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
- Brexit and EIB Funding
- Data and Infrastructure
- Energy and delivering renewables
- Roads for the future
- Green infrastructure
- Unlocking housing
- Digital infrastructure
- National infrastructure planning & strategy
Sir John Armitt
National Infrastructure Commission
Sir John Armitt is Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, National Express Group, City & Guilds Group, and the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission. He 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, and a member of the Board of Transport for London from 2012-2016.
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 policy on the construction industry, energy supply chain issues, agricultural technology and government action to support growth in the foundation materials’ sectors, including steel. Immediately prior to that his focus had been in the Department of Energy on carbon trading and market incentives for improving industrial and business energy efficiency.
James is Director, Digital Infrastructure at DCMS. He is responsible for the development of the Government's strategy for fixed and mobile digital infrastructure, advising the Secretary of State and Minister of State for Digital, and overseeing the Government's 5G trials programme.
Prior to joining DCMS, James was Director of Policy and Charter Review 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.
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.
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.
Super early bird member price: £275 + VAT (valid until 31 January 2019)
Early bird member price: £350 + VAT (valid 1 February 2019 - 22 February 2019)
Member standard price: £450 + VAT (From 23 February 2019)
Non-member price: £550 + VAT
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