Attendees will have an invaluable opportunity to hear directly from experts and policy makers as they present their views on the current and future landscape of infrastructure across the UK.
Do not miss out on this unique opportunity to hear from a range of the most important speakers within the infrastructure sector today.
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.