Exploring themes at the heart of Devon

The annual Rural Futures Conference is the essential gathering of those concerned with rural issues in Devon. The Conference has become an established feature in the County’s calendar and we are pleased to offer you opportunities to support the event year on year.

Our audience is drawn from those who inspire, lead, organise and administer our communities: parish councillors, local authority members, officers from the public services, community buildings and assets co-ordinators, sport and play representatives, charities supporting rural communities, local schools, organisations and businesses.

In 2016, the conference featured prominent speakers and a Market Place where organisations presented their services.

Held at The Watermark centre, Ivybridge, 54 delegates and 16 exhibitors attended the one day event.

(L-R) Greg Davies, Director of Operations at Devon Communities Together (DCT),

Jon Siddall, Teresa Butchers, Chair at DCT, Steve Brown, Elaine Cook, CEO at DCT

Elaine talks about the Love Devon campaign.

Speakers and Themes

A full copy of the programme, including speaker bios, is available to download here

Photos from the event can been seen on our Facebook page here

  • Stuart Horne, Managing Director, Business Information Point

Enterprising Devon: Examined growth and opportunities for skilled and fulfilling employment. Link to presentation delivered here.

  • Adele Dawson, Assistant Principal, South Devon College

Work related learning for young people: exploring learning opportunities and how employers can respond to the needs of those entering the world of work. Link to presentation delivered here.

  • Jon Siddal, Director of Innovation, The South West Academic Health Science Network

Innovation in healthcare: discussed the priorities and the prospects for new products and services. Link to presentation delivered here.

  • Dan Janota, Senior Forward Planner, Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA)

Keeping a sense of place - Chagford Case Study: the voice of the community represented by Chris Park who had a great deal of involvement in shaping how the community saw itself growing. Link to presentation delivered here.

  • Steve Brown, Deputy Director of Public Health

Keeping Devon Healthy: Devon County Council has just completed the tendering of a new healthy lifestyle project for Devon. The new service
has been developed using the insight gained from Devon residents and stakeholders and includes how technology can be better used to help us live more healthily. Link to presentation delivered here

  • Sue Southwell, Senior Rural Housing Enabler, Devon Rural Housing Partnership

Rural Housing Awards 2016: award winners can be seen on our Facebook page hereLink to presentation delivered here.

  • Ed Parr-Ferris, Project Manager/Conservation Manager, Devon Wildlife Trust

It's why we are here: explored what it takes to keep Devon’s natural environment thriving. Link to presentation delivered here.

The Marketplace


Feedback overall was positive, with delegates enjoying the venue and the catering, while being impressed with the informative and insightful speakers.

Details of the 2017 event will be available soon.

  • New theme
  • New format
  • More time for networking and group discussions

 We look forward to seeing you there!

Banner images: Dan Janota, Senior Forward Planner, Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA)


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