local government

The Future of UK Infrastructure Project Delivery

local government

08:45 - 16:00

Thursday 14 November 2019

Central London

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This Forum provides participants with an opportunity to examine the government’s latest policy and funding initiatives for improving UK infrastructure through successful project delivery. Attendees will hear from leading stakeholder organisations, such as the Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA) and The Rail Review’s Expert Challenge Panel, with regards to the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan. In addition, best practice case studies will provide examples of how to successfully work in partnerships to deliver major projects, utilise innovative technology to improve delivery, as well as effectively attracting and training the UK infrastructure workforce.


This Forum is specifically designed for Local Government 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
  • Strategic Business Managers

This event is also open to the Private Sector to encourage networking and discussion.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Matthew Vickerstaff, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Head of Government’s Project Delivery Function
  • Dick Fearn, Member, The Rail Review’s Expert Challenge Panel
  • David Carter, Director of Infrastructure, West of England Combined Authority
  • Adeline Ginn, Founder, Women in Rail
  • Craig Ivison, Head of Employment and Skills, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
  • Karla Jakeman, Connected Transport Innovation Lead, Innovate UK
View the agenda and additional speakers


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Chair's Welcome Address

Paul Swinney, Director of Policy and Research, Centre for Cities (invited)

Part 1: Government Update

Infrastructure Projects Authority & The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure


Morning Keynote: Developing a Robust Long-Term Infrastructure Strategy to Enhance Economic Output

  • Assessing the long-term infrastructure needs of the UK and what a successful infrastructure strategy looks like within this context
  • Outlining the progress made since the first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment in July 2018 and the impact this has had on delivering major projects across the UK
  • Understanding how Councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships can establish successful 5G deployment strategies, as well as utilise new technologies and big data to enhance infrastructure delivery and productivity
  • Evaluating how local authorities can more effectively engage with both national infrastructure developments and the private sector to boost regional economic output

Alan Brown MP, Chair, The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure (invited)


Special Keynote: The Future of Major Infrastructure Delivery Across the UK

  • Facilitating the delivery of the £600 billion of public and private investment set out in the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline by 2028
  • Evaluating the latest progress of the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2016 – 2021
  • Analysing the key findings from the IPA’s April 2019 ‘Lessons from Transport’ report on improving the delivery of major infrastructure projects, such as holding governance to account and utilising joint sponsorship correctly
  • Assessing the role of public sector solutions in meeting future regional infrastructure needs and how effective partnerships can be formed with the private sector

Matthew Vickerstaff, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Head of Government’s Project Delivery Function (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking

Part 2: Successfully Delivering Major Infrastructure Projects Across the UK


Case Study: Effectively Delivering a Major Transport Infrastructure Project Through Robust Investment

  • Understanding how the Sheffield City Region worked with key stakeholders who invested in their transport infrastructure to deliver the UK’s first tram-train system
  • Exploring the process that Sheffield City Region followed to the successful bid for funding from the government’s Transforming Cities Fund and how this can be emulated for other similar funding opportunities
  • Discussing how robust investment in transport infrastructure will lead to economic growth in Sheffield
  • Outlining the journey that Sheffield City Region took to improve their tram systems and what lessons have been learnt from this

Mark Lynam, Director of Programme Commissioning, Sheffield City Region (CONFIRMED)


Interactive Panel & Audience Discussion: Working in Partnership to Delivery Innovative Infrastructure Projects

Hear and gain insights from leading experts as they debate how local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the private sector can best work together to develop integrated and comprehensive methods to successfully deliver major infrastructure projects effectively and efficiently.

Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the front-line challenges they face with the panel and audience.

  • Hamish MacLeod, Director, Mobile UK (CONFIRMED)
  • Kevin Jones, Strategic Director of Infrastructure, Local Partnerships (invited)
  • David Carter, Director of Infrastructure, West of England Combined Authority (CONFIRMED)
  • Mark Lynam, Director of Programme Commissioning, Sheffield City Region  (CONFIRMED)


Lunch and Networking

Part 3: Rail and Road – A National Update 


Afternoon Keynote: Outlining the Government's Rail Review While Paper

Dick Fearn, Member, The Rail Review’s Expert Challenge Panel (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Successfully Improving Highway Networks and Infrastructure Across the UK

  • Outlining Highways England’s work in developing a Strategic Road Network and delivering Road Period 2 (2020-2025), as set out in The Strategic Road Network Initial Report (SRNIR)
  • Examining how Highways England continue to ensure high-quality performance and timely delivery on all projects
  • Sharing the lessons learnt from the Highways England Delivery Plan Update 2018 to 2019, including the significantly growing number of infrastructure projects being undertaken, such as the Lower Thames Crossing
  • Understanding the relationship between Highways England and local authorities, highlighting the enhanced coordination between local and strategic road networks

