Highways UK 2020 Starts in

4/5 November 2020, NEC, Birmingham

big stuff

Big Thinking

Jacobs Theatre

Burges Salmon Stage

Burges Salmon Stage

Industry leaders, policy makers and thought leaders shaping the future

6 November 


The future is bright, the future of insight 

Our customers' expectations are evolving, from the ways they use technology to how they travel, and we're determined to meet their expectations. That's why we're focusing on listening to our customers now, to understand the trends that will shape our roads and the work we do for the next road investment period and beyond.

Pete Martin, Customer Service Standards Director, Highways England


Roads information thought leadership panel 

Hosted by Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Transport Focus

Stuart Edwards, Stakeholder Manager, Transport Focus

Meghann Archer-Downing, Major Projects Customer Service Director, Highways England

Richard Coates, Deputy Director of Highways, ORR

Nick Lyes, Head of Roads Policy, RAC

Ian Allen, General Manager, Kier Highways


Insights on measuring Highways England's performance

Richard Coates, Deputy Director of Highways, ORR


We need to talk about data 

Can you optimise data use without compromising data privacy? 

Miranda Sharp, Director Innovation, Ordnance Survey

Lucy Pegler, Senior Associate, Burges Salmon


Technologies of the future

Developing a routemap for change in the delivery of UK infrastructure

Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive, CECA

Hannah Vickers, Chief Executive, ACE


How agile thinking can help the roads sector

The UK's transport sector is facing unprecedented disruption in the form of industry change, political uncertainty and disruptive, digital competitors flipping markets overnight. From integrating new technologies, tackling performance issues and delivering for increasingly expectant customers, the challenges are complicated and interlinked. To continue to thrive, industry must find opportunity from this complexity and a new response is needed.

David Oliver, Partner, PA Consulting


Postcards from big cities around the world

How are different cities meeting the challenge of the daily commute especially with respect to improving commute times, affordability, inclusion and environmental impacts? And which countries provide the most interesting and relevant city examples?

John Batten, Global Cities Director, Arcadis


Leading change through Flourishing People

In order to create lasting change, there has to be a real genuine focus on people. People are the heart of what we do and we have to be able to encourage fresh viewpoints and thinking into our world of construction in order to break down barriers. We'll share our journey on the internal changes we are making to encourage lasting change.

Duncan Elliott, Managing Director, Galliford Try


The future is digital - how do we make it happen?

How can Highways England and other road authorities turn travellers into customers? How can the Strategic Road Network work with all other roads to provide better outcomes? If the answer is digital, how do we make it happen?

Paul Campion, CEO, TRL


2022 - Introducing the next generation of vehicles safety standards and their impact for infrastructure, road operators and automated mobility

The next generation of vehicle safety standards, based on a cost-benefit evaluation by TRL, are to become mandatory in new vehicles in 2022. These measures, such as Intelligent Speed Advisory, are predicted to save 25,000 lives and prevent 140,000 serious injuries over 16 years, and will pave the way for connected and automated mobility of the future.

Richard Cuerden, Director, TRL Academy


Satellite technology applications in the roads and infrastructure sector

Paul Febvre, Chief Technology Officer, Satellite Applications Catapult


Postcard from Abu Dhabi - a global perspective on the road sector

Reflections on the global trends emerging from the recent PRIAC World Roads Congress in Abu Dhabi and observations on where the UK's expertise and strengths lie internationally. 

Lila Tachtsi, Chair, PIARC UK National Committee


Enablers to embed digital to transform design

While the construction industry agrees that digital ways of working should be at the heart of everything we do - there is still a long way to go to make this a reality. That's because two barriers - people and commercial models - remain a roadblock to our brighter, digitally-driven future. 

Lesley Waud, Design Development Director Atkins, member of SNC-Lavalin Group


The Road to Customer Satisfaction 

The delivery of Highways projects has developed over the years from a simple "hole and poles" approach to providing innovative solutions. Today, with an ever-strengthening focus on customer satisfaction, Balfour Beatty is redefining design and construction of smart motorways to deliver the most effective and efficient projects. In order to provide the road-user and others with a best-in-class road network, we continuously look to improve health and safety, efficiency and quality. The aim; a lasting legacy.

Tony Slater, Smart Motorway Director, Balfour Beatty


Bringing innovation to the strategic roads network (SRN)

Morgan Sindall has a long-standing commitment to delivering innovation on the SRN. In the last 10 years, we have pioneered new materials, innovative products and trials to produce a step change in delivery. Paul will share progress to date and discuss our current innovations which are designed to achieve exemplar performance against Highways England's imperatives of safety, customer and delivery. 

