Infrastructure investment across the UK is still a vitally important aspect of government plans to build a stronger economy and deliver better public services. With over £600bn+ investment planned over the next ten years, this sector offers a vast opportunity for suppliers looking to supply to infrastructure projects.
UK Infrastructure Show 2019 – part of the UK Public Sector Sourcing Expo – brings together major projects and programmes from some of the biggest spend areas within infrastructure, all under one roof.
With many networking and learning opportunities on the day, this is one event you can’t afford to miss. Key event features include:
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
Robert is the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. Amongst other responsibilities he leads on economic growth, productivity, infrastructure investment and regional growth.
Robert was elected Conservative MP for Newark in June 2014. He sat on the Health Select Committee and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor, Rt Hon. Michael Gove MP, and then to the Home Secretary, Rt Hon. Amber Rudd MP. Prior to joining Parliament Robert had a successful business career, latterly as International Managing Director of the art business, Christie’s. Robert trained as a corporate lawyer and practiced with US international law firms Skadden Arps and Sullivan & Cromwell in London and Moscow.
National Infrastructure Commission
Prior to joining the National Infrastructure Commission, Phil Graham worked on many of the UK’s most important infrastructure projects for the Department for Transport. He led the development of the government’s high speed rail strategy from its inception and took it through one of the country’s largest ever consultation and analysis processes, as well as leading the team supporting Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission and working on the London Olympics.
Previous roles include posts running DfT’s incident response team, working on the Eddington study of transport and economic growth and as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State.
Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Matthew Vickerstaff is the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Head of Government’s Project Delivery Function.
Matthew has been a director of a number of finance organisation and has 25 years experience in the design, build, finance and operation of infrastructure projects all over the world. This included over 20 years at Société Générale where he was responsible for managing the global structured finance teams including infrastructure, real estate, aircraft, shipping sectors, and export finance, and where he spent time working in Toronto, New York, Paris and London. Prior to SocGen Matthew began his career at Hambros PLC.
Matthew has worked on numerous major projects across a multiplicity of sectors including:
Prior to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, Matthew was most recently Head of Impact Investment Banking at ClearlySo, assuming overall responsibility for established investment banking and capital raising activities, including equity and debt placement and corporate finance advisory business.
This includes overseeing the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, which contains projections of £600bn of public and private infrastructure investment, and supporting the Government’s Major Projects Portfolio, which contains around 150 of the Government’s most complex and high risk projects. The Interim Chief Executive also leads the professionalisation of the Project Delivery and Project Finance communities in Government.
Previous roles in government
Deputy Director Infrastructure Skills and Efficiency
Department for Transport
Catherine De Marco is a Deputy Director at the Department for Transport, responsible for delivering the Transport Infrastructure Skills and Efficiency strategies. The Skills Strategy is aimed at increasing uptake of apprenticeships in transport, and 2 years on has successfully increased these by 22%, bucking the wider economic trend. She is a member of the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce, which is Chaired by Mike Brown, Commissioner of Transport for London.
More recently, Catherine has added the Efficiency strategy to her portfolio, this is aimed at improving project delivery in transport, underpinned by improved cost benchmarking, the promotion of long-term collaborative relationships and exploiting digital technology to derive opportunities to innovate, invest and upskill to boost productivity. Prior to her current role, Catherine worked in a variety of other roles at the Department for Transport and in consultancy.
Acting Director of Frameworks
As the Acting Director of Frameworks, Adrian’s role is to lead, develop, improve and manage the suite of national and regional frameworks within Scape Procure. Adrian leads a team of dedicated Framework Managers, applying strategic leadership of change and innovation to ensure that the framework services provide excellence and value to the public sector.
Adrian’s previous positions at Scape were roles within Business Development and Framework Management. Prior to Scape, Adrian worked as Group Leisure Sector Lead for Willmott Dixon, and for Sport England where he led investment policy for the development and management of sports facilities within England. He is currently studying an MBA in Construction and Real Estate.
Associate Commercial Director
Prior to joining BiP Solutions, David held senior leadership positions in operational procurement and supply chain management across a wide range of sectors, including Defence & Aerospace, Healthcare, International Events, Banking, Utilities and Consulting. He has worked closely with public and private sector clients to improve procurement capability and help SMEs compete for public contracts, and has delivered large scale projects with complex supply chain requirements.
Director of Network Resilience
Transport for West Midlands
Anne Shaw has over 27 years working in local government in the UK. She is currently the Director of Network Resilience at Transport for West Midlands, the strategic transport advisor to the West Midlands Combined Authority. As a senior leader, Anne is experienced in developing transport policy, managing major transport capital investment projects, securing funding and coordination of the delivery of multi-agency programmes of work.
In her current role, Anne is responsible for coordinating the delivery programmes of HS2, Highways England and local authorities to minimise travel disruption. Her focus is on developing and delivering transport projects which support and grow the West Midlands economy by improving connectivity within the region and beyond, taking into account projected increases in infrastructure investment, passenger numbers and freight; ensuring growth can be achieved.
Chief Marketing Officer
Khaldon is an Architectural Designer by trade for which he spent 2 years. He made the switch to marketing when he joined technology giants NXP. With knowledge and experience in both the construction and technology industry, it was a perfect fit to join French construction software development company Script&Go.
Script&Go acquired Site Diary app in 2016 as a part of its international expansion plan and brought in Khaldon to lead the development. Khaldon has spent the last 2 years visiting construction sites, conditioning meetings with site workers to understand their requirements and their barriers to digitalisation. With this details, continuously improving the Site Diary app to suit their needs.
UK Central Solihull Urban Growth Company
Jonathan joined the Urban Growth Company (UGC) in January 2019 as Managing Director. He is a Chartered Development Surveyor, responsible for leading the Executive Team and working with the Board to deliver the ambitious growth plans across The Hub alongside key regional partners including Birmingham Airport, the NEC, Jaguar Land Rover, Birmingham Business Park and Arden Cross.
The plans envisage the creation of a unified place, collectively referred to as The Hub, stitching together a new multi-modal transport interchange at Birmingham International Station, the HS2 Interchange and adjoining Arden Cross mixed-use residential and commercial development, Metro and Sprint extensions from central Birmingham, new developments at the NEC and Birmingham Airport and Jaguar Land Rover’s proposals for its plant at Solihull.
Jonathan has led significant redevelopment programmes both in the UK and overseas for over 30 years including Hereford’s award-winning Old Market and nearby mixed-use Hereford Futures programme, a major urban extension in the Greater Glasgow area, and the newly-formed Teesside Development Corporation.
His career spans both public and private sectors in equal measure, and includes large infrastructure, housing, retail, education, leisure and minerals/ groundworks projects.
Chief Executive Officer
Rail Forum Midlands
Elaine became Rail Forum General Manager at the beginning of 2016 having joined us from the National Skills Academy for Rail. She took up the new position of CEO in March 2019.
A Chartered Engineer, Elaine spent a number of years in the chemical industry before joining the power sector. She then spent 20 years in training and skills including as Managing Director of Empower Training Services a leading provider to the power sector growing the business from £1m to £7m turnover. Elaine leads the RFM team and is responsible for our strategy and delivery of the rail sector deal initiatives.
Simon is a senior infrastructure planner providing town and country planning, consents and environmental advice on major energy and infrastructure related developments. He has helped deliver complex consents for UK renewable energy developments collectively exceeding 8GW of generation capacity for clients including Centrica, SMart Wind, DONG Energy/Orsted and FAB Link.
Stakeholder Management Lead
Midlands Connect Project Team