The Future of Towns Summit has a packed agenda designed to inform, question and energise in equal measure. The day includes a line-up of high calibre speakers and a series of real-life case studies. The case studies are guaranteed to inspire as they are proven success (and failure) stories from which we all can learn. 



8:00 - 8:45

Registration and Networking

The Future of Towns Summit will be attended by interested parties from the island of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Say “Good Morning” to your peers over tea and coffee.

Summit Opening
Bobby Kerr

Bobby, who has a passion for rural town renewal gets the summit underway. Bobby guarantees to keep the event rolling at a high energy pace. 

Danny McCoy

Danny McCoy, CEO of IBEC delivers his strong presentation on IBEC, it's role in regenerating towns across Ireland and the impact of BREXIT. 

A Framework for Town Centre Renewal
Catherine Curran

Catherine is Assistant Principal Officer, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. She delivers a practical guide to The Framework which sets out the key characteristics of a successful town centre and identifies both existing supports and best practice examples from around the country. The Framework includes an Action Plan for Town Centre Renewal which is intended to be a blueprint for towns and villages.

Town & Village Health Checks
Tara Buckley

Tara Buckley, Director General, RG Data presents a practical dissertation on the importance of town and village health checks. this is a must-hear presentation for any town or village thinking of implementing a regeneration strategy.



“What makes a town healthy? A Town Planner’s perspective”

Stephen Purcell

Stephen Purcell, Partner at Future Analytics gives key insights into the importance of high quality, well conceived placemaking and branding.

Digital Transformation & Town Centres

Sven Spollen-Behrens, recently appointed CEO of the Small Firms Association and Conor Bofin, Director of Towns Matter cover some of the key digital elements required to ensure 'Digital Placemaking' reflects and enhances the physical. 

Growing a Thriving Nighttime Economy
Gail McGibbon

Gail is the head of the Sligo BID company. She has seen the successful introduction of Purple Flag recognition for Sligo Town. Hear how to succeed in growing a nighttime economy.

Tourism - the Key to Revival

David Mac Nulty

David Mac Nulty, Director, Tourism Development International, Kevin Traynor of  The Coach Transport Council of Ireland lead presentations on Leisure and Business Tourism and outline the vital role it plays in rural Ireland. 



Selected towns and cities will present the local authority involvement and support in building active and participatory partnership. Speakers will address and discuss challenges and  opportunities that can arise in working to positively change the landscape of their place.


Retail of The Future
David Fitzsimons

David is CEO of Retail Excellence Ireland. His presentation gives his and his organisation's insights into the future of retail and the impact of digital on retail businesses. 

Breakout Sessions

A number of breakout sessions / workshops are planned covering:
Health Checks
Health Checks / Town Teams
Digital Development
Preparing for BID

Attendees can choose from the breakout sessions to ensure they get maximum value from the Summit.