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Special dinner discussion with Jonathan Taylor, Vice President, European Investment Bank

Wednesday 29 March 2017

​The Forum welcomed Jonathan Taylor, Vice President of the European Investment Bank to a special dinner discussion to explore the role of the EIB and the future relationship the United Kingdom will have upon leaving the European Union.

EIB investment in the UK economy amounted to €7.8 billion in 2015. These investments concentrated heavily on infrastructure with energy, transport, telecommunications, water and sewerage and urban development loans constituting 78% of the total. Over the last five years the Bank has invested over €29 billion in the British economy.

Special Roundtable with Angela Knight CBE, Chair of the Office for Tax Simplification

Monday 6 March 2017

The Infrastructure Forum was pleased to welcome former Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Angela Knight CBE to a special roundtable which explored developments in infrastructure investment, developments in related sectors and the way in which infrastructure taxation should be handled in the future.

 

 

Angela’s position as Chair of Office of Tax Simplification, an independent body established by HM Treasury to advise on the future shape of tax policy, gave her a unique perspective at the interface between HM Treasury, HM Revenue and Customs and the outside world.

Cities & Regions Working Group with Natalie Elphicke, Chief Executive of the Housing and Finance Institute

Wednesday 1 March 2017

The Infrastructure Forum's Cities and Regions Working Group and the LEP Network came together to host a special roundtable on the next steps in financing and building a new wave of housing and its related infrastructure on Wednesday 1 March 2017 when Natalie Elphicke, Chief Executive, Housing & Finance Institute joined us.

 

Natalie, a housing expert and author of the report, "From statutory provider to Housing Delivery Enabler: Review into the local authority role in housing supply", discussed the current state of play, the progress and remaining challenges on development and financial issues in the housing sector. Natalie also discussed opportunities in the housing sector and its related infrastructure needs.

Opening the residential water market to competition

Wednesday 1 February 2017

Discussion in the water sector was focusing on the possibilities for competition for residential water customers and we were very pleased to have arranged a special roundtable with a key group of experts on the opportunities and challenges ahead.

The roundtable was an opportunity to catch up on the latest thinking on this subject from the regulator, Ofwat, from water sector leaders, consumer voices and other experts.We were joined by:

* Cathryn Ross the Chief Executive of Ofwat

* Heidi Mottram the Chief Executive of Northumbrian Water

* Caroline Normand the Head of Policy at Which? and 

* Tony Smith the Chief Executive of the Consumer Council for Water 

who set out their assessment of the way forward at this discussion.

Roundtable meeting with the Department for Exiting the European Union

Tuesday 31 January 2017

EPF's Regulatory Best Practice Group arranged a private, off the record roundtable discussion for regulators with Lord Bridges, one of the Ministers at the Department for Exiting the European Union.

 

The gathering was designed for Chairs and Chief Executives of the Economic Regulators to discuss their perspectives on the issues identified in their sectors that are important as we move towards Brexit.

Special Roundtable with Matthew Vickerstaff, Deputy Chief Executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Wednesday 25 January

The Infrastructure Forum's network has been looking at further ideas for the development of infrastructure financing initiatives including the use of bonds and measures to replace any diminution of support from the European Investment Bank. We have also been looking at the replicability of successful initiatives like Tideway.

 

Against this background we were very pleased to welcome the newly appointed Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Project Finance at the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, Matthew Vickerstaff, to a special roundtable of The Infrastructure Forum to exchange perspectives on these issues and infrastructure finance more generally.

Market Structure Group Dinner with Katharine Braddick, Director General for Financial Services at HM Treasury

Monday 16 January 2017

European Financial Forum was delighted to welcoming the new Director General for Financial Services at HM Treasury, Katharine Braddick to a Market Structure Group dinner. In her new role Katharine Braddick is responsible for all issues relating to financial services, the financial system and financial stability, as well as having a central role in defining and negotiating the UK’s prospective new relationship with the EU in the field of financial services. The dinner discussion provided an excellent opportunity to exchange perspectives on a wide range of issues in the sector with an experienced and authoritative senior official.  

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