Eliot Shaw, Director – Major Projects Programme Hub, Highways England (invited)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking

Part 4: The Infrastructure Workforce


Case Study: Effectively Embedding Local People and Skills Across the Infrastructure Supply Chain

  • Outlining how Sedgemoor District Council utilised Local Labour Agreements to embed local people into construction projects as a method to close the local infrastructure skills gap
  • Examining how working with the National Skills Academy for Construction and taking a client-based approach supported the creation of apprenticeships, work placement and other training opportunities throughout local construction projects
  • Highlighting the success of this approach which created more than 180 apprenticeships, new entrants or graduate positions, helping to close the regions skills gap and respond to local growth in construction
  • Sharing best practice guidance on how to embed local people into major construction projects, such as developing strong relationships with main contractors and ensuring they are comfortable with collaborative working

Caroline Derrick, Employment, Skills and Training Manager, Sedgemoor District Council (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Interactive Panel & Audience Discussion: Overcoming Workforce Challenges to Improve Infrastructure Delivery

Hear from and gain insights from leading stakeholders who are utilising innovative practices to expand the infrastructure workforce. Topics that will be discussed include the importance of upskilling current workers, effectively training the next generation of workers and attracting young people into the sector.

Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the front-line challenges they face with the panel and audience.

  • Nick Ellins, Chief Executive, Energy and Utility Skills (CONFIRMED)
  • Adeline Ginn, Founder, Women in Rail (CONFIRMED)
  • Craig Ivison, Head of Employment and Skills, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) (CONFIRMED)

Part 5 – Technology & The Future of Infrastructure Delivery


Interactive Panel & Audience Discussion: The Role of Technology in Improving Infrastructure Delivery

Hear from leading experts on the role technology is playing in improving infrastructure delivery and the next steps for the sector to ensure all projects across the UK are delivered effectively and efficiently.

  • Teodora Kaneva, Programme Manager – Smarter UK, Tech UK (invited)
  • Karla Jakeman, Connected Transport Innovation Lead, Innovate UK (CONFIRMED)
  • Professor Brian Collins, Director, International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (CONFIRMED)


Chair Closing and Concluding Address

*programme subject to change

The UK is currently in the process of deploying £600 billion worth of investment in major infrastructure development. This includes traditional construction projects as well as innovative digital infrastructure programmes, intending to improve roads, hospitals and schools across the UK over the next ten years, set out by the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline up until 2028.

To ensure a continued boost to UK infrastructure, the government has established a significant £31 billion National Productivity Investment Fund, running up to 2020. The package includes £700 million to roll out 5G and full-fibre communications and £2.6 billion to enhance the UK’s transport networks. This was followed by UK Research and Innovation investing £18 million as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to transform how the UK delivers buildings and infrastructure. Furthermore, The Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Taskforce (TIET) released its ‘One Year On’ report in March 2019. The report highlighted the progress of the Transforming Infrastructure Performance (TIP) Strategy and its three main areas of focus going forward, which included a better understanding of costs and performance, adopting modern methods of construction and improving delivery.

It is therefore vital that local enterprise partnerships, councils and private sector partners come together and capitalise on the ongoing investment opportunities. Successfully utilising innovative technologies, working in collaborative partnerships and investing in the infrastructure workforce could see a boost to the UK economy, as well as providing local growth and development across the UK.

Craig Ivison, Head of Employment and Skills, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Craig has worked in a number of senior roles across the education and skills sector. 

He was a Partnership Manager for West Cumbria at the Learning and Skills Council before taking a role as National Policy Manager for Apprenticeships at DfE.

Prior to joining Cumbria LEP Craig was Vice Principal at an Academy and 14-19 Education Lead for the multi-academy Trust.

In his current role, Craig works with partners to deliver the LEP Skills Investment Plan, which sets out a number of challenging objectives to ensure that employers have access to the skilled workforce they need to grow their business.

Caroline Derrick, Employment, Skills and Training Manager, Sedgemoor District Council

Caroline is responsible for the development and management of the Council’s external approach to employment and skills matters as part of the Council’s overall commitment to economic growth. Enabled through the Hinkley Point C project and the mitigation funds for community outreach, the ‘Under Construction’ employment and skills centre is now supporting HPC delivery and associated developments ensuring our communities are linked into training and employment. Caroline also manages local labour agreements on all projects over £1m using the CITB client-based approach. Working collaboratively with developers and contractors has presently sustained a construction workforce fit for purpose in Sedgemoor.

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