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Ports and Freeports Development Conference; Sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson

Wednesday, 9th June 2021 0900hrs – 1530hrs

Built Environment Networking’s third annual Ports Development Conference is the UK’s leading event focused on the major role UK Ports play in driving the UK’s economy and the huge regeneration projects which will be forthcoming in and around their estate.

We’ll be featuring leading players in the sector – with presentations from major ports showcasing their future development plans, exploring what’s next for Freeports and freezones and outlining how the sector is adapting to the country’s post-Brexit agenda.

Topics to be covered include:

  • UKMPG’s collaborative work unlocking growth
  • Plymouth Freeport status bringing £100M investment
  • Port of Cromarty Firth’s green infrastructure plan
  • Expertise on Freeports from the BPA
  • Highways England’s initiatives to improve connectivity
  • How the PLA intends to work with Thames Freeport
  • Shoreham Port’s 20 year masterplan
  • PD Port’s 5000 acres of development land
  • Port of Cromarty Firth’s free trade zone ambitions
  • The impact the ‘drone revolution’ will have
  • £600m and 7,000 jobs on the way to Humber
  • £377m of investment and development activity

Speakers for this event include:

Agenda and Programme:

09:00-09:20 Doors Open & Networking

Enjoy some networking time with those also attending the conference and visit the exhibitors – with the ability to video chat with attendees, enter the speed networking area or visit the booths of our sponsors.

09:20-10:30 Session One: How Can UK Ports Drive Forward Britain's Build Back Better Agenda?; Sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson

How can the UK Ports sector drive forward Britain’s Build Back Better agenda?

With the introduction of Britain’s ‘Build Back Better’ agenda, this session will delve into the opportunities within the ports sector to influence and drive the programme forwards. Delegates will hear from senior policy influencers and Port operators who are ready to step up to the challenge of delivering economic growth to the UK.

Chair: Womble Bond Dickinson; Peter Snaith, Partner

Port of London Authority ; Nadine Collins-Smith, Head of Thames Vision Delivery

UK Major Ports Group; Tim Morris, Chief Executive Officer

PD Ports; Jerry Hopkinson, Chief Operating Officer

Port of Cromarty Firth; Joanne Allday, Senior Executive

10:30-11:00 Networking & Exhibition

During the break period you’re able to move around the event – with a speed networking area to allow you to video chat at random so get your elevator pitch ready. 

You can also invite any other attendee to video chat, direct message.

And you can visit our exhibitions, chatting directly to them or watch their brand video and register your interest.

11:00-12:00 Session Two: Connecting Ports and Freeports to UK PLC: Infrastructure Development Projects; Sponsored by ATKINS

With the movement of goods and people becoming more important to economic growth in the UK, this session looks at some of the work major infrastructure bodies are planning to do to connect Port and Freeports to the wider community across the country.

Chair: ATKINS; Richard Gutsell, Client Director Borders and Identity

Highways England; Simon Emery, Senior Economic Development Manager

Drone Major Group; Robert Garbett, Founder and Chief Executive

Network Rail; Paula Haustead, Head of Strategic Planning

12:00-12:30 Networking & Exhibition

During the break period you’re able to move around the event – with a speed networking area to allow you to video chat at random so get your elevator pitch ready. 

You can also invite any other attendee to video chat, direct message.

And you can visit our exhibitions, chatting directly to them or watch their brand video and register your interest.

12:30-13:30 Session Three: Freeports – What Next?; Sponsored by BDB Pitmans

As the consultation and application process for Freeports ended in early 2021, a lot of questions remain as to how to implement these free trade and enterprise zones. Delegates will hear from a variety of Freeport experts, including a group of figureheads who have masterminded their region’s bid about the steps they will take if successful.

Chair: BDB Pitmans; David Mundy, Partner

British Ports Association; Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive Officer

Plymouth City Council; Richard May, Head of Oceansgate and Marine Investment

Greater Lincolnshire LEP; Halina Davies, LEP Programme Manager for Freeports

13:30-14:00 Networking & Exhibition

During the break period you’re able to move around the event – with a speed networking area to allow you to video chat at random so get your elevator pitch ready. 

You can also invite any other attendee to video chat, direct message.

And you can visit our exhibitions, chatting directly to them or watch their brand video and register your interest.

