Highways UK 2018 Starts in

7/8 November 2018, NEC, Birmingham


Keynotes from the Burges Salmon stage

Day 1 

Welcome: Steve Norris, Co-chair Highways UK Advisory Board and Cllr John Clancy, Leader of Birmingham City Council

Andrew Jones MP, Minister for Roads, Department for Transport

Jim O'Sullivan, chief executive, Highways England

Sir Terry Morgan, chair, Crossrail

Keynote conversation: skills David Beddell, End Market Director, Highways, Europe, AECOM, Sue Stevens, Director of Education & Membership, CIHT, Grahame Carter, Operations Director, matchtech

Keynote conversation: developing a profession that's fit for the future Amanda Clack, head of infrastructure, EY and President RICS, Rachel Skinner, development director, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and Vice President ICE

Julian Glover, director 2017 Wolfson Economics Prize and former DfT special advisor

Day 2

Keynote conversation: What sustainability means in the highways sector

Derek Turner (welcome), co-chair Highways UK advisory board, David Picton, chief sustainability officer, Carillion, Stephen Joseph, chief executive, Campaign for Better Transport

Geoff Allister, executive director, Highways Term Maintenance Association

Keynote conversation: roads investment, devolution and economic developmentSir John Peace, chair, Midlands Connect, Cllr Martin Tett, Leader Buckinghamshire County Council and chair of the Alliance Leaders Group, Simon Marks, senior partner, Arcadis and Chair of Greater Birmingham and Solihul Local Enterprise Partnership's Enterprise Zone Executive Board 

Colin Matthews, chairman, Highways England

Keynote conversation: better ways to run better roads Isabel Dedring, global transport leader, Arup, Bridget Rosewell, senior advisory, Volterra Partners, Julian Glover, director 2017 Wolfson Economics Prize


Main programme presentations from the Mott MacDonald Theatre

Day 1

Session 1: Progress and priorities in the new era of roads investment

Introduction and scene setting

Jim O'Sullivan, chief executive, Highways England

Peter Antolik, roads director, Office of Road & Rail

Anthony Smith, chief executive, Transport Focus

Steve Norris, co-chair Highways UK advisory board and former transport


Tricia Hayes, director general, roads, devolution and motoring, DfT

Panel discussion

Session 2: Perspectives from the UK's devolved transport administrations

Introduction and scene setting

Roy Brannen, chief executive, Transport Scotland

Dr Andrew Murray, deputy secretary, TransportNI

Sheena Hague, deputy director network management, Welsh Assembly

Panel discussion

Session 3: Innovations in maintenance, materials, procurement and operational practice

Introduction and scene setting

Big ideas pitches:

Dave Wright, executive director for Highways, Kier

Alan Taggart, associate director, KPMG

Malcolm Simms, director, MPA Asphalt

Brian Rechere, managing director, Highways and Transportation, Arcadis

Matt Stacey, divisional director, BAM Nuttall

David O'Neil, supply chain director, Highways England 

Panel Discussion:

Part 1:  |  Part 2: 

Session 4: Capacity and capability in skills


Evidence base overview (Phil Ellis, capacity and capability programme manager, Highways England) 

Big ideas pitches:

Richard Robinson, chief executive EMEA, civil and Infrastructure, AECOM

Amanda Clack, head of infrastructure, EY and President RICS

Sue Percy, chief executive, CIHT

Phil Ellis, capacity and capability programme manager, Highways England

Panel discussion

Day 2

Session 5: A fresh approach to the roads that matter most

Introduction and scene setting

David Quarmby, programme lead, Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, Major Roads study

Martin Tugwell, programme director, England's Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance

David Brown, chief executive, Transport for the North

Maria Machancoses, programme director, Midlands Connect

Panel discussion

Session 6: Data as national infrastructure

Introduction and scene setting

Big ideas pitches:

Shane O'Neill, chairman, Elgin

Nic Cary, head of digital transformation, DfT

Tony Malone, chief information officer, Highways England

Douglas Gilmour, key account manager for TomTom Geospatial & Traffic

Neil Ackroyd, chief technology officer, Ordnance Survey

Panel discussion


Session 7: Looking beyond 2020

Introduction and scene setting

Big ideas pitches:

Brian Fitzpatrick, founder, Fitzpatrick Advisory

Steve Gooding, director, RAC Foundation

Karla Jakeman, connected transport and comms leads, Innovate UK

Russell Goodenough, client managing director: transport sector, Fujitsu

Brian Gash, programme director, Mott MacDonald

Panel discussion



Book Now

Gold Partners

Silver Partners

Safety Partner

Principal Supporters


Media Partners

Lords Taverners