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The Future of Air Power

The Future of Air Power

Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen John Hillier, KCB, CBE, DFC, Chief of the Air Staff

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen John Hillier, KCB, CBE, DFC, ADC is a senior Royal Air Force officer. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions in the Gulf in 1999 and was awarded the US Bronze Star Medal for service in the Iraq War. He went on to be Air Officer Commanding, No. 2 Group, Director Information Superiority at the Ministry of Defence and then Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Capability). Hillier succeeded Air Chief Marshal Andrew Pulford as Chief of the Air Staff on 12 July 2016.

Dealing with the Russians

Dealing with the Russians

Dr Andrew Monaghan, Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security, The Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, University of Oxford

We are delighted to welcome Dr Andrew Monaghan, Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security, The Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, University of Oxford who will be leading a discussion, over dinner, on “Dealing with the Russians” on 30th May.

Why home ownership is the most important issue facing the Government

Why home ownership is the most important issue facing the Government

Robert Colvile, Director and Capx Editor-in-Chief, Centre for Policy Studies

We are delighted to welcome Robert Colvile, Director and Capx Editor-in-Chief at the Centre for Policy Studies, who will be leading a discussion over lunch on “Why home ownership is the most important issue facing the Government” on 4th June.

The Future of Smart Infrastructure in the UK

The Future of Smart Infrastructure in the UK

Andrew Wyllie CBE FREng MBA BSc CEng FICE CCMI, President, The Institution of Civil Engineers

We are delighted to welcome Andrew Wyllie, Chief Executive of Costain Group PLC, the smart infrastructure solutions company. Prior to taking up this role in 2005, he worked for Taylor Woodrow where he was Managing Director of the construction business and was a member of the Group Executive Committee.

Italy, Britain and Europe

Italy, Britain and Europe

Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta, Italian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Italian Embassy, London

Raffaele Trombetta has been the Italian Ambassador to the United Kingdom since 29 January 2018.

Blockchain - Applications in Infrastructure and Supply Chain Management

Blockchain - Applications in Infrastructure and Supply Chain Management

Haydn Jones, Founder & Managing Director, Blockchain Hub

Haydn is currently the Founder and Managing Director of Blockchain Hub, a specialist FinTech strategy consultancy promoting and supporting the understanding and use of Blockchain technology across business communities with pragmatic 'test and understand' strategies. It's mission is to bridge the gap between the blockchain technology providers, and companies and organisations seeking to explore and benefit from this novel technology.

Dinner with Brett Wigdortz OBE

Dinner with Brett Wigdortz OBE

Brett Wigdortz OBE, Co-Founder and Trustee, Teach For All

Brett wrote the original business plan for Teach First and led the organisation for fifteen years, from its launch until October 2017, helping to build it into one of the country’s leading movements to tackle education inequality.  Wigdortz is Co-Founder and a trustee of Teach For All, a network of more than 45 Teach First partner programs in countries all over the world. He is a trustee & Co-founder of Teach First Israel and is on the board of the Fair Education Alliance.

Lunch with Barry White, CEO, Transport for the North

Lunch with Barry White, CEO, Transport for the North

Barry White, CEO, Transport for the North

Prior to his appointment at Transport for the North, Barry was Chief Executive at Scottish Futures Trust where he led the organisation in improving the planning and delivery of infrastructure investment and asset management in Scotland.

Achieving transparency and flexibility in government procurement

Achieving transparency and flexibility in government procurement

Rupert Soames OBE, CEO, Serco

We are delighted to welcome Rupert Soames OBE, CEO, Serco, who will be leading a discussion on “Achieving transparency and flexibility in government procurement” on 2nd July 2019.

Dinner with Michele Dix CBE, Crossrail 2

Dinner with Michele Dix CBE, Crossrail 2

Michele Dix CBE, Managing Director, Crossrail 2

Michèle has led TfL's strategic thinking on the future transport needs of London, testing and challenging solutions; providing clear direction on appropriate transport solutions for the future; responsible for the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and transport requirements for the Mayor’s 2050 Infrastructure Plan; coordinating the implementation of local plans and borough partnerships; and developing major scheme interchanges.

Michele is now responsible for developing Crossrail 2 and gaining funding and powers for it. Michele is a visiting professor for UCL and is chair of an international committee PRESCOM for the UITP which promotes public transport research and best practice globally. 

