2016 POLICY DISCUSSIONS

EPF Advisory Council Meeting and Dinner with George Schöpflin MEP

Wednesday 7 December 2016

The European Policy Forum was delighted to welcome George Schöpflin MEP as the guest of honour at the dinner of the Advisory Council to discuss latest Brexit developments as seen from the European Parliament.

George Schöpflin is a member of the European People’s Party Group and an influential voice in the Parliament’s external policies and institutional affairs. With his excellent links in Brussels and Strasburg and his close knowledge of the United Kingdom he can give informed and authoritative guidance on the emerging post-referendum debate and Britain’s best opportunities

TIF Advisory Council Meeting and Dinner with Sir Amyas Morse, National Audit Office

Wednesday 30 November 2016

The Infrastructure Forum was delighted to be joined for a dinner discussion following the Advisory Council meeting by Sir Amyas Morse KCB, the Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office.​

 

With its important role in helping to secure value for money from public spending, its audits of particular activities and its thematic studies advising government and parliament on the best use of national resources the NAO is a key interlocutor for The Infrastructure Forum.

Special Discussion Dinner with Sir Philip Lowe

Monday 21 November 2016

Following the EU referendum, the discussion dinner provided an opportunity for competition experts to meet and discuss future approaches to European competition law and policy with former Director General of DG Competition in the European Commission, Sir Philip Lowe, who has had a distinguished career in the competition authorities at European and national level.

 

Sir Philip Lowe was Director General for Competition from 2002 - 2010, and subsequently Director General for Energy. From 2013 – 2016. Sir Philip served as a Non-Executive Board Member of the UK's Competition and Markets Authority. He is now a senior adviser with FTI Consulting.

2016 Cumberland Lodge

Thursday 10 to Friday 11 November 2016

The 2016 Cumberland Lodge had a theme "Financial Services Reform in a Brexit Environment - meeting the risks and challenges ahead" and was chaired by David Wright the incoming President of Eurofi.

 

The summit examined global regulatory perspectives; financial services and the real economy; the future of clearing and CCPs; opportunities and challenges arising from cyber issues; banking standards; the future of pensions and asset management and the progress in capital markets and banking union.

 

Among the high level speakers already confirmed include the US Ambassador to the EU, His Excellency Ambassador Anthony L. Gardner who will be giving the dinner speech. 

The Lessons of Thames Tideway Financing

Thursday 13 October

The successful and innovative financing model for Thames Tideway is full of interest as Britain considers new ideas for the funding and financing of other major infrastructure projects. We were delighted, therefore, when Andy Mitchell CBE, the Chief Executive of Thames Tideway, led a special roundtable to examine the financing of the Thames Tideway “super sewer” and its lessons for other initiatives.

Special Roundtable with Liz Peace CBE

Wednesday 14 September 2016

Many in The Infrastructure Forum’s network have been closely engaged in the debate on planning reform with particular regard to incentives to encourage development including the operation of Section 106 scheme and the Community Infrastructure Levy.

 

TIF was delighted to welcome Liz Peace, who was undertaking the Review on CIL. She presented her findings to our network shortly before her report was published.

Major Roads for the Future

Monday 12 September 2016

Many in The Infrastructure Forum’s network are concerned with planning for, construction, financing of and policy towards Britain’s strategic road network.Therefore, the Forum had much pleasure in welcoming a presentation on an important two-year study on Major Roads for the Future, which was being carried out by the transport experts Dr David Quarmby and Phil Carey.

We are delighted that David Quarmby and Phil Carey joined us to set out key aspects of their forthcoming report and gain feedback from The Infrastructure Forum’s network, together with Graham Pendlebury, Director of Local Transport at the Department for Transport.  The discussion featured representatives from Highways England, Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities, investors, constructors and advisers in the sector.

2016 Hartwell House Infrastructure Policy Summit

Thursday 7 to Friday 8 July 2016

The Infrastructure Forum’s annual Hartwell House was held on Thursday 7 to Friday 8 July 2016. The gathering featured sessions on skills for infrastructure delivery; assess road and rail; water competition as well as resilience of our national infrastructure. Speakers included: 

 

Sir Terry Morgan CBE, Chairman of Crossrail;

Andrew Wyllie CBE, Chief Executive of Costain;

Rt Hon Lord Adonis, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission;

Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General, Confederation of British Industry;  

Tony Meggs, CEO, Infrastructure and Projects Authority;

John Cridland, Chair of Transport for the North;

Professor Tony Travers, Director of LSE London at the London School of Economics;

