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Day Trips

Confirmed speakers for the Big Hope 2 are:


Keynote speakers

  • Colonel John Blashford-Snell, Explorer
  • Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Former Home Secretary and Former Secretary of State for Education and Skills
  • Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman of the Premier League
  • Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Director at Everton Football Club, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Everton Football Club, and Executive Chair of the Club’s official charity, Everton in the Community
  • Professor Sugata Mitra, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University, and winner of the 2013 TED Prize
  • Father Michael Lapsley, South African Anglican priest and social justice activist
  • Lord Charles Guthrie, Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank, former Chief of Defence to the British Army
  • Baroness Caroline Cox, President of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART)
  • Dr Myra Houser, Professor of History at Ouachita Baptist University
  • The Rt Hon Lord David Alton, Baron Alton of Liverpool, former Liberal Democrat MP
  • Baroness Ilora Finlay, Professor of Palliative Medicine and independent crossbench member of the House of Lords


Discussion forum panel members

  • Dr Robert Atlay, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • The Right Reverend Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool
  • Robert Elstone, CEO, Everton Football Club
  • Rev Jacky Embrey, Moderator of Mersey Synod
  • Professor Luca Fiorani, Experimental Physicist
  • Dr Ivana Gabalova, Project Co-ordinator at the Anne Frank House
  • Ms Anne Lonsdale, CBC, Deputy High Steward at Cambridge University
  • Brenda Mallon, Author of Working with Bereaved Children and Young People
  • Dr Jane McCarthy, Open University Professor and author of Young People’s Experience of Loss and Bereavement
  • The Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, Archbishop of Liverpool
  • Shirley Potts, Director of Regional Development, Child Bereavement UK
  • Professor David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool
  • Sarah Teather, Former Liberal Democrat MP and Chair of the Jesuit Refugee Service
  • David Unsworth, Manager of Everton Football Club’s Under-23s team
  • Professor Stephan Wassong, Head of the Institute of Sport at the German Sport University Cologne
  • Professor Ian Gilmore, Professor of Heptology at University of Liverpool and previous president of the Royal College of Physicians

Big Hope 2 will focus on four main areas of discussion that have a huge impact on global society.

They are:

  • Freedom
  • Conflict
  • Equality
  • Change

Delegates will explore these areas by thinking about what they mean to them as individuals, what the changing world means to their lives and what they can do to make a difference. To help the discussion and thought, Big Hope 2 will be thinking about these important areas under 12 themes.

  • Health and Well-being
  • Migration
  • Faith
  • Innovation
  • Education
  • Sport
  • Communication
  • Work and Business
  • Community
  • Politics
  • Culture
  • Environment

The Big Hope 2 will offer a packed week of workshops, keynote lectures and learning opportunities.

Keynote Lectures

Sessions for all delegates delivered by highly respected speakers from business, culture and education.

Discussion Forums

Following keynote addresses, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues raised with a panel of experts.

Learning Tracks

Every delegate will choose a project to work on throughout the week. This will be a chance to try something new with everything from creative writing to virtual reality design on offer.

Reflection Sessions

A relaxed and informal opportunity for our residential delegates to come together at the end of each day to reflect on issues raised during the keynote speeches and parallel sessions.

Open and Closing Ceremonies

Reflecting the ecumenical foundation of Liverpool Hope University, the opening and closing ceremonies will take place at the city’s Anglican and Metropolitan Cathedrals.

Day Trips

Liverpool is a fantastic city known around the world for music, sport and the warmth of its people. There will be opportunities throughout The Big Hope 2 for delegates to explore locally, and beyond into the beautiful North West region of England, both on their own, or as part of organised day trips (additional costs apply).

The Big Hope 2 Exhibition and Concert

To showcase the artistic and creative work produced during the week, we will host a concert and exhibition at the University.


There will be opportunities throughout The Big Hope 2 for delegates to explore locally, and beyond into the beautiful North West region of England, both on their own, and as part of organised day trips (additional costs apply).

Trips will involves going to - 

Haworth (Bronte Country) - Haworth village is situated at the edge of the Pennine moors in West Yorkshire, England, the area made famous by the Bronte sisters, known as Bronte country.

Chester - Chester is arguably the richest city in Britain for archaeological and architectural treasures preserved to this day from the time of the Roman occupation. Situated 40 minutes away from Liverpool there is plenty to see and do in the city of Chester. 

Cownwy Castle - Conwy is a town rich in history, which much of it still preserved within the walls and traditional structures of its buildings. In the heart of it is the mighty 13th-century castle, whose walls encapsulate this remarkable medieval town.

York - The city is recognised the world over as an archaeological treasure trove. JORVIK, now a state-of-the-art visitor attraction, is one of the best-known sites in the city. There is nothing more evocative of York's medieval era than the narrow streets and snickleways, winding haphazardly through the city centre. These days they are home to fashionable boutiques and cafes.

Lake District  Home to England's biggest lakes and tallest mountains, the Lake District is an area of outstanding natural beauty. 

Chatsworth House - The seat of the Duke of Devonshire, and situated in the Peak District it has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549. Chatsworth has been selected as the United Kingdom's favourite country house several times.

Speke Hall - Located a mear 15 minutes away from Liverpool Hope University, Speke Hall is a rare Tudor-framed manor house setting on the banks if the River Mersey. 

Chester Zoo - Named one of the best Zoo's in the UK, Chester Zoo was founded in 1934. It is home to 15,000 animals in 125 acres of award-winning zoological gardens, with the 1.9 million people who come to visit every year.

Media City Salford - Media City Salford is the home of the BBC and ITV in the northwest. Here they film and record Match of the Day, Blue Peter, A Question of Sport, Mastermind, BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 live, CBBC, BBC Sport.