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

09:55 – Portsmouth Youth Cabinet
           – Jo Morgan and the Portsmouth Youth Cabinet

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 – 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!


The Shaping Portsmouth Conference,
Friday 26th January 2024.

General Admission £25.00 + VAT & Fees

Webcast £15.00 + VAT & Fees

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Two sponsorship opportunities are available for Portsmouth-based businesses and organisations who would like to support us in the running of our conference:
Live Streaming 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 Steffan Jones 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.

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.

The deadline for nominations is 23:59
on Wednesday 6th December.