Cathryn Ross, CEO of Ofwat;

Heidi Mottram, Chief Executive Officer, Northumbrian Water;

Baroness McIntosh, Former Chair, Environment Select Committee;

Professor Stephen Glaister CBE, Chairman of the Office of Road and Rail;

Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman, Network Rail;

Andy Rose, Chief Executive, Global Infrastructure Investor Association

EPF Council Meeting with Rt Hon Lord Mandelson

Tuesday 28 June 2016

European Policy Forum’s Advisory Council took place on Tuesday 28 June 2016, shortly after the European referendum vote. Rt Hon Lord Mandelson, a key person in the Britain Stronger in Europe initiative joined the Council dinner to discuss Britain’s next steps in Europe following the outcome of the referendum; the development of public policy and the practical politics which followed the referendum vote.

Special Roundtable with Andrea Leadsom MP

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Energy policy issues are at the top of The Infrastructure Forum’s agenda this year and we were delighted to say that we had the opportunity to discuss government energy policy with the Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Andrea Leadsom MP.

 

Andrea Leadsom is highly regarded for her analytical and policy skills and has been a welcomed visitor to the European Policy Forum. The group discussed the need for new energy infrastructure investment, storage and renewables in a timely meeting about the UK's energy security. 

Special Roundtable on Cyber Security with Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham and Paul Williams, Head of Resilience at the Bank of England

Tuesday 17 May 2016

On Tuesday 17 May 2016 the Forum welcomed the Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham and Head of Resilience at the Bank of England, Paul Williams to discuss cyber security in financial services. Strengthened sanctions and enforcement methods, in addition to, the role of boards, technology, how both small and large scale businesses are affected by cyber and resilience were discussed in the first of the Forum’s new programme of work on cyber security.

Incremental Burden of Financial Regulation

Wednesday 20 April 2016

In late 2015 the European Commission launched a Call for Evidence from the financial services sector to examine the combined impact of the large amount of financial services legislation put in place in recent years and whether the combined impact of such regulatory measures gives rise to unintended consequences.

 

Martin Špolc, Head of Unit, economic analysis and evaluation, in DG FISMA, who is responsible for the Commission’s work in this area, presented the responses to the Commission’s Call for Evidence and discussed the leading topics which have emerged.

Special Roundtable with Nick Boles MP

Monday 7 March 2016

Nick Boles MP, Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills joined a roundtable of The Infrastructure Forum to explore topical issues with our network. At BIS Nick is responsible for the construction and rail business sectors, trade union and employment law and consumer and competition policy. Construction, apprenticeships and the importance of skills were all discussed by Nick.

Current State of Economic Regulation with Professor Martin Cave

Wednesday 17 February 2016

EPF's Regulatory Best Practice Group welcomed Martin Cave to discuss the position which economic regulation has reached in a number of sectors. Energy, telecoms and Europe were be discussed. Martin Cave has undisputed authority and breadth of experience in the regulation and competition field and addressed the Group with an overview of the issues and some guidelines on the way forward.

Special Roundtable with Nicola Shaw, Chief Executive of HS1

Thursday 11 February 2016

Nicola Shaw had been asked by government to report on how it should approach the longer term future shape and financing of Network Rail, and led a special Forum roundtable on this subject. Nicola’s review is designed to examine the whole structure of the rail industry with an open brief. The final report to the Secretary of State for Transport and the Chancellor of the Exchequer was due in early 2016.It was therefore a particularly opportune moment for our network to exchange perspectives and ideas with her. 

TIF Advisory Council Meeting and Dinner with Rt Hon Lord Adonis

Wednesday 10 February 2016

The Infrastructure Forum’s Advisory Council was kindly being hosted by BLP on Wednesday 10 February 2016.

 

We were joined for a dinner discussion by Rt Hon Lord Adonis, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission. The Commission has an especially significant agenda in the transport and energy areas but also in drawing up a National Infrastructure Assessment and many of our members were keen to hear about these areas. 

Special Roundtable with Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail

Monday 18 January 2016

The Infrastructure Forum was pleased to welcome the new Chairman of Network Rail, Sir Peter Hendy, who joined us for a roundtable on Monday 18 January 2016.


Sir Peter was appointed after leading a highly successful career at Transport for London, and was tasked by the Secretary of State with leading a wide ranging review of Network Rail’s ability to deliver on its £38.5 billion programme for the entire control period. Members were particular keen to hear about the progress of this Review, as well as Network Rail’s future plans as the sector continues to evolve. 

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