you to our speakers and Directors, our hosts the Portsmouth Guildhall, all our exhibitors, sponsors, delegates, and student volunteers for making it such an amazing day.

The event was also a well-deserved tribute to Stef Nienaltowski, who took a bow after seven years as our CEO, receiving not one but three standing ovations.

Shaping Portsmouth’s new CEO, Dave Humphries, said “My first Shaping Portsmouth conference was a fantastic experience. It was great to meet so many people and the welcome I received from everyone was lovely. 

“More importantly the conference provided a fabulous send off for Stef with a record turnout of 451. The updates Stef gave on last year’s work were a great testament to the passion and commitment he has given Shaping Portsmouth and I am excited to take the baton from him.”

Steff Jones, Shaping Portsmouth Events Lead, adds “The conference, above any other Shaping event, demonstrates how individuals, communities, organisations and businesses of Portsmouth are committed to driving this wonderful city forward in so many different ways! They should all be immensely proud of themselves….and what a great send-off for Stef after his years of hard work for this city. The whole Shaping family will miss him immensely. We now look forward to a new chapter under Dave’s leadership.”

We would like to thank our host

and our sponsors for supporting us for this event.

The live stream is sponsored by:
The Shaping Portsmouth Business Award is sponsored by:
The Shaping Portsmouth Education Award is sponsored by:
The Shaping Portsmouth Community Award is sponsored by:


The Shaping Portsmouth Conference,
Friday 26th January 2024.

General Admission £25.00 + VAT & Fees

Webcast £15.00 + VAT & Fees

Sponsorship Opportunities

We would like to thank our sponsors for supporting us for this event.

Sponsorship Stream
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The live stream is sponsored by:
The Shaping Portsmouth Business Award is sponsored by:
The Shaping Portsmouth Education Award is sponsored by:
The Shaping Portsmouth Community Award is sponsored by:

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.

Contact Steffan Jones at to book your stall.

The Shaping Portsmouth Awards

Nominations are now open for the Shaping Portsmouth Awards, celebrating the work being done around 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 2024, which recognises outstanding support given by a Portsmouth business to our serving personnel, reservists, service leavers, or their families.

Nominations are now closed

Unfortunately, due to a technical issue we have no audio for the majority of the recording of Mac McHugh’s presentation.
We will be working with Fair Ways to find an appropriate way to share the amazing work they are doing.

CEO Stef Nienaltowski and Director for Community Programmes Chris Hillman present an update on Shaping Portsmouth’s Community Programmes.

Mike Hood, CEO OF Landsec U&I, and Bruce Findlay, Managing Director of Landsec Retail, present details of the upcoming £45m redevelopment of Gunwharf Quays.

Led by Jo Morgan, Portsmouth Youth Cabinet members Lesley, Mackenzie, and Quinn present their campaign for youth employment.

CEO Stef Nienaltowski and Director for Education Programmes Hayden Taylor present an update on Shaping Portsmouth’s Education Programmes, plus Hayden interviews Imogen Hambry about the importance of youth employment.

CEO Stef Nienaltowski, Programme Lead Georgina Shepherd, and Solent Academies Trust Assistant Principal Mel Walton present this year’s Shaped By Solent programme.

Council Leader Cllr Steve Pitt presents an update from Portsmouth City Council and takes questions from the audience.

CEO Stef Nienaltowski and Director for Business Programmes Jane Lamer present an update on Shaping Portsmouth’s Business Programmes.

Celebrating our city with the Shaping Portsmouth Awards.
Kindly sponsored by MindWorks Marketing, The University Of Portsmouth, and Imagine Portsmouth.

Stef Nienaltowski has his mic-drop moment as he gives his final speech as CEO of Shaping Portsmouth.

Shaping Portsmouth Co-Chairs Simon Barrable and Mark Waldron lead the tributes to Stef Nienaltowski as he steps down after 7 years as CEO of Shaping Portsmouth, and introduce incoming CEO Dave Humphries.