Labour Party Conference

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Why attend?

The New Statesman will be holding its fringe programme at the heart of the action at this year's Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, with a series of panel events, interviews and receptions featuring some of the Labour Party’s most prominent and exciting talents.

We have been running party conference fringe events for more than 15 years, with some extremely memorable speakers and appearances. This year’s line-up will feature a range of topics that will be fascinating for every interested political thinker and New Statesman reader.

No other partnered event will get you as close to the biggest names and most important conversations in Labour politics as the New Statesman fringe programme will this year.

Please note, to be able to access the New Statesman Fringe Events at the Labour Party Conference, you will need to apply for a pass here.

Agenda

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  • Mon Sep 26th

  • Tue Sep 27th

Speakers

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Ian Waddell
General Secretary, CSEU
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Seema Malhotra MP
Shadow Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets

Seema Malhotra is the Labour and Cooperative Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston and Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers.

Seema is a Commissioner on the Financial Inclusion Commission. She chairs the APPG on Entrepreneurship and co-chairs the APPG on Mortgage Prisoners. Seema is also a vice chair of the APPG on the Future of Aviation and All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Assistive Technology. Her primary policy interests are in the economy, business, and equalities.

She was a member of the influential House of Commons Select Committee on Exiting the European Union and its successor from 2016-2020. She was appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2015-2016 and Shadow Minister for Employment. She founded and chairs a local charity Hounslow’s Promise focused on education attainment, social mobility and employability. Prior to entering Parliament, Seema was a business and public service adviser working with the video game and film industries. She has over ten years’ experience with leading firms Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She is on the Executive of the Fabian Society, a national think tank, and is the Founder and President of the Fabian Women’s Network.

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Cllr Liam Robinson
Transport & Air Quality portfolio lead, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Cllr Liam Robinson is a Liverpool City Labour Councillor, who has represented the Kensington and Fairfield Ward since 2008. He was elected Chair of Merseytravel in June 2012 and has subsequently been appointed Portfolio Holder for Transport for the Liverpool City Region by Mayor Steve Rotheram and the Combined Authority. Merseytravel is the delivery arm for transport of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Cllr Robinson has key roles in strategic transport groups, including having been a founder Board Member of Transport for the North, Rail North and having chaired the City Regions Transport Special Interest Group.

Making public transport more affordable, particularly for young people, is a key focus for Cllr Robinson. He has championed the introduction of reduced price bus fares for young people up to their 19th birthday, which led to a 168% growth in Young Persons Journeys. He also led the procurement of a brand new fleet of publicly owned trains for the Merseyrail network including pioneering disability access features.

Cllr Robinson has spent all his career working in public transport having held management positions in the Rail, Bus and Coach Industries including having managed 3 of Britain’s largest railway stations: Liverpool Lime Street, London Liverpool Street and Sheffield.

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Lord Bassam of Brighton
Shadow Spokesperson for Business and Industrial Strategy
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Tom Clark
Fellow, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Tom Clark is a journalist who takes a special interest in social science and its application to the problem of poverty. Before joining JRF as a Fellow, he spent five years as Editor of Prospect, Britain’s leading current affairs monthly. Prior to that he was at the Guardian, writing daily editorials on social policy and economics, running its opinion polling and eventually becoming the paper’s chief leader writer.

Earlier on, he did a spell as an adviser in Whitehall, and another at the Institute for Fiscal Studies researching inequality. Tom is a regular podcaster, fronting weekly shows at both the Guardian and Prospect, and has written books including Hard Times: Inequality, Recession Aftermath (Yale). Alongside his work for Rowntree Tom remains as a Contributing Editor at Prospect and is also a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.

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Anoosh Chakelian
Britain Editor, New Statesman

Anoosh Chakelian is Britain Editor of the New Statesman, where she covers policy, politics and social affairs, and interviews high-profile figures. She hosts the award-winning New Statesman Podcast and co-presents the Westminster Reimagined podcast series with Armando Iannucci. She appears regularly on national media as a commentator on current affairs.

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Edward Simpson
Director of Government Affairs & Stakeholder Engagement, Finance and Leasing Association

Ed has worked in a number of roles since joining the FLA in 2003. As Director of Government Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement he leads the FLA’s UK parliamentary lobbying, stakeholder engagement and international work, including our post-Brexit relationship with the EU.

His background spans several consultancy and trade association roles both in the UK and Brussels.

He holds a degree in Politics and French and a Master’s degree in EU Studies.

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Katie Schmuecker
Principal Policy Advisor, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Katie is Principal Policy Advisor at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), where she leads a programme of work on destitution and deep poverty. She is one of the authors of JRF’s ‘We Can Solve Poverty’ report, which was described as a landmark report by BBC Home Affairs Editor Mark Easton. She is a regular commentator in the media, through blogs, articles and broadcast appearances.

Her areas of expertise include poverty, destitution, living wage, Minimum Income Standards, universal credit, devolution, economic development and local growth.

Katie has previously been JRF's Head of Policy and Partnerships. Prior to joining JRF Katie was Associate Director at the Institute for Public Policy Research North (IPPR North) where she carried out research and authored reports on regional economic development, neighbourhood renewal and UK devolution. She has also worked for the Campaign for the English Regions, the Yes campaign for an elected North East Regional Assembly and for an MP.

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Dr Alan Whitehead MP
Shadow Minister for the Green New Deal and Energy
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Jill Williams
Deputy Fund Principal & Head of ESG, Mercia

Jill joined the private equity investment team in 2018, and is responsible for originating and transacting new investments and managing portfolio companies. She is based in the Manchester office, and invests into high-growth SMEs across the UK in a range of sectors.

Jill lead’s Mercia Responsible Investment Committee – a Group-wide team committed to delivering the ESG strategy across the business.

Before joining the Group, Jill was an investment director at RJD Partners based in London, investing in businesses across the UK mid- and lower-mid market. Jill has over 10 years of private equity investment experience within several sectors including business services, leisure and travel, education, and IT services. Jill has also worked with the Wheatsheaf Group, a long-term investor in food and agriculture businesses. Before joining RJD, Jill spent several years in the corporate finance and corporate tax teams at PwC, and is a chartered accountant. Originally from the North West, Jill has an MA in French and Philosophy from Oxford University.

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Jonathan Reynolds MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy

Jonathan Reynolds is the Shadow Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy. He began working with the Labour Party in 2003 when he was elected to represent young members on the National Executive Committee. Jonathan was a local councillor on Tameside Council before being elected as the Labour and Co-Operative Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde in 2010. He has since served as Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Shadow Minister for Transport and as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Miliband. He first entered the Shadow Cabinet as Keir Starmer’s Shadow DWP spokesperson before taking on the Business brief in the most recent reshuffle.

