The Keynote Arena at the UK Infrastructure Show 2018 will showcase presentations from some of the largest infrastructure projects currently under way or in the pipeline across the UK.
Hear from our Event Partners who will discuss the supply chain opportunities available, as well as outline the future plans for their individual projects. You will also hear from organisations charged with setting the strategy of infrastructure plans for the UK over the coming years.
Bob Sleigh OBE
Deputy Mayor of the West Midlands
Bob Sleigh is Leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. Prior to becoming Solihull Leader he was Deputy Leader for eight years and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing.
He is Deputy Mayor of the West Midlands, a Member of the West Midlands Combined Authority (formerly Chair), Chair of the West Midlands Joint Committee, and Director of the West Midlands Combined Authority Growth Company, and West Midlands Rail.
Previously, he has also held non-executive positions with the NHS.
Councillor Sleigh has been Conservative Association Chairman twice and sits on the management committee for Solihull Borough Conservatives.
He has a long business career, principally with SMEs.
Bob was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for Services to Local Government.
Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership
Henri in April was appointed as the first permeant Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), which has been established by business and civic leaders across the North to drive our economy and is chaired by George Osborne. During the last decade, he has held senior public policy roles in both the public and private sectors across the North of England. He served as Cabinet member for Quality of Life at Newcastle City Council, leading on key issues including transport, planning and the environment. He also worked as Research Director at the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire and, most recently, led on Public Affairs at the Yorkshire Building Society, focusing on issues such as devolution in Yorkshire, housing and transport.
Director of Sponsorship & Policy, Phase 2, HS2 Ltd
Lorna joined HS2 in April 2017 as the Director of Phase Two Policy & Sponsorship and is responsible for the sponsorship and policy advice across Phase 2a and Phase 2b. She leads the interfaces with DfT Sponsors and Senior Stakeholder relationships, to ensure the delivery and safeguarding of the HS2 business cases and the optimisation and protection of their benefits.
An Architect by profession, Lorna has over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sector and has sat at all sides of the table in major infrastructure schemes. Lorna joins HS2 from a specialist transformation consultancy where she was Transport Sector Leader, most recently leading engagements with Manchester, Birmingham and Heathrow Airports. Previous to that role she was the Short-Haul Programmes Director for British Airways and also spent six years at Ernst & Young, where she led engagements on some of the largest and most complex programmes across the UK, including the London Olympics, Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Nuclear Decommissioning.
Asset Management Director, Tideway
Roger joined the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in February 2012. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has held board level positions in both contracting businesses and engineering and planning consultancies prior to joining the project. The first 20 years of his career was in the geotechnical contracting sector (mining, piling and ground engineering) in the UK and overseas before moving into transportation consultancy (highways, rail, aviation) for organisations such as Crossrail, Network Rail, TfL, Highways Agency and Department for Transport. Roger’s Asset Management Team at Tideway is responsible for integrated assurance, technical oversight of project delivery (including design assurance, compliance with planning permission, innovation, environmental sustainability, skills and employment) and the operational integration of the completed Thames Tideway Tunnel asset into the existing London sewer network.
Commercial Advisor, Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Keith Waller is a Senior Adviser to Infrastructure and Projects Authority in HM Treasury. A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Keith has been involved in nuclear, energy and infrastructure projects for 30 years, starting on the design of Sizewell B in the 1980s and leading a number of major projects in both the UK and overseas.
From 2010, Keith was seconded as a Senior Adviser into the Office for Nuclear Development in DECC to support the development of the UK’s nuclear programme. Also in 2010, he began work with Infrastructure UK (the predecessor to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority) in HM Treasury before joining full time in 2011. This work led to the publication of the UK’s first National Infrastructure Plan and development of the Infrastructure Cost Review, a three year programme working across government and industry to reduce the costs of infrastructure delivery by 15% and change behaviours to support better outcomes. Keith has been involved in the development and publication of the UK’s infrastructure investment pipeline and all subsequent iterations of the government’s national infrastructure plans.
Keith works across government and industry to improve the performance of infrastructure, building skills and delivery capability. This includes working with major clients in the UK and internationally on strategic infrastructure planning, establishing the right conditions for investment, project appraisal and initiatives to improve the front end of major, complex projects and programmes through the Project Initiation Routemap.
He sits on the Infrastructure Client Group, the Infrastructure Working Group of the Green Construction Board and the Government Construction Board. He is a member of the Government’s Growth and Enterprise Board, the Digital Built Britain Steering Group and the Offshore Wind Programme Board and authored the recent National Infrastructure Plan for Skills.
An experienced town planner, policy advisor and mediator with a demonstrated history of working on large regeneration, infrastructure and complex development projects. Abigaile manages our planning and economics teams in the Midlands. Her recent experience includes managing the growth and infrastructure plan and strategy work for the UK Central Hub, Solihull (location of the new HS2 interchange station), Mass Passenger Transit scheme for Luton Airport, working for the Cabinet Office as a Housing Policy Advisor, providing change management advice at Hertfordshire County Council (Highways), alongside supporting delivery of consents for major housing, regeneration sites and infrastructure for a variety of national schemes.