Lunch with Dr Tim Stone CBE, The Nuclear Industry Assoication

Lunch with Dr Tim Stone CBE, The Nuclear Industry Assoication

Dr Tim Stone CBE, MA, DPhil (Oxon), FICE, MBCS, CEng, FRSA,  Chair, The Nuclear Industry Association


Dr. Timothy Stone is a businessman, senior expert adviser, and former public servant with interests in finance, nuclear power and infrastructure. Dr. Stone is Chairman of Nuclear Risk Insurers (the world’s leading insurer for the nuclear industry) a Non-Executive Director of Horizon Nuclear Power, a member of the Arup Group Board and is a senior expert Non-Executive Director on the board of the European Investment Bank where he is the longest serving member around the board table. 

Lunch with The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Lunch with The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss Mp, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Conservative MP for south west Norfolk

Elizabeth entered Parliament in 2010. She was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare in September 2012. Elizabeth served as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from July 2014 until July 2016. She was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from July 2016 until June 2017.

Dinner with Philip New, CEO, Catapult

Dinner with Philip New, CEO, Catapult

Philip New, CEO, Energy Systems Catapult

Before joining the Catapult Philip worked for BP for over 30 years in a range of commercial and general management positions, mostly in customer-facing businesses, operating in Asia, North and South America, and Europe. He started working in the cleantech sector in 2002, initially building BP’s portfolio of Biofuels businesses and technologies, latterly becoming CEO of BP Alternative Energy, during which time he wrestled with, and became fascinated by, the dynamics of the interplay of markets, technology and policy created by the emergence of new energy sources and uses, and the opportunities to create new businesses

Lunch with The Rt Hon David Gauke MP

Lunch with The Rt Hon David Gauke MP

The Rt Hon David Gauke MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

David was born in 1971 and was educated at Northgate High School, a state comprehensive in Ipswich, and read law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. After a year working as a Parliamentary researcher, he attended Chester College of Law before becoming a trainee solicitor. He qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and worked for a leading City firm until his election as MP for South West Hertfordshire on 5 May 2005.

Lunch with Stephen Dance, Director of Infrastructure Delivery, Infrastructure & Projects Authority

Lunch with Stephen Dance, Director of Infrastructure Delivery, Infrastructure & Projects Authority

Stephen Dance, Director of Infrastructure Delivery, Infrastructure & Projects Authority

Stephen has more than 30 years of experience in infrastructure projects. Recently his focus has been on the delivery of the UK’s critical economic infrastructure projects in transport, energy, water, waste and telecommunications, as well as the provision of infrastructure to deliver urban regeneration and housing.

Lunch with Claudia Harris, Chief Executive, The Careers & Enterprise Company

Lunch with Claudia Harris, Chief Executive, The Careers & Enterprise Company

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive, The Careers & Enterprise Company

Claudia Harris is the Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company. She has held this role since the organisation was established in 2015. Prior to that, she was a partner at the consultancy firm McKinsey & Company. Her previous roles include working in the healthcare team at the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. Claudia is an Enterprise Adviser at Quintin Kynaston School in Marlborough Hill, London where she helps support the team in developing their school careers strategy. She is also on the board of the 30% Club Steering Committee where she leads their work connecting to schools. Claudia grew up in London and has an undergraduate degree from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard.

Lunch with Jeni Tennison, CEO, The Open Data Institute

Lunch with Jeni Tennison, CEO, The Open Data Institute

Jeni Tennison, CEO, The Open Data Institute

Jeni Tennison is the CEO of the Open Data Institute. She gained a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, then worked as an independent consultant specialising in open data publishing and consumption. She was the Technical Architect and Lead Developer for legislation.gov.uk before joining the ODI as Technical Director in 2012, becoming CEO in 2016.

Lunch with Wendy Addison, Founder & CEO, SpeakOut SpeakUp

Lunch with Wendy Addison, Founder & CEO, SpeakOut SpeakUp

Wendy Addison, Founder & CEO, SpeakOut SpeakUp

Recently acknowledged as a Business Disruptor and Rebel with a cause alongside Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, Simon Sinek and Pat MCcord, it’s Wendy’s’ unique perspective, rooted in her own personal experience of having secured justice in an eleven-year battle against corporate corruption in the case known as “South Africa’s Enron”, the biggest corporate disaster in South Africa’s history, that attracted this recognition. This, in addition to persevering for eight years to successfully reinvent and rebuild herself.