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John Howie MBE
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Babcock International

John is the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Babcock International Group and is a member of the Group’s Executive Committee. He is responsible for Group Strategy, Corporate Communications, global Government Relations, Sustainability and International Development. He joined Babcock in 2001, spending most of his time in the company’s Marine Sector, most recently as Chief Executive.

John is a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University, President of the Society of Maritime Industries, Chair of Maritime Research & Innovation UK, Chair of the Glasgow City Region Innovation Accelerator Partnership, a member of the Glasgow Economic Leadership Board, a member of Scottish Engineering’s Executive Committee and a past Chairman of the CBI in Scotland.

He is married with two children.

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Rachel Wearmouth
Deputy Political Editor, New Statesman

Rachel Wearmouth joined the Daily Mirror in 2021 having been political correspondent at HuffPost UK since 2017. She has previously worked in similar roles in Holyrood and the North East of England.

She joined the New Statesman as Deputy Political Editor in July 2022.

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Professor Jane Green
Professor of Political Science and British Politics, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

I am the Director of the Nuffield Politics Research Centre and Westminster Bridge, Co-Director of the British Election Study, President of the British Politics Group of the American Political Science Association, Elections Analyst for ITV News' twice BAFTA nominated live overnight election results programmes, and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for British Politics at the University of Hull.

I am interested in supervising PhD students working on any analysis of British Election Study data, other related political/attitudinal/election study data, projects on political accountability, economics and voting - in particular economic insecurity and wealth - and also political attitudes, gender, and political representation and elections more broadly. I supervise comparative projects that fall into the above substantive areas. I'm particularly interested in good theory, good designs (including qualitative as well as quantitative) and research with a clear social benefit.

I am passionate about ensuring greater representation and providing mentoring for under-represented groups in academia.

I currently have space to supervise. Please get in touch if you have a good idea - I'll need to see a research proposal.

My research focuses on the link between what governments do (policy outcomes, the economy, political competition) and how people respond to them.

I am a co-author (with the British Election Study team), of 'Electoral Shocks: Understanding the Volatile Voter in a Turbulent World', OUP. This book explains how the British party system is destabilizing due to the combination of electoral shocks and over time increases in underlying electoral volatility.

I am also author, with Will Jennings, of 'The Politics of Competence: Parties, Public Opinion and Voters', CUP, 2017. We show how shocks cause substantial changes to party policy reputations, how voters generalise competence assessments across the policy agenda, and how governments suffer costs of ruling due to predictable over-time dynamics in the attribution of blame.

I am working on a number of projects to understand the relationship between cultural and economic drivers of political attitudes, how economic insecurity and a lack of economic insurance shapes political attitudes, the education and age gaps in vote choice, how voters think about place, the electoral importance of wealth on Brexit support, and the electoral consequences of the government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. I also work on understanding sources of error in survey measurement, the basis of people’s perceptions at both a local and national level, and other aspects of the dynamics and outcomes of British politics and policy-making.

I take an active role in the analysis of British politics and elections and have served as ITV News Election Analyst in the 2015 general election, the 2016 EU referendum, the 2016 US presidential election, the 2017 British general election, the 2019 British general election and the 2020 US presidential election. I have also provided analysis for the BBC (BBC Radio 4 2019 European Elections results programme, BBC television 2014 local elections results programme, numerous BBC Breakfast appearances, interviews for the World at One, the Today Programme, Westminster Hour, Woman's Hour, and the 2010 and 2005 BBC World Service radio election night programmes). In 2015 I received the Political Studies Association ‘Research Communicator of the Year’ award. I served on the Market Research Society and British Polling Council independent inquiry into the 2015 opinion polls and have given evidence to committees in the House of Lords and the House of Commons. I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, an Affiliate at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and an editorial member of Comparative Political Studies. I was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, 2016, and at the University of California at Berkeley in 2007. I received my DPhil from Nuffield College in 2007.

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John Healey MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
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Ben Beadle
Chief Executive, National Residential Landlords Association

Ben Beadle is the Chief Executive of the NRLA, the membership body that represents over 95,000 landlords across England and Wales. A landlord for 20 years, Ben has had a lengthy career in housing holding senior roles at Places for People and TDS and is a familiar face in the sector and in the media.

The Association was founded in 2020 and helps landlords – big or small – navigate the many challenges of the private rented sector, providing first class support, advice, learning resources and services as well as a powerful research and campaigning.

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Matt Rodda MP
Shadow Minister for Pensions
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Joanna Elson CBE CDir
Chief Executive, Money Advice Trust

Joanna is Chief Executive of the Money Advice Trust, whose vision is to help people across the UK to tackle their debts and manage their money with confidence.

Previously, she was Executive Director at the British Bankers’ Association running their policy department for personal and small business customers. Before that she was a House of Commons researcher and prior to that a primary school teacher.

Joanna is a director of the financial services trade association UK Finance, representing vulnerable consumers, Chair of the Advisory Board at Birmingham University’s Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management, and a member of the Government’s Financial Inclusion Policy Forum. She is also Vice Chair of the Friends Provident Foundation, a Chartered Director and a Director of Fair 4 All Finance, which is using dormant account assets to improve financial inclusion.

She lives in North London with her husband, Simon Horne, who is a Headteacher, and their three daughters. In her spare time she reads, runs, cycles and climbs Munros.

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Dr Nick Wayth
Chief Executive, Energy Institute

Nick Wayth has held a broad career at the forefront of change in the energy industry as it adapts ever faster to tackling climate change. Since May 2021, Nick has been chief executive of the Energy Institute.

Prior to this he spent nearly 22 years at BP plc in a broad variety of executive and management roles. Latterly Nick held the post of Chief Development Officer of Alternative Energy, where he led BP’s strategy and business development in a broad range of renewable technologies, including solar, offshore wind and digital energy. Through this role Nick was also a member of the BP Ventures Investment Committee, sponsoring several of BP’s venture investments.

Nick also held senior roles as VP Competitor Intelligence and as Head of North America Investor Relations, based in Houston. Nick’s early career was spent in a variety of operational, technical, and commercial roles in the upstream business, based offshore in the North Sea, Aberdeen, Algeria and London.

Nick holds a PhD in Mechanical / Electrical Engineering and a degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Southampton.  Nick is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a Fellow of both the Energy Institute and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Nick is passionate about creating an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone and is a Board Member of POWERful Women. Nick also advises and mentors entrepreneurs in energy start-up companies.

