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Cambridge & Peterborough Economic Growth Conference

Wednesday, 6th December 2017 @ 0800hrs - 1730hrs

Cambridge & Peterborough Economic Growth Conference | Event

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’s Future Starts Here!

 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough currently has a population of 1.3 million people, which is estimated to grow to 1.5 million by 2031. The region hosts a number of globally significant business clusters, world class research capacity linked to universities, a number of thriving market towns, and is the UK’s leader in agriculture, food and drink. The area boasts 700,000 jobs, 60,000 enterprises and generates £30 billion per annum.

There is a significant of activity in terms of infrastructure and development and from atop the Gog Magog Hills on one of those glorious East Anglian big sky days, you can just about spot the cranes going up on a daily basis in the city of Cambridge below.They are poking through everywhere across the region where new buildings are rising by the month. There’s more to come. To the north-west of the city, the University of Cambridge is working on a significant £1bn development including new research facilities, 3,000 new homes, space for 2,000 post-graduate students, new schools and a nursery, shops and surgeries.

Together with another £1+bn being pumped into the city by the Government for a new railway station, new houses and roads and Peterborough growing at a significant rate there is more money is going into Cambridgeshire than at any time since the Victorian age and with a new Mayor in place at the Combined Authority and with a very active LEP there is lots going on.


Mark Reeve,


Greater Cambridge & Peterborough LEP

James Palmer,


Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CA

Andy Neely,

Pro Vice-Chancellor,

University of Cambridge

Jeanette Walker,


Cambridge Science Park


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Conference Themes

 Increase your understanding of five key Cambridgeshire & Peterborough business topics. Have your say on the region’s economic roadmap in conference debate sessions.

  • Why a combined authority?
  • Improving transport
  • Delivering housing
  • Developing skills
  • Growing the economy

See the FULL programme HERE

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Attend the Conference

Access unique business, learning and networking opportunities at the year’s biggest business event.

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Be an Exhibitor

Take the spotlight and meet hundreds of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough businesses and leaders face to face.


Be an Sponsor

Position your brand as a thought leader and business supporter, to hundreds of the region’s top players.


Cambridge & Peterborough Economic Growth Conference | Programme

0800-0900Breakfast & Registration 
0900-0945Keynote 1James Palmer, Mayor, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority CONFIRMED
 Keynote 2Mark Reeve, Chairman, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP CONFIRMED
 Keynote 3Tim Grier, Director, Transport & Local Government, Bouygues Energies & Services, Corporate Partner
1015-1115Session 1: DevolutionChair: Joanna Rowelle, Director, ARUP
 Why Devolution? What is a Combined Authority? Why aAntoinette Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Cambridge City Council CONFIRMED
 Regional Mayor? How do we deliver the Cambridgeshire &John Kovacs, Managing Consultant, John Kovacs Consulting CONFIRMED
Peterborough growth strategy?Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive Officer, Peterborough City Council & Cambridgeshire County Council CONFIRMED
Steve Bowyer, Chief Executive, Opportunity Peterborough CONFIRMED
1130-1230Session 2: TransportChair: Phil Laycock, Director, Built Environment Networking
 How do we improve connectivity in the region, nationally and Martin Fellows, Regional Director (East), Highways England CONFIRMED
Internationally to increase access to jobs, reduce Alistair Andrew, Head of Planning, Stansted Airport CONFIRMED
congestion and promote sustainable transport choices?Alastair Gordon, Cambridge-MK- Oxford Study Director, National Infrastruture Commission CONFIRMED
Heather Smith, Chairman Strategic Transport Forum, Strategic Alliance CONFIRMED
Toby Hiles, Director, Strategic Development, Transport Systems Catapult*
Chris Tunstall, Transport Director, Greater Cambridge Partnership CONFIRMED
1315-1415Session 3: HousingChair: Tony Bateman, Managing Director, Pegasus
 How do we find innovative ways of increasing the availabilityTom Walker, Deputy Chief Executive Homes & Communities Agency CONFIRMED
 and affordability of housing inNigel Howlett, Chief Executive, CHS Group CONFIRMED
 the context of a growingAndy Hill, Chief Executive, Hill Residential CONFIRMED
economy?Keran Power, Strategic Land Consultant, CEG CONFIRMED
Ed Ellerington, Director – PRS, Grainger Plc*
Heather Topel, Project Director, North West Cambridge Development, University of Cambridge CONFIRMED
1430-1530Session 4: SkillsChair: Laura Welham-Halstead, Head of Communications & Connectivity, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP
 How do we develop an integrated employment, Professor Andy Neely, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge CONFIRMED
 education and skills system that is engaged and responsiveVernice Key, Chair, Cambridge Regional College CONFIRMED
to employer’s needs?
Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor, Anglia Ruskin University CONFIRMED
Caroline Roberts, Head of Policy, City & Guilds CONFIRMED
Hayley Coe, Partnerships Manager, CITB CONFIRMED
1545-1645Session 5: Growing the EconomyChair: John Kovacs, Managing Consultant, John Kovacs Consulting
 How do we growth the economy, support businesses,Adrian Cannard, Director of Strategy, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP CONFIRMED
 attract investment, createAdam Poole, Asset Manager, British Land CONFIRMED
employment opportunities and remove barriers to creativityJeanette Walker, Director, Cambridge Science Park CONFIRMED
and innovation?Martin Whiteley, CEO,Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
Combined Authority CONFIRMED
Rachel Stopard, Chief Executive; Greater Cambridge Partnership CONFIRMED
1645-1700Conference SummaryPhil Laycock, Director, Built Environment Networking


