NWR National Conference 2022

“Insatiable Consumption”

Friday 2 to Sunday 4 September 2022

Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

* Booking is now closed to members *

We look forward to welcoming you to the NWR National Conference 2022 – Insatiable Consumption.

This year’s theme is wide-ranging and the topics reflect this: from conservation to campaigning, singing to sewing and wildlife to waste, something of interest for everyone. We hope to be enlightened, entertained and enthused by our speakers and workshop leaders. And if all that isn’t enough – the historic city of Newcastle upon Tyne is bustling, vibrant and has fantastic retail opportunities. So read on to find out more.

The Conference

The conference will be all day Saturday and Sunday morning. On Friday and Sunday afternoons there will be optional wrap around events, a quiz will be held on Friday evening and a celebratory dinner on the Saturday evening with after dinner speaker NWR Patron Marion Molteno. You can pick and choose which days and events you want to attend.

Friday afternoon from 2pm – Wrap around events around Newcastle (various prices, see link to wrap around events below)
Friday evening 8.30pm – Quiz evening (Free)
Saturday 9am-5pm – Day conference (£80 including lunch)
Saturday evening 7.00pm for 7.30pm – Conference dinner buffet (£30)
Sunday 9.00am for 9.30am-2pm – Half day conference (£50 including lunch)
Sunday afternoon – Wrap around events around Newcastle (various prices, see link to wrap around events below)

The Sunday conference session will finish with a buffet lunch leaving you free to explore Newcastle upon Tyne with us, or alone, for the afternoon.

Attending for the first time? You will be made very welcome! Many comment how friendly the conference is and how easy it was to meet others. But, we all know that it can be daunting attending an event for the first time so we will have a special rendezvous point for ‘first timers’ to meet each other.

Calling all independent members! Independent member and NWR Trustee Gill Wignall is organising an ‘Independents Corner’ for you to meet up with others who are also there on their own.


You will hear from a diverse range of specially selected speakers with talks about property, conservation, sustainability and fashion, all relating to the theme ‘insatiable consumption’.


The workshop sessions provide delegates with an opportunity to get immersed in a variety of subjects in smaller groups.  We have a range of workshops, and are sure there will be something that catches your attention.

Wrap around events

Explore Newcastle’s attractions with our wrap around events. They take place on Friday and Sunday afternoons and are optional.

We have also listed other places of interest that you might like to visit if you are in the area for longer.


The conference will take place at the Business, Law and Design Centre, Northumbria University, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne


Accommodation is available in purpose-built student flats in New Bridge Street, 5 minutes’ walk from the conference venue. En suite rooms must be booked for a minimum of 2 nights at a cost of £45 per person, per night. A breakfast platter of cereal, fruit, yoghurt and hot drinks is included and will be served in the conference venue foyer. Each room is part of a four or seven room flat which share an open-plan kitchen and living area. (Please note that the kitchen will have tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge. But there is no cutlery / crockery / pans, washing up liquid or cloths). There will be a link on the booking form to add who you would like to share a flat with. Every effort will be made to meet these requests.

Check in is from 10am on Friday 2nd September  

There is a wide variety of accommodation available in Newcastle upon Tyne but as it is a very popular weekend destination early booking is advised.

Newcastle is easily reached by air, train, bus or car.

We are trying to make this Conference as environmentally friendly as possible, hence the recommendation to come by train.

Booking is now closed!

Click here to be directed to the Eventbrite site to view your booking. You will be directed to a page viewable only by NWR members who have logged into the website.

Charity book exchange

We would like everyone to bring along a book and take a different one home with them.

Many of our members enjoy a good read and helping charity so when a member of the conference planning group suggested a charity bookswap we thought this was an excellent idea. So how will it work?

We realise that as many as possible of you will be travelling by rail, and books can be heavy to carry, but you can bring as many books as you like – or can carry! Bring them to the bookswap table as soon as you can after arrival and that way we can quickly build up a decent bank of books. Then come back at any time over the weekend and see if you can find one – or more – books that you’d like to take home in exchange. You can visit the bookswap as many times as you wish. Any books left over at the end of the weekend will go to a charity called Development Direct who will sell them to raise funds.

Development Direct is based in Northumberland. The charity cultivates sustainable global partnerships that result in mutual learning and benefits, with a focus on health and education for children, families, and communities. Using peer education local communities and schools help to promote health programmes in the UK and in developing countries. Every penny raised by the charity goes to their work – there are no administrative costs. The charity pays for the education of some children and young adults in Kenya who would otherwise not be able to receive any. Currently 18 youngsters are receiving this help

Comments about the NWR 2021 Conference

I enjoyed my first conference very much. The wrap arounds were great too. It was terrific to meet so many interesting women and I look forward to meeting them in Newcastle next year.

Truly enjoyable conference. Good to catch up with friends and meet new people. Attended on my own for the first time and felt very comfortable. Thank you everyone for all your hard work. Much appreciated.

Walking into hotel breakfast, alone, knowing no one, and people saw me and waved to me to join them – that’s NWR, thank you.

A great conference, welcoming and well organised.

Congratulations to the Conference Committee, Natalie and all the NWR staff for a great conference.

My first day at a conference and I really enjoyed it. All the speakers were excellent and day ran very smoothly