Outside of work, Nick enjoys running, cycling, yoga and spending time with his wife, Debbie, and their two sons

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Tulip Siddiq MP
Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury

As Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Tulip Siddiq leads on developing Labour’s policies for the City and for the financial services regulatory environment. She has a keen interest in the role of financial services in reducing regional inequalities and supporting the transition to a green economy. Tulip is also a passionate campaigner for early years education, mental health and flexible working. She led the campaign to free her constituent Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from imprisonment in Iran. In 2015, Tulip stood in the most marginal seat in the country and remains the MP for Hampstead and Kilburn today.

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Tan Dhesi MP
Shadow Minister for the Railways

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi was elected as the MP for Slough, winning in the 2017 General Election with a 17,000 majority and later re-elected in 2019, thereby becoming the first ever turbaned Sikh in any European Parliament. Born in Berkshire, having spent his formative years in Slough, Tan received most of his primary education in the Punjab, India, before returning to the UK when he was nine years old. He studied Mathematics with Management at University College London, MSc Applied Statistics at Oxford University, before an MPhil at Cambridge in South Asian history and its connections with Great Britain.
After his studies, Tan worked in construction and even ran his own small company in Scotland. In 2007, he was elected as a councillor in Gravesham, where he subsequently became Mayor in 2011. During this time he became a Cabinet Member, Constituency Party Chairman and had many voluntary roles (School Governor; Alzheimer’s & Dementia charity Trustee; Mencap Society advisor and Independent Police Advisory Group member).
In Parliament, Tan is the Shadow Minister for Railways; he is the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group campaigning for a Western Rail Link to Heathrow and he has spearheaded the campaign for National Sikh War Memorial.

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Alona Ferber
Special Projects Editor, New Statesman

Alona Ferber is special projects editor at the New Statesman, where she edits the Spotlight policy vertical. Before joining the New Statesman, she was managing editor at the Tony Blair Institute and a senior editor and reporter for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

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Henri Murison
Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

As its first permanent Director, Henri has established the Northern Powerhouse Partnership as the business led organisation which convenes the North together. From securing further investment to guarantee HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail would work together as an integrated high speed network, to challenging for a better deal for the most disadvantaged from the education system, his team are focused on how government, business and partners can drive the North’s ambitions. Before joining the Partnership, he worked in senior research and public affairs roles for the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Yorkshire Building Society, as well as previously serving as Cabinet Member for Quality of Life at Newcastle City Council.

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Nimesh Shah
CEO, Blick Rothenberg

In my role as CEO, I hope that I can give our people the same opportunities and support that have been afforded to me, and my own measure of success will be to see people develop their careers beyond mine.
I was appointed as CEO of Blick Rothenberg in August 2020, having joined the firm in 2012.

My background is in personal tax and I have had over 15 years’ continuous experience in practice. I specialise in the interaction of personal and corporate tax matters, advising predominantly entrepreneurs from across a variety of industry sectors on all aspects of their personal and corporate tax affairs. This includes their company’s business life cycle – from start-up and growth through to business exit.

I am regularly approached to comment on tax matters in the media including the broadsheets and personal finance publications, and have made appearances on radio and television. I can also be found speaking regularly at a host of events on tax issues.

My career highlights include my appointment as CEO of Blick Rothenberg, as well as being recognised for several leading industry awards including eprivateclient’s ‘50 Most Influential Private Client Professionals’ and Spear’s ‘Top Recommended Tax Accountants’.

I have a keen interest in the UK’s tax policy and regularly input into Government consultations including stakeholder meetings with HM Revenue & Customs and HM Treasury. I am passionate about both improving the UK’s tax system through simplification and reducing barriers and compliance requirements to promote entrepreneurship in the UK.

I am proud to have been given the support and the confidence to develop my career here at Blick Rothenberg, enhancing both the profile of the firm and myself personally. In my role as CEO, I hope that I can give our people the same opportunities and support that have been afforded to me, and my own measure of success will be to see people develop their careers beyond mine.

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Toby Poston
Director of Corporate Affairs, BVRLA

Toby Poston is Director of Corporate Affairs at the BVRLA, where he oversees the association’s communications, events, policy, campaigning and research activities. Prior to joining the BVRLA fifteen years ago, Toby spent more than a decade as a business journalist, including six years as a reporter and editor at the BBC Business & Economics Unit.

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Rushanara Ali MP
Member of the Treasury Select Committee

Rushanara Ali is the Labour member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow and was elected in 2010. She has served as Shadow Minister for International Development and Shadow Minister for Education and Young People.

Rushanara is currently a member of the Treasury Select Committee and has previously served as a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee and the Communities and Local Government Select Committee. She is also the UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Bangladesh having been appointed in 2016.

Prior to her election in May 2010, she was Associate Director of the Young Foundation, where she co-founded UpRising, a national leadership development and employability charity which has helped thousands of young people develop their campaigning and leadership skills. Rushanara co-founded One Million Mentors, a national online platform to recruit, train and deploy one million mentors to organisations working with young people.

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Lord Kennedy of Southwark
Opposition Chief Whip

Lord Kennedy of Southwark is the Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords. He was appointed to the House of Lords by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2010. In his time in the Lords he has served both as a Shadow Local Government Minister and a Shadow Home Office Minister. Prior to entering Parliament he was a local Councillor and was the deputy leader of Southwark Councillor. In addition to his work in the House of Lords. He is the Chair of the Heart of Medway Housing Association and a Non-Executive Director of MHS (Medway Housing Society) Homes.

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James Murray MP
Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury

James Murray has been the Member of Parliament for Ealing North, the constituency in which he grew up, since December 2019. He is a member of the Opposition frontbench as the Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury, having previously served as an Opposition Whip, and before that as a member of the Health and Social Care Select Committee. 

Before his election to Parliament, James served as Deputy Mayor for Housing for Sadiq Khan, where he oversaw the Mayor’s £4.8bn affordable homes programme, including the launch of City Hall’s first-ever programme dedicated to building new council homes. He also led work to improve rough sleeping services and to improve London’s private rental sector.

Before joining City Hall, James held the position of Executive Member for Housing and Development at Islington Council for six years. Whilst there, he led the borough’s new council homebuilding programme and coordinated efforts across a number of London councils to raise the level of affordable housing in developments.