14:00-15:00 Session Four: Major Ports Development & Expansion Plans; Sponsored by BDB Pitmans

There are billions of pounds worth of Ports projects set to come forward in the next 18 months and as part of this session delegates will hear from the masterminds behind those schemes via a series of high level presentations and Q&A

Chair: BDB Pitmans; Susan Macpherson, Consultant/Solicitor

Portsmouth Port; Mike Sellers, Port Director

Shoreham Port; Tim Hague, Director of Property and Infrastructure

Aberdeen Harbour Board; Michelle Handforth, Chief Executive

Associated British Ports; Ben Hodgkin, Project Development Lead

15:00-15:30 Networking, Exhibition & Close

We’re set to have an exceptional line-up of speakers who’ll be sharing intel into their future development projects, plans and vision for across the ports sector. Here’s an overview of the confirmed speakers:

UK Major Ports Group – Tim Morris, Chief Executive Officer

Tim is the centralised voice representing the views and priorities of 40 British Ports to UK government and European contemporaries and joins this conference to update delegates on how the sector is coping in a post-Brexit world, their immediate 12 month priorities and how he is helping to position the sector as the bulwark for “build back better”

Tim Morris UKMG

Port of London Authority – Nadine Collins-Smith, Head of Thames Vision Delivery

Nadine Collins-Smith, Head of Thames Vision Delivery at the Port for London Authority, will cover the potential for the Thames to support the green recovery, from opportunities for transport and freight logistics supporting construction and last mile deliveries to its role as a natural asset, abundant with wildlife. Nadine will discuss how the PLA will work with the recently announced Thames Freeport to drive economic growth in the region and will also outline how the Thames port sector, with the largest terminals in areas of multiple deprivation, also provides essential economic buoyancy and job opportunities for local communities.

Associated British Ports – Ben Hodgkin, Project Development Lead

More information to follow.

Ben Hodgkin Southampton ABP

Greater Lincolnshire LEP – Halina Davies, LEP Programme Manager for Freeports

More than 7000 jobs and £600m worth of investment is on the way to the Humber thanks to the successful Freeport bid that was helmed by Halina and her team. As part of this event, she will be talking about kick starting the development of the 45km zone and what the first steps will be in relation to built environment activity at the dawn of mass economic growth for the towns and cities encompassing their Freeport zone.

PD Ports – Jerry Hopkinson, Chief Operating Officer

PD Ports are about to lead the Tees Valley into the future. Plans are afoot to create 38,000 jobs with a regeneration centric growth strategy titled the “Future Teesport Vision”. With 5000 acres of development land set to be brought forward, the exciting announcement of Freeport status and the fact their estate is part of the wider Teesworks project, Jerry joins the event to talk about PD’s plans in detail.

Port of Cromarty Firth – Joanne Allday, Senior Executive

The £100m investment in infrastructure over the past decade has left the Port of Cromarty Firth perfectly placed to grab a share of billions of pounds worth of renewable energy work capable of generating and sustaining thousands of jobs over the coming years. Joanne will reveal more intel on the port’s ambitions to become a ‘free trade zone’ which will create a sustainable 50-year pipeline of multi-billion pound renewable energy projects including four current projects – a green hydrogen hub, an advanced steel manufacturing hub at Nigg, a serial manufacturing facilities for offshore wind at Invergordon and also an advanced research and development centre and education facility.

Portsmouth International Port – Mike Sellers, Director

Portsmouth Port have a 2026 masterplan which outlines the ongoing evolvement of their site which focuses on major infrastructure investments, land use, carbon reduction and improvement of energy use. Included in their plans are a new terminal, a new berth created to host cruise ships, the development of Trafalgar Gate link road and the creation of an intermodal goods yard. Mike joins the conference to talk in depth about the challenges surrounding delivering each project and how Covid-19 is influencing the timelines.

Aberdeen Harbour Board – Michelle Handforth, Chief Executive

A £350m South Harbour Expansion coupled with the recently announced £27m Energy Transition Zone with Aberdeen Harbour at its heart, its an exciting time for the port. Michelle joins the event to update delegates on scheme progress and talk about the future of the site.