Cambridge & Peterborough Economic Growth Conference | Speakers

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Adam Poole

Asset Manager;
British Land
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Adrian Cannard

Director of Strategy;
Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP
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Alastair Gordon

Senior Advisor;
National Infrastructure Commission
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Alistair Andrews

Head of Planning;
Stansted Airport
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Andy Hill

Chief Executive;
Hill Residential
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Andy Neeley

Pro Vice Chancellor;
University of Cambridge
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Antoinette Jackson

Chief Executive Officer;
Cambridge City Council
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Caroline Roberts

Head of Policy;
City & Guilds
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Gillian Beasley

Chief Executive Officer;
Cambridgeshire County Council & Peterborough City Council
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Heather Smith

Chairman, Strategic Transport Forum;
Strategic Alliance
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Iain Martin

Vice Chancellor;
Anglia Ruskin University
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James Palmer

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority
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Jeanette Walker

Cambridge Science Park
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John Kovacs

Managing Consultant;
John Kovacs Consulting
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Jon Allen

Regional Head of Strategy;
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Lucy Frazer

Member of Parliament;
South East Cambridge
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Mark Reeve

Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership
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Martin Fellows

Regional Director East;
Highways England
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Martin Whiteley

Chief Executive Officer;
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority
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Nigel Howlett

Chief Executive Officer;
CHS Group
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Vernice Key

Cambridge Regional College

Cambridge & Peterborough Economic Growth Conference | Exhibition

Why Exhibit?

  • Meet around 300 delegates face to face
  • Be part of the biggest business event in Cambridge & Peterborough
  • Network with hundreds of your business clients and peers
  • Show your support to the Combined Authority and the LEP



A 3m2 space costs £1,500 plus VAT

The exhibition area is a space only due to the venue logistics.

Four delegate passes are included with each stand

We have a limited amount of stand space available at this event – so please book early to avoid disappointment.

2017 Confirmed Exhibitors

Cambridge & Peterborough Economic Growth Conference | Sponsors

Why Sponsor:

  • Receive high level brand awareness for your company
  • Be associated as a thought leader within Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
  • Develop growth opportunities for your business
  • Be recognized as a leader in your profession in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
  • Show your support to the Combined Authority and the LEP

Corporate Partner

Session Sponsors

Devolution Session Sponsor – Arup

Housing Session Sponsor – Pegasus Group

Conference Associates

Lunch Sponsor

Email Sponsor

Lanyard Sponsor

Cambridge & Peterborough Economic Growth Conference | Details


Wednesday, 6th December 2017
0800hrs - 1730hrs
£60 - £150
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Guildhall, Cambridge
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