The National Rural Conference 2022

The RSN is delighted to invite you to attend the National Rural Conference 2022!

Aimed at Senior Officers, Members and policy makers along with those working to deliver services in rural areas this conference is an exciting opportunity to hear from expert speakers, network with like minded colleagues and share learning and rural experiences. 

The conference is free to attend for local authorities in membership of the Rural Services Network, and members of the Rural Services Partnership.

The National Rural Conference 2022 is kindly:

Supported by: Sponsored by:

Rural Conference 2022 Video - Lord Foster and Graham Biggs discuss Levelling Up Rural Areas

Discussions focus on the need to Level Up Rural Areas and the role Rural Proofing can play

Conference Schedule:

Tuesday 20th September
10:00 - 12:00
Rural Regeneration Session

13:30 - 14:30
An Audience with Lord Benyon

Wednesday 21st September
10:00 - 12:00
Rural Health, Care and Wellbeing Session

13:30 - 14:30
RSN Session  - Reducing Rural Inequalities and Improving Opportunities

Thursday 22nd September
10:00 - 12:00
Rural Affordable Housing Session

       "Affordable Rural Housing in Shropshire"

        View Jane Trethewey's biography here

13:30 - 14:30
Rural Cost of Living Crisis
Panel Discussion on the current challenges of the Rural Cost of Living Crisis


Friday 23rd September
10:00 - 12:00
Rural Net Zero Session

        "Rural Retrofit - challenges and opportunities"
         View Samantha Shea's biography here
         View Rory Mathews' biography here

Rural Transport Session

Feedback from last year's conference:

"The range of topics and speakers, and the interactivity of the sessions across the week at this conference, has been not only illuminating, but also friendly and inclusive. Thank you to everyone." 

Mrs Lois Dale – Shropshire Council

"Thank you everyone for organising a thoughtful and engaging conference covering a broad range of themes and current issues."

Conrad Moore - Stroud District Council

"It is a fantastic conference that takes a holistic approach by looking at the urban as well as the rural. They are two part of the same coin and can't been seen in isolation. A lot of thought has gone into the selection of Speakers and the messaging is on point. It seems that there is a great team driving this event that is really approachable in tone."

Kay Sentence - Thame Community Land Trust

"It was a great opportunity to share experiences and ideas and what others are doing."

Stephen Brain - Worcestershire County Council

"I very much liked that it was online as I wouldn't have been able to attend otherwise. Very interesting presentations and I would certainly attend again if circumstances allow. Thank you to everyone for organising this event."

Janice McColm - Tees Valley Rural Action


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