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Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference 2018

Thursday, 21st June 2018 @ 0745hrs - 1645hrs

Doubletree Hilton, MK Dons Stadium, Milton Keynes, Stadium Way, MK1 1ST

Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference 2018 | Event


The Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference in association with Bouygues Energies & Services will be a day of discussion and opportunity with the region’s business and public sector leaders coming together to discuss and debate the key business themes and opportunities for growth.

The corridor represents a phenomenal opportunity for economic growth and will build on the work that has been undertaken by the National Infrastructure Commission and Economic Heartland and showcase and develop the opportunities that are being created by the proposed road and rail links that will link the two cities and unite the cities and towns between them. The long awaited East West transport links will not only improve connectivity and communication but it will provide the infrastructure to drive economic development and growth.

  • England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance is providing a single, joined up voice to Government on all the infrastructure needs, from roads and rail to broadband and utilities.
  • The National Infrastructure Commission believes the area could support a further 700,000 jobs by 2050, increasing GVA by £163bn
  • A population of over 3.5 million and over 175,000 business together generate around £92.5 billion GVA. We have a 21st century economy, particularly rich in high value engineering, science, technology and research and most of these firms are small or medium sized enterprise with many based in rural or semi-rural areas

This event is supported by The National Infrastructure Commission and England’s Economic heartland and will attract in excess of 450 people that are all keen to explore the business opportunities that this corridor presents.


The conference will hear keynotes from public and private sector leaders before panel discussions take place to focus on the key areas and topics on the corridor development. We’re delighted to have the support of the National Infrastructure Commission, England’s Economic Heartland, regional authorities and more.

To view the list of all the confirmed speakers for the conference click HERE.


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The conference will include various networking periods, keynotes from influential business leaders, panel discussions on the key topics the ensure opportunities are highlighted and various workshops. We’ll be looking at:

  • Industrial Strategy – how do we build a Britain that is fit for the future, and how do we utilise new technologies to ensure that we capitalise on the opportunities the ARC Corridor will bring?
  • Skills – how do we develop the skills for the future to ensure the economy can grow, and what skills are they?
  • Housing – how do we deliver housing targets and free up more space?
  • Infrastructure – what is the transport strategy and how do we develop it to drive economic growth whilst becoming more energy efficient?
  • Economy – how will we deliver the Strategic Economic Plan and grow the economy around the corridor through the improved connectivity?

View the full programme and conference agenda HERE.

Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference 2018 | Programme

0745 – 0830 Breakfast & Registration
0830 – 0930 Session 1 Keynote Speakers
Welcome by Phil Laycock & Hannah O’Neill, Deputy Leader, Milton Keynes Council
Keynote 1
Professor Sadie Morgan, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission CONFIRMED
Keynote 2
Martin Tett, Leader, Buckinghamshire County Council & Chairman, England’s Economic Heartland CONFIRMED
Keynote 3
Iain Stewart MP, Milton Keynes South & Oxford-MK-Cambridge Corridor All-Party Parliamentary Group CONFIRMED
Keynote 4
Matt Fitzpatrick, Sales Director, Bouygues Energies & Services Corporate Partner CONFIRMED
0930 – 1000 Coffee Break
1000 – 1100 Session 2: Industrial Strategy
Chair: Helen Wylde, Chief Engagement Officer, Transport Systems Catapult
Jonathan Nunn, Leader, Northampton Borough Council CONFIRMED
Roz Bird, Commercial Director, Silverstone Park & Chair of the Silverstone Technology Cluster CONFIRMED
Gordon Mitchell, Chief Executive, Oxford City Council CONFIRMED
Sue Halliwell, Director for Planning & Place, Oxfordshire County Council CONFIRMED
James Jamieson, Leader, Central Bedfordshire Council CONFIRMED
1100 – 1145 Coffee Break
1110 – 1140 Workshop 1 Land Aid
1145 – 1230 Session 3: Skills
Chair: Janet Miller, Chief Executive Officer, MOLA
Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice Chancellor, Buckinghamshire New University & Chair, Bucks Skills Hub CONFIRMED
Dr Julie Mills, Principal & Chief Executive, Milton Keynes College CONFIRMED
Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive & Vice Chancellor, Cranfield University CONFIRMED
Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive, OXLEP CONFIRMED
Jo Lancaster, Managing Director, Huntingdonshire District Council CONFIRMED
1230 – 1315 Lunch
1315 – 1400 Session 4: Housing
Chair: Julia Foster, Managing Partner, David Lock Associates
Mary Parsons, Group Director, Places for People CONFIRMED
Richard Harrington, Chief Executive, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP CONFIRMED
Adrian Brown, Managing Director, Berkeley Strategic CONFIRMED
Paul Kitson, General Manager, South East, Homes England CONFIRMED
Harvey Griffiths, Chief Executive, Housing Infrastructure Fund CONFIRMED
1400 – 1445 Coffee Break
1410 – 1440 Workshop 2 Martin Tugwell, Economic Heartland
1445 – 1530 Session 5: Infrastructure
Chair: Clare Wildfire, Projects Director, Mott MacDonald
Laura Church, Luton Airport & Luton Borough Council CONFIRMED
Paul Burrows, Flood & Coastal Risk Manager for East Anglia Area, Environment Agency CONFIRMED
Satish Luhar, Joint Author, Oxford MK Cambs Corridor Report, National Infrastructure Commission CONFIRMED
Sheryl French, Programme Director, Mobilising Local Energy Investment, Cambridge County Council CONFIRMED
Duncan Sharkey, Corporate Director for Place, Milton Keynes Council CONFIRMED
1530 – 1545 Coffee
1545 – 1630 Session 6: Inclusive Economic Growth
Chair: Phil Laycock, Director, Built Environment Networking
Eman Martin-Vignerte, Director, Robert Bosch CONFIRMED
John Cove, Director, MK Dons & Chair, MK Dons Sport & Education Trust, MK Dons CONFIRMED
Naisha Polaine, Deputy Director of Projects – Regeneration & Infrastructure, Department for International Trade CONFIRMED
Jason Longhurst, Chairman, UK Business Council for Sustainable Development (UK BCSD) CONFIRMED
Hilary Chipping, Chief Executive, SEMLEP CONFIRMED
1630 – 1645 Conference Summary – Phil Laycock


Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference 2018 | Exhibition

Why Exhibit?
Meet around 300 delegates face to face
Be part of the biggest business event in Oxford & Cambridge
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.


Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference 2018 | Details


Thursday, 21st June 2018
0745hrs - 1645hrs


Doubletree Hilton, MK Dons Stadium, Milton Keynes
Stadium Way, MK1 1ST + Google Map