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Freddie Hayward
Political Reporter, New Statesman
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Miles Celic
Chief Executive Officer, TheCityUK

Miles Celic is Chief Executive Officer of TheCityUK and has held this position since September 2016. He is also a member of the Department for International Trade Advisory Groups on Financial Services and Professional Advisory Services, a board member of UK Finance and a board member of the Financial Services Skills Commission. Miles began his career in broadcasting, making and presenting radio and television programmes for the BBC and others. He moved on to work in the UK Parliament, where he focused on foreign affairs and defence issues. Miles subsequently worked in a number of leading reputation management and public policy consultancies, including a period at an arm of Omnicom – one of the world’s largest communications agency groups – where he advised clients including the BBC, the International Committee of the Red Cross and a number of international financial firms.

In 2007, Miles joined HSBC’s policy function to lead political engagement. He was part of the team that led the bank’s response to the global banking crisis. Miles moved to Prudential in 2009 as Director of Group Public Affairs & Policy and became Director of Group Strategic Communications in 2013. He was a member of Prudential’s Group Leadership Team.

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Kate Jennings
Policy Director, Railway Industry Association

Kate has had an extensive career in the civil service, which began in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, including a posting to Beijing working on the handover of Hong Kong. She has subsequently worked in the Cabinet Office on the Better Regulation agenda, leading the secretariat for a PM-chaired committee which challenged Government to ensure regulation minimised costs on business.

Before joining RIA, Kate had been the DfT’s Head of Rail Strategy Projects Division from October 2016 to November 2019, supporting rail strategy development, including the Transport Secretary’s ‘Strategic Vision for Rail’, and rail policy, including devolution, investment, workforce, freight, and engagement with industry clients like Network Rail and the Rail Delivery Group. From December 2019 to February 2020, Kate worked on the development of transport policy for EU exit.

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Justin Madders MP
Shadow Minister for Employment Rights and Protections
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Catherine McKinnell MP
Member of the APPG for Transport Across the North
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Navendu Mishra MP
Member of the Transport Select Committee

Navendu Mishra is the Member of Parliament for Stockport in Greater Manchester. He takes a great interest in rail and has consistently raised station improvement issues, such as tactile markings on platforms and step-free access. His constituency of Stockport is home to the iconic Stockport viaduct, which carries the West Coast mainline across the River Mersey.

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Ruth Cadbury MP
Member of the Transport Select Committee and Chair of the APPG for Women in Transport
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Jo Field
President, Women in Transport

Jo is hugely passionate about addressing women’s under-representation in the transport sector, is the co-author of Women in Transport’s Gender perceptions and experiences working in transport report (published 2021), and led the industry body’s engagement with parliamentarians to set up the first ever All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Transport in 2016.

Jo is the Founder and Chief Executive of JFG Communications, a consultancy specialising in stakeholder engagement, political communications, diversity and decarbonisation for the transport sector. Named among the 100 most influential women in Westminster and the top ten most inspirational women in public affairs, Jo has almost 20 years of experience in helping companies engage their stakeholders, build advocacy for their plans, and inform and influence public policy.

Before founding JFG Communications, Jo spent almost a decade at Transport for London where she built and led the company’s award-winning stakeholder engagement team, building stakeholder support and advocacy for London’s transport infrastructure and the funding to deliver it.

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Steve Rotheram
Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region

Raised in Kirkby in a family of eight children, Steve left school at 16 to pursue a career as a bricklayer, starting out as an apprentice. In later years he went onto work for the Learning and Skills Council.

Steve began his political career when he was elected to serve as a councillor in 2002, representing Fazakerley ward on Liverpool City Council and held the ceremonial title of Lord Mayor of Liverpool through the city’s European Capital of Culture year in 2008.

In 2010, Steve was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Liverpool Walton constituency. While in Westminster, he led campaigns for justice for the Hillsborough families; in support of blacklisted workers; for compensation for those suffering from mesothelioma and asbestosis; and to change the law on the use of old tyres on buses and coaches.

In 2017, Steve was elected as the first ever Liverpool City Region Mayor, representing 1.6m people across the boroughs of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and the Wirral. In his first term, he helped deliver 9,000 new jobs and 5,500 apprenticeships, set out plans for an integrated London-style transport system and set a target for the region to become net zero carbon by 2040.

On 6 May 2021, Steve was re-elected to serve a second term as Mayor with an increased majority of over 132,000 – winning almost 60% of the vote across the region. On day one of his new term in office, he delivered a £150m COVID recovery fund to create jobs and support businesses as the region emerges from the pandemic.

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Kerry McCarthy MP
Shadow Minister for Climate Change

Kerry McCarthy is the Labour MP for Bristol East and has been serving as Labour's Shadow Minister for Climate Change since June 2022. She has also previously served as Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Shadow Minister for Green Transport.

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Marie Rimmer CBE MP
Member of Parliament for St Helens South and Whiston

Marie has been the Member of Parliament for St Helens South and Whiston since 2015. Her constituency includes the town centres of St Helens, Prescot and Whiston. Prior to becoming an MP, Marie was leader of St Helens Borough Council on three occasions between 1978 and 2014. She was awarded a CBE for her services to local government in 2015.

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Alex Norris MP
Shadow Minister for Levelling Up

Alex Norris has been the Labour and Co-operative MP for Nottingham North since June 2017. As part of Labour’s Levelling Up, Housing, Communities and Local Government team, he leads on Levelling Up. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Alex was a Nottingham City Councillor holding responsibility for Adults and Health and also worked as a Trade Union Organiser.

In his spare time, Alex is a keen runner and Manchester City fan.

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Gary Smith
General Secretary, GMB Union

Gary Smith was elected General Secretary of GMB in June 2021. He has also recently taken on the role of Vice President at the Institute of Employment Rights in addition to being Chair of Action on Asbestos.

Gary Smith started out as a young members’ activist with GMB Scotland after starting work as an Apprentice Service Engineer for Scottish Gas aged 16.

Gary was later involved in GMB Southern Region when working in the gas industry in South London.

GMB gave Gary a bursary to attend Ruskin College and later Warwick University as a mature student. Gary has an MA Industrial Relations from Warwick University. In 1997 Gary started work for GMB as a Recruitment Officer in South London. Gary went on to be a fulltime Organiser in Brighton before becoming a Senior Officer based in Plymouth. In 2006 Gary returned to London as a National Officer before being appointed National Secretary for the Commercial Services Section. Gary has dealt with most of the sections covered by GMB including Public Services, Shipbuilding & Repair, Aviation, Retail Distribution and Energy.

In late 2015 Gary came home taking up the job as Scottish Secretary for GMB Scotland. Gary was confirmed in post as Regional Secretary for GMB Scotland in February 2016.

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Matt Rodda MP
Shadow Minister for Pensions

Matt Rodda has been the Member of Parliament for Reading East since 2017. Matt served as a Councillor on Reading Borough Council. A graduate of the University of Sussex, Matt worked a journalist at the Coventry Telegraph and The Independent before joining the Civil Service at the Department of Education and subsequently moved to the charitable sector.

