WIG Infrastructure Conference | A cross-sector perspective
About the event
This conference brings together key players in the UK infrastructure space with public sector decision makers in this area.
The event is an opportunity to explore themes laid out in the National Infrastructure Assessment and discuss infrastructure priorities, representing the views and interests of industry and public sector before the Government responds to the report with a National Infrastructure Strategy.
Topics to be covered include:
- Government priorities
- Finance models
- Land value capture
- Data and Infrastructure
- Harnessing rail
- Roads for the future
- Green infrastructure
- Unlocking housing
- Digital infrastructure
- National infrastructure planning & strategy
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Sir John Armitt
National Infrastructure Commission
Sir John Armitt is Chairman of the National Express Group, City & Guilds Group, and the National Infrastructure Commission. Sir John is also on the Board of the Berkeley Group and Expo 2020.
In September 2013 Sir John published an independent review on long term infrastructure planning in the UK. The recommendations in the Armitt Review received widespread support and in large part have now been adopted by the current government, resulting in the National Infrastructure Commission.
After leaving John Laing plc in 1993, where Sir John had been Chairman of Laing’s International and Civil Engineering divisions, he became Chief Executive of Union Railways. In 1997 he became Chief Executive of Costain, a position he held until 2001. Sir John was Chief Executive of Railtrack plc from 2001-2002, Chief Executive of Network Rail from 2002-2007, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority from 2007-2014, Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 2007-2012, a member of the Airports Commission from 2012-2015, a member of the Board of Transport for London from 2012-2016 and a Board member and later Chairman of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission from 2016-2018.
Sir John was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 2015-2016, he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Institution of Civil Engineers and City and Guilds of London Institute and has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Birmingham, Imperial College London, Portsmouth, Reading and Warwick.
Sir John was awarded the CBE in 1996 for his contribution to the rail industry and received a knighthood in 2012 for services to engineering and construction.
Breakout & plenary speakers
Tricia Hayes was appointed Director General for Roads, Motoring and Devolution in the Department for Transport (DfT) in April 2016.
Her main areas of responsibility are:
- ensuring the department’s resources and plans align with our business plan
- development of policy in relation to roads, traffic, road safety, sustainable travel, bus travel and logistics
- managing the department’s relationship with local government and its contribution to the localism agenda
- managing the government funding of, and relationship with, Transport for London
- sponsorship of DfT’s motoring agencies
Tricia first joined DfT in 1987. Her civil service career has focussed largely on transport policy, with roles covering almost all modes of transport; including rail, road, aviation and sustainable travel issues.
From 2013 to 2016 Tricia was the UK’s Director of Aviation, responsible for all aspects of domestic and international aviation policy, including aviation security.
Tricia’s earlier roles included a 3 year loan to the FCO to run the transport desk at the British Embassy in Washington DC. She has also held posts in ministerial private offices, and spent 2 years at Defra working with Jonathon Porritt setting up the multi-sectoral Sustainable Development Commission.
Tricia is the Head of the Policy Profession within the Department for Transport, chairs the DfT Board sub-committee on Strategy, and is the Board level Champion for Race and Faith.
Sonia joined Defra in October 2001. She held three Director posts: Sustainable Agriculture and Livestock Products (2001-2006); EU and International (2006-2010) and Water and Flood Risk management (2010-2015) before being appointed as Director-General, Policy Delivery in April 2015.
Previously, Sonia was based in the Cabinet office, where she had a variety of roles including central HR policy, machinery of government, principal private Secretary to the Cabinet Secretary, Civil Service reform and posts in the Cabinet Secretariat, alongside secondments to the Department for Education and the private sector
Niall Mackenzie is a career civil servant who has worked in many government departments and agencies covering a wide range of policy areas including sport, tourism, broadcasting, gambling, health, the environment and business.
He joined the Department for Business Innovation in Skills in August 2014 and is currently Director for Infrastructure & Materials in BEIS. Niall is responsible for government action to support growth in the foundation materials’ sectors, including steel and construction as well as chemicals, rail supply and agricultural technology. Having overseen agreement of sector deals in construction and rail in 2018, in the year ahead Niall is focused on securing the infrastructure outcomes in the Industrial Strategy White Paper
James joined the Commission as Chief Executive in May 2020. Prior to this, he served as Director of Digital Infrastructure at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
James led DCMS through the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review and Telecoms Supply Chain Review, and had overall responsibility for broadband, mobile and telecoms security policy, and the Government’s 5G Trials & Testbed Programme.
Before joining DCMS in 2017, he was Director of Policy at the BBC.
