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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:

  • What next for Freeports?
  • £600m of activity in the Humber Estuary
  • £350m south harbour expansion in Aberdeen
  • UKMPG’s collaborative work unlocking growth
  • Plymouth Freeport status bringing £100m investment
  • Highways England’s initiatives to improve connectivity
  • £1bn of activity across the Tees Valley
  • PD Port’s 5000 acres of development land
  • £100m of investment at Port of Cromarty Firth
  • The impact the ‘drone revolution’ will have
  • Shoreham Port’s 20 year masterplan
  • And much more…

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. You’ll have the ability to video chat in our networking lounge with attendees, or visit the exhibition booths.

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

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

Enjoy some networking time with those also attending the conference and visit the exhibitors. You’ll have the ability to video chat in our networking lounge with attendees, or visit the exhibition booths.

10:35 – 10:50 Breakout Session; How do businesses integrate with a Freeport's digital infrastructure?; Sponsored By Womble Bond Dickinson

The breakout session will share an overview of the technologies being implemented and considered by the successful freeport bids – whilst exploring how businesses can plug into those chosen technologies. We’ll also delve into the HMRC’s Customs Declaration System and an analysis of the timelines for businesses to explore all of the above.

Womble Bond Dickinson; Malcolm Dowden, Legal Director

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

Enjoy some networking time with those also attending the conference and visit the exhibitors. You’ll have the ability to video chat in our networking lounge with attendees, or visit the exhibition booths.

12:05 – 12:20 Breakout Session; Building Back Better, Building Back Greener: adding financial value whilst reducing your carbon footprint; Sponsored By Conrad Energy

In this session we’ll discover more about creative solutions to meet the energy trilemma. From behind the meter energy installations to offsite schemes, gaining access to the volatile wholesale energy market to generating your own power, this session will cover how to maximise the value of your assets whilst reducing your carbon footprint.

Conrad Energy; Mark Kelly, Head of Power Solutions

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

Enjoy some networking time with those also attending the conference and visit the exhibitors. You’ll have the ability to video chat in our networking lounge with attendees, or visit the exhibition booths.

13:35-13:50 Breakout Session; Goodbye Carbon, Hello Hydrogen – How Ports Can Decarbonise and Introduce Hydrogen; Sponsored by Mott MacDonald

Hydrogen is set to provide the backbone to a zero-carbon energy system for the UK’s future. In this session Mott MacDonald will discuss who its an essential counterpart to renewable generation.

Mott MacDonald; Jillis Raadschelders, Account Leader – New Energy Europe

 

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 International Port; Ian Palacio, Development Manager

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

More information to follow.

Associated British Ports – Ben Hodgkin, Project Development Lead

One of many projects in the pipeline for ABP is the Humber Freeport with its potential economic benefits should be felt across the whole of Humber and East Riding. Handling 17 per cent of the nation’s trade, the Humber ports play a pivotal role as strategic assets, supplying 10 per cent of the nation’s energy, a quarter of the nation’s fuel, almost a third of the national timber supply. This opportunity will act as a catalyst to accelerate growth across the region, with the potential to create 7,000 new jobs for the Humber. Ben will expand on this the other projects ABP have in the pipeline.

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.

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.

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.

Portsmouth International Port – Ian Palacio, Development Manager

Ian Palacio is Portsmouth International Port’s business development manager. With many years of experience within the maritime industry, Ian has been working with customers old and new at the Port to drive new business, across both ferry and cruise. He also works closely with the commercial team at Portico, Portsmouth’s international cargo terminal to assist with the continued diversification of cargoes that they handle.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Womble Bond Dickinson – Peter Snaith, Partner

Peter is a partner in the commercial team and head of the manufacturing sector group at Womble Bond Dickinson with over 25 years’ experience of the sector. Before joining the firm he worked as an in-house lawyer in the chemical sector for a number of ICI’s international speciality chemicals businesses. He was subsequently Global Legal Manager for ICI’s Acrylics business following its sale to Ineos. Since his return to private practice he has maintained a focus on working with chemicals and chemistry-using companies and with manufacturing companies across a range of sub-sectors. Coupled with that Peter has a wealth of experience in advising ports and also suppliers and customers of transport and logistics companies in relation to their infrastructure projects and operational activities. Drawing on his experience of working with international supply chains from a number of perspectives, Peter leads on the firm’s work around freeports and advises a range of stakeholders on various matters linked to the initiative. He is also a key member of our international trade team, advising businesses on the management and mitigation of the financial and operational impact of Brexit on the import and export of goods from the UK

ATKINS – Richard Gutsell, Client Director Ports and Borders

Richard is a Client Director and a Ports and Borders specialist with a breadth of experience across Government and Commercial sectors. Richard has worked with business and Government teams on the Freeport initiative, collaborating on strategy, bidding and plans to maximise the benefits of the opportunity. With 20 years experience working with Ports and Borders clients delivering security and efficiency within an increasingly convergent digital and physical world, he is passionate about enabling seamless trade and travel whilst improving security and resilience.

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 – Malcolm Dowden, Legal Director

Malcom is an experienced lawyer, and also an internationally accredited legal training provider focusing on commercial law and technology, with particular expertise in data protection and privacy (including international transfers of data under GDPR and UK GDPR), blockchain, distributed ledger and the “internet of things”. In 2019 he co-wrote a chapter for the American Bar Association book on Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines.

Within the UK he regularly deals with an deliver workshops and webinars on commercial contracts, including “smart”, “connected” and “data-driven” contracts.

In 2018 and 2019 he worked with Thomson Reuters to design and present a series of Legal Business Masterclass sessions on blockchain and smart contracts, contractual negotiation and risk management.

Mott MacDonald – Jillis Raadschelders, Account Leader – New Energy Europe

Over 25 years of experience in international Energy Transition related advisory and feasibility projects. Has been involved in technology assessments, Business case evaluation, Strategy development, Market Entry strategies, Innovation methodologies and governance. Strong experience in empathic people management in international organisations. Highly experienced in system integration of renewables and hydrogen, mobility and industrial decarbonisation. Able to generate insights cross technology, market and regulations.

Conrad Energy – Mark Kelly, Head of Power Solutions

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time so the energy landscape is rapidly evolving. The UK’s power network requires smart solutions to keep the lights on. That’s where Conrad Energy comes in. Mark will be involved in one of the event breakout sessions to detail how organisations can utilise new and upcoming energy solutions and innovations.

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

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

opportunities@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.

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Details

Date:
Wednesday, 9th June 2021

Time:
0900hrs – 1530hrs

Venue

All in the Loop


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