In Parliament, Matt served as the Shadow Minister for Public Transport under Jeremy Corbyn and wad reappointed as the Shadow Minister for Buses under Keir Starmer before being asked to take on the role of Shadow Minister for Pensions.

Matt is married with two children, enjoys walking and reading.

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Dermot Kehoe
Director of Communications and Transition, Flood Re

Dermot Kehoe is Flood Re’s Communications and Transition Director. He takes the lead in setting communications strategy and shaping the activities deliver Flood Re’s exit from the home insurance market in 2039. Dermot has experience in strategic communications, public policy and journalism including at the NHS, Home Office and the BBC.

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David Lammy MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs

David Lammy is the Labour Member of Parliament for Tottenham. In November 2021, he was appointed the Shadow Foreign Secretary and has since been central to Labour's efforts to support Ukraine during Putin's illegal invasion. David previously served under the Blair and Brown Labour governments from 2002-2010 as Culture Minister and Higher Education Minister. He won both GQ’s and the Political Studies Association’s Politician of the Year in 2018.

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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley
Director, Generation Rent
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Paul Oxley
Head of External Engagement, RSSB

Paul Oxley is Head of External Engagement at RSSB. Since joining the organisation in 2019 Paul has been responsible for the creation and delivery of RSSB’s member and stakeholder engagement strategies. Prior to joining RSSB Paul worked over a 10 year period for various London and South-East based train operating companies within public affairs and policy roles. He also managed the stakeholder and community engagement campaigns for three high profile rail franchise bids. Before joining the rail industry Paul worked as a researcher and speechwriter for several Members of Parliament.

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Andy Bagnall
Director General, Rail Delivery Group

Andy Bagnall is the Director General at the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). Andy joined the RDG as Director of Strategy & Communications in September 2018, leading its media, public affairs and strategic communications functions. As Director General he also coordinates policy development and advocacy across the organisation.

Andy has held a number of policy and communications jobs over a twenty year career. Before RDG, Andy was KPMG’s Director of External Affairs, and he previously spent five years at the CBI as Director of Campaigns. He was a special adviser to the UK government, serving two cabinet ministers in three departments over four years.

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Dr Fiona Twycross
Deputy Mayor of London for Fire and Resilience

Dr Fiona Twycross is London’s first Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience and was appointed to this role, by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in April 2018 having been Chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority since 2016 until its abolition in 2018. She has been Chair of the London Resilience Forum since 2016.

Dr Twycross was on the London Assembly as a London-wide member from May 2012 until March 2020 when she stood down to focus on her deputy mayoral role.

Prior to her election Fiona worked for the health charity Diabetes UK.

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Tom Copley
Deputy Mayor of London for Housing and Residential Development

Tom Copley became Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development in March 2020 and oversees the Mayor’s two affordable homes programmes, including ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ – the first-ever City Hall initiative dedicated to council homebuilding.

Tom also oversees the Mayor’s work to improve the private rented sector, support the delivery of community-led housing, commission services to support rough sleepers, and on building safety.

He sits on the board of Barking Riverside Ltd, a joint venture between the GLA and L&Q housing association which is delivering 10,800 homes along with new transport and other infrastructure in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Before becoming a Deputy Mayor, Tom was a London Assembly London-wide List Member for 8 years, serving as Chair of the Assembly’s housing committee and as Labour Group housing spokesperson. He also served on Lewisham Council, representing Sydenham.

Prior to his election to the Assembly, Tom worked for Hope not hate - an anti-fascist, anti-racist charity that works with communities to fight racism and hatred.

He is a trustee of New Diorama Theatre in Camden.

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Bill Esterson MP
Shadow Minister for Business and Industry

Bill Esterson has been MP for Sefton Central since 2010 and is Shadow Minister for Business and Industry.
His brief covers manufacturing, construction and professional services and includes responsibilities for skills, levelling up and net zero.

Mr Esterson started and grew two businesses between 1995 and 2010 and was a local councillor before entering parliament. He graduated from Leeds University in 1990 with BSc Hons in Maths and Philosophy and trained as a chartered accountant after graduating.

He was a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Education, Housing, Communities & Local Government and Treasury Committees between 2010 and 2015, is Treasurer of the Tribune group of Labour MPs, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, vice-chair of the All Party Group for Children in Care and Care Leavers and vice chair of the All Party Group on Carbon Capture and Underground Storage.

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Alison Kay
Managing Partner for Client Service, EY

As Managing Partner for Client Service, Alison is responsible for the overall market activity and service line delivery for EY in the UK and Ireland. Alison works with closely with large businesses, organisations and the public sector operating in the UK and globally.

In her previous role as EY Global Accounts Committee Chair, and a member of the EY Global Executive, Alison shaped and led the growth strategy for the largest EY client accounts across the globe.

During her career with EY, she had held a range of regional, sector and global leadership roles, including the EY Global Vice Chair of Industry and EY Global Sector Leader for Power and Utilities.

A prominent advocate for diversity and inclusion, Alison has mentored and sponsored diverse talent to help them progress their careers. Alison is also passionate about the role business can play in contributing to positive societal change, Alison champions the ‘power of purpose’ and how it can also improve business performance.

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Becky Slack
Director, Slack Communications

Becky Slack is director of Slack Communications, an international strategic communications collective that works with charities, NGOs, social movements and trade unions to create positive social change. She is an experienced social affairs journalist; author of Effective Media Relations for Charities, and is a regular event chair and public speaker. Becky lives in Ghent, Belgium where she is the vice chair of Brussels Labour, the Belgian branch of the UK Labour party. She holds a Masters in Political Strategy and Communications from the Brussels School of International Studies.

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Jonny Ball
Special Projects Writer, New Statesman

Having taught abroad for a number of years, Jonny Ball joined the New Statesman in 2017, initially helping organise the magazine’s readers’ events, round tables, and its presence at the annual Labour, SNP, Lib Dem and Conservative Party conferences. He has since moved on to full time writing for the Spotlight supplement and The New Statesman website, focusing particularly on public policy in local government and regional development.

Based in Liverpool, Jonny is currently studying at the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity at De Montfort University, working towards a PhD on Corbynism and the contemporary left. In addition to his work for The New Statesman, he has written for Renewal and The Big Issue, and his academic work has also appeared in specialist historical society journals.

