2019 POLICY DISCUSSIONS
SPECIAL ROUNDTABLE WITH JONATHAN OXLEY, CHAIR, UK REGULATORS NETWORK AND ANDREW SENTANCE, SENIOR ADVISOR TO CAMBRIDGE ECONOMETRICS
MONDAY 2 DECEMBER 2019
In the recent election period, it was important that the focus on the importance of infrastructure investment did not diminish. We were delighted to welcome on Monday 2 December 2019, Jonathan Oxley, Chair of the UK Regulators Network and Andrew Sentence, Senior Adviser to Cambridge Econometrics, who explored the next steps for infrastructure investment in the UK.
SPECIAL ROUNDTABLE ON PROTECTING VULNERABLE CONSUMERS IN REGULATED MARKETS
TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER 2019
Protection of vulnerable customers is moving ever higher up the agenda of all regulatory authorities and establishing a consistent approach to identifying this group will be paramount to maintaining the stability and predictability of the regulatory framework.
European Policy Forum's Regulatory Best Practice Group welcomed a panel of speakers, chaired by Dame Deirdre Hutton, Chair of the CAA, including Lindsey Fussell, Consumer Group Director at Ofcom, Matthew Upton, Director of Policy for Consumer and Public Services of Citizens’ Advice, and Caroline Normand, Director of Policy of Which?, to discuss Defining and Protecting Vulnerable Consumers in Regulated Markets on Tuesday 15 October 2019.
SPECIAL DINNER DISCUSSION WITH SIR JOHN ARMITT AND SARAH HAYES, NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE COMMISSION
WEDNESDAY 17 JULY
The NIC have been tasked by HM Treasury with undertaking a Study into the Future of Regulation which will examine the existing regulatory framework in the UK for the telecoms, water and energy sectors, and whether changes might be necessary to foster innovation and investment in the long-term. TIF discussed its response to this study with Sir John Armitt, Chair, and Sarah Hayes, Project Director for Regulation, at a dinner discussion on Wednesday 17 July 2019 exploring these issues
2019 ANNUAL INFRASTRUCTURE POLICY SUMMIT HARTWELL HOUSE
THURSDAY 4 TO FRIDAY 5 JULY 2019
The 2019 Annual Infrastructure Policy Summit at Hartwell House addressed the paramount issues affecting the UK infrastructure sector with leading figures in the industry. Issues discussed included: infrastructure finance and regulation; how to encourage inward infrastructure investment; transforming the rail industry; delivering major infrastructure projects; and the forecast for UK Infrastructure. The event took place from Thursday 4 to Friday 5 July 2019.
TIF ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING WITH ALLAN COOK, CHAIR OF HS2
MONDAY 1 JULY 2019
The Infrastructure Forum’s Advisory Council welcomed Allan Cook, Chair of HS2, to its meeting on Monday 1 July 2019 to discuss the outlook for HS2 and more generally across infrastructure. The dinner provided an opportune moment to examine the delivery of major projects in the UK, the benefits of infrastructure for growth and any blockages to delivery in the system. Participants explored the importance of a holistic approach to rail investment and collaboration between stakeholders across the UK.
SPECIAL DINNER DISCUSSION WITH CHARLES ROXBURGH, SECOND PERMANENT SECRETARY AT HM TREASURY
WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE 2019
Second Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury, Charles Roxburgh, joined a dinner discussion on Wednesday 26 June 2019 to discuss the Treasury’s Infrastructure Finance Review and the response from TIF’s Working Group to the consultation. The dinner was kindly hosted by Pinsent Masons and brought together experts from across the industry to discuss the challenges and opportunities for financing UK infrastructure projects.
SPECIAL ROUNDTABLE WITH SIR BERNARD JENKIN MP, PACAC
THURSDAY 9 MAY 2019
The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into the Government's management of major projects. The Infrastructure Forum is delighted that Sir Bernard Jenkin MP agreed to lead a special roundtable to exchange perspectives on the Committee's Inquiry on Thursday 9 May 2019. The event provided an excellent opportunity particularly for TIF's Procurement Working Group to share its ongoing work on improving visibility in the Infrastructure and Project Authority's Project Pipeline.
EPF COMPETITION DINNER WITH ALEX CHISHOLM, PERMANENT SECRETARY AT BEIS
European Policy Forum’s 2019 Competition Dinner was delighted to welcome Alex Chisholm, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The dinner provided an excellent opportunity at a time when UK
competition policy is affected by Brexit and the Government is consulting on changes to Mergers and Acquisition policy to
reflect issues around national security.
SPECIAL DINNER DISCUSSION WITH MIKE MCTIGHE ON FIBRE ROLLOUT
WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2019
Mike McTighe, Chairman of Openreach, joined The Infrastructure Forum on Wednesday 27 February 2019 for a
Special Dinner Discussion presided over by Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, Sir John Armitt. Mike explored the current state of play on fibre rollout and investment with an especial focus on the competitive position.
WORKING GROUP DISCUSSION WITH OLIVER DOWDEN CBE MP, PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY AT THE CABINET OFFICE AND MINISTER FOR IMPLEMENTATION
The Infrastructure Forum's Procurement Working Group has welcomed Oliver Dowden CBE MP, Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office and Minister for Implementation, to a Special Dinner Discussion on fostering sustainable infrastructure
procurement practices in January 2019. The dinner served as the launch the Working Group's report - Sustainable Procurement: A Vision for UK Infrastructure.
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WITH RICHARD HARRINGTON MP, MINISTER FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
THURSDAY 24 JANUARY
Richard Harrington MP, the Minister for Business and Industry, joined a special roundtable on sector issues on Thursday 24
January 2019. The discussion provided an excellent opportunity for our network to exchange perspectives on the Government's Sector Deals, which now include construction nuclear and automotive, as well as the next stage of the Government's industrial strategy, and the skills and supply chain issues that are live.
SPECIAL DINNER DISCUSSION WITH RT HON JAMES BROKENSHIRE MP, SECRETARY OF STATE OF HOUSING COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
MONDAY 14 JANUARY 2019
The Infrastructure Forum was joined on the eve of the Brexit vote by Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing,Communities and Local Government, for a Special Dinner Discussion on Monday 14 January 2019. The dinner provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the Government’s Planning policy and how this affects the delivery of infrastructure projects.