British Ports Association – Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive Officer

An expert in the development of Freeports and a figurehead in the Ports industry, Richard is better placed than most to unpick the complexities of Freeport applications. He joins the conference in the follow up of the government announcements on which Freeport bids have been successful and to discuss what’s next for the roll out.

 

 

Network Rail – Paula Haustead, Head of Strategic Planning

More information to follow.

Highways England – Simon Emery, Senior Economic Development Manager

Highways England have several exciting initiatives aimed at improving connectivity between Ports and Freeports and the wider UK community in order to drive truly inclusive economic growth. As part of this event, Simon will detail a stream of innovative developments which will be brought forward to expedite the movement of import, exports, people and goods in these brand new special economic zones.

BDB Pitmans – Susan Macpherson, Consultant/Solicitor

Sue is a consultant solicitor in BDB Pitmans’ Southampton office and has over 30 years’ experience working as a commercial real estate lawyer and specialises in marinas, ports and  regeneration work. For 16 years she worked as in-house legal counsel in marina businesses.

Plymouth City Council – Richard May, Head of Oceansgate and Marine Investment

Plymouth has been named as one of the country’s eight new tax-break freeports and stands to benefit from a £100million investment and jobs boom. Around 10,000 new jobs will be created as well as support some the UK’s key sectors such as transport, infrastructure, clean energy and, in particular manufacturing as Plymouth has the highest concentration of manufacturing businesses in any city south of Birmingham. As one of the leaders of the Freeport bid from Plymouth Council Richard will be well placed to discuss how the Freeport status will make Plymouth a hub for global trade and investment, promote regeneration, boost employment and create hotbeds for innovation and new technologies to support a clean and sustainable economy.

Drone Major Group – Robert Garbett, Founder and Chief Executive

Drone Major Group are one the UK’s foremost organisations with expertise in using drones in the freight and logistics sectors having collaborated with clients such as the Peel Ports and assisted the Liverpool City Region with their freeport bid. Robert will give a thought leadership perspective on the enormous impact drones are set to have in the freight and logistics industries which will be one of the key sectors that will benefit most substantially from the ‘drone revolution’ and how drones can help connect ports and freeports to the wider UK PLC.

Built Environment Networking – Amanda Griffiths, Director

Amanda is one of the Co-Founder’s of Built Environment Networking – formed almost 10 years ago.

She’ll be hosting a number of the sessions throughout the day, running the days proceedings and managing the interaction between our virtual delegates and the speakers.

Amanda Coupland Director Built Environment Networking

BDB Pitmans – David Mundy, Partner

David is a parliamentary agent authorised to promote private bills in Parliament. He specialises in consents required for transport infrastructure schemes including hybrid bills and orders under the Transport and Works Act. He also advises on the promotion of Orders under the Harbours Act 1964 authorising port development. He advises on constitutional and EU law issues including the European (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and the EU Withdrawal Agreement Act 2020.  David will be speaking on the topic of Freeports and associated legal issues including the need for and authorisation of infrastructure and associated planning issues.

Shoreham Port – Tim Hague, Director of Property and Infrastructure

Leading the way in the sector’s green revolution by adopting sustainability technology and measures within their three new commercial buildings, Tim joins the event to talk about Shoreham Port’s next tranche of development plans which will follow similar principles. Following on from a challenging 2020, he will provide an update on their development strategy which runs up until 2024 and includes the Masterplan vision for the next 20 years.

Built Environment Networking – Fahmida Nisa, Online Event Manager

Nisa is a research, marketing and content specialist at Built Environment Networking. She will be hosting a number of the sessions throughout the day, running the day’s proceedings and managing the interaction between our virtual delegates and the speakers.

Womble Bond Dickinson – Peter Snaith, Partner

More information to follow.

ATKINS – Richard Gutsell, Client Director Borders and Identity

Richard is Client Director and a Borders and Identity Management specialist with a breadth of experience across Government and Commercial sectors. For 20 years Richard has been enabling organisations in the Security sector to deliver their core missions whilst providing the appropriate level of security and resilience. Richard has worked on some of the most exciting Borders and Identity projects in the UK and Internationally and is passionate about delivering borders which enable seamless trade and travel whilst improving security and resilience.

Conrad Energy – Speaker, TBC

More information to follow.

Associate your brand with the Ports Development Conference and position your brand at the forefront of one of the UK’s biggest discussions and debates around the sector.