Paul Gott, Highways MD, Morgan Sindall


7 November 



ICE Breakfast briefing: future delivery of highways infrastructure - what are the options and could PFI still play a role?

Andy Warrington, Technical Director, Arcadis


Shaping future infrastructure - why a changing world needs a new approach

The national needs which have shaped our road network have always changed and evolved over time. Today we are facing a faster rate of change than we have ever known in the past. What are the changing needs that will shape our future infrastructure and how can we use innovation and technology to address these?

Richard Stuart, Highways Sector Director, Costain


Emulating the success of other industries

How Highways England is using proven techniques from other industries to raise standards and what the 2025 landscape could look like for the sector.

Malcom Dare, Executive Director, Commercial and Procurement, Highways England


Making our workforce fit for the future through social mobility

The issue of social mobility is far wider than the situation we as an industry find ourselves in. It's about creating an economy that works for everyone and ensuring that a person's occupation and income are not tied to where they started in life. With the government's Transport Infrastructure Skills Strategy report predicting that an additional 25,000 people need to be recruited into the roads sector we must look at alternative ways to build a resilient workforce.

James Haulch, Highways Managing Director, Amey


Future ready roads

What are the emerging environmental, social and technology issues which will be relevant for the highways of the future?

Giles Perkins, Head of Future Mobility, WSP

Rachel Skinner, UK Head of Development, WSP


Risk and reward: Achieving balance and avoiding pitfalls

Striking the right balance between risk and reward is fundamental for the success of any project, and inappropriate allocation of risk is one of the most frequent criticisms raised in relation to public contracts. This session will explore current approaches to the contractual allocation of risk and incentivisation mechanisms in the highways sector and ways in which such approaches may evolve in the future.   

Laura Wisdom, Director, Burges Salmon

Nicola Kyle, Associate, Burges Salmon


Business transformation beyond technology and data

Taking a business transformation journey towards greater industry collaboration and unlocking the sector's full innovation potential

Gareth Parkes, Company Knowledge Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine


Helping local authority highways teams better understand and respond to climate risks 

Nigel Riglar, Vice President, ADEPT / Director for Environment and Community Services, South Gloucestershire Council


Air pollution and noise control

Canadian research and development company offers a global overview of approaches to reducing air pollution and traffic noise along transportation corridors. This session examines the crucial role of aerodynamics, the shortcomings of titanium dioxide - currently the most common photocatalytic coating - and what it takes to bring innovative air pollution barriers to market.

Scott Shayko, CEO, EnvisionSQ


Benefits of construction data analytics for large infrastructure projects

New technologies such as drones, photogrammetry and computer vision are driving the generation of digital twins. Leveraging those digital twins, automatic data analysis platforms generate insights that revolutionize the worksite and construction management processes and improve efficiency, productivity, transparency and collaboration.

John Pickworth, Intelligent Transport Director, Pell Frischmann

Tal Meirzon, CEO, Datumate


Rethinking approaches to pricing roads

Our roads are entering an era of transformation. The cost of maintaining and delivering new infrastructure continues to rise as do growing concerns about our climate impacts and the detrimental impacts of worsening congestion. Meanwhile, the rise of electric vehicles and ride sharing services, as well as the emergence of connected and autonomous technologies are forcing policy makers and planners to re-think our approach to pricing and managing our roads in the future.

Terry Lee-Williams, European Director of Transport Advisory, Arup


Achieving a step change in efficiency in major highways projects

An overview of how Pavement Efficiency Group has worked collaboratively with supply chain and wider industry to achieve a step change in pavement efficiency in highways projects. This project has enabled pavement efficiencies of over £350m across Highways England's delivery programmes through technical expertise and by creating a credible, visual and engaging brand.

Jon Cole, Head of Pavement Efficiency and Productivity, Highways England

Rosie Hughes, Innovation & Continuous Improvement Lead, AECOM


Helping Local Authorities access DfT bid funding

Matthew Lugg, Head of Profession, Local Government WSP; CIHT Immediate Past President


Building an asset management culture

Transport for Buckinghamshire is managing an asset that has a direct impact on the lives of residents and the performance of businesses in Buckinghamshire. It is an excellent example of and provides a fascinating insight into the building of an asset management culture in a real-world organisation.

Gary Fitch, Divisional Director, Asset Management Advisory, Jacobs 

Keith Carpenter, Highways Asset Manager, Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB)


Collaboration in the ITS Industry 

Collaboration in the ITS Industry 

This presentation highlights changes in how customers engage with transport service providers and how a focus on end to end journeys influences customer satisfaction. As the industry evolves we need to effectively collaborate and we can learn a lot from examples provided within other industries.

David Powell, Head of ITS, Cubic


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