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Roundtable with Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for NI

Roundtable with Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for NI
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 14:00 to 16:00
Stormont House

CO3 and the NIO are delighted to announce a roundtable with Special Adviser to the NI SoS NI, Kris Hopkins.  Kris was appointed to the role of Special Advisor in February 2018.  The roundtable will be an opportunity to have a Chatham House Rule conversation about the realities of leading and managing in the absence of a functioning government for the past 18 months.

The lack of engagement and the uncertainty of funding have been prominent issues for members.  The roundtable will be a chance to share how a range of Third Sector leaders are navigating around this uncertainty and the contribution and enhanced role we have to offer to build a stronger society.   
 


Places are limited to a maximum of 15 and will be selected on a lottery basis.

Please RSVP to sarah@co3.bz by Thursday 13 September.

Please note that this event is limited to Full Members (CEO/Director level) only.
 


Kris Hopkins

Kristan Frederick Hopkins  (born 8 June 1963)  is a British Conservative Party politician, who was formerly the Member of Parliament for Keighley in West Yorkshire.  Elected in 2010, he served as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household, a government whip. He was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Department for Communities and Local Government and the former housing minister. He lost his seat in the June 2017 General Election.  In February 2018, Kris Hopkins was appointed as Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP.

Military career

Hopkins served in KenyaNorthern Ireland and Germany as a Private in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment.

Political career

Hopkins had stood twice for Parliament before being elected, when he was second to Linda Riordan in the 2005 election for the seat of Halifax, also in West Yorkshire and for the Leeds West Constituency in 2001.

Before his election to Parliament, Hopkins had been a member of Bradford Council since 1998, rising to become the council's deputy leader in 2004 and leader in 2006.

In the July 2014 reshuffle, Hopkins became minister for local government and adult social care.

Following the May 2015 general election, Hopkins was appointed Vice-Chamberlain of the Household - a senior position within the whips' office. He was a losing candidate in the general election of 8 June 2017.