Lunch with Gary Aitkenhead, DSTL

Lunch with Gary Aitkenhead, DSTL

Gary Aitkenhead, Chief Executive, DSTL

Gary has spent his career in the development and supply of mission-critical wireless communications solutions to public safety, industrial and transportation sectors.
As Dstl’s Chief Executive, Gary will lead an organisation of over 3,800 scientists and engineers providing specialist, and in many cases world-leading expertise, across a wide-range of disciplines.

Lunch with Hannah Vickers, ACE

Lunch with Hannah Vickers, ACE

Hannah Vickers, Chief Executive, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)

A civil engineer by profession, Hannah joined ACE from the Institution of Civil Engineers where she led the policy and public affairs team.

Global Britain

Global Britain

General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith CBE, Chief of the General Staff, Ministry of Defence

We are delighted to welcome General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff, Ministry of Defence, to discuss ‘Global Britain’.

Lunch with Sir Mark Walport, UK Research and Innovation

Lunch with Sir Mark Walport, UK Research and Innovation

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive, UK Research and Innovation

Sir Mark Walport is the Chief Executive of the newly formed UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which is responsible for the public funding of research and innovation.
He was Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and Head of the Government Office for Science from April 2013 to September 2017.

Lunch with Geoff Mulgan CBE

Lunch with Geoff Mulgan CBE

Geoff Mulgan CBE, Chief Executive, Nesta

Geoff Mulgan CBE is Chief Executive of Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation, which combines investment, research and practical programmes in many fields, from health and education to industrial policy and entrepreneurship.  Nesta is based in the UK but currently works in over 40 countries.

Dinner with Rupert McNeil, Civil Service HR

Dinner with Rupert McNeil, Civil Service HR

Rupert McNeil, Chief People Officer and Non-executive Director, Civil Service HR

Rupert joined the Civil Service from Lloyds Banking Group, where he was the Group HR Director. He began his career at the Confederation of British Industry before becoming a partner in Deloitte and Arthur Anderson. Since then he has worked for Barclays Bank plc, first as Executive Management Director and then as the HR Director for Global, Retail and Commercial Banking, and at Aviva where he was HR Director and then HR Centre of Expertise Director.

Lunch with Mansoor Hanif, CTO, Ofcom

Lunch with Mansoor Hanif, CTO, Ofcom

Mansoor Hanif, CTO, Ofcom

Mansoor Hanif has 24 years experience of planning, building, optimising and operating mobile networks around the world: including France, Italy, Spain, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.

Innovation in Construction

Innovation in Construction

Marc Enzer, Chief Technical Officer, Mott Macdonald

Mark is a keen champion of innovation in the context of collaborative delivery models and he is particularly interested in transformational change in infrastructure engineering, including the application of digital transformation, Smart Infrastructure, low-carbon sustainable solutions, product-based delivery, BIM and design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA).

Mark is the leader of the Digital Transformation workstream as part of “Project 13” for the Infrastructure Client Group, which represents the UK’s major infrastructure client organisations.  Mark was the Lead Author of the Infrastructure Carbon Review, published by HM Treasury.

Strategy

Strategy

Professor Jeremy Black MBE, MA Cantab PhD Dunelm FRSA, Professor of History, Exeter University

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. After graduating with a starred First from Cambridge, he undertook research at Oxford and has subsequently been Professor of History at the universities of Durham and (since 1996) Exeter.

Lunch with Leo Johnson, Partner - Disrupting Lead, PwC UK

Lunch with Leo Johnson, Partner - Disrupting Lead, PwC UK

Leo Johnson, Partner - Disrupting Lead, PwC UK

Leo Johnson leads PwC's Disruption practice and co-presents the Radio 4 series “FutureProofing”, exploring the impacts of exponential technologies on business and society. 

Formerly at the World Bank, Leo is the co-Founder of the advisory firm Sustainable Finance, now part of the PwC group. 

He is the co-author of “Turnaround Challenge: Business and the City of the Future” (Oxford University Press, 2013) and a Visiting Business Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise & Environment at Oxford University.