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Laura Shoaf
CEO, West Midlands Combined Authority

Appointed Chief Executive in November 2021 after the interim appointment made in June2021. Laura previously the MD of Transport for West Midlands, having expanded her focus to include driving inclusive economic growth; increasing skills provision; regenerating land and housing; and enhancing the environment as well as improving transport connectivity across the region.​

Laura has assumed the role at an exciting time for the West Midlands with a number of cultural events coming up that will showcase the region to the world. Working in a complex political environment, Laura has a demonstrated track record of success in leading change and will use this experience to gain more powers for the region to deliver our ‘levelling up’ agenda. ​

In 2015, Laura became Strategic Director for Transport at the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority and then in June 2016 appointed MD she was responsible for key initiatives across the metropolitan area such as Midlands Connect, the HS2 Connectivity Package and the region’s Strategic Transport Plan, liaising with Government departments and regional agencies for the benefit of the West Midlands. ​

Laura is a keen runner, cyclist and can often be found doing both on the hills and pathways where she lives. She appreciates a good beer, art and supports Wolverhampton Wanderers and the England cricket team.​

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Norma Cohen
Former Demography Correspondent, Financial Times

After graduating from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, I joined Reuters in New York, covering capital markets, economic and monetary policy and several interest rate-sensitive industries. I was posted to the London bureau in 1986, covering capital markets and regulation. In 1988, I joined the Financial Times in London, covering a variety of financial industries including fund management, pensions, commercial real estate and stock exchanges. I joined the Economics Team in 2008, taking my pensions coverage with me. I persuaded the FT to create the post of Demography Correspondent for me in 2012. In 2014, I returned to school earning my MSc from the LSE and my PhD from QMUL and the Bank of England.

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Tom Sasse
Associate Director, Institute for Government

Tom is an associate director at the Institute for Government. His research has covered government outsourcing, civil service reform and policy making, including recent work on net zero and the coronavirus crisis. He also delivers the Institute’s training programme on how government works.

Previously Tom worked at the Open Data Institute, where he advised governments and businesses on data policy, and the think tank Reform, where he researched health and criminal justice.

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Lord Berkeley
Co-Chair of the APPG for Rail

Tony is a civil engineer whose career spans designing and building bridges, dams, ports and harbours and the Channel Tunnel, where he played a leading role in the construction and public affairs operation for 15 years.

He was until recently Chairman of the Rail Freight Group, the industry body of the rail freight sector, and a Board Member of the European Rail Freight Association. He is a Board Member of Allrail in Brussels and is Honorary President of the UK Maritime Pilots Association.

He lives in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and takes an interest in transport, the economy and housing there.

Tony Berkeley sits in the UK House of Lords and was an opposition Transport Spokesperson 1996-7. He speaks regularly on transport issues and is a member of the Built Environment Committee in the House of Lords. 

He is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK.

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Michael Moore
Director General, British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

As private capital has continued to increase its contributions to the UK economy in recent years, Michael and his colleagues in the industry have been focused on supporting the COVID-19 recovery, delivering investment across the whole UK, making the UK one of the best places in the world to invest and do business and supporting the UK to achieve ‘net Zero’.

Over the past 30 years Michael has operated at senior levels in both politics and business. In his political career he was a Member of Parliament for 18 years and served in the Cabinet at the time of the Coalition Government, as Secretary of State for Scotland.

After the 2015 General Election, Michael became a Senior Adviser at PwC. Prior to entering politics, he qualified as a chartered accountant with the firm.

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Professor Anand Menon
Director of UK in a Changing Europe and Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College

Anand Menon is Director of the UK in a Changing Europe and Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London. He has written widely on many aspects of EU politics and policy and on UK-EU relations. He is a frequent contributor to the media on matters relating to British relations with the EU.

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Helena Bennett
Head of Climate Policy, Green Alliance

Helena is Head of Climate Policy at Green Alliance, a leading UK think tank and NGO. She has expertise in transport decarbonisation, including across sustainable aviation, electric vehicles, modal shift, local transport policy and public transport. Prior to Green Alliance, Helena was the sustainability lead in PwC’s Disruption & Innovation team, and a research adviser to the Climate Vulnerable Forum.

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Wes Streeting MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Wes Streeting is the Labour Member of Parliament for Ilford North and Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. He has previously held the positions of Shadow Child Poverty Secretary, Shadow Minister for Schools and Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. He has also sat on the House of Commons Treasury committee.

Wes bucked the trend to win his parliamentary seat at the 2015 election with the largest swing from the Conservatives to Labour in the country. Prior to that, Wes served as deputy leader and cabinet member for health and wellbeing of the London Borough of Redbridge.

In his career outside politics, Wes served in the voluntary sector as a chief executive and in other senior leadership roles for a number of national charities focused on tackling inequality and educational disadvantage. He is a vice-president of the Local Government Association, a Fellow of the RSA and a former president of the National Union of Students.

Wes grew up on a council estate in the East End of London and was the first person in his family to graduate from university. He is an alumnus of the Sutton Trust, which supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access leading universities. Wes read history at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

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Torsten Bell
Chief Executive, Resolution Foundation

Torsten is the Chief Executive of the Resolution Foundation, a think tank that combines analytical rigour with policy prescriptions to improve the living standards of those in Britain on low to middle incomes. He has a background in economic policy, and his research focuses on economic change, inequality, the labour market, tax and benefits, and wealth. Prior to leading the Resolution Foundation, Torsten was Director of Policy for the Labour Party. He has also worked in HM Treasury, as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers during the financial crisis and as a civil servant. Torsten is a trustee of the Child Poverty Action Group and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

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Jonathan Ashworth MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Jonathan was elected Member of Parliament for Leicester South at a by-election in May 2011.

In November 2021, Jonathan was appointed Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions, having previously been Labour’s longest running Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. He has also served as Shadow Minister without Portfolio and Shadow Cabinet Office Minister and is a Policy Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge.

Before becoming an MP, Jonathan worked in the Treasury as a special advisor to Gordon Brown when he was Chancellor, and continued to work for Gordon Brown when he became Prime Minister. Outside of politics, Jonathan is a keen book-worm and runner.

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Jon Bernstein
Former Deputy Editor, New Statesman

Jon Bernstein is an award-winning journalist, editor and digital strategist. He was Deputy Editor, then Digital Director, at the New Statesman; Multimedia Editor at Channel 4 News; ran the Channel 4 FactCheck website during the 2005 general election; editor-in-chief of Directgov, working in the Cabinet Office’s e-Government Unit; and editor-in-chief of dot com start-up and technology site silicon.com. In 2011 he was named Website Editor of the Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors for Newstatesman.com.  