Nick Baveystock took up the post of Director General of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2011. Nick is a member of the Construction Industry Council, a non-executive director of Engineering UK, a member of both the Education for Engineering and Engineering the Future boards, and non-executive Vice Chairman of Thomas Telford Ltd.
Alison Baptiste has extensive project and programme leadership experience gained both in private and public sectors. At the Environment Agency, Alison has led both infrastructure and transformation projects and held senior operational delivery roles. She has played key roles in emergency response both at a local and national level, including extensive experience as a media spokesperson. Most recently she has been working closely with government to develop a new strategy for flood and coastal risk with long term investment scenarios. Alison is an experienced media spokesperson, Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Alison was appointed as Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the environment in the 2019 New Years Honours.
Shaun became Executive Director of Green Alliance in June 2017. He was Chief Executive of CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) for 13 years. Previously he led ABCUL, the credit union trade association. From 1994 to 1999, he was an MEP for the South East, serving on the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.
Shaun is a trustee of Sustain, the alliance for food and farming, was a founder trustee of Civic Voice and is a member of the policy advisory board of the Social Market Foundation. His book, How to build houses and save the countryside, was published by Policy Press in March 2018.
Raj is the CEO of Broadband Delivery U.K. (BDUK) leading the delivery of digital infrastructure programmes for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. The portfolio currently covers three major programmes with a total whole life cost of £3Bn. 700Mhz Clearance is making available spectrum for resale for 5G, Superfast Broadband having hit 95% UK coverage is now delivering to as much of the last 5% as possible, and Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) is stimulating the market to deliver full fibre across the UK.
Raj works closely across government and with regulators, industry bodies, local authorities and telecoms operators to deliver the digital infrastructure that underpins the UK's connectivity, telecommunications and digital sectors.
Prior to BDUK, Raj spent 14 years at TalkTalk, where he was a key part of the team that made Local Loop Unbundling the standard for ISP's and 'free broadband' a reality, and went on to be Director of Innovation, Director of Major Projects, Group Procurement Director and finally Director of Technology Transformation.
Miranda Sharp is Director of Innovation at Ordnance Survey and founder of the Smart Cities practice which collaborates with and supports enterprises from the public and private sectors, researchers from academia and OS’s Geovation community of innovators in the use and exploitation of place-based data. She advises on digital infrastructure, as a member of the Mayor’s Smart London Board, the Digital Framework Task Group, Future Leader for ICE Project 13 and to the award-winning SME See Sense. Her interest is in seizing the golden opportunities emerging from a ‘Smarter’ world supported by innovative business and regulation models.
Alex became Regulation Director at Anglian Water in 2017, having spent the prior two years leading on regulatory policy and market reform. Previously he has worked as Director of Regulation at Royal Mail, Executive Director for Economy, Transport & Environment at Cambridgeshire County Council, and Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Horizons, driving forward the delivery of sustainable new communities in Cambridgeshire.
Earlier in his career, Alex was Deputy Regional Director of the Government Office for the East of England, spent 4 years as Head of Economic Policy and International Aviation at the CAA, and worked in HM Treasury on competition policy, including leading the work on the 2002 Enterprise Act.
In addition to his role with Anglian Water, Alex is a Board Member of the Centre for Cities and an Operational Board Member for Cambridge Ahead.
Clare has advised on a wide range of infrastructure transactions including project bonds, private placements, corporate bonds and multi-source financings including secured corporate debt transactions (whole business securitisations). She acts for a broad range of market participants, including banks, institutional investors, multi-laterals, sponsors and corporates. She has particular experience advising on complex, credit-enhanced transactions, aggregator/portfolio financings, and restructurings/terminations.
Clare advises on the issuance of green bonds, both corporate issuance, and renewables project and portfolio financings.
Rory’s areas of expertise include land value uplift and capture, economic and development impact assessments of infrastructure projects, and industrial intensification. He led on work for Transport for London looking at land value uplift associated with historic and future major transport projects including the Jubilee Line Extension, Crossrail 1 and Crossrail 2. Follow-on analysis looked at the specific feasibility of the Development Rights Auction Model (DRAM). He is working for Manchester City Council assessing the development and value uplift impacts of the High Speed 2 stations at Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport. He is leading on work for Highways England estimating the development enabled by and economic benefits of the Oxford Cambridge Expressway proposals. He is also overseeing work for East West Rail Limited looking at the potential for development around EWR stations.
Liam McKay originally joined LCY in 2013, and in 2018 became Director of Corporate Affairs. Liam oversees government, business and community relations, communications and policy matters for the airport.
Liam has over ten years’ experience in campaigning and communications, and previously was responsible for Transport for London Communications and Engagement in Central London during the 2012 Games, was the London Regional Manager for the BBC’s Switchover Helpscheme, and worked on the 2011 Census on behalf of the London Mayor and Councils.
