Overview

21 Sep, 20229:30 am-4:00 pm

The Future of UK Infrastructure Delivery and the Levelling-Up Agenda Forum 2022 will provide practical guidance on developing infrastructure projects to drive economic growth and pandemic recovery, and the delivery of the Levelling Up agenda. The event will provide attendees with policy updates, best practice case studies, and practical workshops to support them in accessing funding, workforce development, and delivering infrastructure projects.

The Future of UK Infrastructure Delivery and the Levelling-Up Agenda Forum 2022 will provide practical guidance on developing infrastructure projects to drive economic growth and pandemic recovery, and the delivery of the Levelling Up agenda. The event will provide attendees with policy updates, best practice case studies, and practical workshops to support them in accessing funding, workforce development, and delivering infrastructure projects.

 

Agenda

8:45 am
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
  • Following an introduction from the Chair we’ll be kicking off this live, face to face event with interactive icebreakers designed to encourage early introductions ahead of further networking throughout the day.
  • Get to know fellow colleagues and participants and share your key learning objectives for the day.
  • Share your thoughts and ideas through live polling and comments using our interactive platform
  • Expect lots of interactivity with this being a brilliant opportunity to interact, network and learn from your peers in a safe, face to face environment
Nigel Wilcock
Nigel Wilcock
Executive Director
Institute of Economic Development
Confirmed
9:50 am
Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) Keynote: Outlining Plans to Utilise Infrastructure in the Levelling-Up Agenda
  • Outlining the IPA’s Roadmap to 2030, and how it impacts local economic growth by encouraging place-based regeneration and driving improved outcomes for people and nature
  • Highlighting the role of infrastructure projects in place-based regeneration following the Covid-19 pandemic and driving the Levelling Up agenda through larger projects such as HS2
  • Sharing how balancing optimisation of the existing built environment with new economic infrastructure can support you in achieving net zero
  • Examining how the delivery of infrastructure projects is evolving, including the recent focus on project speed

This session will include time for audience Q&A

Jon Loveday
Jon Loveday
Director of Infrastructure, Enterprise and Growth
Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Confirmed
10:20 am
NAO Review: Effectively Monitoring and Managing Risks in Infrastructure Projects

As government’s independent auditor, the National Audit Office has a statutory role to assess how well government spends taxpayers’ money. As such, it considers a range of government infrastructure projects with recent reports on Crossrail, affordable homes, and delivering at speed (among others). Through this work, the NAO has built a back catalogue of case studies and insights. This session aims to draw from recent examples  to share the NAO’s perspectives on the risks to infrastructure projects not realising the benefits, and wider value, they can and should do. It will touch on risks, for example, around clarity of outcomes and delivering quickly to provide foundation to her practitioners challenge their own thinking on whether have right foundations in place.

This session will include time for audience Q&A.

Emma Willson
Emma Willson
Director, Major Project Delivery Hub
National Audit Office (NAO)
Confirmed
10:50 am
Networking Break
11:10 am
Interactive Panel Discussion: How to Enhance the Economic Impact of Infrastructure to Boost Growth and Levelling-Up
  • Sharing best practice for planning infrastructure projects that expand the economy and serve local needs
  • Highlighting the need for effective partnership working in order to identify projects that maximise the benefits of network effects in infrastructure
  • Examining the role of social infrastructure and upskilling in driving economic growth
Adam Simmons
Adam Simmons
Director - Future Road Investment Strategy
National Highways
Confirmed
Sophie James
Sophie James
Head of Telecoms and Spectrum Policy
techUK
Confirmed
Tom Sasse
Tom Sasse
Associate Director
Institute for Government
Confirmed
11:50 am
Interactive Panel Discussion: How Do We Ensure We have the Skills Required to Deliver National and Local Infrastructure Projects?
  • Examining the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the human capital requirements of infrastructure projects
  • Highlighting how infrastructure projects can be used to drive upskilling and workforce development to boost local economies
  • Discussing the workforce requirements of local infrastructure development, and the role of external partners in meeting these needs
Hannah Jameson
Hannah Jameson
Assistant Director (Sustainable Development and Climate Change Response)
London Borough of Lambeth
Confirmed
Julie Kapsalis
Julie Kapsalis
Managing Director, Chichester College Group
Chair, Coast to Coast LEP
Confirmed
Phil Beach CBE
Phil Beach CBE
Chief Executive
Energy & Utility Skills
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Networking Lunch
1:30 pm
National Infrastructure Commission Keynote: Understanding the Impact of a Long-Term Infrastructure Strategy

Long-term, collaboratively developed infrastructure strategies that draw on local strengths provide a framework for local growth and development. During this session, the NIC will discuss the impact of effective long-term infrastructure strategies on local economic growth.

Jen Coe
Jen Coe
Director of Policy
National Infrastructure Commission
Confirmed
2:00 pm
Case Study: Partnership Working to Deliver Improvements in Oxfordshire’s Digital Infrastructure

Oxfordshire’s Digital Infrastructure Programme consists of 6 projects across different areas and infrastructure categories. By working in partnership with commercial providers, Oxfordshire County Council are able to integrate other public sector projects with the Digital Infrastructure Programme, such as integrating upgraded street furniture with IoT deployment.  This session will provide key insights into:

  • How to plan and implement a long-term strategy for improving digital infrastructure that supports local people and businesses
  • Best practice for working with commercial partners to deliver widespread improvements to local infrastructure alongside public sector projects
  • The impact of the Digital Infrastructure Programme’s focus on enterprise zones and business parks on local economic growth
Tim Spiers
Tim Spiers
Director – IT, Digital and Transformation
Oxfordshire County Council
Confirmed
2:30 pm
Networking Break
3:00 pm
Interactive Panel Discussion: Developing Energy Infrastructure in Line with the Energy Security Strategy
  • Examining the impact of the Energy Security Strategy on energy infrastructure projects
  • Sharing best practice for local infrastructure projects that support the Energy Security Strategy and can help local authorities reach Net Zero
  • Discussing how to develop partnerships to accelerate energy infrastructure projects
Caroline Bragg
Caroline Bragg
Director of Policy and Research
The Association for Decentralised Energy
Invited
John Taylor
John Taylor
Energy Projects Manager, Greater South East Net Zero Hub
Chair - Local Authority Working Group (National), Solar Energy UK
Confirmed
Felix Wight
Felix Wight
Technical Director
Repowering
Confirmed
3:30 pm
Chair's Closing Remarks
Nigel Wilcock
Nigel Wilcock
Executive Director
Institute of Economic Development
Confirmed
3:45 pm
Forum Close

*programme subject to change

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for Local Government, Regional/Combined Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships. Typical job title will include:

  • Heads of Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Delivery Managers
  • Heads of Investment
  • Chief Executives
  • Planning Officers
  • Project Directors/Managers
  • Strategic Planning Managers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Directors and Deputy Directors
  • Heads of Regeneration
This Forum is also open to the private sector in order to encourage debate and networking.

Pricing

  • Public Sector Rate (Local & Central Gov)
    £295 + VAT
  • Voluntary Sector (Large - £1Million+ Annual Income)
    £245 + VAT
  • Voluntary Sector (Small- Under £1Million Annual Income)
    £195 + VAT
  • Private Sector
    £395 + VAT