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Nia Griffith MP
Shadow Minister for Exports
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Louise Haigh MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Louise was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley in May 2015. She was born and brought up in Sheffield. Louise made clear in her acceptance speech the people of Sheffield Heeley will always be her number one priority.

After her first year as an MP, she was named by independent House of Commons Library research as the hardest-working of all new MPs. In the years since, she’s stood up for local people and held the Government to account on everything from special educational needs and reform of the family courts to fracking and children’s mental health.

In July 2017, Louise was appointed Shadow Policing Minister and, drawing on her experience as a former Special Constable, campaigned for the Police to be properly resourced, staffed, and accountable to the public.

Louise was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland within Labour’s Shadow Cabinet in April 2020. Labour has a proud record in Northern Ireland and Louise has renewed the party’s historic commitment to work as honest brokers and trusted partners with political leaders, businesses and communities.

Louise was also appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Transport in November 2021.

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Sponsors and Partners

Babcock is a FTSE-listed international aerospace, defence and security company with a leading naval business, headquartered in London. As the second largest supplier to the Ministry of Defence, Babcock specialises in providing critical, complex engineering services, both in the UK and internationally. In addition to a range of critical programmes across the Aviation, Land, Nuclear and Marine sectors, Babcock is currently building the Royal Navy’s next generation Type 31 frigate at its Rosyth facility and has exported the Arrowhead 140 variant design to Poland and Indonesia.

The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is the voice of private capital in the UK.

We are the UK industry body and public policy advocate for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK. We have been acting on behalf of this community for almost 40 years, enabling it to uphold its vision and achieve its goals. We actively represent this diverse community of long-term investors enabling them to speak with one clear and consistent voice to wider society, including the Government, media and MPs.

Our members help companies grow and achieve their long-term ambitions, creating value for the country, economically and socially. Private capital helps create the jobs of the future in high-growth sectors like biotech, software and clean energy and it helps to attract investment and talent from around the world to the UK.

From creating medicines to protect us against Covid-19, to backing innovative companies in their quest to find solutions to our low-carbon future, private capital also plays a critical role in addressing the future challenges we face as a society.

The BVCA engages, sustains, and evolves the private capital community. Connecting institutional investors, fund managers, companies, advisers and service providers.

Future of gas

The UK has a target to be net zero by 2050. That means reducing harmful CO2emissions by 100%. Those emissions come from burning fossil fuels like coal, diesel and fossil gas – to power our industries, run our cars and lorries and heat our homes and businesses. We have to find new ways – greener ways – to do these things.

Home heating

Over one third of CO2 emissions come from heating our homes and offices so decarbonising heat is a major issue for the UK to address. We are working on ways to achieve this and believe that the best way to keep customers warm whilst enjoying the flexibility of gas with minimum disruption, is to use the existing network to deliver greener gases like biomethane and hydrogen. They work just as well as fossil gas but without the CO2emissions, in fact hydrogen produces zero emissions.

We fully support renewable electricity from wind and solar to meet lots of the country’s energy needs but it is now well understood that if we are to reach 100% carbon reduction, hydrogen will be essential to heat our homes, fuel heavy transport and power industries.

CAGE is a research centre based in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick. We conduct independent policy-driven research informed by history, culture and behaviour. Our aim is to move beyond traditional measures of economic success to consider broader influences on global prosperity: from cultural and behavioural attitudes to voter preferences and political institutions. We analyse historical and contemporary data to draw out lessons for modern policy. CAGE is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) works with business and education to inspire people to unleash their potential and become skilled, confident and successful managers and leaders. CMI has more than 130,000 people training to be better managers right now. Backed by a unique Royal Charter, CMI is the only organisation allowed to award Chartered Manager status – the ultimate management accolade, and Chartered Management Consultant status which sets and maintains the highest standards for the management consulting profession. CMI’s thought leadership, research and online resources provide practical insight on critical issues for 170,000 membership community and anyone looking to improve their skills, nurture high-performing teams and help pave the way for the next generation of managers and leaders.

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners is one of the leading consumer goods companies in the world. We make, move and sell some of the world’s most loved brands – serving 600 million consumers and helping 1.75 million customers across 29 countries grow. We combine the strength and scale of a large, multi-national business with an expert, local knowledge of the customers we serve and communities we support.

In Great Britain (GB) we employ over 3,300 people across England, Scotland and Wales across our 8 manufacturing sites, offices and depots. We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of products and operations, with a particular focus on sustainable packaging, water stewardship, and energy and climate protection.

CCEP has committed to accelerate the decarbonisation of its business by reducing absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its entire value chain. It has also set a path to become a Net Zero business by 2040. This is supported by a three-year €250m investment

We work with The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) to refresh the world and make a difference by manufacturing and selling favourite brands including: Coca-Cola original taste, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and many more.

For more information about CCEP, please visit www.cocacolaep.com & follow CCEP on Twitter at @CocaColaEP

Flood Re is a joint initiative between the Government and insurers making sure flood cover, as part of household insurance policies, is more available and affordable.

Since launch, availability of flood insurance policies for those with prior flood claims has increased significantly. Before Flood Re, only 9% of householders with previous flood claims could get 2 or more quotes, now 100% can get 10 or more quotes.

From April 2022, Flood Re will be launching its Build Back Better scheme which will support insurers to repair homes that have flooded

with a range of property flood resilience measures. Repairs like these can help hold back future flood waters and make it easier to repair your home after a flood. This will be available through insurance companies who sign-up to the scheme.

The Home Builders Federation (HBF) is the representative body of the home building industry in England and Wales. The HBF’s member firms account for some 80% of all new homes built in England and Wales in any one year, and include companies of all sizes, ranging from multi-national, household names through regionally based businesses to small local companies: www.hbf.co.uk

Our heritage

We were established to make a real difference.
Over 100 years ago Joseph Rowntree created us to provide housing in communities and to understand the root causes of social problems.
We will always be driven by our founder’s vision and are constantly working out what this means for our work in the present day.

Joseph Rowntree was a visionary Quaker businessman and social reformer. He built New Earswick, a village in York, for people on low incomes, including staff who worked in his factory, giving them access to decent homes at affordable rents. He was committed to understanding the causes of poverty and disadvantage in order to create a better society. His son, Seebohm Rowntree, was a pioneering social researcher who undertook one of the country’s first investigations into poverty.

The origins of our financial resources lie in a major donation of shares in the original Rowntree Company gifted to us by Joseph Rowntree in 1904. A review in 2020 of publicly available sources regarding the company’s historic global supply chains revealed deeply disturbing practices and evidence that the firm benefited from slavery and forced labour. As former shareholders in the firm we have issued an apology for the deep and enduring harms caused by these shameful practices and are supporting further research into this part of our history.