He is a member of the Airports Council International Policy Committee as well as a number of other aviation, transport and regeneration bodies.
Jane has been Head of Business Environment and Skills Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce since 2017. The BCC represents and champions the interests of accredited Chambers of Commerce and their tens of thousands of business members – covering every size and sector and employing over five million people in the UK. Jane leads BCC’s policy work on workforce skills, apprenticeships and infrastructure policy.
Previously, Jane served as the BCC’s Planning Policy Fellow and was Deputy Chief Executive at the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce. She has also held a number of trustee positions, including older people’s and disabled children’s charities.
Chris is responsible for the Crossrail 2’s transport and town planning work, making the case for and shaping the configuration of the proposed new £30bn railway. With 15 years experience across Transport for London’s long term planning department, Local Authorities and the private sector, he previously played a key role in developing and examining a number of noteworthy transport project concepts backed by the former Mayor.
Michael specialises in advising on major infrastructure projects. He has particular experience of concession, PFI/PPP/P3 and project finance structures.
Lizi joined SNC Lavalin Atkins on 1st February 2019. A recognised leader in the transportation industry, Lizi has many years’ experience working with major multi-national firms and world-leading clients across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She has held leadership roles in the transportation, retail, financial services and property industries, and joins us from Arcadis, where she was the Managing Director of Highways and Aviation. Lizi is also a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Tom is a Client Director in the Strategic Rail market with a focus on major project pursuits, market strategy and driving win work performance across the rail business. Tom joined Atkins in 2015 from Balfour Beatty having spent the previous 10 years developing and financing major infrastructure projects. Prior to Balfour Beatty, Tom was an Assistant Director in Ernst & Young Infrastructure Investment team.
Scott is the Market Director for Strategic Rail for SNCL Atkins in the UK. As Atkins largest UK market, he leads the delivery and winning of work for key clients in the sector. Scott has worked for Atkins for 15 years in a variety of senior roles including key positions on Jeddah Airport, Doha Gold Line, Metronet and AWE. Prior to joining Atkins Scott held roles in Railtrack and the SRA. Scott is Chartered Mechanical Engineer and holds a Masters degree in Construction Engineering from Cambridge University.
Dan Large leads the CBI’s policy work on infrastructure, supporting the delivery of vital upgrades to enable the movement of products, people, information and capital.
Dan is a successful campaign strategist with an established track record of delivering high profile campaigns at the top of the political agenda, influencing outcomes in government, the public sector and electorates.
Examples include the Campaign for High Speed Rail, Freedom to Marry (same-sex marriage) and marginal seat general election campaigns, as well as stakeholder engagement work and political advice for industry resulting in significant cost savings.
In Parliament Dan advised Theresa May and her Home Office team, as well as a senior education minister, and supported 10 Downing Street in political management.
Elliot Shaw is Executive Director of Strategy and Planning at Highways England. Within Highways England, he has responsibility for the development of strategy for England’s strategic road network, the company’s organisational transformation agenda, its analytical and economist functions and the relationships with key statutory and regulatory bodies, including the Office for Rail and Road and Transport Focus. Before joining Highways England, Elliot was a civil servant at the Ministry of Justice and Department for Transport. Prior to this, Elliot was a management consultant, working in Accenture’s UK and US strategy practices. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, has been a Public Policy Fellow at Cambridge University and completed the Major Projects Leadership Academy at Oxford Said Business School.
Jacqui has more than 25 years’ experience in the financing of transportation assets as a Managing Director of Centrus and previously as shareholder and Executive Director of MDT, and has particular expertise in the financing of rolling stock and rail infrastructure assets. Jacqui established MDT’s rail financing advisory business on privatisation of the UK industry and has since been involved in many of the major transactions in the privatised market. She started her career as a structured and asset finance lawyer with Mallesons in Australia and the Freshfields in London. Jacqui is also a member of the London Chapter of the Ambassadorial Council for the University of Western Australia’s Business School.
Sayeh is a Partner in EY's Advisory practice in the UK; a market leading business with over 1500 consultants delivering a range of services to clients in the public and private sectors. Sayeh leads EY's infrastructure advisory practice and works with clients who are facing new and significant challenges, helping them develop innovative strategies, new business models and transformation programmes.
Sayeh is an award winning strategy and change consultant, a multi-lingual aeronautical engineer and a martial artist who believes in building a better working world. She is currently a member of MIT Solve's Challenge Leadership Group focusing on Work of the Future and is a Non-Executive Director of the WISE Campaign.
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