Package Exhibition Stand Chair/ Speaking Opportunity Tickets VIP Backstage Access Cost (+VAT)
Conference Partner Yes Yes 15 Yes £2,500 Sold Out
Session One Partner: How Can UK Ports Drive Forward Britain's Build Back Better Agenda? Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,500 Sold Out
Session Two Partner: Connecting Ports and Freeports to UK PLC: Infrastructure Development Projects Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,500 Sold Out
Session Three Partner: Freeports – What Next? Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,500 Sold Out
Session Four Partner: Major Ports Development & Expansion Plans Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,500 Sold Out
Best Practice Presentation Package Yes Yes 10 Yes £1,000 View Details
Exhibitor Packages Yes 5 Yes £500 View Details

We have various partnership packages available, including packages with speaking opportunities, exhibition space and those that will drive brand awareness, allowing you to address your whole target audience for maximum brand awareness and impact. Our partnership packages will put you at the forefront of the industry discussion allowing you to be there, be active and be an expert within the construction and property sector, the ports sector and the whole built environment industry.

Conference Partner

Session One Partner: How Can UK Ports Drive Forward Britain’s Build Back Better Agenda?

Session Two Partner: Connecting Ports and Freeports to UK PLC: Infrastructure Development Projects

Session Three Partner: Freeports – What Next?

Session Four Partner: Major Ports Development & Expansion Plan

Best Practice Presentation Package

£1,000+VAT

During the breaks delegates are able to speed network and visit the exhibitors – but with this package you can also give them the option of coming to see your company deliver a 15-minute thought leadership presentation, enabling you to play a key role in the conference. Build brand awareness, loyalty, trust and new business leads amongst numerous civic and business leaders from across the industry. Benefits include:

  • Ability to deliver a 15-minute presentation during one of the break periods
  • Access to the VIP Room – a green room for speakers, VIP guests and sponsors
  • Branding across the rest of the conference
  • Online exhibition space allowing you to video chat with delegates and share content
  • 10 online delegate passes for your team and/or guests
  • Digital media branding: your logo will appear prominently on the website, marketing emails, social media, etc
  • Master of Ceremonies ‘thank you’ in the opening and closing speeches
  • Social media – pre, during and post-conference activity
  • Inclusion in any PR and outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to video of the conference after the event
  • Free exhibition space at all future Built Environment Recruitment Fair’s

Best Practice Session Partner

Exhibitor Package

£500+VAT

If you’re looking for access to the event and a space to meet online delegates and chat with them – then our exhibitor package is perfect. Some people can be reluctant to approach exhibition stands – but online it’s different and you’ll be inundated with enquiries and questions about your brand. Benefits include:

  • Online exhibition space allowing you to video chat with delegates and share downloadable content such as literature
  • 5 online delegate passes for your team or guests
  • Digital media branding: your logo will appear prominently on the website, marketing emails, social media etc
  • Master of Ceremonies “thank you” in the opening and closing speeches
  • Social media – pre, during and post-conference activity
  • Inclusion with all PR and outreach to regional, national and industry press
  • Access to video of the conference after the event
  • Free exhibition space at all future Built Environment Recruitment Fair’s

Exhibitor Partner

If you’re interested in any of the packages above or if you’re interested in finding out additional information then contact us on:

0113 390 4700

keith.griffiths@built-environment-networking.com

Our online conferences will merge our face-to-face conferences with a virtual platform – providing networking opportunities, exceptional panel discussions and debates, speaker presentations and an exhibition hall.

Here’s a little video highlighting what to expect

And here’s a bit more information of key areas of our online events…

You’ll receive unique log-in details and URL a week or so before the event to gain access.

Main Stage

On here you’ll be able to navigate what is in our ‘Programme’ where our speakers, panels and discussions will take place. You’ll be able to get involved in the discussion, ask questions and more.

Networking Lounges

You can connect with the attendees in our networking lounges – video chatting with others at the event.

Exhibition Area

View our partners and sponsors, have a chat with them and learn more about their business.

Tickets

Event Ticket: Ports and Freeports Development Conference £80.00

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Attendee ticket price: £80

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Details

Date:
Wednesday, 9th June 2021

Time:
0900hrs – 1530hrs

Cost:
£80 – £80

Venue

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