At L&Q we believe passionately that people’s health, security and happiness depend on where they live.

We house around 280,000 people in more than 118,000 homes nationwide – but we’re more than just a registered charitable housing association.

Our vision is that everyone deserves a quality home that provides them with the opportunity to live a better life.

This echoes our purpose to provide homes and neighbourhoods everyone can be proud of. We will do this by delivering safe, high quality homes, services and support for all of our residents.

“McDonald’s has run its business in the UK since 1974 and currently operates over 1,400 restaurants across the UK and Ireland, serving four million customers each day. McDonald’s is one of the UK’s largest private sector employers, employing over 130,000 people and works with over 23,000 British and Irish farmers.”

National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) sits at the heart of Great Britain’s electricity system. They manage the electricity network on a second-by-second basis, matching demand for electricity with supply. This critical role ensures that electricity is always available to homes and businesses across the country whenever they need it

The ESO also plays an integral role in developing the energy system for the future. Every year they produce the Future Energy Scenarios that set out how the UKs energy sector can evolve to meet net zero. These scenarios identify a range of mixes of technologies that can get us to net zero by 2050 at the latest.

Earlier this year, the Government announced that they would create a Future System Operator to play a critical role in planning and managing the transition of GBs energy sector to net zero – the ESO will be the core of this new organisation. This new organisation will be a Public Corporation that plays a crucial role in ensuring that we make a successful energy transition that is affordable and fair.

NHBC is the UK’s largest new home warranty and insurance provider covering around 70-80% of new homes in the UK and protecting approximately 1.4 million policyholders.

NHBC is an independent, non-profit distributing organisation with no shareholders, reinvesting any profits made back into its core purpose to raise standards in house building.

NHBC cares passionately about new build quality, providing guidance and services across the industry, including research and apprenticeships.

The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) is a life science cluster bringing together leading universities, research-intensive NHS Hospital Trusts and Academic Health Science Networks across the North of England.

Covering a population of 16 million, the NHSA works collectively with its 24 members to increase the visibility of the North’s world-class capabilities to bring opportunities and investment into the region. The NHSA supports the growth of Northern and UK life sciences by building networks, engaging with industry, advocacy and international engagement.

The North of England is home to first-class research facilities, pioneering researchers and clinicians, world-renowned academics and trailblazing health companies. The NHSA acts as a focal point for its members and partner organisations to work collaboratively on projects that leverage the combined potential of the North harnessing the resources, infrastructure, intellectual capital and experience of the region. Core areas of activity for the NHSA include healthy ageing, data and learning systems, health inequalities, mental health, and translational research.

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. It is this focus which informs the services we provide and the decisions we make. Our main services are audit, consulting, deals, risk and tax which we deliver across our 19 UK offices.

We manage the network that distributes natural and green gas to almost 6 million homes and businesses across Scotland and the south of England. Whoever your supplier is, our pipes deliver gas safely, reliably and efficiently to every one of our customers.

We’re about more than just pipes. Our people are passionate about helping in our communities, driving innovation in our industry and reducing our carbon footprint. We were the first network to connect a commercial biomethane plant and today we’re leading the drive to deliver the world’s first net zero gas network powered by hydrogen.

We’re committed to helping the UK reach net zero as quickly as possible and are helping to deliver policymakers with the evidence they need to determine how we’ll heat our homes in the future. At the heart of this evidence pathway is our H100 Fife project on Scotland’s east coast where around 300 customers will be connected to the first 100% hydrogen-to-homes zero carbon network in the world.

TheCityUK is the industry-led body representing UK-based financial and related professional services. We champion and support the success of the ecosystem, and thereby our members, promoting policies in the UK, across Europe and internationally that drive competitiveness, support job creation and ensure long-term economic growth. The industry contributes over 10% of the UK’s total economic output and employs more than 2.3 million people, with two thirds of these jobs outside London. It is the largest tax payer, the biggest exporting industry and generates a trade surplus exceeding that of all other net exporting industries combined. It also makes a real difference to people in their daily lives, helping them save for the future, buy a home, invest in a business and protect and manage risk.

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change supports political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive, and prosperous societies in a globalised world. We do this by developing policy and advising on delivery.

As an Institute, we regard the tech revolution as the central political challenge of our time. In response, we must reimagine every aspect of our policy and institutions for the 21st century. Our team of 45+ tech policy experts across London, Singapore, San Francisco and Accra
seeks to curate a community that pushes policy makers forward on key tech policy issues.

Trainline is Europe’s leading train and coach app. Our aim is to bring together all rail, coach and other travel services into one simple experience so people can get the best prices and smart, real-time travel info on the go.

Every day we bring together routes, fares and journey times from more than 270 train and coach companies in 45 countries so our customers can easily buy tickets and save time, hassle or money

‘UK in a Changing Europe is a UK-winde network for academics and reasearchers coordinates from King’s College London. We promote high-quality and independent social research on the broad theme of Brexit and its consequences.

Our work includes politics and society, economics, law, governance and the constitution, the UK in the world, and UK-EU relations. We present research findings through events, workshops, debates, talks, briefing papers, reports, blogs, social media and via the press. Our work is tailored to be easily accessible to policy maker, businesses, journalists, civil society organisations, educational institutions and the general public.’

United Utilities looks after the North West’s most precious resource – our water – taking care of it now and for the generations to come.

Every day, we provide great water and more to over 3 million households and businesses across the region, delivering 1.8 billion litres through our taps, as well as treating all the wastewater that comes back.

We are supporting over 200,000 households struggling with their bills with one of our affordability schemes, helping more than 77,000 customers out of water poverty. Each year, we support an average of 22,700 jobs and contribute £2.1 billion to the regional economy.

Our team works to protect and enhance our world-beating countryside, back local businesses, create jobs and opportunities, improve our infrastructure, and support physical and mental wellbeing – to help make the North West greener, healthier and stronger.

Over 155 years ago Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) began life in a single room in Huddersfield, and since then it has grown to become the UK’s third-largest building society with around 3 million members and customers. YBS is proud of its mutual model of ownership, and retains a simple and successful purpose: providing a secure home for its members’ savings and using them to support home ownership. YBS believes that the pursuit of these ambitions will help it to make the greatest positive impact on real life and society as a whole.

Last year YBS was proud to help a record 42,000 people have a place to call home for the very first time first-time buyers into a place to call home, and to launch a member loyalty programme which saw it return an additional £41m of value to loyal savings members. It also committed £1.8million of investment over two years (2021/22) into supporting skills, employment, financial education and wellbeing in the communities it serves.

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