Highways UK 2019 Starts in

6/7 November 2019, NEC, Birmingham

big stuff

Jacobs Theatre

Turning the big thinking into opportunity

Wednesday 6 November


Session 1


Ministerial address


Perspectives on fulfilling the Road Investment Strategy objectives


Highways England's progress and priorities 

Jim O'Sullivan; chief executive, Highways England


Perspectives on meeting RIS 1 objectives and priorities for RIS 2

Tricia Hayes, DG Roads, DfT

Anthony Smith, chief executive, Transport Focus

John Larkinson, interim chief executive, ORR


The road ahead; how Highways England's Digital Roads vision will help us deliver a safer, more efficient road network

Elliot Shaw, executive director, strategy and planning, Highways England


Session 2

11:45 - 12:45

Sub-national Transport Bodies

Join leaders from sub-national transport bodies representing regions across the UK to discuss how future transport investment can boost the economy and help people and businesses reduce their impact on the environment

Rupert Clubb, Transport for the South East 

Barry White, Transport for the North 

Maria Machancoses, Midlands Connect

Martin Tugwell, England's Economic Heartland

Tricia Hayes, DG Roads, DfT


Session 3


Ten years after... 

A broad range of perspectives on ambitions for our roads in 2030

Scotland's trunk road priorities

Roy Brannen, Chief Executive, Transport Scotland

How the Future Generations Act (2015) is starting to influence thinking around Welsh Roads

James Price, chief executive, Transport for Wales

Sophie How, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

The UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030

Daniel Ruiz, Chief Executive, Zenzic

How we get the workforce we need

Sue Percy, Chief Executive, CIHT


Session 4


More than getting from A-B


UN's Sustainable Development Goals in a roads and transport context

Jo da Silva, Global International Development Leader, Arup


Why roads matter - what should we be measuring?

Kate Barker, economist and NIC Commissioner


The challenge of beautiful roads

The road to good design set out Highways England's design vision and principles of good design. In it, Mike Wilson shared the aspiration that, as well as being safe, efficient and affordable, our roads should also be beautiful. Hear from the Highways England design panel responsible for taking forward these aspirations through the Beautiful Roads programme

Mike Wilson, Chief Highway Engineer and Chair of the Strategic Design Panel, Highways England

Martin Knight, Founder, Knight Architects 

Sarah Weir, Chief Executive, Design Council

John Lyall, Chair, Highways England Design Review Panel


Thursday 7 November


Session 5


A strategic future for local authority roads


Keynote: Darryl Eyers, President, ADEPT


Highways Sector Deal Briefing in the context of local authority roads

Neil Gibson, Immediate Past President, ADEPT

Dave Ogden, Business Director (Highways), Amey

Brian Fitzpatrick, Fitzpatrick Advisory


Panel: what is the opportunity from breaking the orthodoxy and overcoming the barriers and challenges that to date have limited reform of the local highway network?



Session 6


De-bunking the myths and other misunderstandings surrounding the roll-out of infrastructure to support the electric vehicle revolution

Phillip New, CEO, Energy Systems Catapult

Graeme Cooper, Head of EV Energy, National Grid

Vicky Edmonds, joint Head OLEV, DfT

Oliver Johnson, business development, ABB Group

David Hytch, head of innovation and strategy, Franklin Energy

Ross Fairley, Partner, Burges Salmon


Session 7


New thinking in urban mobility

Perspectives on how UK cities are tackling air quality, congestion, the transition to a low carbon economy and access to housing and opportunity while better connecting places, communities and opportunities

Cardiff's EV transition

Andrew Gregory, Director of Environment, Planning and Transport at Cardiff City Council

Tom Morgan, Client Development Director Arcadis

Transitioning to a low carbon mobility future

Alistair Hunter, director, Arup

Rethinking the use of urban road space in a return to people-centred, connected places and communities

Kate Kenny, Growth Director for London and Cities, Jacobs and Carlo Castelli, Head of Cities Solutions, Jacobs



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